Applications Developer

WorkplacePasadena, California, USA
Applications Developer 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 is seeking Software Applications Developers to join the Data Systems development staff of the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (IRSA). Come be a part of the team that is helping astronomers and data scientists worldwide access and explore IRSA’s petabyte archives of astronomy data! IPAC, part of the Physics, Math, and Astronomy Division at Caltech (?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">, provides science operations, user support, data and archive services, and scientific vision to enhance discovery with observatories both in space and on the ground. IRSA ( ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> ) is the steward of scientific data sets, ancillary data products, and documentation delivered by NASA’s Infrared and Sub-millimeter missions. We are developing services for researchers seeking to exploit its petabyte-scale holdings of astronomy mission data using data science techniques. We are also preparing to support upcoming astrophysics missions including: SPHEREx, a NASA mission which will conduct a spectroscopic, infrared survey of the entire sky; Euclid, a European Space Agency (ESA) mission to study the geometry and nature of the dark Universe; and the Vera C. Rubin Observatory. Additionally, we provide archive services for NASA’s SOFIA airborne observatory, and the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF), an NSF-supported time domain survey led by Caltech. Job Duties As an IPAC Applications Developer, you will work with the engineering and scientific team members on user interface development tasks which may include: Developing and improving tools to help scientists combine, extract, visualize and exploit information from archived datasets. Building and operating efficient search and retrieval mechanisms for IRSA’s petabyte-scale growing data holdings. Making IRSA’s holdings more usable and accessible to data scientists working in a cloud-based platform environments. Interpreting and implementing project requirements, and documenting the work that you’ve accomplished. Basic Qualifications 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. 3+ years of experience as a software developer in a Unix/Linux environment using C/C++, Python, and/or Java. Familiarity with software configuration management principles and tools, source code version control (e.g.. Git/GitHub) and issue/bug tracking systems (e.g.. Jira). Preferred Qualifications 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. Any of 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! Master’s or equivalent degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Science or related field. Experience working with scientific data sets and use cases. Experience with server virtualization and cloud services such as AWS, GCP, Azure. Experience with software containerization and deployment technologies, such as Docker and Kubernetes. Familiarity with database applications (SQL) and large scale data processing. Submission Documents Resume Cover letter (optional) People choose to work at IPAC for many reasons, and our casual, employee-centric culture often leads to fulfilling, long-term careers and lasting relationships. IPAC staff have access to Caltech’s benefits programs and facilities, including the athletic center, libraries, on-site daycare, professional development and enrichment classes, and Athenaeum club membership. Applications received by Dec 17, 2021 will receive full consideration. While an initial short-term remote work period may be considered, this position is an on-site role in Pasadena, California.
In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 2191729.