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Research Support (Observatory Technician)
Position Number:
Hiring Unit:
Intitute for Astronomy
Hilo, Hawaii
Date Posted:
March 31, 2017
Closing Date:
May 05, 2017
Full Time/Part Time:
Full Time

Other Conditions:
  • The position is continuous upon availability of federal funding of the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF). The NASA IRTF has been continuously federally funded since 1979.
Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Responsible for the maintenance of mechanical systems and some electro-mechanical systems of the observatory, which includes the workings of the telescope mount and mirror support, dome, and shutter.
  2. Repairs, overhauls and operates the mechanical and electro-mechanical equipment of the observatory. This includes vacuum and glycol pumps, compressors, A/C units, hydraulics and pneumatics, gearboxes, gear drives, dome rollers, and the HVAC system.
  3. Operates the mechanical and electro-mechanical equipment of the observatory, which may include the telescope when the incumbent is trained. The incumbent will also assist in changing observing instruments to make the telescope ready for observing.
  4. Advises other staff (Observatory Maintenance Technician and Scientific Instrument Technician) on mechanical aspects of repair and maintenance.
  5. Fabricates a variety of low-tolerance mechanical parts, installs and test them. Parts include pipe fittings, spacers, washes, conduits, and mounting brackets needed for repairs of the dome, shutter, and instruments.
  6. The incumbent will be available 'on call' for emergency repair as required. Must be able to drive to telescope on Maunakea at short notice to troubleshoot mechanical problems.
  7. Responsible for inventories of equipment and parts. Determines needs and initiates purchases as needed.
  8. Conducts preventative maintenance of the telescope, dome and shutter systems through monitoring the mechanical performance of these systems by operating the telescope control system.
  9. Conducts safety inspections of observatory systems including, but not limited to, ladders, cranes, safety railings, dome floor, and instrument access platform.
  10. Other duties as assigned
Minimum Qualifications
  1. Possession of a vocational degree in mechanical maintenance and repair and 3 year(s) of progressively responsible professional experience with responsibilities for mechanical maintenance and repair; or equivalent education/training or experience.
  2. Considerable working knowledge of principles, practices and techniques in the mechanical maintenance and repairs as demonstrated by the broad knowledge of the full range of pertinent standard and evolving concepts, principles and methodologies.
  3. Considerable working knowledge and understanding of applicable federal and state laws, rules, regulations and theories and systems associated with mechanical maintenance, repairs, safety, and hazardous materials.
  4. Demonstrated ability to resolve wide ranging complex problems through the use of creative reasoning and logic to accurately determine the cause of the problems and the resolution of the problems in an effective, innovative and timely manner.
  5. Demonstrated ability to interpret and present information and ideas clearly and accurately in writing, verbally and by preparation of reports and other materials.
  6. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external organizations, groups, team leaders and members, and individuals.
  7. Demonstrated ability to operate a personal computer and apply word processing software.
  8. For supervisory work, demonstrated ability to lead subordinates, manage work priorities and projects, and manage employee relations.
  9. Any equivalent combination of education and/or professional work experience which provides the required education, knowledge, skills and abilities as indicated.
  10. Must be able to work at 14,000 feet and work in extreme conditions.
  11. Must be able to lift 60lbs.
  12. Must be able to work a non-standard work schedule.
  13. Ability to travel independently to various geographical locations in a timely manner. Requirement may be fulfilled by a valid Hawaii Driver's License (class 3), comparable driver's license or use of means of transportation which meets position needs.
Desirable Qualifications
  1. Experience in mechanical maintenance and repair of an astronomical observatory.

To Apply:
Submit cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, UH Form 64A (attach resume), names of 3 professional references and official transcripts (copies acceptable; however official transcripts will be required at time of hire)to the address below.
  1. University of Hawaii at Manoa
  2. Institute for Astronomy
  3. Attn: Human Resources Specialist
  4. 2680 Woodlawn Drive
  5. Honolulu, HI 96822
  1. Imaikalani Namahoe; 808-974-4210;

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