IT Specialist

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, April 10, 2020
Archive Date: 
Friday, May 8, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Government Agency
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

IT Specialist

Trust Fund (Non-Federal), Indefinite

This is an opening for a software developer in the data systems division of the Chandra X-ray Observatory Science Center to work on the Chandra data archive. The archive contains terabytes of data, ensures their integrity, security and uninterrupted access, and provides interfaces for archiving and retrieval to science center operations and Chandra users. The successful candidate will work to extend and maintain the archive functionality and to support its operations. Knowledge required for the position includes proficiency in C++ and Java, experience in SQL/rDBMS, and familiarity with relational database servers, web, and JEE application servers in a Unix environment. Experience in scripting languages (e.g., Python, Perl) are beneficial since parts of the system include code written in these languages. We offer a challenging environment working in partnership with science and data systems operations teams and an existing software development team, to bring Chandra data products and analysis tools to the astronomical community at large.

Duties include:

  • Communication with scientists and operations teams for software requirements.
  • Software development and maintenance through all phases of the software development lifecycle.
  • Software documentation for operations and users.
  • Release deployment, server and data migrations, data archive monitoring.
  • Problem analysis and evaluation in support of science operations and user input.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.

We will only accept applications on line for this position. To view the complete vacancy announcement and online application procedures, please visit our SAO website. 

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Application Deadline: 
Sunday, May 10, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, May 10, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
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