Optics Engineer | W.M. Keck Observatory

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Position Location: 
Waimea, HI
Job Description: 

W.M. Keck Observatory (WMKO) operates two of the largest and most scientifically productive optical/infrared telescopes on Earth. The twin 10-meter telescopes are located amidst several other world class observatories on the summit of Mauna Kea, at 13,796 feet above sea level on the Big Island of Hawaii, one of the premier sites for astronomy. 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 us, visit us at www.keckobservatory.org.

WMKO offers a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits bundle including a 403(b) plan; a highly regarded tuition assistance program for dependent children (K-12 grade); and an unmatched focus of excellence all while working on the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii.

The Optics Engineer leads engineering efforts in optimization, development, integration and operations of the Keck I and Keck II telescope optics. The optics engineer is responsible for the overall delivered image quality to the science instruments. Current development activities include upgrades and improvements to the telescope phasing, the primary mirror active control system and telescope focus maintenance.

Principal activities include:

  • Play the lead role in optimizing the optical performance of the Keck telescopes to:
    • Understand and reduce the telescopes’ overall wavefront error budget.
    •  Support the overall optical optimization and efficiency of the science instruments with the telescope.
    • Perform data acquisition, data evaluation, and database management for the purpose of monitoring and optimizing the telescope optics and instrument performance.
  • Play a lead role in the maintenance of the health of the telescope optics through monitoring, developing safe handling procedures and providing optical expertise in all activities related to the repair of the telescope optics.
  • Perform a role in the commissioning of new science instruments or capabilities and in upgrading existing science instruments and facilities to assure maximum optical performance.

Required Qualifications include:

  • Masters of Science level degree in optics, physics, or engineering, or equivalent experience.
  • Five (5) years' experience in optical engineering with practical experience in the alignment, testing, and optimization of telescope and/or instrument optics.

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