- Subaru Telescope Project Research Fellow 2017 -

September 29, 2016

Subaru Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (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 postdoctoral fellow who can actively pursue observational research and/or instrumental development using the Subaru Telescope.

1. Number of vacancies: one
2. Office location: 650 North Aʻohoku Place, Hilo, HI 96720, U.S.A.
Occasional travels to the NAOJ headquarters in Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan are also expected.
3. Research fields: Astronomy and /or related feilds

Successful applicant is expected to actively collaborate with the staff members using not only the Subaru Telescope, but also Keck telescopes, Gemini telescopes, and others to enhance scientific activities at the observatory. In addition, she or he is expected to support a part of open use observations at Subaru Telescope, including duties at the top of Maunakea (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).

5. (1) The term starts at 1 April 2017 or later.
(2) The term is for three years, subject to annual review. (*)

At the end of the contract term, there is the possibility of extending the contract up to two years, based on a review. (*)

*If the applicant had been the project research fellow of NAOJ or the Researcher (Part-time Contract Employee) before, then the term may be adjusted so that the total length of employment does not exceed five years.


The applicant must have a PhD degree as of 31 March 2017, or is expected to have it by 30 September 2017.

7. The application documents (either in Japanese or in English) must include
(1) Curriculum vitae
(2) Summary of research activities in the past
(3) 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
(5) Outline of research plan

In addition, the applicant can arrange one or two letters of recommendation, to be sent from the person(s) recommending the applicant to the email address below. The names of the person(s) should be identified in the application cover letter.

8. The application documents and the recommendation letter must be received by 12:00 JST (03:00 UT), 16 November 2016.
9. (1) Application and reference letter should be sent to:
with a mail subject of "application for project fellow".
(2) For inquiries, please contact:
Professor Nobuo Arimoto, Director
Subaru Telescope, NAOJ
650 North Aʻohoku Place, Hilo, Hawaii 96720, U.S.A.
Tel: +1-808-934-5900
10. When the application documents are received, a confirmation mail will be sent to the applicant. If you do not receive the confirmation within three working days, please notify the inquiry address.
11. Successful applicants will be hired through RCUH (Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii)..Expense to move to Hawaii will be covered by the Subaru Telescope based on RCUH's guideline. For a resident outside the state of Hawaii, monthly allowance for Hilo, Hawaii will be paid in addition to the base salary of JYE 350,000. Note that the salary and the monthly allowance will be paid in USD with the fixed exchange rate of 1 USD = 100 JPY. NAOJ is promoting equal opportunities for women in the workplace.

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