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Applications Development Associate - NExScI
Job Summary
The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI; http://nexsci.caltech.edu) at the California Institute of Technology supports the exoplanet scientific community as part of NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program.  NExScI is part of the operations team for the new precision radial velocity instrument NEID (http://neid.psu.edu) on the WIYN telescope for the NASA-NSF Exoplanet Observational Research (NN-Explore) Program. NExScI is responsible for long term operation of the NEID data reduction pipeline  and the associated data archive, as well as for community support in the use of this new powerful radial velocity resource. NEID is expected to see first light in 2018.  
 
NExScI also collaborates with the W. M. Keck Observatory to operate the Keck Observatory Archive (KOA; https://koa.ipac.caltech.edu) which will provide a community tool for the reduction of precision radial velocity data acquired with the HIRES instrument. NExScI will deploy an existing high-precision radial velocity pipeline to support analysis of observations acquired to support follow-up observations of potential new exoplanets discovered by the KEPLER, K2 and TESS missions. Additionally, NExScI operates the NASA Exoplanet Archive, the Exoplanet Follow-up Observation Program website, and the LBTI Archive.
 
IPAC/NExScI is seeking an applications developer to support development and operations of these new radial velocity capabilities.
 
Job Duties
  1. Install, maintain and enhance the NEID instrument pipeline after delivery by the NEID instrument team
  2. Design and develop an archive for the radial velocity data acquired with NEID
  3. Design and implement an interactive user interface to the NEID and HIRES instrument pipelines for the international astronomical community
  4. Participate in systematic testing of HIRES and NEID services and resolve defects found by such testing
  5. Design and utilize testbeds to validate and stage upgraded versions of the HIRES and NEID software for operational release
  6. Maintain and update a metrics reporting system for NEID usage
  7. Other duties as assigned
Basic Qualification

– Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Astronomy, or equivalent experience in a related field

– Three years of professional software development experience

– Strong communication skills

– Ability to work as part of a team

Preferred Qualifications
– Knowledge of scientific programming
– Expertise with Unix-flavored development environments, including the C language
– Experience with Python, Jupyter Notebook and JupyterLab
– Experience with the use of containers, such as Docker, and container management services such as Kubernetes
– Familiarity with astrophysics archives and astronomical calculations
– Experience with developing automated tests
– Experience with user interface testing
– Experience with the SQL database query language
– Experience with web design and applications development, including Javascript and HTML
Required Documents

– Cover Letter

– Resume

Postdoctoral Scholar I
Job Announcement
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Scholar position at Caltech/IPAC/NASA Exoplanet Science Institute. The successful applicant will be supervised by Dr. Jessie Christiansen, with the primary responsibility of performing exoplanet occurrence rate calculations with NASA K2 mission data. The successful candidate will join a large, extremely productive collaboration that is focused on detection, characterization and follow-up of exoplanets in K2 (and eventually TESS) data, and will be encouraged to participate in any aspect of the science. The successful candidate will also carry out their own independent scientific research and will be able to propose to both the JPL Time Allocation Committee for access to the Palomar telescopes and to the IPAC allocation of LCO time.
 
Candidates should have obtained, by the starting date, a PhD in astronomy, physics, or equivalent, in an area relevant to the responsibilities. Prior experience with exoplanet detection and characterization, light curve analysis, or statistical analysis is highly desirable. The appointment is for two years, with an additional year available contingent on performance and funding. To apply, please send a CV, publication list, names and contact information of three references, and a statement of research experience to Mary Ellen Barba (meb@ipac.caltech.edu). Email applications only please. The application deadline is December 20, 2017.
 
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Application Deadline

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Required Documents

To apply, please email Mary Ellen Barba at meb@ipac.caltech.edu.

 
Education Outreach Scientist

The Caltech/IPAC Communication and Education Team (ICE) has an immediate opening for an Education Outreach Scientist.

This position will support NASA’s Universe of Learning science education program, and contribute to public and community engagement activities for IPAC and the missions that it supports. The Education Outreach Scientist will be a member of a multi-disciplinary team and work collaboratively with ICE and Caltech/IPAC staff as well as external partners to incorporate NASA Astrophysics mission science, technology, and expertise into a range of education and outreach products, programs, and experiences. The Education Outreach Scientist serves as a scientific expert and participant in product and program development.

