Scientific Software Engineer - JRID46636

Submission Dates
Archive Date: 
January 31, 2014
Deadline to Apply for Job: 
January 31, 2014
Job Details
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution/Company Name: 
Leiden Observatory
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Attention To: 
R. Tilanus
Allegro, Leiden Observatory, University Leiden
Street Address Line 1: 
Niels Bohrweg 2
Zip/Postal Code: 
2333 CA
The Netherlands
+31 71-5275831
+31 71-5275743
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Job Announcement Text: 

Scientific Software Engineer

Vacancy number: 13-328

Leiden Observatory is looking for an energetic applicant to work within the Allegro team on the development of new data analysis utilities and custom pipeline data handling of large data sets. Up to 30% of time will be available for personal research for applicants with a PhD in Astronomy.  The scientific software Engineer will work on the development of application utilities and pipeline data reduction with CASA, a software package used for handling astronomical observations from ALMA. The ALMA observatory in Chile, one of the largest ground-based telescopes in the world, is a sub-millimeter telescope array that over the next decades is expected to deliver revolutionary observations of the formation of stars and planets, the evolution of galaxies, and the history of the universe. Qualifications: PhD or Masters in Astronomy, Physics, Computer science, or related field. Programming experience is essential. The applicant must have an excellent knowledge of Linux, C++, and scripting, preferably Python. Familiarity with astronomical data reduction packages and, specifically, CASA is desirable. Essential aspects are an ability to work as part of an international English-speaking team.

The appointment will be for two years initially. An extension is possible after positive evaluation of capabilities and compatibility and progress of the project. A starting date no later than July 2014 is preferred. The salary will be set depending on education and work experience. For more information, contact Dr. R. Tilanus.  Review of applications and suitable candidates will start January 6, 2014. Please submit your application at You will be asked to fill in a web form, to provide contact information for three referees, and to upload a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research experience and interests and a publication list for those seeking a research allocation. Further information on employment at Leiden University can be found

Leiden Observatory, part of the faculty of Science at Leiden University, is the oldest university astronomy department in the world and largest astronomy department in the Netherlands.   Leiden is a charming university town with international flair close to Amsterdam.

Included Benefits: 

Leiden University offers comprehensive benefits including paid vacation, sick leave, disability insurance, maternity and parental leave, and retirement benefits, an annual vacation premium of 8%, and an end-of-year premium of 8.3%.