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Job Summary The Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) at Caltech provides science and data management for astronomy missions, planning for future projects, and vital science archives. IPAC supports NASA, NSF and privately funded projects, including: Spitzer, WISE, NEOWISE, the Zwicky Transient Factory, and the US centers for Planck, Herschel and Euclid. IPAC is developing science user tools for the LSST project and is planning for WFIRST science center activities. IPAC operates the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (IRSA), the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED), the NASA Exoplanet Archive, and the Keck Observatory Archive.
The NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED) is an information system provided to the astronomical community that facilitates and accelerates multi-wavelength research on objects beyond our Milky Way galaxy. It is designed, developed, maintained and operated at IPAC, under contract with NASA
The NED team has openings for two occasional Research Support Assistants.
Job Duties - Work with NED scientists to identify the relevant data in published journals, make the input file so the data can be ingested into NED database for science community - Use the tools developed to test NED User Interface and database content - Work with other NED team members to assist with additional duties - Start as soon as possible - This position is on-going, minimum 4 hours per week, maximum 20 hours per week depending on funding situation
Basic Qualifications - Some college with emphasis on Physics, Astronomy, or related discipline
Preferred Qualifications - Physics or Astronomy major
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