The candidate may contribute support to different areas of science education, outreach, and communications. These include: multimedia and immersive experiences; exhibits and displays; STEM experiences for youth and adults; large-scale public events; engagement of audiences traditionally underserved/underrepresented in STEM; involvement of scientists in education and outreach. The candidate’s primary responsibility will be to work with the Universe of Learning Education Video team – to identify stories of NASA Astrophysics discovery and science for screenplay development; to provide corresponding science content and ensure that it is communicated accurately but at a level appropriate for the general public in the final video product; and to lead video dissemination and maximize public engagement with the products.

Caltech/IPAC partners with NASA, NSF, JPL, and the worldwide research community to advance exploration of our Universe. Beginning with the IRAS mission in 1985 and spanning to Spitzer today, we have enabled transformative research of the infrared sky. We provide science operations, user support, data services, and scientific vision to maximize discovery with observatories both in space and on the ground. We share these discoveries with the public through education outreach programs and award-winning media. Our diverse community of active researchers is dedicated and essential to fulfilling this mission.

Active and recent missions supported by Caltech/IPAC include Spitzer, NEOWISE, Herschel, and Planck. Missions in development with Caltech/IPAC participation include Euclid, LSST, NEOCam, TMT, and WFIRST. Caltech/IPAC is home to 3 of the 7 NASA Astrophysics Data Centers (NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive -- IRSA, the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database -- NED, and the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute—NExScI.

As part of the Caltech campus, IPAC scientists have access to telescopes on Palomar and other observing facilities, and are embedded in the vibrant Astronomy research community of Pasadena, CA.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in Astronomy, Physics, or closely related field.
  • Practical experience in education, outreach and public communications.
  • Familiarity with NASA Astrophysics missions and research.
  • Ability to work independently on research and non-routine, complex projects.
  • Strong teamwork, collaboration, verbal and written communication, and project management skills, along with demonstrated creativity and problem-solving capabilities.

Valuable Non-Required Qualifications:

  • Two to three years postdoctoral research experience
  • Practical experience with classroom education, curriculum development and implementation.
  • Practical experience developing science communications products (e.g., for social media, websites, blogs, online videos)
  • Ability to present and publish research findings and to contribute technical expertise to research reports and other documents.
  • Experience on federally-funded science projects and missions.

The intention is for this to be a full-time position. However we will consider strong candidates at either a part-time or full-time level, with the successful candidate or candidates assuming responsibilities as appropriate.

To apply, please provide a CV, publication list, a short (<2 page) statement of research interests and experience, a short (<2 page) statement of education outreach interests and experience, and the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Janice Lee (janice@ipac.caltech.edu).

For full consideration, applications should be received by September 25, 2017. The position is available immediately.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Application Deadline: Monday, September 25, 2017

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Staff Scientist - NASA Exoplanet Science Institute

The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI; http://nexsci.caltech.edu) at the California Institute of Technology serves and supports the exoplanet scientific community as part of NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program.  NExScI is part of the operations team for the new precision radial velocity instrument NEID (http://neid.psu.edu) 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 expected to see first light in 2018.
NExScI anticipates being able to hire a staff scientist with experience in precision radial velocity (PRV) observations and PRV data processing in support of the operation of the NN-Explore/NEID pipeline. In addition, this position will be involved in the development of a community data processing pipeline for the Keck HiRES instrument which will enable community use of the HiRES instrument for the purpose of obtaining precision radial velocities sufficient for the detection of exoplanets.

NExScI also operates the NASA Exoplanet Archive, the Exoplanet Follow-up Observation Program website, the Keck Observatory Archive, and the LBTI Archive.  Further, NExScI runs the Sagan Summer Workshop and administers the NASA Keck Observatory time allocation which enables the general scientific community to utilize one of the world’s premiere telescopes. NExScI is part of IPAC at Caltech which is a research center currently supporting several space- and ground-based observatories and surveys including Spitzer, NEOWISE, ZTF, Euclid, WFIRST and LSST. IPAC operates several major archives, including the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (IRSA), the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED), and the NASA Exoplanet Archive. As part of the Caltech campus, IPAC scientists have access to Palomar Observatory, and are embedded in the vibrant research environment of Pasadena, CA.

The staff scientist will help lead the development and operations of the NEID PRV data reduction pipeline and will help to organize the development and support for the community HiRES precision radial velocity pipeline. Specific near-term tasks may include working with the NEID instrument team and the NOAO observatory staff to establish the archival-level operations data pipeline and analysis and evaluation of current data post-processing algorithms suitable for the HiRES exoplanet-finding data pipeline.  In addition, the scientist will be expected to conduct an independent research program in an area related to precision radial velocity and/or exoplanets.

