Archive Developer

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Cambridge, Massachusetts
September 23 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

Archive Developer 

Chandra X-ray Telescope Data System

Keywords: Software, developer, programmer, software engineer, archive, database, astronomy, NASA, Chandra, CfA

This is an opportunity with the Data Systems division of the Chandra X-ray Center, which is part of the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge MA. One of NASA’s Earth-orbiting Great Observatories, the Chandra X-ray telescope has been observing for over 20 years and continues to have a positive impact on the scientific understanding of the universe. We seek two Software Developers for the archive group to contribute to the continued success of the mission.

Join the Chandra X-ray Center and become part of the team working to extend and maintain the Chandra Data archive functionality and to support its operations. The archive contains terabytes of data from the Chandra mission, ensures their integrity, security, and uninterrupted access, and provides interfaces for archiving and retrieval to Science Center Operations and Chandra Science users.

Duties include:

  • Communicating with scientists and operations teams for software requirements
  • Developing and maintaining software through all phases of the software development lifecycle
  • Documenting software for CXC operations staff and scientific users worldwide
  • Release deployment, server and data migrations, and data archive monitoring
  • Problem analysis and evaluation in support of archive operations and scientific user input
  • Work as part of a team

Knowledge required for the position includes:

  • Proficiency in C++ and Java
  • Experience in SQL/rDBMS
  • Familiarity with relational database servers, web, and JEE application servers in a Unix environment
  • Experience in scripting languages (e.g., Python, Perl) are beneficial since parts of the system include code written in these languages

We offer a challenging and fulfilling working environment in partnership with scientists, operations staff, and an existing software development group, to bring Chandra data to the astronomical community at large.

Benefits include health and dental insurance, vacation and sick time, an institution contributed retirement plan, a flexible spending account, and several insurance opportunities that are all described at the USAJobs link below or on request from the contact person identified on the site.

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