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SKA Software Engineer Position at IAA-CSIC

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The AMIGA (Analysis of the interstellar Medium of Isolated Galaxies, group is looking for outstanding candidates to apply for a Software Engineer position, included in the IAA-CSIC "Severo Ochoa" Excellence Program [1]. The selected candidate will be involved in the development of a Prototype SKA Regional Centre, part of the strategic plan of the IAA "Severo Ochoa" project.

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is a radiotelescope that, once completed, will be the largest scientific infrastructure on Earth [2]. SKA will be the world’s largest  generator of scientific data (reaching exa-bytes data rates), thus posing a challenge in the extraction of scientific knowledge, while being driver of technological development in areas such as Big Data. It is expected that SKA will approximately distribute 600 PB/yr of Observatory data products among a network of SKA Regional Centres (SRCs). The Centres will provide access to the SKA community to data products, tools and processing power to generate and analyse advanced data products.

The IAA SRC prototype will need to prepare for providing access to SKA science data products via a portal, as well as the tools and processing power required to fully exploit their science potential, in partnership with HPC facilities, and integrated in the future network of the SKA SRCs. To fulfil these aims it is necessary to setup a testbed able to support analysis of data from precursors and pathfinder telescopes. Those will play a crucial role for identifying bottlenecks and preparing for the Big Data challenges following Open Science and FAIR principles.

The AMIGA team is leading the SRC developments at IAA and participates in SKA at three levels. Scientific level: AMIGA science is aligned with 3 out of the 12 High Priority Goals of SKA, on the study of the atomic gas (HI) and magnetic fields in galaxies, and the AMIGA PI (Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro) is co-Chair of the SKA HI Science Working Group. Coordination level: The AMIGA PI coordinates the Spanish participation in the SKA project (since 2011) and was appointed by the Ministry as the Spanish representative in the SKA SRC Steering Committee [3]. Technological level: AMIGA is member of the international consortium designing the SKA Science Data Processor and of the H2020 project AENEAS [4] designing the federated network of European SKA Regional Centres (SRCs). In addition, the AMIGA team is active in the area of scientific reproducibility and is contributing to a set of Open Science principles to be incorporated into the design of SKA and the SRCs. In particular, it parti  cipates  in the H2020 project ESCAPE [5], focused on addressing the Open Science challenge shared by the Astronomy and Particle Physics ESFRI infrastructures, including SKA.

The AMIGA team is looking for candidates capable of contributing to several of the following tasks:

- Provide a Science Gateway as the entry point to the IAA SRC prototype (deploying an existing one and/or developing new components).
- Develop tools for sharing/publishing data and methods according to the Open Science principles (e.g. services for accessing data according to Astronomy Virtual Observatory standards).
- Connect the IAA SRC prototype with European e-Infrastructures (through the European Open Science Cloud, EOSC) and other SRC precursors.
- Set-up an underlying computing and storage infrastructure, required for a functional SRC prototype able to support data analysis from SKA pathfinders/precursors.

The successful candidate must hold a PhD/MSc/BSc degree in Computer science or related fields (e.g. Physics, Mathematics). We are looking for a candidate with the ability to adapt to challenges and changes, and who is capable of listening and communicating effectively with others in both English and Spanish.

The contract would start after the summer, with extension options (1+2 years) and with funds to cover his/her travelling expenses.

The ideal candidate will have experience in several of these aspects:

- Virtualization tools (virtual machines and containers)
- Science Gateways (developing and/or deploying)
- Distributed Computing Infrastructures
- Authentication, Authorization and Accounting
- Jupyter Notebooks
- Astrophysics domain software
- Software development in Python
- Development of web services and web applications

[1] Severo Ochoa distinction is an accreditation from the Spanish Ministry of Science that acknowledges the Spanish centres that carry out cutting-edge research and demonstrate scientific leadership and impact at global level






Candidates should submit (to, the CV, a a Statement of Interest describing the motivation for this position, and at least two reference contacts. They should also arrange two letters of reference to be sent to the e-mail address above.  


20th May. Full consideration will be given to all applications submitted before the deadline, but the position will remain open to applicants until it is filled.

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