Basic Qualifications

  • PhD in Astronomy, Physics, or a related scientific field.
  • Experience in precision radial velocity observations, data analysis, or simulations.
  • Strong communication skills, and the ability to work well with others on a small team.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 1+ years professional experience in astronomy, which can include postdoctoral positions.
  • Professional experience in exoplanet astronomy particularly using precision radial velocity instruments and data.
  • Experience in using or developing advanced post-processing methods for precision radial velocity data.
  • Experience with software development and familiarity with languages such as C or python.

To apply, please provide a CV, publication list, a short (<2 page) statement of research interests and experience, and the names and contact information of three references to Mary Ellen Barba (meb@ipac.caltech.edu).   For full consideration, applications should be received by September 8, 2017.  The preferred start date is January 2018.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Application Deadline

  • Friday, September 8, 2017

To apply, please email Mary Ellen Barba at meb@ipac.caltech.edu.

Database Management - NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive
Job Summary
 
IRSA (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 part of IPAC (www.ipac.caltech.edu), which supports a variety of NASA, NSF, and privately funded space and ground-based astronomy and astrophysics projects, including the Spitzer and NEOWISE space telescopes, the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED), the NASA Exoplanet Archive, the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF), and the Keck Observatory Archive. IPAC is also a participant in major upcoming projects including WFIRST, LSST, Euclid, and the Thirty-Meter Telescope.
 
IRSA is seeking a Database Engineer to assist in the design, implementation and operation of IRSA's database infrastructure.  Our existing Oracle and PostgreSQL scientific databases include some of the largest astronomical catalogs in professional astronomy today. As our database tables grow into the petabyte, trillion-row scale, the candidate will help develop and operate the infrastructure that makes those holdings available to researchers at the frontiers of astronomy and astrophysics around the world.
 
The ideal candidate will have a solid foundation of database and system engineering skills and the ability to move between technologies as needed. The candidate will also be IRSA's primary contact for database operations and support, and must be able to balance engineering and operations responsibilities.
 
Job Duties
  • Develop, build, and optimize IRSA's DBMS infrastructure to support new and existing datasets and capabilities.
  • Manage and support the IRSA databases, including health and performance monitoring as well as backups and disaster recovery.
  • Coordinate with IRSA management and team leads to maintain development and delivery schedules.
  • Other tasks as assigned.
Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related field.
  • Experience as an Oracle Database Administrator.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in SQL, relational databases, and data warehousing.
  • Experience with computer and database security, backup and recovery procedures, performance monitoring, and routine system health checks.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team environment, and follow through on assignments with minimal direction.
  • Ability to work productively and to organize multiple tasks in situations with conflicting demands and deadlines.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s or equivalent in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related field.
  • Experience as a PostgreSQL Database Administrator.
  • Experience working with science data sets and applications.
  • Fluency in scripting languages such as Python and Perl.
  • Experience as a Unix System Administrator, including server performance analysis and tuning, and storage device management.
  • Experience scaling extremely large databases, including the use of distributed and/or parallel databases.

To apply, please use the following link: https://chm.tbe.taleo.net/chm03/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=CALTECH&cws=37&rid=3264

Microlensing Scientist for Space-based Microlensing

Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions. We thrive on finding and cultivating talented people who are passionate about what they do. Join us and be a part of the diverse Caltech community.


Job Summary

A full-time, temporary position for a scientist to work with aspects of space-based observations of microlensing events is available starting May 2018 for a duration of 16 months.   The scientist will work with Drs. Sean Carey and Sebastiano Calchi-Novati at IPAC.

IPAC is a research center currently supporting several active and recent missions including Spitzer, NEOWISE, Herschel, and Planck. It also supports the upcoming NASA WFIRST mission as one of the Science Center partners and ESA/NASA Euclid mission with the Euclid NASA Science Center at IPAC (ENSCI), and is providing the Science User Tools to LSST. IPAC operates the Infrared Science Archive (IRSA), the NASA Extragalactic Database (NED), the Keck Observatory Archive, and the NASA Exoplanet Archive. IPAC is also host to the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute. As part of the Caltech campus, IPAC scientists have access to telescopes on Palomar and other observing facilities, and are an integral part of the vibrant research environment of Pasadena, CA.

