Software Position - Research Data Analyst

Job Summary

Scientific / Technical Staff
University of California, San Diego
Astronomy & Astrophysics
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description


UC San Diego is a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public institution that provides an opportunity for all. Recognized as one of the top 15 research universities worldwide, a culture of collaboration sparks discoveries that advance society and drive economic impact.

The newly established Astronomy & Astrophysics (A&A) Department at UC San Diego, part of the School of Physical Sciences, was created in March 2023. The A&A department builds upon the legacy of a half-century of exemplary astrophysical programs at UC San Diego, previously housed in the Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences research unit. Departmental research is organized into groups comprising faculty, research staff, undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, fellows, and support staff. It currently has a Ph.D. program and is in the process of implementing BA and BS programs.

Under the general supervision of a Principal Investigator, the Research Data Analyst will be a part of the team that develops software for astronomical instruments and associated astronomical science data products. The incumbent will design in-house data simulations and data processing codes for astronomical instruments. The incumbent will play a role in the research program by developing techniques involving astronomical data reductions and simulations of near-infrared and optical data sets with imagers and advanced spectrographs. Participates in formulating the development processes to meet the goals of the research project, including timelines, schedules, instrument assembly, and installations. Prepares technical reports for internal meetings as well as external collaboration meetings on research project status. Performs other laboratory support duties, including participating in the testing of software with instrument hardware.

In coordination with co-investigators, the incumbent will develop and manage data products and software packages from a variety of optical and near-infrared astronomical instruments. The incumbent will use and learn astronomical technical skills as a seasoned, experienced research professional with a full understanding of in-depth statistical analyses and research software programming techniques; and will demonstrate good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. The position requires excellent skills in communication and documentation.

The incumbent will be working in the Optical and Infrared Laboratory, which is responsible for designing, building, and deploying astronomical instrumentation for optical telescopes and observatories.

For further information and to see the full ad please go to Job ID #125118.

Please submit a resume and cover letter for a complete application via the UCSD Job Application Center. 

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Range
$83,250USD to $106,100USD

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 Sep 08
Application Deadline
2023 Oct 06


Shelley Wright