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ATLAS Senior Software Engineer

Maintained by LG

Job ID# 12635

Closing Date: January 31, 2012

Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Institute for Astronomy, Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) project, located in Honolulu, Hawaii. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.

Minimum Monthly Salary:  $4,935/Mon.

Duties:  Takes a lead role in the design, development, construction, installation, and operation of ATLAS. Leads software design, development, installation, and monitoring for diverse subsystems. Participates in the software integration and testing for the diverse subsystems, which includes the telescope, camera hardware, and data collection and storage. Designs, develops, tests, and monitors software for pipeline data reduction management, observatory observations, supervision of detection classification, observation scheduling and monitoring of software for running science clients.  

Primary Qualifications:  

Education:   Bachelor’s Degree from a four (4) year accredited college or university in Computer Science, Engineering, Astronomy, Physics, or a related field.

Experience:  Ten (10+) or more years of experience with hardware and software development for astronomical applications with wide-field CCD asteroid surveys. Experience with astronomical observational and reduction techniques.

Abilities/Knowledge/Skills:  Understanding of issues involved in astronomical image analysis with respect to identifying moving objects (asteroids and comets). Expert in various software languages, including but not limited to: C, Fortran, Python, and Perl. Expert in MySQL. Expert in various operating systems, especially Unix/Linux. Expert in computer network and database design. Expert in developing interactive websites with dynamic HTML. Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Physical and/or Medical Demands:  Must be able to lift forty (40) pounds of computer equipment and other hardware. Post-Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to work at 14,000 feet and pass a post-offer high-altitude medical examination.

Secondary Qualifications:  Knowledge of current research in asteroid populations, especially the Near Earth Objects. 



Inquiries:  Dr. John Tonry 956-8701 (Oahu).

Application Requirements:  Please go to, click on “Employment”; select “Apply” and navigate to “See Job Announcements and/or Apply for a Job.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Salary History, 4) Supervisory References, 5) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s) All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawaii Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-3100.

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