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Research Associate - HET Data Scientist more...
Location:Austin, TX
Company:The University of Texas at Austin
First posted:June 15, 2017

Research Associate - HET Data Scientist Hiring department McDonald Observatory Monthly salary OPEN Hours per week 40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM Posting number 17-06-14-01-0708 Job Status Open FLSA status Exempt Earliest Start Date Immediately Position Duration Terminates on 08/31/2021 Position open to all applicants Location Austin (main campus) Number of vacancies 1 General Notes

Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) Board wants data acquired by facility instruments accessible for science analysis with minimum impediments. Includes travel to McDonald Observatory, West Texas (16 miles from Fort Davis, TX; 440 miles from Austin's main campus), and HET partner institutions. Selected candidates for interview will be asked to provide three letters of recommendations.

Required Application Materials

  • A Resume is required in order to apply
  • A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.
  • A List of 3 References is required in order to apply.

Additional Information Purpose

Develops and implements plan to produce Level 1 pipeline software for the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) instruments including the Visible Integral-field Replicable Unit Spectrograph (VIRUS), Low-Resolution Spectrograph 2 (LRS2), High-Resolution Spectrograph (HRS) and Habitable-zone Planet Finder Spectrograph (HPF).

Essential Functions

Works with HET instrument principal investigators (PIs), their commissioning teams and resident astronomers to produce Level 1 data pipeline reduction software for all telescope instruments following high-level guidance from the HET Board. Develops code and documents, maintains, and enhances software and provides support for questions from the user community. Serves as an ex-officio member of the HET User Committee and solicits input from the user communities. Communicates the results and functionality of the resulting software through 1) Wikis, 2) regular periodic telecons, and 3) extended visits to partner institutions with appropriate discussion, and tutorials and demonstrations of software. Participates in the biweekly HET Operations telecon and gives regular reports at the HET board meetings. Conducts personal research using the HET.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned.

Licenses: Class "C" Operator's Driver's License. Applicant selected must provide a current three year Driving Record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, must obtain a Texas Driver's License within 30 days after entering Texas as a new resident.

Required qualifications

Ph.D. in Astrophysics. Three years postdoctoral experience in astronomical spectroscopy and related software techniques. Ability to work collaboratively in a team oriented environment. Strong demonstrated commitment to developing and maintaining collaborative relationships within the organization and the HET Board. Excellent written and verbal communication. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple assignments and projects. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in independent and collaborative astronomical research and data pipeline software. Experience with or knowledge of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope.

Working conditions

May work around standard office conditions Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Climbing of stairs

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas ( TRS ), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program ( ORP ) instead of TRS , subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification form, I-9. You will be required to present acceptable, original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Information from the documents will be submitted to the federal E-Verify system for verification. Documents must be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in dismissal.

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