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Publish Date: 
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Archive Date: 
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Engineering
Institution Classification/Type: 
W. M. Keck Observatory
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Are you a software engineer who is passionate about developing, deploying, supporting and optimizing software?  Would you like to work at one of the world’s greatest observatories, in close collaboration with the science team, in developing state-of-the-art tools for time domain astronomy?  If so, we want to hear from you!

All qualified applicants, including women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The W. M. Keck Observatory (WMKO) operates two 10-meter optical/infrared telescopes and an associated suite of advanced instrumentation. These telescopes have been extremely productive scientifically and have allowed the WMKO science community to play a leading role in understanding the universe from our solar system, to exoplanets, black holes, the earliest galaxies, and dark matter and energy.

Under the general supervision of the Senior Software Engineer, the Scientific Software Engineer is responsible for developing, deploying, supporting and optimizing software for operational solutions used at the observatory and integration of partner developed science instruments.  The primary responsibility will be for the development of software, web-based-tools, operational procedures, documentation, training and communication for WMKO’s Time Domain Astronomy (TDA) program.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science or equivalent in Astronomy, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics or other relevant engineering or science field.
  • Three (3) years' experience in developing code used for observing tools, data tools, and/or general software development, preferably in an astronomical facility or research institution.
  • Experience developing web-enabled database applications.
  • Experience in Unix/Linux shell scripting.

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Apply to join a skilled and deeply committed team of professionals who enable exciting and important astronomical discoveries. Submit a cover letter and resume telling us how your background and passion relate to the position.  Go to

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Keck Observatory offers a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits bundle including a 403(b) plan; a highly regarded tuition assistance program for dependent children (K-12 grade); and an unmatched focus of excellence. 

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Application Deadline: 
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
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