Web Software Developer

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
To event remaining 6 days
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO)
Street Line 1: 
185 Alewife Brook Parkway
Street Line 2: 
Suite 410
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Web Software Developer Job


Job Title: Web Software Developer

Type of Position: Full time (35 hour per week)

Pay Range: $60,000 - $80,000 depending on experience

Posting Open Date: Feb 1, 2023

Posting Close Date: March 31, 2023

Area of consideration: This position is open to all qualified candidates.

About the AAVSO

The American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) is a small, science-focused

501c3 non-profit organization headquartered in Cambridge, MA. Since its founding 1911, the

AAVSO and its members have worked with the professional astronomical community to unlock

the secrets of the cosmos through observations of variable stars and kindrid objects. Our

current mission is to enable anyone, anywhere, to participate in scientific discovery through

variable star astronomy.

AAVSO accomplishes this mission through collaboration with professional researchers,

educational activities, and data stewardship. In 2022, our engagement with researchers yielded

300 peer reviewed publications and our educational programming reached 5,500 individuals.

The majority of our effort involves curation of four databases including a photometric database

with over 54 million observations, a variable star metadata database containing information on

2.2 million variable stars, a spectroscopic database with some 10,000 spectra, and an exoplanet

database showcasing some 1,500 exoplanet transits.

Summary of Role

The AAVSO is seeking a Web Software Developer who will develop, maintain, and operate the

software and cloud services used in our web infrastructure. This is a full time (35 hour per week)

position that can be fulfilled as in-person, hybrid, or remote work depending on the employee’s


What you will be doing

You will be responsible for the development, maintenance, and operation of AAVSO’s web

infrastructure. We utilize Amazon AWS, some open source software (mostly Django and

Drupal), and a variety of custom applications written in Python, PHP, and VisualBasic. Our

databases are MariaDB.

Your time will be split approximately 80% web development and 20% other duties as required.

What you need to be successful

● Prior experience with Amazon AWS cloud services.

● 2+ years of experience developing web applications in Python

● Effective verbal and written communication skills.

● Written and spoken proficiency in English.

How you can stand out

● Familiar with astronomy, photometry, spectroscopy or a related field.

● Prior experience with AstroPy

● A demonstrated track record of working with volunteers or managing small teams.

● Proficiency in languages other than English.

How to apply

Applicants should send a cover letter and their résumé / CV to Kathy Spirer at

[email protected] with the subject line “AAVSO Software Developer Opportunity.”

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$60000.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$80000.00 (USD)
Compensation Notes: 
Commensurate with documented experience
Included Benefits: 
  • A flexible, 35 hour work week
  • 100% employer paid healthcare plan (individual)
  • Paid holidays, sick time, and vacation
  • 401(k) Plan - Employees receive a total company-paid benefit of 5% of their salary after three months of employment.
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Educational assistance program
Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 31, 2023
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Kathleen Spirer
Operations Manager
Street Line 1: 
185 Alewife Brook Parkway
Street Line 2: 
Suite 410
Zip/Postal Code: 
United States of America
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