Visiting Research Scientist - National Center for Supercomputing Applications (100297)

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Visiting Research Scientist (100297)

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides supercomputing and advanced digital resources for the nation's science enterprise. At NCSA, University of Illinois faculty, staff, students, and collaborators from around the globe use advanced digital resources to address research grand challenges for the benefit of science and society. NCSA has been advancing one third of the Fortune 50 for more than 30 years by bringing industry, researchers and students together to solve grand challenges at rapid speed and scale.

NCSA seeks one or more Visiting Research Scientists to work in its program of servicing Optical Astronomy Surveys including processing DECam data for the Dark Energy Survey and other DECcam observing programs, as well as image processing for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project. This scientist will work within a group of scientists and research programmers from NSCA and other institutions to process and analyze the data and participate in the overall operations data processing systems.

NCSA is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to apply.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with scientists and research programmers from NSCA as well as other institutions to process and analyze the data and participate in the overall operations data processing systems
  • Analyze and solve problems related to astronomical image processing at NCSA. Analysis requires an understanding of practical observational astronomy, computing systems and software
  • Process observed, simulated, and test data to identify issues in the processing system and incorporate enhancements in the science codes and scientific quality controls in the context of the processing systems into the DES Data Management System
  • Examine image processing problems for root cause
  • Trend success and failure of production
  • Provide and update the systems Quality Controls
  • Configure science codes into pipelines
  • Develop software for overall operation of the survey
  • Make scientific and technical recommendations for the survey's processing system
  • Conduct initial testing of new science software releases
  • Participate in the preparation of data releases
  • Collaborate with the astronomy software developers
  • Develop documentation
  • Participate in outreach activities which provide broader impact for the survey
  • May supervise students for project work
  • Familiarity with astronomy-related image reduction and analysis software.

Required Education, Training and Experience:
  • Ph.D degree in astronomy, physics, computer science, engineering or other science-related field. Alternative degree fields will be considered if accompanied by equivalent experience (depending on nature and depth of experience as it relates to current NCSA business needs).
  • Two years' experience in one or more areas of practical optical astronomical image processing.

Preferred Experience
  • Programming experience in astronomy-related software tools, Python and SQL experience.
  • Experience working in a scientific or research environment.
  • Experience in astronomical image processing.
  • Experience with astronomical sky surveys.
  • Experience supervising others including task assignment and follow up to ensure completion of duties.

This is a regular academic professional position at NCSA and is an annually renewable, 12/12, 100%-time appointment with regular University benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience and start date will be as soon as possible after the close date of the search. Applicants must possess required education and experience by start date of position. Interviews and hires may occur before the closing date; however, all applications received by the closing date will receive full consideration. This position may become non-visiting at a later time dependent upon funding and/or programmatic needs. For further information regarding our application procedures, you may visit or email [email protected].

To apply, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter and CV/resume by the close date (10/4/2018). Contact information for three references must be included on the application. For full consideration, candidates must complete the Hiretouch application process by the above date.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Category: 6-Research
Title: Visiting Research Scientist - National Center for Supercomputing Applications (100297)
Open Date: 09/06/2018
Close Date: 10/04/2028
Organization Name: Supercomputing Applications





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Posted: 11/6/2018
Application Due: 12/30/2018
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