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Apply now Job no: 92785-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Information Systems/Technology, Research, Scientific

Position Vacancy ID:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Working Title:

Scientific Data Processing Programmer

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Hiring Department:




Anticipated Begin Date:

JANUARY 02, 2018


This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $42,139 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and area of specialization:

B.S. in Computer Science or related field.
B.S. in Physics or Electrical Engineering with experience in computing.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

- Minimum of 1 year of experience in scientific data analysis.
- Abroadrangeofsoftwareskillsandsignificantexperience in aLinux/UNIXcomputing environment. .
- A minimum of 1 year of experience with object-oriented programming, preferably in C++, on large collaborative software projects
- A minimum of 1 year of experience in Python or other scripting language
- Experience working in large computing environments, such as clusters or grids
- Experienceworkinginateamdevelopmentenvironment, includingtheuseofcode development tools such as cmake and Subversion
- Experience with database programming, including familiarity with the principles of relational database design
- Excellentcommunicationskillsforpromptresolutionof issueswithcollaborators,in coordination with the detector operation group and the science working groups

- Basic Linux system administration skills
- Familiarity with graphical user interface development
- Experience with NoSQL/document-based databases, such as MongoDB
- Experience with web development in Javascript and Python web development frameworks
- Experience in OpenCL and Parallel Computing
- Experience in Monte Carlo simulation in particle physics and astrophysics
- Experiencewithsoftwaredevelopment lifecycleactivitiesincludingrequirementsgathering,design documentation, and code reviews

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Position Summary:

With 2500 events detected each second, IceCube produces nearly 1 TB of data per day, 100 GB of which are transferred via satellite to the UW data center. These data are processed through sophisticated and time-consuming reconstruction algorithms in a distributed computing environment. At the same time, large voluments of simulated detector data are producted for data analysis and interpretationofdetectorresponse. Promptprocessingof both is necessary toguarantee streamlined data analysis and publication of physics results. This processing utilizes numerouscomputingclustersandsupercomputersacrosstheworld(e.g. Open Science Gridand XSEDE).

Additional Information:

The University of Wisconsin is an institution with an international reputation for excellence in physical sciences research and education. This position will support the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) and its mission which includes leading the maintenance and operations of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole. This $275 million facility, completed in 2010, will be operated for another 15 years. The observatory consists of 5160 optical sensors buried down to 2.5 km deep in the Antarctic ice shelf for high-energy neutrino detection, and 324 optical sensors deployed in a surface array for high-energy cosmic ray detection. Data handling and computing equipment is located on-site at the South Pole for online processing and filtering of collected data.

The IceCube Observatory is the largest neutrino telescope currently operating on Earth. It has a volume of 1 km3 and is located at the Geographic South Pole between 1400 and 2400metersbelow the ice surface. IceCube's principal science goals are the identification of high energy neutrinos of astrophysical origin and characterization of high energy cosmic rays, but IceCube's broad scientiffc program covers other astrophysical phenomena as well as particle physics. Since its completion in December 2010, IceCube has collected and processed over 2 PB of experimental data used by the scientists of the IceCube Collaboration in analyses to search for astrophysical signals. For instance, datat are being used to send real time alerts to other observatories under an elaborate multi-messenger program aimed at identifying the origin of the highest energy cosmic rays ever observed.


Tina Gislason
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Instructions to Applicants:

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Applicants will be asked to upload a resume and cover letter. In your cover letter please describe your knowledge and experience as they relate to the position and qualifications.

Additional Link: Full Position Details
  NOTE: A Period of Evaluation will be Required
  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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