- Experience with both Python and C/C++, with expert programming ability in at least one of these languages (Python preferred).
- Experience with software system development and operation.
- Experience with version control systems and online code management repositories (preferably git-based).
- Experience with continuous integration and DevOps concepts.
- Competence in a Linux environment.
- Knowledge of modern development methodologies (iterative, agile, lean).
- Experience with virtualization/containerization.
- Experience with SQL.
- Experience with system administration and cluster environments.
- Knowledge of compilation technologies.
- Education or professional background in astronomy.
Appointments may be made at the level of Software Systems Engineer or Senior Software Systems Engineer depending upon experience. Appointments are expected to be for an initial term of three years, with the possibility of extension to an open-ended appointment
subject to job performance, funding, and observatory program needs.
Headquartered in Tucson, AZ and funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), NOAO is the US national center for nighttime ground-based optical and infrared (OIR) astronomy. The fundamental mission of NOAO is to enable scientific discovery by a global
research community. NOAO’s Community Science and Data Center (CSDC) operates archives, software, and services to enable data-intensive astronomy, and coordinates access to the full array of OIR astronomy resources available to the US community, including the
twin 8.1-m telescopes of the International Gemini Observatory. In addition to the CSDC, NOAO operates world-class telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) on the Tohono O’odham Nation in Arizona, and at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO)
NOAO offers an excellent benefits package, competitive salary commensurate with experience, and a very attractive work environment.
Applicants are requested to submit a resume or CV, a list of 3 professional references, and a cover letter describing how their skills and experience are matched to the essential functions of the position (PDF Files preferred). Please name any attachments
with the following format: 17-0195LastnameDocname. Application documents that are not uploaded as part of the application may be sent to
firstname.lastname@example.org. This position will be open until filled, however applicants are encouraged to apply by 01 November 2017 to ensure full consideration.
About Data Lab (https://datalab.noao.edu): The NOAO Data Lab is a platform for efficient scientific exploration and analysis of the large datasets being generated by instruments on NOAO’s wide-field 4-m telescopes. The
Data Lab allows users to perform large-scale catalog data queries, access image-pixel data for selected objects, and analyze these catalog and pixel data through a variety of means including web interfaces, programmatic interfaces, and a Jupyter Notebook server.
Data Lab provides users with server-side virtual storage to support their analysis. With continued development, the Data Lab will also allow users to publish datasets for community use, and to implement custom automated workflows.
About ANTARES (https://www.noao.edu/ANTARES/): The 8.4-meter
Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, currently under construction in Chile, will detect several million sources every night that have changed in brightness or position. The Arizona-NOAO Temporal Analysis and Response to Events
System (ANTARES) is designed to process these detections in near-real time by annotating them with external information, characterizing them through algorithmic comparison with known and predicted objects, ranking them by rarity, and distributing them to the
astronomical community. The ANTARES project is a collaboration between NOAO and the University of Arizona Computer Science Department.
The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) manages several astronomical observatory centers (including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory and the Gemini Observatory) and construction
projects (Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and Daniel. K. Inouye Solar Telescope) in the United States and Chile under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation.
AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, is committed to diversity and inclusion. AURA develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity
throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at http://www.aura-astronomy.org/diversity.asp.
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