Submission Dates
Archive Date: 
July 31, 2014
Deadline to Apply for Job: 
July 31, 2014
Job Details
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution/Company Name: 
Gemini Observatory
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Submission Address for Resumes/CVs
Attention To: 
Christina Terminello
Human Resources Generalist
Gemini Observatory
Street Address Line 1: 
670 North A'ohoku Place
Zip/Postal Code: 
United States
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Job Announcement Text: 

Gemini Observatory has an immediate opening for a Data Process Developer to join our international team operating two of the world’s premier ground-based telescopes in Hawaii and Chile. We are looking for a talented individual to join our multidisciplinary team at Gemini North in Hilo, Hawaii. The Data Process Developer is a part of a group of five people based in Hawaii and Chile.

The Data Process Developer will contribute to the design, development, and deployment of data processing routines required to verify data quality and enable scientific analysis for Gemini’s suite of instruments. Specifically, the Data Process Developer in this position will work with the team's scientists and programmers on new and current data reduction recipes and routines for the Quality Assessment Pipeline and the end-user Python-based data reduction platform. He or she will also work on the platform’s core automation infrastructure. The Data Process Developer will help test and maintain the current IRAF and Python data reduction software. The Gemini data reduction software is a critical component of the daily operations, and it is a tool that a large fraction of the Gemini user community relies on to prepare their data for science analysis. The Data Process Developer is expected the follow rigorous software development life cycle and to apply quality control and configuration control methodology.

A Bachelor’s degree in Astronomy, Physics, Computer Science or related field is required; a master’s degree is preferred. Must be familiar with astronomical data and have experience working with UNIX/Linux. Programming experience in Python and with Object-Oriented principles is essential. Experience programming for IRAF is preferred but not required. Knowledge of astronomical data reduction techniques is essential.

This is a fixed-term 1-year position.

Gemini offers an attractive and competitive salary and benefit package. Gemini North head quarters are located in Hilo, Hawaii, a town with a very diverse population of about 43,000 people, a tropical climate, and a substantial international astronomical community supporting the observatories on Mauna Kea.

Send resume, cover letter and contact details of three references from whom letters of reference may be obtained. Application materials should be submitted online through the Gemini web site: The position will remain open until filled. Please specify the AAS Job Register number on your application. AURA is an affirmative action & equal opportunity employer. AURA actively supports efforts to broaden participation in all Observatory activities. Women and candidates from under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Included Benefits: 

No benefits information has been provided by the employer.