LSR02_17 Software Engineer

Grupo de Telescopios Isaac Newton
Fecha limite/Deadline: 


Applications for the post of Software Engineer are invited by the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (ING) to work on Linux-based software systems.  The ING operates the 4.2-m William Herschel Telescope (WHT) and the 2.5-m Isaac Newton Telescope on behalf of the UK’s STFC, the Dutch NWO, and the Spanish IAC. The facilities are located at the ORM situated at an altitude of 2400 m on the Spanish island of La Palma.

We are seeking an experienced Software Engineer. The successful candidate will have responsibility for developing and maintaining ING’s image acquisition systems and will partake in the delivery of observatory software components for WEAVE and other projects.

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Preferred candidates will possess a degree in computer science, physics or mathematics.


Essential Knowledge and Experience


The successful candidate must:


  • Be a competent Software Engineer with the ability to write, test and debug code in C, C++, Java and Python
  • Possess a good understanding of database design and programming methodologies, with a working knowledge of PostgreSQL
  • Have the ability to use program flow diagrams and UML applications to document software design with tools such as Enterprise Architect
  • Possess an understanding of software communication protocols using CORBA, sockets and serial lines
  • Have experience in image analysis
  • Have experience in communication with hardware, such as cameras, motors, and sensors
  • Have experience in the specification process of software systems
  • Have a valid class B driving license (or equivalent)
  • Be fluent in English


Desirable Knowledge and Experience


For this appointment, the following will also be taken into consideration:


  • Previous experience in astronomical or other scientific institutions
  • Knowledge of TCL/TK
  • Knowledge and understanding of statistics and trigonometry
  • Experience in programming and communicating with PLCs


Other requirements


Applicants have to provide:


A brief summary of the work that they have been involved with in the last five years


Three professional references


Applicants should also be able to


  • work occasionally at altitude up to 2400 m


Contractual information


This is a permanent position with six months probation period. The appointment will be at grade E with an annual gross salary of €41,470 which is subject to Spanish income tax and social security deductions. After the first year, the salary will increase to €43,655 Euros.


Applicants from outside the EU need to be in possession of both a residence permit and work permit which must be valid for Spain.




Please send a completed application form, available from, to  The form must be completed in English. Information related to the terms and conditions is available from the Head of Administration, Mr Juan Martinez (, + 34 922 425 414.


Further information


Additional information is available from the Head of Engineering, Dr Don Carlos Abrams (, + 34 922 425 450.


The closing date for applications is 16:00 (GMT) on the 30-04-2017.