The Small Bodies Node (SBN) of NASA’s Planetary Data System, based in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Maryland, College Park, is seeking a programmer with front-end or application development experience who would work with a larger group of planetary scientists and programmers. The ideal candidate will also work closely with programmers at the Minor Planet Center at the Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA. The position is in support of the SBN archiving and oversight efforts. Near-term tasks include developing a cross-identification database for all bodies represented in the archive, web tool or application development, and occasionally reporting to NASA. Some travel may be involved.
The minimum requirements include an B.S. or B.A-level degree in computer science or a related field, proficiency in C or Python coding, and familiarity with UNIX, HTML, CSS, Java, & API interfaces. Experience with GUI development and/or database interfaces is also desired, as is some IT administrative experience. A Master’s level degree is preferred, but previous work experience will also be considered.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, a complete resume, and a list of references to SBNjob18@astro.umd.edu. Applications received by June 30, 2018 will receive full consideration.
The Department of Astronomy includes a large number of planetary scientists working primarily on small bodies (comets and asteroids) and on dynamics, and with participants in a variety of missions including Rosetta and Lucy as well as many research projects (see http://www.astro.umd.edu/rareas/).
The University of Maryland actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, gender, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, national origin, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience.
About University of Maryland
The Department of Astronomy at the University of Maryland, College Park, is a world-class department with 15 professorial faculty and many research scientists who pursue observational research across the spectrum and theoretical research using high-end computing systems. The university is located in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and has convenient access to NASA-Goddard and other major scientific institutions.
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