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IPAC at the California Institute of Technology invites applications for a Web and Applications Developer who will participate in the development of the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope and Near Earth Object (NEO) Surveyor programs. The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope is a NASA observatory designed to address key questions in the areas of dark energy, exoplanets, and infrared astrophysics. NEO Surveyor is a NASA Planetary Defense infrared space telescope that will be optimized to detect, track, and characterize near earth objects that may pose a hazard to the Earth and to detect more distant small bodies in the solar system. Both missions are scheduled to launch in the mid-2020's. Fully remote work is not possible with this position .
Essential Job Duties
An Applications Developer at IPAC will:
Develop graphical web user interfaces, and/or interactive data analysis tools.
Work collaboratively with the engineering and scientific team members on tasks that include developing astrophysics data processing.
Develop, support and maintain tools to help scientists combine, extract, visualize and exploit information from archived datasets.
Help the team interpret and implement project requirements and document the work that you've accomplished.
If you have the following in your background, then we want to hear about your interest in joining our team:
Bachelor's or equivalent degree in a Computer Science, Engineering, Physical Science or a related field.
Strong Experience with front and back-end web development
Familiarity with software configuration management principles and tools, source code version control (e.g., Git/GitHub) and issue/bug tracking systems (e.g., Jira).
Experience in creating and maintaining software documentation
Beyond these basic qualifications, there are a set of skills and experiences that will add to your ability to contribute to the roles and responsibilities of Applications Developer. The following might give you a head-start here, but even if these do not describe you or your experience, we would still like to hear from you:
Demonstrated ability with Ruby on Rails, and related web technologies such as HTML5, JSON, and CSS.
Ability to query or examine the contents of a relational database.
Experience working with scientific data sets and use cases.
Experience with Python, Perl, and C programming.
Understanding of software development lifecycles.
Ability to work within a small team, and at times, work independently to ensure deliveries to meet project timelines.
People choose to work at IPAC for many reasons, and the casual, employee-centric culture often leads to fulfilling, long-term careers and positive relationships. Caltech's benefits program offers a quality, competitive benefits package that is affordable for you and the Institute. We also offer a 403(b) defined contribution plan to eligible staff as well as a Voluntary Retirement Savings (TDA) Plan. IPAC staff have access to the Institute's facilities, including the athletic center, libraries, on-site daycare, professional development and enrichment classes, and Athenaeum club membership.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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