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Apply now Job no: 98245-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Computer Science, Engineering, Information Systems/Technology, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

The Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) is a research and development center with an international reputation for developing and supporting instrumentation for both terrestrial and space flight applications. SSEC's mission includes the support of faculty and academic staff led research, development, fabrication and implementation of space flight experiments, as well as the development of new meteorological research tools for national and international use.

The successful candidate will work with a team using a high-performance data ingest, archive, and processing system as part of the NASA Science Investigator-Led Processing System (SIPS) for the Atmosphere discipline of the Suomi NPP Science Team. The Atmosphere SIPS at SSEC is responsible for ingesting, storing, processing, and delivering data products from the VIIRS sensor onboard the Suomi NPP and NOAA-20 environmental satellites in earth orbit. The computer systems supporting this effort currently include more than 1500 CPU cores for data processing configured as a high-throughput computing system; more than 2 Petabytes of storage in a cluster file system; high performance networking; and a job management system controlled by a relational database. The Atmosphere SIPS currently ingests more than 2 Terabytes of data per day from NASA and other sources, and runs a variety of algorithms on the data to create geophysical products.

To find out more about SSEC please visit:

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

B.S. in Computer Science, Physical Science, Engineering, or related field

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

* Experience developing and maintaining software systems in Python
* Familiarity with the Linux programming environment, including knowledge of operating system concepts and command-line / scripting proficiency
* SQL database programming experience with a DBMS, preferably PostgreSQL
* A solid foundation in software engineering practices including use of version control (git), software testing, and creation and maintenance of developer documentation and user manuals
* Scientific programming and data visualization experience using tools like the Python / NumPy / Matplotlib ecosystem or alternatives like R or MATLAB

* A background in cluster computing using batch systems like HTCondor and distributed file systems like Ceph
* Experience with message-oriented systems built with RabbitMQ or similar technologies
* Front- and back- end web application development skills including client-side programming in Javascript

Additional Information:

A period of evaluation will be required.
A criminal background check will be required.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $50,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To begin the application process, click the "Apply Now" button. Please provide your resume and cover letter outlining relevant qualifications and experience.


Denise Weidner
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

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Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

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  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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