Onsala Space Observatory (OSO), the Swedish national facility for astronomy hosted by Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden), has an immediate opening for an indefinite term software support position in connection with its newly established European ALMA regional centre (ARC) node.
The ALMA (sub)millimeter array in Northern Chile, presently under construction will provide a leap in performance relative to existing millimeter-wave arrays. Data analysis and user support will be provided by ALMA regional centers (ARCs) situated in Europe, North America and East Asia. The European ARC has a distributed structure with core user operations being concentrated at ESO headquarters in Garching (Germany) while face-to-face user support and community outreach will be functions covered by ARC 'nodes' covering countries/sub-regions within Europe. The ARC node being established at Onsala (Sweden) will support astronomers in the Nordic region (Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland) and in the Baltic countries. Onsala Space observatory has had a long involvement in the ALMA project and is also a 23 percent partner in the 12m diameter APEX (Atacama Pathfinder Experiment) submillimeter wavelength telescope at the ALMA site.
The ARC node at Onsala will as a minimum consist of a part-time director, two new permanent staff positions (of which this software support position is one) and one or two postdoctoral positions. These positions will be filled in 2008 in order to prepare for supporting ALMA science verification and first science operations in 2009 and 2010.
The position of ARC node software support scientist will initially involve establishing readiness for user-support of proposers for first observations, and providing feedback to software developers. These tasks will involve installing and becoming familiar with beta versions of the software tools that users will be using for their proposal submissions and data reduction. This work will be done in close consultation with personnel at the ARC core at ESO, Garching, Germany. It is anticipated that the position will involve travel to ESO for training and discussion. On a longer timescale the position will involve software and operating system maintenance of local computers to support visiting ALMA users and possible involvement in Nordic Grid projects for challenging data reduction. Finally, the position is expected to play a support role in the development of methods and software for advanced data reduction and imaging.
The successful candidate should have experience in installing, maintaining and programming astronomical data reduction packages, preferably packages related to radio or millimeter wave interferometry. Knowledge of operating systems and the interactions between computer platforms and data reduction packages is highly desired. Ideally the candidate should have a good knowledge of C++ and other programming languages. A minimum requirement is a first degree in a relevant area. Salary will be conditional on qualifications and experience.
For further details contact John Conway, Nordic ARC node manager. (John.Conway@chalmers.se). The deadline for applications is 1st February 2008. The application should consist of a resume and the applicant should arrange for two letters of reference to be sent. Applications and reference should both be sent (in PDF format) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mark the application with reference number 2007/175.