February 25, 2013


National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), Subaru Telescope Project, 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.


DUTIES: Increases the visibility of Subaru Telescope by coordinating the staff presentations targeted to the local and the international community, including Japanese audiences, covering discoveries from the Subaru Telescope and the activities there. Arranges outreach events at Subaru Telescope as well as in the vicinity and conducts remote presentations. Assists with facility tours, updates the exhibits at Subaru Telescope, and develops effective information materials for the general public. Coaches the Subaru Telescope staff on giving effective presentations.


EDUCATION: Master's Degree from an accredited college or university in Science Communication, Science Education, Astronomy, Physics, Planetary Science, Optical Engineering, or related discipline.

EXPERIENCE: Three to five (3-5) years of work as a professional in one of the following categories or closely related field: education or exhibition design in science museums, teaching science or a related subject at grade schools or institutions of higher education, science outreach at research or educational institutions, interpreter at a science or related museum. Conducted astronomy-related instructional workshops for students, teachers, or other professionals.

ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS: Strong knowledge of effective science communication. Working knowledge of modern astronomy, physics, and instrumentation in astronomy or experimental physics. Basic understanding of how a telescope works. Proficient in transforming complex ideas of modern science into accessible, comprehensible terms for general audiences. Awareness of or able to understand the cultural and environmental sensitivity of the telescope site on Mauna Kea. Knowledge of practical ways of effective communication using conventional and contemporary tools. General safety awareness. Working knowledge of social media, information technology, HTML documents, personal computers, and basic operation systems. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Japanese and English. Able to create appealing presentations and exhibit material to impress general audience or school-age students. Able to coach staff at Subaru Telescope in giving effective presentations. Able to work with diverse community, including but not limited to, co-workers such as scientists, engineers, technicians, and administrative staff; general public from grade school students to informed adults or leaders in the community; and professionals in education, media, and academia. Must possess a valid driver's license and a clean driver's abstract for the past three (3) years. Must be able to drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle with manual transmission. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to pass a post offer criminal background check.

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: Teaching certificate in Hawaii or other U.S. state or in Japan. Specialized experience in astronomy outreach or experience as a curator in a science museum. Licensed museum specialist in Japan. Specialized experience in astronomy outreach or as an interpreter at a science museum. Experience teaching science communication, astronomy, physics, planetary science, optical engineering, or other related field at a college level. Ability to create high quality visual presentation materials (images, photos, videos, etc.).

INQUIRIES: Debbie Guthier 934-5904 (Hawaii).

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.

CLOSING DATE: March 26, 2013.

EEO/AA Employer.



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