The Department of Astronomy at the University of Washington is searching for a research scientist to help design and develop next-generation data processing pipelines for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). LSST will soon undertake a decade long astronomical survey. It will observe half the sky every three nights, detect ten million transient events nightly, and generate more than 6 petabytes of data per year. The University of Washington is leading the development of complex software pipelines that will analyze LSST's images in near-real time, detect millions of transient, variable and moving objects — and alert the world about them.
As a member of our team, you will apply scientific procedures to develop the algorithms and write the code that make the LSST data processing possible. You will investigate new algorithmic approaches, evaluate technical tradeoffs, and test the resulting pipelines to confirm that they meet our performance requirements. A successful candidate will be an effective software developer with experience in Python and/or C++. They will have the ability to work independently to evaluate and apply standard and new scientific techniques when needed to help further the LSST goals. Strong communication skills are vital to the success of our geographically distributed team. An interest in developing skills in astronomical image processing algorithms, machine learning techniques, and performance optimization is desired.
Twenty percent of your time will be available for personally-directed research. In addition to its involvement with LSST, the department is a partner in the Zwicky Transient Facility and has a major share in the Apache Point 3.5m telescope. Current research in the survey science group includes solar system science, study of the structure and evolution of the Milky Way, and observations of transient and variable objects. The position is funded to start immediately, and an appointment may be made at either a junior or senior level. LSST development at UW is funded to continue for the duration of construction (through 2022) and potentially beyond.
A PhD in physics, astronomy, computer science, or a related field; or 3-5 years of experience in software development in an astronomical context; is required.
We are committed to building a team that includes a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills, and to maintaining the department's welcoming and supportive atmosphere. Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.
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