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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. 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 be part of 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 a Software Engineer, you will work with full-stack engineering teams at the University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon University. You will develop cloud-based and HPC software platforms built on JupyterHub that will enable the analysis of time series and static data from the LSST. You will work with astronomers and scientists to integrate their analysis code into these scalable analysis frameworks utilizing tools such as Spark and Dask. Development will be undertaken in an agile/Scrum environment to deliver high quality software. It will incorporate software best practices such as peer code review, to produce secure, testable, maintainable, and extensible code. You will participate in the hiring process and mentor others - improving their skills, their knowledge of your software, and their ability to get things done.
You will be part of a diverse team shaping and executing this vision to build one of the first scalable science platforms, possibly with long-term consequences for the future of astronomical software. In addition, this individual will be part of a new endeavor to create a collegial, creative team, collaborating with researchers at the University of Washington and at Carnegie Mellon University to improve efficiency and reproducibility of research outcomes. The position reports to the Sr. Principal Research Scientist/Engineer. The duties for this position include the following:
Design and Implement Applications (40%):
Design and implement applications/systems (web and non-web) that offer a wide range of functionalities to the user population.
Contribute to other deliverables as designed by LINCC leadership.
Lead, mentor, coach teammates (20%):
Foster and support a creative, open environment for vibrant research development.
Assist junior colleagues with documentation, communication, and time management.
Collaborate with research design (20%):
Build internal code design and development guides for future contributors.
Collaborate with researchers in the design, planning, and implementation software that enriches research productivity and reliability.
Build understanding of research activities through regular engagements.
Problem Resolution/Project Tasks (15%):
Perform analysis and troubleshooting for application issues and process challenges
Manage and maintain issue tracking, internally and with vendor.
Responsible for the successful completion of assigned project tasks with minimum supervision.
Provide Regular Status Reporting and Time Allocation Updates (5%)
Provide weekly status reports to the management or as required. Information should be accurate, timely, and pertinent.
Share in 24/7 on-call duties with other team members as required.
A bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or related field.
A minimum of 4 - 5 years of experience in software engineering.
Experience with large-scale systems design.
Experience in cloud computing or HPC.
Demonstrated ability to think independently, be flexible, and juggle multiple priorities.
Experience cultivating positive and productive professional relationships with individuals from diverse social, cultural, and political contexts and ability to build rapport quickly.
Proven success leading dynamic teams.
Ability to drive innovation and excitement to learn about new technologies and science applications. -Strong understanding of most phases of software development or lifecycle.
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