Mar 08 2023
Job Description




CLOSING DATE:  March 9, 2023, or until filled. Applications received after this deadline may be considered only if the position is not filled or up to the date a selection has been approved by the RCUH (whichever comes first).


INQUIRIES:  John Rayner 956-9846 (Oahu). 


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


Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Institute for Astronomy (IfA), located in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.  Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.


MONTHLY SALARY:  Salary commensurate with qualifications. 


DUTIES:  As a Software Engineer for the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF), primary responsibility is maintaining, monitoring, and modernizing the telescope control system (TCS) and related observatory software, including maintaining and writing software for remote observing, star catalogs, and updating observing target ephemerides. Secondary duties include software development for observing instrument data acquisition systems and instrument graphical user interface (GUI). This is a progression job beginning with an entry level (Level I). It will assume the employee to start at Level I (unless justified and qualified to start at a higher level). Through experience, demonstrated competence, and operational needs, may be promoted to a higher level. Availability and ability to perform duties independently is expected to increase with each level of progression.





Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Computer Science, or closely related field.


Progression job with minimum experience requirements for Level I, and combination of experience and demonstrated competence and abilities for Levels II, III, and Senior. It will assume the employee to start at Level I (unless justified and qualified to start at a higher level). (Level I) Two to four (2-4) years of experience in computer science including some experience in complex software environments such as an observatory with emphasis on Linux development.  (Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Computer Science or closely related field may substitute for one (1) year of experience).


Considerable knowledge of theories, principles, and practice of computer science. Considerable knowledge of software development, including C, Unix systems programming, proportional-integral-derivative (PID) motion controllers, GUI programming, and network programming.


Good interpersonal and communication skills.  Ability to plan, direct, and implement complex systems and analysis programs. Demonstrated ability in establishing working relationships within team or crew. Ability to develop and deploy software and administer Linux servers or equivalent in a user interface. 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 throughout the duration of employment. Must be able to drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle with automatic transmission.


Post Offer/Employment Condition:  Must be able to occasionally work at 14,000 feet and pass a post offer high-altitude medical examination.


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.).



Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Computer Science. Experience in an observatory or laboratory environment. Experience with astronomical software libraries and tools.


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to 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. 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. 


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


We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.