Senior Software Manager for Data-intensive Astronomical Research Program - Mellon College of Science
Carnegie Mellon University
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Internal Number: 2017075
The Mellon College of Science (MCS) is home to four departments and many programs and research centers that cross teams. We approach scientific problems from fresh angles using creative interdisciplinary approaches while drawing on our departmental strengths in the core sciences. MCS faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized for their research in a variety of fields, including polymer science, cosmology, mathematical finance and neuroscience.
The Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST), which will be carried out by the Vera C. Rubin Observatory, is the flagship ground-based astronomical survey of the 2020s. We are looking for a seasoned and experienced Senior Manager to build and lead a distributed team of software engineers to design and build a cloud-based analysis framework that can store, search, analyze and annotate data of the volume and complexity of the LSST data. This framework will provide an interface for the astronomical community to run real time and batch analyses to, for example, search for one-in-a-million events in continuous streams of data. You will shape, drive and execute this vision and priorities to build one of the first scable science platforms, possibly with long-term consequences for the future of astronomical software.
With an estimated start date in 2024, LSST will generate the deepest-ever, multi-color, 10-year-long movie of the southern sky, detecting 30 billion stars and galaxies and amassing 100 PB of imaging and catalog data. This is part of a trend of ever-larger and more complex astronomical imaging surveys: science is at an inflection point where the volume of data and the software infrastructure we use to analyze it can fundamentally change our understanding of the universe. The scientific reach of the LSST will be extraordinary, addressing questions such as: how did the Solar System form; what governs the birth and death of stars; how does dark matter sculpt the shape of our Galaxy; will an asteroid devastate the Earth in the next century; what is the nature of the dark energy that drives the expansion of our Universe? The software team that you will build and lead will begin by developing software for direct and immediate scientific application to data from existing surveys, scaling up to the data volume and complexity of LSST in 3 years.
As the Senior Manager you will be responsible for building and leading full-stack engineering teams at the University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon University. You will set the vision and culture for the team, and work with research astronomers to define the priorities and scope of the software infrastructure. You will be a key senior decision-maker, responsible for allocating resources and facilitating work in order to achieve deadlines. You will be responsible for producing deliverables on predefined schedules, managing routine updates to data, overseeing the implementation of new software and analytic components, and providing overall support to faculty and other research leaders. The Senior Manager is charged with troubleshooting processes and finding creative to unpredicted challenges that arise during development.
Please provide a resume and cover letter (optional) within your application.
Core responsibilities will include:
Ownership: this is a new program, and whoever takes this role will set the vision and culture for the team, possibly with long-term consequences for astronomy software.
Supervise a multi-site team of Software Engineers, to include hiring and training, managing design and implementation of the system, setting development priorities, and setting delivery schedules.
Manage the professional growth and performance development of the engineering teams.
Engagement with the astronomical community to understand their needs and priorities.
Building and operating highly scalable software systems used in production.
You should have excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills, as well as good analytical and problem solving skills. Adaptability, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within the Mellon College of Science. Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at Carnegie Mellon University. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners with a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.
Bachelor's degree in CS, Electrical Engineering, or related field required.
Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience required. 10 years of experience in software engineering including 5 years of related project management experience in a highly complex scientific or technical environment highly desired.
Experience with large-scale systems design.
Experience in cloud computing or high performance computing.
You should demonstrate:
Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present complex technical information in a clear and concise manner to a variety of audiences.
Successful background check
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