Job Duties

– The scientist will participate in the data reduction, analysis of current Spitzer microlensing parallax data and will help in the formulation of the next Spitzer microlensing campaign in the summer of 2018.  The goal of the Spitzer microlensing project is to measure the Galactic distribution of planet hosting lensing events, hence the distribution of the planets in the Galaxy.  The scientist will be responsible for performing photometry on the Spitzer data to develop light curves of events and then modeling the resulting light curves to derive lensing parameters.  She/he will also participate in the selection of upcoming targets for the next microlensing parallax campaign.
– The scientist will assist group #4 of the microlensing Science Investigation Team (microSIT)for WFIRST in developing mission requirements to support microlensing science with WFIRST.  Candidate will participate in trade studies of various detector properties, survey design options and reduction techniques against the level 1 science requirements being developed for the WFIRST microlensing science program. 

Basic Qualifications

– PhD in Astronomy, Physics, or a related scientific field
– 3+ years professional experience in astronomy, which should include in observational astronomy and strong written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

– Experience in microlensing light curve analysis.  Experience in photometry for sources in crowded fields
– Design or implementation of microlensing observations of the Galactic bulge

Required Documents

– Cover Letter
– CV

To apply, please use the following link: https://chm.tbe.taleo.net/chm03/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=CALTECH&cws=37&rid=3322

Postdoctoral Scholar II
Job Announcement
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Scholar position at Caltech/IPAC. The successful applicant will be supervised by Dr. Yun Wang in preparatory work for the galaxy redshift survey, a key part of the dark energy program on NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Space Telescope (WFIRST) mission. Experience in cosmological or astrophysical data analysis is required. The primary responsibility will be to contribute to the work on data simulation, prototype data pipeline design, and calibration strategy for the WFIRST galaxy redshift survey. The successful candidate will also carry out their own scientific research and will be able to propose to the JPL Time Allocation Committee for access to the Palomar telescopes.  
 
Candidates should have obtained, by the starting date, a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics or equivalent, in an area relevant to the responsibilities. The appointment is for two years, based on current projected funding, with a possible extension for an additional year for related work if future funding becomes available.
To apply, please send a CV, publication list, names and contact information of three references, and a statement of research experience to Mary Ellen Barba (meb@ipac.caltech.edu).  Email applications only. The application deadline is December 15, 2017.
 
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Application Deadline

Wednesday, December 15, 2017

Required Documents

To apply, please email Mary Ellen Barba at meb@ipac.caltech.edu.

 
Senior Applications Developer - NExScI

Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions. We thrive on finding and cultivating talented people who are passionate about what they do. Join us and be a part of the diverse Caltech community.


Job Summary
IPAC at Caltech provides science operations and data management for astronomy missions, planning for future projects, and vital science archives.  IPAC supports NASA, NSF, and privately funded projects, including: Spitzer, NEOWISE, the Zwicky Transient Facility, the Thirty-Meter Telescope, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, and the US centers for Planck, Herschel and Euclid.  IPAC operates the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (IRSA), and the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED), and provides administrative support for the Spitzer Science Center and the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI).  NExScI implements and operates the NASA Exoplanet Archive, the Keck Observatory Archive, the Exoplanet Follow-up Observing Program (ExoFOP) website, administers the NASA portion of Keck Observatory, and hosts the Sagan Summer Workshop.
 
IPAC/NExScI is seeking an applications developer with experience in DevOps to support development and operations of NExScI Archives and websites, and to contribute to technology development of the IPAC development environment.
 
Job Duties
The successful candidate will be a member the NExScI staff and may also participate in IPAC development activities and technology initiatives. 
 
The ExoFOP and NASA Exoplanet Archive duties will include:
 
– Design and developmentf web portal and user application program interfaces for data access, searching and downloading, data uploading, and data visualization
– Design and development of data ingestion infrastructure for both user uploaded data and archive provided data
– Database design and management
– User support: responding to questions from users regarding the services
– User support: responding to questions about and aiding users in the management of user-uploaded data
 
The Keck Observatory Archive duties will include:
 
– Design, develop and maintain interfaces for new data access services and for integrating observations acquired by new instrumentation into the archive
– Maintain and operate the KOA test bed; develop and integrate test cases for new services and new instrumentation into the test bed. Participate in systematic testing of services, and track all defects found by such testing until resolution
– Staff the help desk, and respond to questions as directed by the task lead
– Maintain and update the archive metrics reporting system
– Development of archive software infrastructure tools, as directed by the task lead
– Assume responsibility for data ingestion when the lead for that role is unavailable
 
