Head of Adaptive Optics Development

The W. M. Keck Observatory is seeking a talented and visionary individual to join our team as the Head of Adaptive Optics Development. In this pivotal role, you will be instrumental in realizing our 2035 Science Strategic Plan and shaping the future of adaptive optics (AO) at our observatory. With a focus on three major themes-AO at visible wavelengths, enhanced seeing with ground layer AO, and high contrast AO science-you will lead the development and delivery of AO upgrades, as well as initiate new developments to support our strategic goals.

The starting salary range for this full-time position is $128,887 – $158,850 + 4 weeks annual paid vacation + 8% 403(b) employer contribution (4% employee contribution) + 100%-paid employee health insurance + additional benefits.


From Hawaii’s Maunakea, astronomers around the world use our observatory to observe the universe with unprecedented power and precision. Our twin observatory telescopes are the world’s most scientifically productive optical and infrared telescopes! With our highly advanced technology, we focus on service and stewardship and are very committed to being the science leader in large ground-based telescopes. We support the mission of the observatory and work to unravel the mysteries of the universe!

Each employee is a part of our mission. We provide meaningful jobs and an exciting place to pursue careers. Employees are able to work with a variety of equipment and scientific applications for the good of humanity and pure science. We work in a wonderful setting and environment and are passionate about what we do. We’re looking for more individuals to join us!

Our salary ranges are determined by the role and level of the position. The range displayed on each job posting reflects the minimum and maximum starting base pay for new hire salaries for the position. Within the range, individual pay is determined by experience, skillset, and qualifications of the new hire. Should you be selected for an interview, the HR team will be happy to further discuss the compensation details of this position with you.

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