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IPAC at Caltech has an opening for a Software Applications Developer to participate in the SPHEREx mission.
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IPAC, part of the Physics, Math, and Astronomy Division at Caltech (www.caltech.edu), provides science operations, user support, data and archive services, and scientific vision to maximize discovery with observatories both in space and on the ground. SPHEREx (http://spherex.caltech.edu/), a NASA Astrophysics Explorer mission, will conduct a spectroscopic, infrared survey of the entire sky starting in 2024. IPAC provides the SPHEREx Science Data Center, and we are responsible for the development and operation of the data pipeline and for the archiving and support of the data at the NASA/IRSA Infrared Science Archive.
Essential Job Duties
As an Applications Developer, you will work with the engineering and scientific team members on tasks which will include developing astrophysics data processing algorithms based on specifications provided by the science team, and building these algorithms into data-processing pipelines. You will develop both prototype and production-quality software for science operations. You will also help the team interpret and implement project requirements, and detail and document the work that you've accomplished.
If you have the following in your background, then we want to hear about your interest in joining our team:
Bachelor's or equivalent degree in a technical subject such as Astronomy, Physics, Math, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Sciences, or a related field.
Experience as a software developer in a Unix/Linux environment using Python.
Familiarity with software configuration management principles and tools, source code version control (e.g., git/GitHub) and issue/bug tracking systems (e.g., Jira).
Beyond these basic qualifications, there are a set of skills and experiences which will add to your ability to contribute to the roles and responsibilities of an IPAC Applications Developer. The following might give you a head-start here, but even if these do not describe you or your experience, we would still like to hear from you:
Advanced degree in Astronomy, Physics, Math, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Sciences or related field.
Experience working with scientific data sets and use cases.
Experience developing software for astronomical data analysis.
Experience with software containerization and deployment technologies, such as Docker and Kubernetes.
Database applications (SQL), large scale data processing.
Short Cover Letter
Applications are due by April 22, 2022 and the preferred start is date is early summer 2022.
People choose to work at IPAC for many reasons, and the casual, employee-centric culture often leads to fulfilling, long-term careers and positive relationships. Caltech's benefits program offers a quality, competitive benefits package that is affordable for you and the Institute. We also offer a 403(b) defined contribution plan to eligible staff as well as a Voluntary Retirement Savings (TDA) Plan. IPAC staff have access to the Institute's facilities, including the athletic center, libraries, on-site daycare, professional development and enrichment classes, and Athenaeum club membership.
We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Caltech is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. Click here to read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO).
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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