Job Details

Senior IT Infrastructure Engineer

W. M. Keck Observatory
Kamuela, Hawaii, United States

W.M. Keck Observatory in Waimea, HI is looking to hire a full-time Senior IT Infrastructure Engineer to provide and maintain a secure and efficient IT environment in alignment with our core values of safety, integrity, respect, discovery, and service. Are you a problem solver who enjoys finding ways to improve systems? Do you want to work with a prestigious scientific institution? If so, please read on!

This computer science position earns a competitive salary, depending on experience. We provide superb benefits, including health insurance, a 403(b) plan, and a tuition assistance program for dependent children (K - 12th grade). If this sounds like the right engineering opportunity for you, apply today!


From Hawaii's Maunakea, astronomers around the world use our observatory to observe the universe with unprecedented power and precision. Our twin observatory telescopes are the world's most scientifically productive optical and infrared telescopes! With our highly advanced technology, we focus on service and stewardship and are very committed to being the science leader in large land-based telescopes. We support the mission of the observatory and work to unravel the mysteries of the universe!

Each employee is a part of our mission. We provide meaningful jobs and an exciting place to pursue careers. Employees are able to work with a variety of equipment and scientific applications for the good of humanity and pure science. We work in a wonderful setting and environment and are passionate about what we do. We're looking for more individuals to join us!


As our Senior IT Infrastructure Engineer, you have the important job of keeping our IT network running at its full potential. You maintain structures that are important to our network's safety and performance, such as servers, routers, firewalls, and virtual private network protocols. Working closely with users, observatory partners, providers, and vendors, you measure the performance and security of our network. With your analytical mind, you search for ways to improve the systems and implement the upgrades accordingly. You establish and maintain a disaster recovery plan (DRP) so that our observatory can continue to operate even in emergency cases.

You maintain accurate and thorough records regarding security concerns and incidents as well as track overall performance. Using your strong communication skills, you make recommendations to stakeholders concerning network security and potential improvements. You develop clear and concise educational programs and advise people at all levels about security issues, vulnerabilities, and overall best network practices. You take great pride in upholding a high-quality IT infrastructure so our observatory can continue our scientific research!


  • 6+ years of experience working in computer science, engineering, or a related technical environment
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or a related technical field OR an additional 4 years of relevant experience
  • Working knowledge of security concepts, protocols, processes, architectures, and tools such as authentication and access control technologies, intrusion detection, network traffic analysis, SIM technology, incident handling, media/malware analysis, etc.
  • Working knowledge of networking concepts, protocols, and architectures such as OSI-model, TCP/IP, and major application protocols such as DNS/HTTP/SMTP, LAN/WANs, VPNs, routers/routing, addressing, etc.

Experience working with virtualization, cloud-based, or storage area network (SAN) technologies would be preferred but is not required. Do you thrive working in a fast-paced environment? Can you juggle multiple projects at once and ensure they meet deadlines? Are you a strong communicator? Do you have strong critical thinking skills? If yes, you might just be perfect for this engineering position!


If you feel that you would be right for this computer science job, please fill out our initial 3-minute, mobile-friendly application. We look forward to meeting you!

Location: 96743

Send application

Mail this job to me so I can apply later

Apply With CV

You are not logged in. If you have an account, log in to your account. If you do not have an account, why not sign up? It only takes a minute!

latest videos

Upcoming Events