Project Scientist for data pipeline development and data analysis support for UCO

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Publish Date: 
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Archive Date: 
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of California Santa Cruz
Job Announcement Text: 

The University of California Observatories (UCO) invites applications for a Project Scientist position for data pipeline development and data analysis support for UCO under the supervision of the UCO Director. The selected candidate will participate in research or creative programs and the development of modern data reduction pipelines and analysis for UCO in close collaboration with faculty, staff, and students at University of California astronomy campuses. Responsibilities include: identifying shortcomings with existing data reduction pipelines; suggest new projects at the interface of research, software development and data analysis; assist in project management; and contribute to publications.

UCSC strives to embrace diversity in all its forms, and to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened & productive environment.

RANK: Project Scientist

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or a related field. Experience in astronomical data reduction pipelines. Technical proficiency in python.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience in astronomical software development, research astronomy, and data analysis; and/or at least three years of experience in python; and/or demonstrated experience in building version-controlled software packages; and/or broad knowledge of current themes in astronomical research especially pertaining to cosmology, galaxy formation, supernovae; and/or weak lensing research; and/or knowledge of modern statistical and machine learning techniques.

POSITION AVAILABLE: As soon as possible after closing date.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Initially appointed for two years with the potential for renewal pending the availability of funds.

TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include: 1) An application letter containing a statement of interest and qualifications, including discussion of how the candidate fits the above-described requirements for this position; 2) A current CV and publication list; and 3) three letters of reference*. Documents must be submitted as PDF files.

Apply at Refer to Position #JPF00405-17T in all correspondence.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), please read UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on Jan 3, 2017. To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete and letters of recommendation received by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than 6/30/2017.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to: Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064; (831) 459-2686.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available here or from the Academic Personnel Office (APO) at (831) 459-4300.

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Included Benefits: 

No benefits information has been provided by the employer.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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