Systems Programmer, Senior
University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ

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0413-Lunar And Planetary Laboratory


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Classified: Regular

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Tara Bode

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Position Summary

The NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) is the leading survey program to discover and track near-Earth asteroids and comets. CSS is looking for a software engineer to develop, maintain, and upgrade the survey's operational software. This position is funded through May 2015. Continued funding will be contingent on additional successful proposals to NASA.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The successful candidate will make substantial modifications and improvements to existing software pipelines and user-interface software, and will develop new, stand-alone and integrated software products. *Tasks may relate to data quality monitoring and improvement, supporting the scheduling and operation of a robotic telescope, building intuitive GUIs for observer support, conducting analyses of survey efficiency, developing machine learning algorithms for identifying asteroids, or streamlining routine procedures through automation. *The successful candidate must be self-motivated, and integrate well with a small, dynamic team. * Must be able to build software according to requirements, and also contribute original ideas for improvements and optimization. * Periodic travel to the observatories, and occasional nighttime and weekend work may be required.
Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Five years of computer systems programming experience including the installation and maintenance of hardware, operating and applications systems and utilities; OR, An Associate's degree in Management Information Systems, Computer Information Technology or related field AND four years of systems programming experience including the installation and maintenance of hardware, operating and applications systems and utilities; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

Additional Minimum Qualifications

  • Experience programming for the Linux platform. *Experience coding in multiple languages. *Experience developing software without an integrated development environment.
Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience developing software for astronomical or other scientific applications. *Experience working on distributed, collaborative projects. *Experience with C and Tcl/Tk. *Advanced mathematical skills. *Experience with one or more of the following: CCD image processing, machine learning, database management, UNIX/Linux system administration, driver development, celestial coordinate systems, and solar system orbital dynamics.
Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arizona conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and work history. In addition, a check of names and identification documents is conducted on all new employees to ensure they are legally authorized to work in the United States.

What kind of criminal background check is required for this position?

This position is non-security sensitive and requires a name-based criminal background check

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