Head of Computer Group at IRAM/Granada

Instituto Radioastronomia Milimetrica (IRAM)
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Head of Computer Group at IRAM/Granada

IRAM is a leading international institute for millimeter wave astronomy, supported by the CNRS (France), the Max-Planck Gesellschaft (Germany), and the IGN (Spain). IRAM operates two major observatories, a 30-meter single-dish telescope in Spain and the NOEMA interferometer in the French Alps near Grenoble, and runs an ambitious instrumentation development program.

The computer group at IRAM/Granada, Spain, is responsible for the support of operations at the 30m telescope, including the control of the telescope and instrumentation, and the handling of the astronomical data. New instrumentation with large bandwidths, multi-pixels, and high sampling rates, put a high demand on synchronization, data processing, and data storage. Remote observations, supervision, and transfer of data to remote sites, place additional demands on the network access. The computer group is responsible for the computer facilities at the 30m telescope and at the IRAM offices in Granada.

The successful candidate is expected to take over technical and administrative leadership, and develop and maintain efficient contacts with external computer departments and authorities. The candidate will be responsible for the integration of existing and new instruments into the computer environment at the 30m observatory and the support of new telescope control and observing modes. This requires developing, testing, verifying, and commissioning of new steering, control, and monitoring software, while, at the same time, ensuring the seamless conduction of routine 30m observations. Knowledge of real-time control systems, servo loops, digital signal processing, of languages (Python, C, Fortran), and of data bases (mySQL) on linux systems are assets.

The group leader must have a university degree in computer science or physics with several years of experience, ideally also in the field of process measuring and control technology. Good English skills are essential. Knowledge of Spanish is an asset. Experience with development of astronomy or observatory applications is preferred. This work requires to work 1-2 weeks per month at the observatory.

The candidate must possess excellent communication skills as this is of special importance in the multicultural working environment of IRAM. The work requires a very close interaction with the other technical groups at IRAM/Granada, and in particular with the computer group in Grenoble.

Candidates should send, quoting reference VN 2015/05, a detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter explaining their interest, together with the names of at least two professional references, no later than October 31th 2015, by email to the IRAM personnel department (jobs-scsu@iram.fr). Consideration of applications will begin in November 2015, and will continue until the position is filled. Possible starting dates are January 1st 2016, or later.