University of Manchester, Department of Physics & Astronomy

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Position ID:University of Manchester-Department of Physics & Astronomy-RSE [#27734]
Position Title: Research Software Engineer (Simons Observatory:UK Project)
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, United Kingdom [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Physics / Astronomy and Astrophysics, astrophysics, Physics, Physics Education Research
Appl Deadline:2024/07/05 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2024/06/05, listed until 2024/07/05)
Position Description:    

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Research Software Engineer (Simons Observatory:UK Project)

Job reference: SAE-025771 Salary: £36,024-£44,263 per annum depending on experience Location: Manchester Employment type: Fixed Term Division/Team: Department of Physics & Astronomy Hours Per Week: Full Time (1 FTE) Contract Duration: Fixed Term for 36 months

The Simons Observatory:UK (SO:UK) collaboration seeks a Software Engineer (SE) to work on the delivery of a UK-based data centre for Simons Observatory (SO). SO is a next-generation Cosmic Microwave Background observatory currently under construction in the Atacama Desert in Chile and due to begin early science operations in early 2023. The successful candidate will work with the SO:UK Data Centre Manager, and with the wider SO:UK team at Manchester, to deliver the UK data centre for this major international project.

The SO:UK data centre will be a major data processing hub for SO and will play a central role in the production and validation of SO’s Science-Ready Data Products (SRDPs). The SE position will make central contributions to these tasks. In particular, deploying, optimising and providing workflow management of the data analysis, map-making and simulation pipelines on the SO:UK data centre infrastructure, and contributing to the validation of the SRDPs, notably through analysis of null tests and supporting activities. They SE will also provide software engineering support to the wider SO scientific collaboration by assisting with the optimization and packaging of the SO software stack.

We seek candidates with demonstrated experience in developing pipeline software and managing pipeline workflows for the analysis of data from significant scientific experiments. They should have experience in high-performance and/or high-throughput computing on high-specification hardware. Working as part of the SO Data Management team, the successful candidates will collaborate closely with international SO colleagues in order to deliver on the overall objectives of the SO project.

What you will get in return: • Fantastic market leading Pension scheme • Excellent employee health and wellbeing services including an Employee Assistance Programme • Exceptional starting annual leave entitlement, plus bank holidays • Additional paid closure over the Christmas period • Local and national discounts at a range of major retailers

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

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Hybrid working arrangements may be considered.

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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the 5 July 2024.

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