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- Associate Professor, Subaru Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) -

July 13, 2017

Associate Professor, Subaru Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)


1. Job Title: Associate Professor
2. Division and Location: Mitaka Campus of NAOJ (will be relocated to Hilo, Hawaii, USA in future)
3. Area of Expertise: Astronomy and/or related fields
4. Job Description:

The Subaru Telescope, NAOJ has been conducting open-use observations with the 8.2m optical-infrared telescope on top of Maunakea, Hawaii. In particular, observations using Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC), including a large survey program (so-called Subaru Strategic Program; SSP), have been intensively carried out through full utilization of the wide field of view of the Subaru telescope. In addition, the Subaru Telescope has been preparing to start a large, wide-field spectroscopic survey using Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS) in a couple of years. In order to maximize scientific outputs from Subaru telescope focusing on these wide-field observations, the Subaru Telescope is seeking a full-time Associate Professor; (1) who plays a leading role in operations of the data analysis and archive system for HSC under cooperation with Astronomical Data Center (ADC) at NAOJ, (2) who also plays a leading roles in the development and future operations of the data analysis and archive system for PFS as well as other instruments of Subaru telescope. For more specific information on the duties, responsibilities, and qualifications for the position are available here.

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The starting date is ASAP after the offer and acceptance of the position, which could continue until NAOJ’s mandatory retirement age.

6. Minimum Educational Requirement: Ph.D. or its equivalent
7. Required Application Materials:
a) Curriculum vitae
b) List of publications
c) Summary of past research activities as they relate to astronomical research, development of data analysis tools, and user support services
d) Plan that includes not only an individual research plan but also addresses your perspective on your leadership role in maintenance and upgrade of the data analysis and archive system
e) Two (2) reference letters
f) Your e-mail address
8. Application Deadline: All materials must be received by no later than August 31, 2017, 17:00 in Japan Standard Time
9. Details of the Application Procedure
a) Send all materials by E-MAIL to: apply-hawaii-assoc20170831_AT_nao.ac.jp (replace _AT_ with @)
b) Format of materials
  1. Convert each application document to a PDF file and attach each to your e-mail.
  2. Pay attention to the size of your PDF files. Each file should be less than 10 MB.
c) Reference letters should be sent directly from the references to the e-mail addresses shown above by the deadline.
d) Address questions about the position and/or application to:
Professor Michitoshi Yoshida, Director, Subaru Telescope (NAOJ)
650 North A'ohoku Place, Hilo, HI 96720, U.S.A.
yoshida_AT_naoj.org (replace _AT_ with @)
10. Processing of Application
a) Applicants will receive an acknowledgement of your submitted application. If you do not receive this within a couple of business days, please send an e-mail to: apply-hawaii-assoc20170831_AT_nao.ac.jp (replace _AT_ with @)
b) The NAOJ Board of Operations will make the final decision for the appointment. NAOJ complies with Japanese Equal Opportunity Employment Law and strives for the realization of a society with equal participation by both men and women. For details, see http://open-info.nao.ac.jp/danjokyodo/



Duties, Responsibilities, Qualifications, and Benefits


1. Summary of Duties and Responsibilities: This position of the Associate Professor is based in the Mitaka campus of NAOJ although future relocation to Hilo, Hawaii, USA will be made. The Subaru Telescope has been carrying out a large survey program (so-called Subaru Strategic Program; SSP) using Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC). In order to maximize scientific outputs from the large survey using HSC, the Subaru Telescope and international HSC collaboration have cooperatively developed the HSC data analysis and archive system, providing the community with analyzed data through the pipeline, catalogs of objects detected in the survey, and various user tools for those reduce data and catalogs. In addition to the HSC survey, the Subaru Telescope will start a large spectroscopic survey using Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS) in a couple of years. Primary duties and responsibilities of the incumbent is 1) to ensure steady operation of the HSC data analysis and archive system, and 2) to develop and operate advanced system that handle not only data from HSC but also from other instruments of Subaru telescope, including PFS. Details are summarized as follows:


  • To play a leading role in steady operations of the data analysis and archive system for HSC under cooperation with Astronomical Data Center (ADC) at NAOJ. Also to play a central role in the maintenance and upgrading of the system to improve the quality of the reduced data with better data calibration and to provide more efficient and user-friendly tools
  • To provide the HSC operation team in Hilo with feedback based on results of data analysis as needed
  • To play a leading role in further development of the current system for HSC into advanced system handling and integrating data produced by other instruments of Subaru telescope, including PFS, as well as HSC
  • To pursue his/her own scientific program using Subaru telescope

Information of HSC Subaru Strategic Program is available at http://hsc.mtk.nao.ac.jp/ssp/. Information of Prime Focus Spectrograph is available at http://pfs.ipmu.jp.

In addition to the duties and responsibilities, the incumbent supports the daily operation of the telescope system.


2. Qualifications: Demonstrable experiences and knowledge in the field of astronomical researches based on large scale surveys are required. Abilities to supervise a group of approximately ten (10) people are also required. In addition, experiences in development of data analysis tools and user support services are desirable. Abilities to interact and communicate effectively with engineering as well as scientific staffs hired locally as well as those sent from Japan. Leadership and good communication skills in internationally collaborative projects are required.


3. Benefits: Salary is dependent upon experience and qualifications. Benefits, including relocation cost support, are determined by the NAOJ rules.





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