Other job duties will include:
 
– Develop and implement continuous integration capabilities for projects supported by IPAC
– Develop and implement “Build and Test Environment” configuration systems
Basic Qualifications
– Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Astronomy, or equivalent experience in a related field.
– 10 years of professional software development experience
– Experience with modern programming languages such as C, Perl, Python, and JavaScript
– Experience with web applications development, including Javascript and HTML
– Strong communication skills
Preferred Qualifications
– Expertise with Unix-flavored development environments, and Unix/Linux systems administration
– Familiarity with astrophysics archives and astronomical calculations
– Experience with developing automated tests; experience with user interface testing
– Experience with database design, database query languages (SQL), and administering Relational Database Management Systems such as Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL
– Experience with continuous integration systems such as Jenkins
– Experience with system configuration tools such as Ansible
– Experience with configuring, deploying, and monitoring Amazon Web Services
– Experience with generating metrics for development, test, and operations
Required Documents

– Resume
– Cover Letter

To apply, please use the following link: https://chm.tbe.taleo.net/chm03/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=CALTECH&cws=37&rid=3341.

 
Senior Applications Developer - SUIT

Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions. We thrive on finding and cultivating talented people who are passionate about what they do. Join us and be a part of the diverse Caltech community.


Job Summary
IPAC at Caltech provides science operations and data management for astronomy missions, planning for future projects, and vital science archives. IPAC supports NASA, NSF, and privately funded projects, including:  Spitzer, NEOWISE, the Zwicky Transient Facility, the Thirty-Meter Telescope, and the US centers for Planck, Herschel and Euclid.  IPAC operates the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (IRSA), the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED), the NASA Exoplanet Archive, and the Keck Observatory Archive, and is a partner in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), developing the Science User Interface and Tools (SUIT) for science community access to the data.  LSST is an 8m telescope currently being built in Chile, and is designed to survey the entire sky every night for 10 years, generating alerts for 10,000,000 objects per night and the deepest all-sky map of the sky at optical wavelengths, reaching a photometric depth of magnitude 27.5.  LSST is designed to address the nature of dark matter and dark energy, catalog the solar system, explore the transient and variable universe, and discern the structure and formation of the Milky Way.
 
The SUIT group at IPAC has a part-time (30 hours/week) position open for an Applications Developer with a strong background in web application development to work on the Science User Interface and Tools for the LSST science community to access, analyze, and explore LSST data.  
 
Job Duties

The successful candidate will be part of the SUIT team which is developing a web application and a set of JavaScript and web-based tools for the science community, and will work closely with other developers and scientists to understand the user requirement, to design and implement portions of the web user interface system.

Basic Qualifications
– BS in Computer Science, Engineering, Astronomy or a related technical field
– 8 years of professional software development experience, with strong skills in Java and JavaScript
– 4 years of web application development experience
– Strong capabilities to work independently, research a topic, quickly create prototypes, make recommendations on technology, and lead the effort to finish a task
– Strong verbal and written communication skills, and ability to work well within a distributed team
– Self-motivated with a desire to learn and take on new challenges
Preferred Qualifications
– Master degree in computer science and/or astronomy or physics.
– Experience in developing application using ES6, NPM, modules, debugging tools
– Experience in functional programming, promises, and closures
– Experience in object-oriented design and with software version control tools such as git
– Experience in modern JS frameworks such as React and FLUX
– Experience in building SPA
– Experience with HTML5/CSS3/DOM and JSON
– Experience in JS build environments such as webpack and browserify
– Experience in Tomcat, Java multi-threaded programming, and client-server design and communication
Required Documents

– Resume
– Cover Letter

To apply, please use the following link: https://chm.tbe.taleo.net/chm03/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=CALTECH&cws=37&rid=3325

 
Multimedia Producer/Graphic Artist

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Job Summary
Caltech/IPAC partners with NASA, NSF, JPL and the worldwide research community to advance exploration of our Universe. Beginning with the IRAS mission in 1985 and spanning to Spitzer today, we have enabled transformative research of the infrared sky. We provide science operations, user support, data services, and scientific vision to maximize discovery with observatories both in space and on the ground. We share these discoveries with the public through education outreach programs and award-winning media. Our diverse community of active researchers is dedicated and essential to fulfilling this mission.
 
