Employment at Keck – Electronics Engineer

W. M. Keck Observatory position announcement

The W.M. Keck Observatory seeks an Electronics Engineer to join a multi-disciplinary engineering team that operates, maintains, and improves high-technology systems at the observatory including telescope controls, primary mirror controls, adaptive optics and more. This is a challenging fast-paced technical environment where teamwork, and interpersonal communication are essential skills.

The observatory operates two of the largest and most scientifically productive optical/infrared telescopes in the world. The twin 10-meter telescopes are located amidst several other world class observatories on the summit of Mauna Kea, at 13,796 feet above sea level on the Big Island of Hawaii, one of the premier sites for astronomy. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join a skilled and deeply committed team of technical professionals who enable exciting and important astronomical discoveries.

Qualifications for this position include a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering with emphasis in electronics and control systems and five years of work experience designing, building, analyzing, testing and troubleshooting of electronics and electromechanical systems. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of analog and digital electronics, real-time PID motion control systems, computer interfaces, noise, shielding and grounding principles, and be well organized and have good documentation skills. Desirable skills include project planning and management, configuration management, and knowledge of electronics and electrical engineering standards. Because of the observatory’s location, a significant amount of time will be spent working at high altitude.

This position requires you to submit your resume on-line at: http://keckobservatory.iapplicants.com/ViewJob-262125.html with your cover letter that states why you are uniquely qualified for the position.

Additional information about WMKO and this position may be found on our website at www.keckobservatory.org EEO/M/F/D/V

Author: Andrew

An electrical engineer, amateur astronomer, and diver, living and working on the island of Hawaiʻi.

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