California Institute of Technology
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
The Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) has an immediate opening for a scientific programmer to work on the science data processing system for the AllWISE program.
This is a temporary position with a six month term.
WISE is NASA Mid-sized Explorer mission that surveyed the entire sky in four
mid-infrared bands in 2010 and 2011. The AllWISE program is combining all
WISE data from the WISE cryogenic and NEOWISE post-cryogenic survey phases to form the definitive reference Atlas and Catalog of the mid-infrared sky.
Applicants interested in this position should apply and submit the following by January 19, 2013:
1. A cover letter summarizing your qualifications for this position.
2. A curriculum vitae.
3. In the "Other Document" field, please list the contact information of three professional references who may be asked to provide letters of recommendation.
Note: Career Level will be Associate or Senior level, depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate.
The successful applicants will be responsible for updating the bright-source
artifact identification and flagging software module (ARTID) of the WISE
science data processing system. This module predicts the positions of
artifacts using geometric templates giving the positions of artifacts relative
to the bright sources, and identifies sources that may be contaminated by or
spurious detections of those artifacts. A "contamination and confusion" flag
generated by ARTID is assigned to each source detected in WISE images.
The ARTID module will be adapted to handle to the changing behavior of
artifacts from the different WISE survey phases.
Minimum requirements are a BA/BS degree and at least five years of experience in scientific programming for astronomy, physics, computer science or related discipline.
Applicants should be able to familiarize themselves quickly with existing software written primarily in C, and modify and test the code base as required.
Testing will require experience in image and general Astronomical data analysis.
Preference will be given to those applicants with experience in the design and coding of data reduction and analysis software in the relevant areas from one or more ground or space astronomy missions.
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: jobs.caltech.edu 
Caltech is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, Minorities, Veterans and Disabled Persons are encouraged to apply.