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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.
– 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
– 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
– 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