This position is a full-time 1 year position, with extension dependent on availability of funding and performance.
Job Duties

Caltech/IPAC’s Communication and Education Team (ICE) is seeking a Multimedia Producer/Graphic Artist.

  1. This position will support NASA’s Universe of Learning science education program, and also contribute to public and community engagement activities for IPAC and the diversity of science programs that it supports
  2. The Multimedia Producer/Graphics Artist will be a member of a multi-disciplinary team and work collaboratively with ICE and Caltech/IPAC staff as well as external partners to incorporate astronomy and physics discoveries into a range of education and outreach media and experiences for the public
  3. The candidate may develop media for different areas of science education, outreach, and communications.  The media will visually communicate complex scientific ideas in clear and concise ways, to help people to understand and be engaged by astronomy and the sciences
  4. The candidate will contribute to or lead the development of multimedia, immersive, virtual/augmented reality experiences; videos and animation; and exhibits and displays
Basic Qualifications
– At least 2 years of practical experience in two or more of the following areas: video production, computer graphics (CG) modeling and animation, virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR) development
– Experience with CG software for editing (e.g., Adobe Premier, Final Cut X), compositing (e.g., Adobe After Effects, Apple Motion), image processing (e.g., Adobe Photoshop)
– Ability to multitask and work independently on non-routine, complex projects
– Strong teamwork, collaboration, verbal and written communication, along with demonstrated creativity and problem-solving capabilities
Preferred Qualifications
– Graphic design proficiency (e.g. Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign)
– Familiarity with NASA Astrophysics missions and research
– Experience working with scientists to develop content for general public
Required Documents

– Resume
– Cover Letter

To apply, please use the following link: https://chm.tbe.taleo.net/chm03/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=CALTECH&cws=37&rid=3316

 
Data Systems Engineer

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Job Summary

The Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) at Caltech is seeking a Data Systems Engineer to work with multiple astronomy projects in the assessment, development, and deployment of technology supporting operation of the science data processing and archiving systems.

IPAC 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, 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 successful candidate will follow the complete technology life cycle from proposal and requirements through operations in the creation, deployment, and oversight of IRSA's computing infrastructure, and that of other projects that IRSA works with.  These activities involve large petabyte-scale image storage and processing, multi-billion row databases and present a number of "big data" technical challenges though with limited resources.

The successful candidate will have a passion for creating systems that address these challenges while balancing science, technology, and business requirements. The ability to interpret science user needs into clean, efficient and reliable solutions is crucial, as is the ability to balance the demands of a dynamic working environment with multiple overlapping projects utilizing shared technology and infrastructure.

Job Duties
  1. Develop detailed system designs, in collaboration with the IPAC Systems Engineering Team, that meet strategic and functional needs of the project
  2. Analyze the processing, networking and storage systems and formulate resolution to factors affecting performance, capacity and/or budget
  3. Collaborate with customer project management on requirements and schedules for development and delivery
  4. Research and identify the appropriate technology and approach for new project proposals, and assist in preparing cost estimates for system deployment and operations
  5. Monitor overall health and maintenance status of project computing infrastructure, and assist in planning upgrades and additions.
  6. Collaborate closely with multiple teams that share technologies and development resources with IRSA
  7. Assess the feasibility of incorporating cloud and other distributed computing technologies into development and operations plans, consistent with needs
  8. Perform other tasks as assigned
Basic Qualifications

– B.S. degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Engineering, Astronomy or a related technical field
– Experience with software development in a Unix environment
– Experience with Unix systems and network administration
– Familiarity with C/C++ software development and comfortable with multiple Unix scripting languages (e.g. shell, Perl, Python)
– Familiarity with data center hardware specification and operations
– Working knowledge of system configuration management configuration management principles and tools
– Strong verbal and written communication skills, and ability to work well with other members of a small team

Preferred Qualifications

– M.S. or Ph.D. in Computer Science, Engineering, Astronomy or a related technical field
– Expertise in large dataset processing and analysis techniques
– Experience with large installation systems engineering and administration
– Experience with high-performance scientific computing and networking
– Familiarity with cloud data services and distributed computing technologies
– Familiarity with astronomical data, including celestial coordinate systems, imagery, photometry, spectra, catalog data and their formatting standards

Required Documents

– Resume
– Cover Letter

To apply, please use the following link: https://chm.tbe.taleo.net/chm03/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=CALTECH&cws=37&rid=3291