IT Specialist (Applications Software)

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Publish Date: 
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Government Agency
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

IT Specialist (Applications Software)
Institution Name: Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is part of the largest and most diverse astrophysical institution in the world, where the staff carries out a broad program of research in astronomy, astrophysics and earth and space sciences. If you would like to join this exciting organization, apply today!

This is for the position of Information Technology Specialist (Applications Software) in the Minor Planet Center (MPC) within the Solar, Stellar, and Planetary Sciences Division. The MPC is the internationally recognized, NASA-funded clearinghouse, processing center, and archive for minor planet and comet observations. The MPC is tasked with identifying candidate near Earth asteroids from all data reported to the MPC, as well as with supporting asteroid survey programs, for example, through services for identifying known asteroids and predicting their positions. 

The MPC is building a highly scalable and feature-rich data-processing pipeline using modern development tools. These tools will be used to process the hundreds of millions of observations that will be submitted to the MPC from surveys such as the Vera C. Rubin Observatory LSST and the NEO Surveyor Mission. As such, the MPC is inviting applications for a suitably qualified developer.

The employee is a highly motivated IT Specialist (Applications Software) interested in architecting and implementing key components of the MPC processing infrastructure and services, including (but not limited to) robust, flexible, database interfaces, containerized software services, and AWS-deployed infrastructure. Some duties may include functioning as a software IT Specialist to develop and maintain web-based software applications and services, develops unit tests, and applies continuous integration to both existing and new software projects, and participating in regular software planning and status reporting activities

For further information and requirements, view the complete Job Vacancy Announcement at:

Application Procedure: SAO will only accept applications online for this position. For complete information and online application procedures, please visit: USAJOBS

The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in our workplace.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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