Software Engineer (Arizona Radio Observatory)

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Archive Date: 
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Engineering
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Arizona
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Arizona Radio Observatory (ARO), part of Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona (U of A), operates two radio telescopes in southern Arizona: the 12 meter diameter ALMA Prototype Antenna (12M) on Kitt Peak, 50 miles southwest of Tucson, and the 10 meter diameter Submillimeter Telescope (SMT) on Mt. Graham, near Safford. Combined, the two telescopes routinely cover the entire millimeter and submillimeter observation windows from about 4.6 to 0.6 mm wavelengths.

ARO is actively recruiting a software engineering professional to join their team. Responsibilities include software development and maintenance, with occasional operations support, for multiple subsystems/instruments at both telescope sites. While most work will be performed from the U of A campus in Tucson, AZ, some work will occur at the SMT site on Mt. Graham (elevation 10,470 ft) and the 12M site on Kitt Peak (elevation 6,500 ft). The successful candidate will be required to provide periodic nighttime, weekend, and holiday operations software support and incident response.

Primary responsibilities will focus on interface and functional software improvements between the Telescope Control System (TCS) and data acquisition spectrometers and other support subsystems. As familiarity increases, development of automation and performance improvement capabilities are expected.

Software engineering professionals with knowledge of radio astronomy instrumentation are especially encouraged to apply. Of particular interest are enhancements to existing operational tools, improved operator control interfaces, and automation of error handling and recovery functions. Work will be coordinated with members of the interdisciplinary engineering and science operations team.

To apply, and for more information including a list of minimum qulaifications and benefits details, search for job posting number A22512 at

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, June 29, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
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