ASTRON is the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy. Its mission is to make discoveries in radio astronomy happen, via the development of novel and innovative technologies, the operation of world-class radio astronomy facilities, and the pursuit of fundamental astronomical research.
We have an open position for a
Scientific Software Engineer (f/m)
to strengthen the R&D Computing group in the area of Calibration and Imaging software.
The R&D Computing group is developing software and algorithms for the new LOFAR telescope, for the Apertif upgrade of the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope and for the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), a world-wide project for the development of the largest radio telescope to date. After radio astronomical data is taken and correlated they must be calibrated and images need to be created. The new generation instruments like LOFAR, Apertif, and the future SKA generate so much data that the data processing must be very efficient. Therefore, new calibration approaches are being developed and software implementations are being optimized.
You will work in a team of researchers and software engineers on enhancing the software for calibration (BBS) and imaging (AWImager). You will do so by researching and implementing new algorithms as well as optimizing existing implementations.
We are looking for a candidate with the following skills and experience:
- a university degree or PhD in computer science, numerical mathematics, astronomy or a closely related field
- proficient in C/C++, good working knowledge of Python
- experience in multi-threaded programming
- experience in software design is welcome
- affinity with astronomy is a strong advantage
- excellent team player skills (including engaging in collaborations with the ASTRON astronomers and the community at large)
Location: Your workplace is the ASTRON headquarters, located in Dwingeloo (The Netherlands).
We offer: Successful candidates will be in the formal employment of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), at a salary scale commensurate with age and experience. Generous relocation expenses, as well as an excellent package of benefits and assistance with finding accommodation will be provided. Applicants of any nationality are eligible to apply. A good command of the English language (writing and speaking) is essential. You are initially offered a contract for a period of two years, which can change into an indefinite contract based on good performance.
Further information: If you would like more information about this vacancy please contact Diana Verweij, Head of the HR department, phone: 0031-521-595211, e-mail: email@example.com
You can apply for this job by sending your letter and curriculum vitae to ASTRON by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (reference number 2012-08-023). The closing date is January 7, 2013. Candidates will be considered until the position has been filled. Internal and external recruiting will be executed in parallel.