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Software Engineer (Simons Observatory: UK Project) (2 posts)
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-019307

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 31/08/2022

Salary: £33,309 to £40,927 per annum, depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Physics & Astronomy

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: 3 years

School / Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

​​​​​​​The Simons Observatory:UK (SO:UK) collaboration seeks two Software Engineers (SEs) 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 candidates 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 delivery of SO’s Science-Ready Data Products (SRDPs). It will also contribute to the delivery of a data access service providing seamless access to the SO SRDPs for the SO scientific collaboration and the wider community. These two SE positions will make central contributions to the delivery of these tasks. They will also provide software engineering support to the wider SO scientific collaboration in terms of assisting with the optimization of the SO pipeline software, and with accessing and fully exploiting the SO:UK data centre computing infrastructure.

We seek candidates with demonstrated experience in developing pipeline software for the analysis of data from significant scientific experiments. They should also 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.

The starting date for both posts is 1st October 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. Each post will be available for three years in the first instance.

Applications should consist of a completed application form, an up-to-date CV and a cover letter/statement clearly detailing how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for applying for the role.

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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Blended working arrangements may be considered

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Name: Professor Michael Brown


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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.