Applications Programmer for the University of California Observatories

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Archive Date: 
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of California Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Applications Programmer for the University of California Observatories


UCO/Lick Observatory [321]


JOB #: 2009401


Full time; Career [2]


Starting Salary Range: $51,100 - $89,200 / Annually.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Initial Review Date: 03-29-2020


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


Applications programmer to lead the data curation and related software for the University of California Observatories (UCO). The candidate will lead development of astronomical data reduction pipelines for instrumentation at UCO. Candidate will lead migration of the Observatory's data archive from a local archive with limited searchability, to a cloud-based system with extensive searchability using metadata. The candidate will also support special software projects for the Observatory.


Involved in the development of server / OS / desktop / mobile applications and services including researching, designing, developing specifications for designing, writing, modifying, testing, debugging, troubleshooting and maintaining source code. Also having direct or related involvement in designing related databases, user interfaces, integration to other systems / applications, content or multimedia processes. Work includes analysis and design to post-production processes, quality assurance, maintenance and documentation.


The University of California Observatories (UCO) is a Multi-Campus Research Unit of the University of California, with headquarters at the UC Santa Cruz campus. UCO operates on behalf of astronomers on eight UC campuses and two national laboratories and is comprised of extensive technical facilities, a business office, telescopes and support facilities at the Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton. UCO provides UC's scientific and administrative interface to the Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, and the Thirty-Meter Telescope international project, and supports the training of astronomy Ph.D.'s throughout the UC system. The design and fabrication of new data systems and related software is critical to the future of UC Observatories.




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To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Application Deadline: 
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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