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NASA Exoplanet Science Institute at IPAC The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI; https://nexsci.caltech.edu/ ), as part of IPAC on the Caltech campus, serves and supports the exoplanet scientific community as part of NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program. IPAC (www.ipac.caltech.edu), in general, is part of the Physics, Math, and Astronomy Division at Caltech, providing science operations, user support, data and archive services, and scientific vision to maximize discovery with observatories both in space and on the ground. We are partners with NASA, NSF, JPL, and the international research community to advance exploration of our Universe. Over our three-decade history, we have provided a range of support for more than 20 astronomy missions, helping each to bring forth major advances in astrophysics and cosmology.
NExScI is the science center for NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program, serving as a connection between the exoplanet scientific community and NASA. NExScI maintains a series of data archives including the NASA Exoplanet Archive and the Exoplanet Follow-up Observation Program (ExoFOP) website. The NASA Exoplanet Archive and ExoFOP site are the premiere archival resources used by the scientific community to characterize and study exoplanetary systems, including detailed follow-up of planetary candidates from both the Kepler and TESS missions. NExScI also runs, for NASA, the NASA Keck Observatory time allocation and maintains the Keck Observatory Archive which serves all of the data collected by the twin 10m telescopes - one of the world's premiere observatories. In addition to the NASA Keck time, NExScI supports various observing resources for the exoplanet community including the development and operations of the new precision radial velocity instrument NEID on the WIYN telescope for the NASA-NSF Exoplanet Observational Research (NN-Explore) Program. NExScI is responsible for operations of the NEID data reduction pipeline and the associated data archive, as well as community support in the use of this new powerful radial velocity resource. Further, NExScI runs the Sagan program which includes the Sagan Summer Workshop, the NASA Hubble Fellowship Program, and support for various exoplanet-related conferences and workshops.
NExScI at IPAC is seeking a Software Developer to join our team, where you will enable scientists to explore the exoplanets we know, discover new exoplanets, and find the next potentially habitable exoplanet. Most tasks at NExScI are accomplished by integrated, product-oriented teams of scientists and developers working closely together so the cycle from formulating requirements to testing products is as short and effective as possible.
Job Duties NExScI at IPAC is seeking a software developer to join the team working on the NASA Exoplanet Archive and ExoFOP services. The team member will participate in the development and operations of archive and community services. Anticipated starting dates are in Fall 2020, contingent on funding.
Job duties will include:
Work with other developers and scientists to define, implement, and test modules for the archive services
Basic Qualifications These are a set of skills and experiences which are necessary for your ability to contribute to the roles and responsibilities of the job position.
Master's or equivalent degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Astronomy or related field
3+ years experience as a software developer, or equivalent, in a Unix/Linux environment
3+ years experience software development in C/C++ or Python
3+ years experience with Jupyter notebook development for scientific use cases
Experience with software configuration management principles and tools, source code version control (e.g. git/github), and issue/bug tracking systems (e.g. Jira)
Good communication skills and the ability to work well with others on a small team
Preferred Qualifications These are a set of skills and experiences which will add to your ability to contribute to the roles and responsibilities of the job position. The following attributes would make you a better fit for this position, but even if these all do not describe you or your experience, we would still like to hear from you.
PhD or equivalent degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Astronomy or related field
Experience working with astronomical scientific data sets and use cases
Experience developing software for astronomy data analysis
List of three professional references
People choose to work at IPAC for many reasons, and the casual, employee-centric culture often leads to fulfilling, long-term careers and lasting relationships. IPAC staff have access to the Institute's benefits programs, facilities, including the athletic center, libraries, on-site daycare, professional development and enrichment classes, and Athenaeum club membership.
Preferred start is date is Fall 2020. Depending on start date, an initial remote working arrangement may be considered for up to six months. EEO Statement We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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