Scientific Software Developer

Princeton, NJ
Jul 19, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Princeton University

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University has an open position for an experienced software developer to work on the development of the scientific data processing pipelines for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). The LSST will conduct the largest astronomical survey yet undertaken, observing a total of 20000 square degrees in six bands and around 1000 epochs, collecting over 50 PB of raw data and measuring the properties of 40 billion astronomical sources. Princeton is responsible for multi-epoch deep imaging and catalog production based on the LSST survey. The role will involve working with Jim Bosch & John Swinbank within the Princeton Astronomical Data Group (led by Robert Lupton, Michael Strauss and Jim Gunn), which, in addition to LSST, is deeply involved in the Hyper Suprime Cam and Prime Focus Spectrograph instruments on the Subaru Telescope and expects to play a part in WFIRST, the space-based Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope. We are seeking an experienced scientific software developer to contribute to the development of the scientific algorithms and supporting infrastructure. The ideal candidate would have extensive C++ expertise and experience with collaborative software development in a scientific environment. Knowledge of Python would be advantageous. An advanced degree in Physics, Astronomy, Computer Science or a related field is required. The appointment will be made at the associate professional specialist or more senior level and salary commensurate with experience. LSST development at Princeton is funded to continue for the duration of construction (through 2022) and potentially beyond; this position may be extended indefinitely for appropriate individuals. We are seeking to recruit from as diverse a pool of talent as possible, and endeavor to preserve the Astrophysical Sciences 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 produced by major astronomical surveys. Applicants must apply online and submit a CV and contact information for three references at Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by October 1, 2017 will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position(s) are filled. This position is subject to the University's background check policy. For further inquiries, contact John Swinbank ( or Jim Bosch (


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