Nov 18 2021
Job Description



University of Hawai‘i/Infrared Telescope.  Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the University of Hawai‘i/Infrared Telescope (UH/IRT), also known as the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT), located in Hilo, Hawai‘i. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. 




DUTIES:  Provides electronics technical support for the daily operations of the UKIRT at the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawai‘i. Performs on-site troubleshooting and repair of equipment.  Operates the telescope and scientific instruments for diagnostic and maintenance purposes. Operates specialized forklift and mobile elevating work platform. Works on instrument exchanges, telescope top-end changes (secondary mirror and its support system), and primary mirror recoating. Drives project vehicles to access facility at the summit. Maintains a clean and safe working environment. Documents new work procedures and equipment. Works and updates with technical documentation maintained in a computerized database. Determines needs and initiates purchases as needed. Manages inventory of parts and equipment. Advises other staff on aspects of repair and maintenance. Works closely with other members of the UKIRT team, in particular with the Instrumentation Engineer. Must be available for ‘on call’ technical emergencies as required. 


PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  Vocational School Degree or Certification in electronics fabrication, maintenance, and repair.  EXPERIENCE:  Three to five (3-5) years of experience in construction, modification, and maintenance of electronics systems.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Considerable working knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques in the use of diagnostic equipment and repair tools. Knowledge of electrical and electronics maintenance and troubleshooting and of the hazards and safety precautions involved in maintenance and repair work of complex equipment. Ability to operate specialized forklift and mobile elevating work platform. Ability to understand and follow blueprints, sketches, technical documentation, oral and written instructions. Ability to plan complex work procedures. Able to use tools in an appropriate manner on complex repair work. Demonstrated ability to resolve complex electronics problems to determine the cause and to plan the resolution of the problem in an effective, innovative, and timely manner. Ability to present information and ideas clearly and accurately in writing, verbally, and by preparation of reports and other documents. Ability to operate a personal computer, word processing software, email, and video conferencing software. Must possess a valid driver’s license (and if use of personal vehicle on the job is required, must also have valid personal driver’s insurance equivalent to Hawai’i’s No-Fault Driver’s Insurance) and maintain through the duration of employment. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must possess specialized forklift operator certification (or be able to obtain and maintain the certificate following the training provided within twelve (12) months from date of hire and maintain throughout duration of employment).  PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Must be able to lift and carry at least sixty (60) pounds unassisted, climb ladders, work in an enclosed space and height up to fifty (50) feet. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to work at 14,000 feet elevation and pass a post offer high-altitude medical examination.POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS:  As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's policies and procedures.  Violation of RCUH's, UH's, or business entity's policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.).  


SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS:  Considerable knowledge of the materials, methods, tools, and equipment employed in the maintenance of electronics equipment utilized in, or in support of, facilities and equipment. Basic understanding of the principles of astronomical telescopes. Basic understanding of mechanical assembly procedures. 


INQUIRIES:  Dr. Thomas Kerr - [email protected] (Hawai‘i). 


Please apply directly on the RCUH website to be considered for the position.


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to www.rcuh.com and click on “Job Postings.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Supervisory References, 4) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawai‘i Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. All RCUH employees and positions are subject to the August 5, 2021 Emergency Proclamation requiring all State/RCUH employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or be subject to weekly testing for COVID-19.  All post-job offer/new hires will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated (e.g., their CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card) or a Negative COVID-19 Test result during the onboarding process.  New Hires will not be allowed to start work until their COVID-19 Vaccination or Test Results have been reviewed as in compliance.  Requests for a religious or medical accommodation from the COVID-19 vaccination will be handled on a post-job offer basis.  Individuals granted an accommodation will be subject to the weekly testing requirement.  NOTE:  Effective January 3, 2022, all RCUH recruitments and new hires will require compliance with the RCUH COVID-19 Policy.  Applicants may request information on this policy from the contact person listed on this recruitment. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to [email protected] If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-7262 or (808)956-0872. 


CLOSING DATE:  December 8, 2021. 


RCUH’s mission is to support and enhance research, development and training in Hawai‘i, with a focus on the University ofHawai‘i.


Equal Opportunities Employer – Minorities/Women/Disability/Veteran.