- Subaru Telescope Project Research Fellow 2014

October 07, 2013

Subaru Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) is inviting applications for the position of project research fellow. Subaru Telescope, NAOJ operates the Subaru Telescope for open use observations and is also active in the research and development for its future systems ( We are seeking a Project Research Fellow who can actively pursue observational research and/or instrumental development using the Subaru Telescope. Project Research Fellow is a full-time position (38h45min working hours/week) employed under the scheme of the annual salary system of National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS).

1. Number of vacancies: one

2. Office location: 650 A'ohoku Place, Hilo, HI 96720, U.S.A. Occasional travels to the NAOJ Mitaka campus, Japan.

3. Areas of expertise: Astronomy and/or related fields

4. Successful applicants are expected to actively collaborate with the staff members using not only the Subaru Telescope, but also Keck telescopes, Gemini telescopes, and others to increase scientific activities at the observatory. In addition, they are expected to support a part of scientific operations at Subaru Telescope, including duties at the top of Mauna Kea (4200 m in elevation). Applicants should describe not only plans of their own research, but also plans for possible collaborations and supporting roles at the observatory. Inquiry for further details of the duties and responsibilities as well as benefits should be directly sent to the Subaru Telescope (see below).


(1) Starting date: 1 April 2014 or later, but no later than 30 September 2014
(2) Length of appointment: Three years, subject to annual review for the renewal of the contract. If the applicant had been the project research fellow of NAOJ before, then the term will be set shorter than three years so that their total period of employment at NAOJ does not exceed five years.
(3) Salary and benefits: The fellow will receive a monthly salary of 300,000 JYE and annual research funds of 500,000 JYE. The travel and relocation costs to Hilo, Hawaii will be covered. If the fellow is a resident outside the State of Hawaii, the fellow's monthly salary is raised to 520,000 JYE. For health insurance and pension plans, please contact the inquiry address.

6. Minimum degree: PhD degree in astronomy or related fields as of 1 April 2014, or is expected to have it by 30 September 2014.

7. Please submit the following documents:
(1) a curriculum vitae,
(2) a summary of research activities in the past,
(3) a list of publications (Separate refereed and non-refereed papers. For co-authored papers, list all the names of authors.),
(4) PDF copy of three major publications, and
(5) an outline of research plans.
In addition, the applicant should arrange two reference letters, to be sent from the persons recommending the applicant. The names of the persons should be identified in the application cover letter.

8. Application and reference letters should be sent to: with a mail subject of “application for project fellow”. The application documents and the reference letters must be received by 12:00 HST, 2 December 2013. When the application documents are received, a confirmation mail will be sent to the applicant. If you do not receive the confirmation within two working days, please notify the inquiry address.

9. For inquiries, please contact: Prof. Nobuo Arimoto, Director, Subaru Telescope, NAOJ, 650 North A’ohoku Place, Hilo, Hawaii 96720, U.S.A. Tel: +1-808-934-5900, e-mail:

10. NAOJ is promoting equal opportunities for women in the workplace.

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