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Administrative Assistant 

IPAC (www.ipac.caltech.edu) 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 Facility, the Thirty-Meter Telescope, 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.

IRSA (http://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu) is the steward of scientific data sets, ancillary data products, and documentation delivered by NASA’s Infrared and Sub-millimeter missions.

IRSA is seeking applications developers to work as part of the archive development team on the creation, deployment, and support of applications supporting IRSA’s operational archives.

Job Duties: 

  • Will support the Director & Deputy Director of the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI), the Manager of the IPAC, as well as 12-15 staff members.
  • Will be responsible for making foreign and domestic travel arrangements for staff as well as visitors (very heavy travel workload).
  • Arranges travel expense reimbursements post-travel.
  • Maintain calendars, schedule meetings/conference rooms, assist with conference organization/event planning both on-site and off Campus.
  • Acts as Payroll Administrator for a department of approximately 130 staff members.
  • Organize logistics for conferences, workshops, committee meetings, including: air travel, lodging, catering, facility rentals.
  • Responsible for ordering office supplies for IPAC, NExSci, and the Spitzer Science Center.
  • Handles mailings for the department (i.e. FedEx). Distributes the incoming departmental mail.
  • Handles logistics with regard to weekly lunchtime seminars (ordering food & purchasing drinks), including set-up and tear-down.
  • Provides backup and overflow administrative support to other administrative assistants as needed, and performs errands as well as other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:

  • High School diploma and five years of administrative experience.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, calendars (Outlook and Google).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to work both independently as well as part of a team.
  • Ability to prioritize and organize work to accomplish assigned tasks.
  • Flexibility to work on various tasks with many interruptions.
  • Ability to lift 20 pounds of office supplies on a daily base.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience using company P-Card, Concur, CardQuest.

To apply, please use the following link:

https://jobs.caltech.edu/postings/6005

 

Application Developer (closed)

IPAC (www.ipac.caltech.edu) 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 Facility, the Thirty-Meter Telescope, 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.

IRSA (http://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu) is the steward of scientific data sets, ancillary data products, and documentation delivered by NASA’s Infrared and Sub-millimeter missions.

IRSA is seeking applications developers to work as part of the archive development team on the creation, deployment, and support of applications supporting IRSA’s operational archives.

Job Duties:

  • Develop, deploy, operate, and support IRSA web applications, including IRSA’s large base of existing applications helping the scientific community to access archived datasets.
  • Collaborate closely and effectively with internal and external NASA/IPAC teams that share existing interface technologies and develop resources with IRSA.
  • Interpret science user needs into clean, efficient, and reliable solutions. Utilize Java, JavaScript, C/C++ and scripting languages such as Python and Perl in a Unix environment to develop user interfaces and website “backend” services.
  • Balance the demands of a dynamic working environment with multiple overlapping projects.
  • Coordinate with customer project representatives and maintain the development and delivery of
  • schedules.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Astrophysics, Astronomy, or related field.
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Astrophysics, Astronomy, or related field.
  • Experience with Solar System Astronomy a plus.
  • Experience developing software for astronomical data processing.
  • Experience developing user interfaces and web applications.
  • Fluency in Java, JavaScript, C/C++, scripting languages such as Python and Perl, and expertise developing in a Unix environment.