Research Scientist - JRID47208

Submission Dates
Archive Date: 
January 31, 2014
Deadline to Apply for Job: 
January 31, 2014
Job Details
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
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Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Submission Address for Resumes/CVs
Attention To: 
Amy Dillman
HR Coordinator
Street Address Line 1: 
1205 W. Clark St.
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Job Announcement Text: 

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has one or more Research Scientist position(s) available in our Dark Energy Survey project under the Data and Information Sciences and Technology Directorate.  NCSA has an active program to build and operate processing systems for ground based optical astronomy surveys, including the Dark Energy Survey (DES) and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). These systems process raw data from a telescope into corrected images and catalogs of detected images, which are served to a broad community. NCSA Research Scientists work within a team to build and provide key aspects of these systems. These aspects include: a proportionate share of codes, scientific assessment of code changes; orchestration and workflow systems needed to process data; data access systems for file-based data and relational database systems; elements of software frameworks; and data intensive computing platforms.

This position has a particular focus on the flow of software and data within the processing system. The skills needed are typically acquired by working in astronomical surveys, large physics experiments, or more generally within large collaborations of experimental scientists having large datasets. This Research Scientist will have relevant implementation skills for data-intensive systems where software is developed collaboratively, integrated, and applied to data at greater than petabyte scale. 

This Research Scientist also has skills and experience working with data to improve end-data products and production processes, with an emphasis toward facilitating the smooth integration of effort at NCSA into the science-sensitive aspects of multiple survey projects. This Research Scientist provides a scientific point-of-view within the team at NCSA working on these projects.  The position provides opportunities for independent research.

Required Education and Experience:
• Ph.D in Physics or Astronomy or Computer Science. Alternative degree fields may be considered/accepted if accompanied by equivalent experience (depending on nature and depth of experience as it relates to current NCSA technologies).
• Experience in the services needed by a large scientific collaboration engaged in data-intensive physical science, as outlined in the scope section of the position.
• Minimum of 5 years of experience with Python, C++, SQL, Linux.
• Minimum of 5 years of experience beyond the Bachelor’s degree in scientific computing.
• Experience working with fellow scientist and administrators; experience supervising student research.

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 be conducted before the closing date; however, all applications received by the closing date will receive full consideration. 

To apply, please create your candidate profile at and upload your CV/resume by the close date (2/2/2014). Contact information for three references must be included on the application (letters maybe also be uploaded or sent to the contact below).  For full consideration, candidates must complete the Hiretouch application process by the above date.

Included Benefits: 

Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.