Optics Technician | W.M. Keck Observatory

Date Posted: 
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Position Location: 
Kamuela, Hawaii
Job Description: 

Welcome to the cutting edge of tomorrow!
The W. M. Keck Observatory (WMKO) operates two of the world’s largest and most scientifically productive optical/infrared telescopes located on the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. A highly capable and motivated staff operates, maintains and develops the complex telescope systems and infrastructure on the summit. WMKO seeks an Optics Technician to join this high-caliber team.
Under the general supervision of the Instrument & Optics Supervisor, this position is responsible for the maintenance and improvement work on all optical systems. Specific responsibilities include handling of large optics, stripping and coating of optics, participation in glass safety and perform glass safety officer duties for segment exchanges, cleaning and repair of optical elements, and participation in efforts to improve throughput, reduce emissivity and reduce scatter.
Required Qualifications
 Associates Degree or an equivalent combination of experience and training.
 Three (3) years' experience working with and around optics, including stripping and coating.