Employment Opportunity at Keck – Electronics Engineer

W. M. Keck Observatory position announcement

Fisheye Keck 1
The Keck 1 Telescope awaiting lights out and release for the night
W. M. Keck Observatory has an immediate opening for an Electronics Engineer to design and implement major upgrades to the various telescope control systems, add new capabilities and integrate state of the art instruments.


  • Provide electronic engineering expertise to support upgrades and new development projects
  • Participate in system level specifications, develop hardware specifications, interface control documents, and lifecycle design documents
  • Write, analyze and document test plans, conduct design tests and evaluate results
  • Generate and maintain production documentation, including schematics, wire diagrams, assembly drawings, data sheets, manuals, and project notebooks
  • Support project managers by providing and maintaining accurate cost and labor estimates and Bills of Material. Help to maintain project plans through good communication
  • Coordinate the electronic interfacing of new instrumentation;
  • Direct the efforts of associate engineers and technicians, coordinate and schedule engineering activities
  • Assist in the investigation of chronic performance and reliability problems in existing systems and develop and implement solutions to resolve these problems.


  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or equivalent
  • Three or more years of applicable work experience, preferably in a team environment
  • Working knowledge of AC and DC electronics theory
  • Experience in analog and digital electronics, computer interface electronics, and real-time control systems
  • Understanding of grounding, shielding, and electrical safety
  • Experience with schematic capture, PCB design and layout
  • Experience in the design, debug, simulation and validation of electronic circuits and products
  • Skilled user of test and analysis equipment including oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, bus analyzers, cable and fiber optic test equipment, power measuring equipment, and signal generators
  • Experience planning and implementing PLC based solutions including I/O selection, communication and programming (Rockwell/AB ControlLogix and RSLogix); experience with National Instruments RIO and LabVIEW FPGA; use of PADS, E3 Wireworks (Zuken), SolidWorks; and experience with programmable multiple axes motion controllers such as DeltaTau PMAC or Galil would be a plus

The W. M. Keck Observatory operates the largest, most scientifically productive telescopes on Earth. The two, 10-meter optical/infrared telescopes on the summit of Mauna Kea on the Island of Hawaii feature a suite of advanced instruments including imagers, multi-object spectrographs, high-resolution spectrographs, integral-field spectroscopy and a world-leading laser guide star adaptive optics system. The Observatory is a private 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and a scientific partnership of the California Institute of Technology, the University of California and NASA.

To learn more about this position and to apply, go to: www.keckobservatory.iapplicants.com

Equal Opportunity Employer

Author: Andrew

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

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