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Software Development Intern

Company: Lowell Observatory
Location: Flagstaff
Posted on: May 13, 2019

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This job was posted by ****************************** : For more information, please see: ************************************************* POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTSOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT INTERNThe Software Development Intern will assist in two projects that are currently being performed at Lowell Observatory. The intern will participate in setting up operations, data reduction, and analysis of data sets taken on astronomical instrumentation at the Titan Monitor Telescope (TiMo), which Lowell Observatory operates and utilizes under a grant from NASA. This part of the position is supervised by Astronomer Dr. Gerard van Belle. The Astronomer will ensure the Software Development Intern makes adequate progress, but in general the Intern will work independently. The intern will also participate in the development of the sbpy Python project, in particular in the development of new functionality, the testing, and the documentation of existing project functionality. This part of the position is supervised by Astronomer Dr. Michael Mommert. This position is subject to available grant funding.RESPONSIBILITIESSpecific tasks include development, testing, and documentation of software for both sbpy and observatory operations, and separately software for analysis of data, running programs to reduce and analyze data, and development of data processing pipelines. The Software Development Intern can also participate in original research in astronomy or planetary science with the Astronomers, writing up papers for publication in refereed journals. Supervisors may assign the Intern other related duties as deemed appropriate.QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPECTATIONSThe Software Development Intern should have demonstrated proficiency in use and programming of computers. Excellent programming skills in a language or languages agreeable to the Software Development Intern and supervisor are essential, including Python and C/C++. Device driver development and utilization of instrument SDKs may also be required. Fluency with Linux and Windows operating is required; specific platforms and software systems are to be agreed to by the Software Development and Supervisors.Computer and public speaking skills sufficient to assemble and deliver a research presentation to a professional audience are required.Periodic consultations and progress reports with supervisors are expected, but in general, this position will work independently once a research project is assigned to them. They must be able to prioritize tasks, set schedules, and complete complex projects on time and within deadlines. Due to the fixed-term nature of research grants from which the Software Development Intern will ordinarily be paid, work hours in the evening and on weekends should be expected. Occasional work hours from sunset to sunrise will be required as observing runs at telescopes require.The Software Development Intern is expected to reflect the professional and collegial environment the Observatory strives to maintain.EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATIONMinimum requirement for this position is an undergraduate degree in computer science, physics and related areas, or enrollment and pursuit of such a degree. Preference given to computer science, physics or related field; some college-level coursework in astrophysics is also desired but not required. This person must be experienced with Python, have an understanding of programming in Python & C/C++, and the Linux shell.WORKING CONDITIONSOften working at a computer and sitting for extended periods. Moving throughout the campus, on sometimes uneven terrain.Status:Part Time Regular, HourlyCompensation:DOE, Approved range $13-$18/hour Term:Summer 2019 with possible extension. Benefit Eligible:Limited Part Time Benefits*Location:Flagstaff, AZFLSA Classification:Non -ExemptTo Apply: Please send the following documents to ************************************* (****************************** ment)ResumeLetter of interest addressing your qualificationsPhone numbers and e-mail addresses of three referencesDeadline for applications is Noon May 8th 2019.*Part Time employees will receive sick time accrual according to AZ state law. After 6 months of employment, part time employees are eligible to participate in a 5% match if they contribute 5% or more to their retirement plan, as well as 2 paid personal days per year.Lowell Observatory is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and provides equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital and family status.Lowell Observatory provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. This nonsmoking campus is at an elevation of 7,000 ft/2100m. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources office for assistance.VERSION May 2nd 2019/HR

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