mountain profile Institute for Astronomy University of Hawaii

Scientific Instrument Electronics Technician

Maintained by LG

Job ID# 13304

Closing Date: June 21, 2013

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

Minimum Monthly Salary:  $3,291

Duties:  Collaboration with Institute for Astronomy (IfA) staff, engineers, and scientists in the design, fabrication, ordering of components, documentation, modification, field testing, and integration of unique and complex instrumentation. Testing and modification of scientific instrumentation, computer systems, electro-optics, and custom designed electronic systems. Maintains IRTF lab, associated equipment, components, and supplies. Ensures that lab is a clean and safe work environment. Trains and supervises lower level technicians and/or student help as needed.  

Primary Qualifications:  

Education:   Vocational School Degree/Certification in electronics technology with emphasis on intermediate level electronics fundamentals, analog and digital circuitry.

Experience:  At least five (5) years of experience in the design, construction, modification, and maintenance of Mechanical and Electronic Systems.

Abilities/Knowledge/Skills:   Considerable knowledge of the operation and uses of electronic testing equipment, oscilloscopes, digital voltmeters, pulse and function generators, and power supplies, PC integrated data acquisition hardware. The working knowledge of electronic CAD programs, word processing, spreadsheets, digital photography for archiving. Ability to accurately assemble printed circuit boards using fine pitched surface mount components with benchtop assembly tools. Ability to read and understand electronics schematics and familiarity with commonly used components. Ability to assemble scientific instrumentation using mechanical drawings. Skills in the use of standard mechanical and electronics shop tools and equipment. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with faculty and research personnel. Must possess a valid driver’s license.

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

Secondary Qualifications: Skills in fabrication, modification, and repair of scientific equipment constructed from metal, plastic, or related materials. Knowledge of hazards and relevant safety precautions when working with instruments using liquid cryogens. Understanding and use of vacuum systems, helium leak detectors, vacuum terminology, and applied techniques in astronomical instrumentation. Experience with assembly of cryogenic components and cryo-electronics.

Inquiries:  Alan Tokunaga (808) 956-6691 (Oahu).

Application Requirements:  Please go to, click on "Employment"; select “Apply” and navigate to “See Job Announcements and/or Apply for a Job.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Salary History, 4) Supervisory References, 5) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawaii 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 If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808) 956-8344.

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