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The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) operates several observatory centers (including the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory, and the Gemini Observatory) in the United States and Chile under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation.
We are looking for a technical leader to build a web-based portal in support of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) Education and Public Outreach (EPO) department, in the position of Senior Web Developer.
LSST is a large aperture, wide-field, ground-based facility designed to survey the entire southern sky down to faint magnitudes in six optical colors every few nights. As such it will enable a broad array of diverse and creative scientific investigations ranging from studies of moving objects in the solar system to constraining the structure and evolution of the universe as a whole. Through a visionary EPO program, non-specialists will interact with astronomical data in new ways to actively engage in scientific discovery.
Formal construction of this world-class survey facility began in August of 2014 as a joint project of the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy, resulting in the anticipated onset of science operations in late 2022. During the ongoing construction phase, funding has been allocated for the design, development, and evaluation of LSST EPO infrastructure, tools, and educational materials to be delivered with the LSST Observatory in preparation for full EPO operations in 2022.
One core component of LSST EPO’s community mission is the delivery and support of a cloud-based web portal enabling educators, citizen scientists, and the general public to interact with petabytes of LSST astronomical data through various EPO applications and programs. These data will include a nightly stream of alert messages and images as well as annual releases of image and database data.
You will contribute to the LSST EPO’s mission by leading the front-end web development of that portal. By collaborating with the EPO infrastructure and Data Management teams, you will enable attractive and intuitive interfaces for non-experts to rapidly analyze large data sets. You will also play a key role in expanding the portal’s reach to mobile and social media platforms. This full-time position is based in Tucson, Arizona (assistance with relocation expenses is provided).
The position will remain open until filled, but applications received by December 10, 2017 will be given priority.
AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, is committed to diversity and inclusion. AURA develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at http://www.aura-astronomy.org/diversity.asp.
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