Software Group Lead: CASA Pipeline
Company: National Radio Astronomy
Posted on: March 19, 2023
National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Position Description: Would you like to be part of leading and developing mission-critical software for some of the largest scientific endeavors on the planet? Would you like to be part of a highly skilled international team of engineers and scientists pushing the boundaries of humankinds knowledge of the universe?The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is seeking a full-time Common Astronomy Software Application (CASA) Pipeline Software Group Lead who will be responsible for the short- and long-term planning, management, and development activities for a radio interferometer data reduction and analysis pipeline. The Pipeline Group is responsible for the CASA pipelines, which provide heuristic-based automated processing for calibration and imaging. These software products have the primary responsibility of supporting the data post-processing needs of NRAOs current generation of radio astronomical telescopes, ALMA and the VLA. The Pipeline can process both interferometric and single dish data, and is developed by an international consortium of scientists and developers based at the National Radio Astronomical Observatory (NRAO), the European Southern Observatory (ESO), and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), under the guidance of NRAO.As the leader of an international development project, experience in achieving results indirectly, e.g., in collaborations or through people in other organizations is a key to success in this position.The CASA pipelines provide a layer of telescope specific heuristics, using CASA and implemented in python, connected to observatory systems to allow automated data calibration and imaging.Over the next decade, our software infrastructure will evolve to enable several orders of magnitude greater performance scaling to support the upcoming Next Generation VLA (ngVLA) telescope and ALMAs wideband sensitivity upgrade. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in and guide the early stages of the software infrastructure design and development towards these goals.The position can be based at our headquarters in Charlottesville, VA; at the Science Operations Center in Socorro, NM; at a satellite office in Albuquerque, NM; or at the Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia. A remote work arrangement within the continental United States may be possible for highly qualified applicants.In addition to competitive pay, NRAO provides excellent paid time off benefits (vacation and sick leave). Medical, dental and vision plans are effective first day of employment. NRAOs retirement benefit contributes an amount equal to 10 percent of a qualified participants base pay. No contribution is required of the employee; we also offer an optional supplemental, tax-deferred plan for employee retirement contributions.Job Duties Summary:The Pipeline Lead is responsible for the international CASA Pipeline development team including development teams in other regions, and is responsible for the overall personnel and technical management of the extended team. The successful candidate will also take responsibility for regular reporting on management status and compliance with deadlines to senior management at NRAO and other participating organizations, and may be asked to present that status to other stakeholders or advisory bodies in formal or informal reviews.
The NRAO is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V)
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Keywords: National Radio Astronomy, Albuquerque , Software Group Lead: CASA Pipeline, IT / Software / Systems , Socorro, New Mexico
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