Associate Professional Specialist

Location
Princeton, NJ
Posted
Jun 15, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Princeton University

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University is involved in developing software pipelines for analyzing data from two major next generation surveys. The first is the Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS), which is an instrument currently under construction for the 8.2 meter Subaru Telescope on Maunakea, Hawai'i, with 2394 fibers distributed over Subaru's 1.3 deg^2 field of view, providing spectral coverage from 380 to 1260 nm at a resolving power of ~3500. Scientific first light is expected in 2020. The second is the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), an 8.4 meter telescope being constructed on Cerro Pach n in Chile, which will carry out a multi-band and multi-epoch survey of the Southern sky over a ten-year period, starting in 2022. Princeton is leading the development of the 2D reduction pipeline for PFS, which will ingest raw images read from the detectors and produce one-dimensional, sky-subtracted, flux- and wavelength-calibrated spectra. It is also developing the software to perform deep detection and exquisitely accurate object characterization on LSST images, measuring the properties of billions of stars and galaxies. We are looking for an individual to manage both of these software efforts. The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree in a scientific field, experience in agile software development, and expertise in project management. The individual will work with Robert Lupton, Michael Strauss, Jim Gunn, and the rest of the international PFS and LSST teams. The successful applicant will join the Astronomical Data Group in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton. In addition to PFS and LSST, the group is heavily involved in the -- complementary -- development and exploitation of the Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) wide field imager on Subaru. We are also using the Advanced Atacama Cosmology Telescope to map the intensity and polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background at a variety of frequencies (ACTPol), and we expect to play a role in WFIRST, the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope. Collaboration with all of these projects will be encouraged, and the position includes full access to HSC data. We endeavor to preserve the Department's reputation as a pleasant workplace with a lively and friendly scientific atmosphere which recognizes that technical innovations are an important intellectual contribution to the science being produced by these surveys. The appointment(s) will be made to the research or specialist staff at a level and salary commensurate with experience, for an initial period of one year, which may be extended depending on satisfactory performance and availability of funding. Interested persons should send a curriculum vitae, bibliography, a statement of research interests, and provide contact information for three references. Applicants must apply online at insert direct application link. Letters of reference will also be handled through this site. All applications received by September 1, 2017 will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. For further inquiries, contact swinbank@princeton.edu. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

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