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UVIT Research Analyst, Physics & Astronomy, Faculty of Science

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Job ID: 14943

Updated: March 28, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Physics & Astronomy in the Faculty of Science invites applications for a UVIT Research Analyst. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 6 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This position reports to the Principal Investigator, and is part of the project 'UVIT Science Support'. UVIT is a space telescope which was launched in fall 2015 on board the ASTROSAT spacecraft. The purpose of the project, and the position, is to provide critical technical help for UVIT hardware, software, operations and data analysis.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Provide accurate and reliable technical advice and consultation
  • Develop software, design project plans to achieve the goals of the project
  • Analyze and provide interpretation to record findings for collaboration on publications, presentations, and authorship within the field of the research in both a national and international level
  • Apply specialized skills and knowledge in the maintenance and development of core systems and complex processes
  • Provide uniquely specialized assistance to UVIT team based at IIA, India and to Canadian astronomers who are users of UVIT
  • Help install and test the data pipeline processing, and set up the POC (payload operations center) at IIA
  • Provide critical technical advice and assistance with the data pipeline, specialized data analysis software, and with satellite and instrument operations
  • Trains mentor and supervise other UVIT staff in the operation of the equipment and software

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • M.Sc. in science
  • 3 years of experience with the UVIT detector and its calibration
  • 3 years of experience with UVIT data analysis and UVIT software development
  • Ability to perform detailed design, documentation and implementation of complex technological systems
  • Ability to interact with team members and review scientific and technical literature
  • Knowledge of theory and practical application of technical procedures and lab issues
  • Open to learning and development, willing to accept new challenges and assignments
  • Understanding of safety codes and standards
  • Operate and maintain complex technical equipment
  • Demonstrated communication, organization, problem solving and interpersonal skills
  • Advanced skills in C programming, image processing, and FITS file management
  • A positive attitude and the ability to work independently and as part of a team

Application Deadline:  March 14, 2018

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase II.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Science visit Careers in the Faculty of Science.

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