JOB POSTING This position is being filled at either the Software Engineer or Senior Software Engineer level. Applicants are encouraged to apply to both job postings. See job numbers 36761 and 25286. To apply for the Software Engineer, visit this link.
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The IRD for this job is: 06-30-2022
ABOUT UC SANTA CRUZ
UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It's known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus's DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.
The University of California Observatories (UCO) is a Multi-Campus Research Unit of the University of California, with headquarters at the UC Santa Cruz campus. UCO operates on behalf of astronomers on eight UC campuses and two national laboratories and is comprised of extensive technical facilities, a business office, and telescope and support facilities at the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton. UCO provides UC's scientific, technical, and administrative interface to the Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, and the Thirty Meter Telescope international project. It also supports training of astronomy Ph.D.'s and post-docs throughout the UC system, and in TMT's partner nations.
The UCO engineering staff supports the design of new instruments, the upgrading of Lick Observatory and Keck Observatory instruments systems, as well as the continuous improvement and maintenance of Lick Observatory infrastructure.
The Keck partnership includes working in collaboration with our partners at Caltech and across UC to design new instrument concepts, develop, fabricate, integrate and test new instruments and subsystems, and work with Keck to diagnose and repair existing instruments. Any new software engineer can expect to work closely with Keck Observatory staff and our collaborators on all aspects of new and existing instrument development.
The Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton has several active telescopes that are operated and maintained by the UCO team. Systems maintenance, upgrades and enhancements, and troubleshooting the operational facilities are important elements of the support provided by the software team at UCO.
The University of California Observatories (UCO) Senior Software Engineer works on research instrumentation, designing and building the next generation of ground-breaking instruments for astronomy on some of the world's largest telescopes. Our software engineering group works on a range of technical challenges on one of a kind projects: adaptive optics, precision motion control, alignment of large, powerful optics, vacuum-cryogenic systems and more. UC Observatories Senior Software Engineers enthusiastically face the challenges of research implementation through hands-on work on all phases of a project: requirements development, concept design, code development, implementation, testing, and troubleshooting.
Salary Information: Salary Range: $113,000 - $162,000 / Annually. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.
No. of Positions: 1
Benefits Level Eligibility: Full benefits
Percentage of Time: 100%, 40 Hours per Week
Days of the Week: Mon-Fri
Shift Includes: Day
Employee Classification: This is a Career appointment
Job End Date: None
Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus
Union Representation: Non-Represented
Job Code Classification: 000442 (RSCH AND DEV ENGR 4)
Travel: Never or Rarely
Develops and guides development of software control systems from concept to design to implementation, documentation and maintenance.
Participates in internal and external design reviews.
Assists in control system integration and planning.
Maintains and upgrades existing instrument software systems in use at Lick Observatory and Keck Observatory.
Works with other engineering staff to ensure mechanical and electronics instrument designs can be effectively controlled via software. Supports project planning by making labor estimates.
Supports ancillary systems such as Observatory data archives or web interfaces.
In collaboration with the project manager and instrument scientist, develops systems engineering documentation for major instrument development efforts.
Occasionally works on site at observatories in Hawaii and California during instrument integration and commissioning. Travels to and works at partner institutions during assembly and integration.
Advanced degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Demonstrated experience in software system design, implementation, testing, and debugging, including experience in control systems.
Ability to work in a research environment on open-ended problems with few or changing requirements. Work with faculty, staff, and students on these efforts to forward the ultimate research goal.
Demonstrated experience creating software for high-level interfaces to low-level controls.
Demonstrated experience with Python programming language.
Demonstrated ability to generate clear and concise technical documents and presentations, including internal reports, external design review documentation, and scientific journal publications.
Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work in a collaborative manner with colleagues of a diverse backgrounds and levels of experience both at UCSC and with national and international partners.
Advanced communication skills to convey complex information in a clear and concise manner.
Strong project management skills.
Knowledge of servo control systems such as Galil or Delta Tau.
Knowledge of C or C++ programming language.
Experience in telescopes, spectrographs, and other astronomical instrumentation, or functionally similar systems.
Experience setting up and running lab validation tests using Matlab, Python, or other software tools. Experience with analyzing performance data and communicating results to a technical audience.
Experience with quality control validation of components or assembles including use of automated measuring systems.
Experience with real time programming and control.
Experience developing graphical user interfaces.
Experience working on a distributed team, often in different time zones, using distributed work platforms such as wikis, Zoom, Slack, SharePoint, Google and Atlassian products, etc.
SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
Ability to occasionally travel domestically and internationally, including travel to Lick Observatory (Mount Hamilton, CA) and Keck Observatory (Mauna Kea, Hawaii).
Ability to work on site at telescope locations (including Mauna Kea, Hawaii) in cold and difficult conditions.
The University of California has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, covered employees must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exception or deferral, eight (8) weeks from date of hire.
All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.
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The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.
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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.
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