Research Scientist - Department of Astronomy (A1800092)
Department of Astronomy
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Department of Astronomy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking a research scientist to work on the software infrastructure for the upcoming SDSS-V survey (~2020-2025). The primary responsibilities include:
- Development and maintenance of software reduction pipelines for the multi-object optical spectroscopy of SDSS-V
- Develop codes that perform quick-look reduction at real-time during the nightly observations.
- Develop codes to fully reduce and calibrate the optical spectroscopy taken by the survey.
- Maintain and distribute the version-tagged reduction codes on the project archives. ,
The research scientist will work closely with the SDSS science and infrastructure teams, including Prof. Yue Shen at UIUC. SDSS-V is the next generation of Sloan Digital Sky Surveys that will perform all-sky, multi-object and multi-epoch optical and near-IR spectroscopy, as well as optical integral field spectroscopy from the Apache Point Observatory (New Mexico) and the Las Campanas Observatory (Chile). It will survey Milky Way stars and distant quasars with multi-object optical and near-IR spectroscopy, and perform integral field spectroscopy of the Milky Way and nearby galaxies. Following significant contributions to SDSS-V infrastructure (as expected) and related, the research scientist may become eligible for consideration for SDSS-V architect status, e.g., with broad co-authorship options on SDSS-V collaboration science papers.
- A PhD in astronomy or related fields;
- Experience in programing with Python and IDL;
- Ability to program efficiently.
- Basic understanding of astronomy and programming.
- Proven ability to work in a team environment.
- Excellent organizational skills.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- PhD in Astronomy
- Previous experience with pipeline work for astronomical surveys and/or general optical spectroscopy.
- Understanding of astronomical surveys, data reduction and science analysis.
SALARY STATEMENT: Salary will be commensurate with experience.
APPOINTMENT STATUS: The position is a full-time appointment (100%, 12-month). The initial appointment is for 3 years, subject to annual review and renewals, and with further possible extensions beyond the initial period depending on funding.
PROPOSED STARTING DATE: Start date is negotiable, and may start as soon as possible after the offer is accepted.
APPLICATION PROCEDURES: For full consideration, please create your candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload the following required documents: cover letter, a CV including a list of publications, a brief (1-2 pages) statement of past research experience, and names/contact information for three references (reference letters will be solicited after the initial round of review) by March 31, 2018.
CONTACT: For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Judy Whittington at [email protected]. For additional information regarding the position, please contact Yue Shen at [email protected].
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College Name or Administrative Unit: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Research Scientist - Department of Astronomy (A1800092)
Open Date: 02/13/2018
Organization Name: Astronomy