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Adaptive Optics (AO) Scientist

W.M. Keck Observatory
Hawaii, U.S.A.

Job Title: Adaptive Optics (AO) Scientist
Posted March 18, 2008

The W.M. Keck Observatory operates the world’s two largest optical/infrared telescopes located on the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. Both telescopes are equipped with AO systems which are routinely used in both Natural and Laser Guide Star (LGS) AO modes. These systems have been extremely productive scientifically and new, even more capable, systems are currently in design and development.

The successful candidate will be involved in the design and implementation of the new LGS AO systems and optimization of the existing systems. In particular, the candidate will be a main contributor in the integration, commissioning and science verification of the Keck I LGS AO system and the development of the future Next Generation Adaptive Optics (NGAO) system currently in the early design phase. This position may include time for personal research. Ideal candidate should be a motivated, self-starter who can work independently to meet time sensitive deadlines within a fast-paced environment independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.

The requirements for this position include: a PhD level degree in the physical sciences or engineering or equivalent Prior AO system development, astronomical instrumentation and/or astronomical observatory experience is highly desirable.

The following skills are required: The successful applicant should be highly competent in using high-level programming languages, such as IDL (Interactive Data Language), in the development of systems control software and for data analysis.

This is a regular position with a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including relocation assistance and private school (K-12) tuition support for dependent children. Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience. The position is opened until filled. Employment is conditional on successful completion of drug tests.
Science With Adaptive Optics, Brandner
Mail or fax resumes, references, and salary history to:  
AO Scientist,
65–1120 Mamalahoa Highway,
Kamuela, HI 96743;
Fax (808) 881-3696
Additional information about WMKO and this position may be found on our web site at www.keckobservatory.org. EEO/M/F/D/V



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