University of Hawaii at Manoa, Institute for Astronomy

Position ID:UHManoa-Institute for Astronomy-TTAI [#10334, TTAI]
Position Title: Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Astronomer in Instrumentation
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Hilo, Hawaii 96720, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Physics
Appl Deadline:2018/01/12 11:59PMhelp popup** finished (2017/10/27, finished 2018/07/15, listed until 2018/01/12)
Position Description:    

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The Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at the University of Hawaii invites applications for a tenure-track assistant or associate-level faculty position with a focus in instrumentation relating to telescopes on Mauna Kea and Haleakala.  This faculty position will be located at the IfA’s facility in Hilo on the island of Hawaii (the Big Island).  The anticipated start date is Fall 2018.


We especially encourage applicants that complement or build upon existing instrumentation and astronomical research efforts at IfA-Hilo, but all relevant fields of astronomy and astronomical instrumentation will be considered.  Applicants should have an outstanding research record, an ability to lead and support a research program involving students and postdocs, and an ability to teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


Duties will consist primarily of undertaking a program of astronomical research with a strong focus on instrumentation development, teaching at least one graduate or undergraduate course per year, and participating in the academic and scientific life of the IfA.   Applicants should have a Ph. D. in astronomy, physics, or closely related areas and successful instrumentation experience as demonstrated by accomplishments, publications, and letters of recommendation.   At least two years of post-doctoral research are desirable but not essential.  Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The IfA has strong research groups in nearly all areas of astrophysics and has guaranteed access to the entire suite of observational facilities on the summits of Mauna Kea and Haleakala.  The IfA-Hilo facility is well-equipped for instrumentation programs, including active development related to adaptive optics, near-infrared detectors, the UH 2.2-meter telescope, the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility, the Keck Observatory, and future plans related to the next-generation  ground-based telescopes on Mauna Kea. More information about the IfA is available at


TO APPLY:  Please upload a curriculum vitae (including bibliography) and statements of research and teaching interests and plans using AcademicJobsOnline, Also please arrange for three letters of recommendation to be uploaded to the same website.  All materials should be received by January 12, 2018.


Applications submitted by January 12, 2018 will receive full consideration.


INQUIRES:  Please email with any questions.  Note that letters of recommendation should be uploaded to the aforementioned web address, not emailed to the committee chair. 


Closing Date:  January 12, 2018


The University of Hawaii is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, status as a protected veteran, National Guard participation, breastfeeding, and arrest/court record (except as permissible under State law).


Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history record checks.


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Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Institute for Astronomy
2680 Woodlawn Drive
Honolulu, HI 96822

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