Software/Controls Engineer for the University of California Observatories
Location: Santa Cruz Job ID: 12914
Initial Review Date (IRD) UC Santa Cruz staff jobs are posted until filled. Application materials submitted by 11:59 pm on the IRD will be routed to the hiring unit for consideration. NOTE: Materials submitted after the IRD will be forwarded only at the request of the hiring unit. Submit your materials before the IRD to ensure consideration by the hiring unit.
Initial Review Date (IRD): 12-08-2020
Dept Marketing Statement The University of California Observatories (UCO) is a multi-campus astronomical research unit, with headquarters at the UC Santa Cruz campus. UCO operates the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton and the technical labs at UC Santa Cruz and UCLA, including the Laboratory for Adaptive Optics at UCSC. UCO is also a managing partner of the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, and the center for the UC participation in the Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT) project. The mission statement for UCO includes providing UC astronomers with continuing access to world class optical and infrared facilities, the design and construction of advanced instruments for Lick and Keck telescopes and for new facilities such as the Thirty-Meter Telescope. UCO enables forefront research in astronomy and astrophysics and provides opportunities for graduate students to pursue careers in astrophysical research. https://www.ucolick.org
The University of California Observatories (UCO) Software/Controls Engineer will work collaboratively with the UCO faculty, staff (including mechanical and electrical engineers, software, and other technical staff) and others to design, develop, and maintain state of the art astronomical instrumentation, with a breadth spanning software and controls for everything from optical and IR detectors to precise and coordinated mechanical motion.
The Software/Controls Engineer tasks will include design and implementation, testing, and commissioning of control systems for instruments used for astronomy and for telescopes and ancillary facilities. Part of the duties will include maintenance and upgrades to existing controls and software subsystems on instruments, telescopes, or other facilities used for astronomy.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule Salary Information: $71,700 - $125,500 / Annually. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.
Job Duties 60% - Develop and guide development of software control systems from concept to design to implementation and maintenance. Participate in internal and external design reviews. Assist in control system integration and test planning.
20% - Maintain and upgrade existing software systems in use at Lick Observatory.
10% - Work with other engineering staff to ensure mechanical and electronics instrument designs can be effectively controlled via software.
10% - Support ancillary systems such as Observatory data archives or web interfaces.
Advanced degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Demonstrated experience in control system design, implementation, testing, and debugging.
Demonstrated experience creating software for high-level interfaces to low-level controls.
Demonstrated experience with Python programming language.
Knowledge of servo control systems such as Galil or Delta Tau.
Knowledge of C programming language.
Experience in telescopes, spectrographs, and other astronomical instrumentation, or functionally similar systems.
To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; https://jobs.ucsc.edu. A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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