AMIGA : System/IT engineer position for the development of the SKA Regional Centre Prototype at the IAA-CSIC

Institution:Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC) Place:Granada, Spain Deadline: The position will remain open until it is

Institution:Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC) Place:Granada, Spain Deadline: The position will remain open until it is filled. Contact: lourdes @ iaa.es, sse @ iaa.es Updated: 6th July 2021 Job announcement
 The team leading the development of a SKA Regional Centre (SRC) Prototype at the at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC, Granada, Spain) is urgently seeking a motivated System/IT engineer with experience in computer system administration and cloud services to fill in an IT position: the successful candidate will be the sysadmin of the SRC Prototype cluster. The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project [1] is an international effort to build the largest scientific infrastructure on Earth: a radio telescope with the potential to make revolutionary contributions to Astrophysics, Astrobiology, and Fundamental Physics. Considered the Big Data machine of the 21st century, the SKA Observatory will deliver 600PB of data per year to worldwide distributed data centres: the SKA Regional Centers. They will interoperate in an international network to provide the computing, storage and software platform where the SKA data will be scientifically analysed. The IAA-CSIC coordinates the Spanish participation in the SKA (see [2]) and leads the development of a Prototype SKA Regional Centre fully engaged with Open Science principles. The IAA-CSIC is a leading research institution in Astronomy and Astrophysics awarded with the Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence Accreditation, in recognition of its cutting-edge research, high competitiveness, ambitious strategic plans, high-quality production, and a great ability to attract talent. The IAA-CSIC is situated in Granada, a historic, vibrant city at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and only a short drive from the Mediterranean coast. The successful candidate will be involved in this international project working as part of a multidisciplinary team of astronomers and engineers with a wide expertise in Distributed Computing Infrastructures, Cloud Computing, Data Science and Radio Astronomy. S/he will be the sysadmin of the Prototype SRC cluster and will contribute to deploy services for making astronomical data and analysis tools shareable across the community according to the FAIR principles [3,4]. Applications: Interested candidates should send their CV, a cover letter (max. 2 pages) stating the motivation for this specific job and suitable background to lourdes -at- iaa.es and sse -at -iaa.es, as well as the contact details of three referees that can provide references upon request. Deadline: The position will remain open to applicants until it is filled. Start of the contract: Negotiable (as soon as possible) Equal Opportunities: CSIC is a public research organisation in which the right to equality and gender non-discrimination is preserved, while promoting the conditions to real and effective equality of the individuals. Everyone is encouraged to apply. Duties and Responsibilities The successful applicant will join the team developing a Prototype SRC at the IAA-CSIC (Granada, Spain) led by Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro. The responsibilities of the position will include: Maintaining the current computing and storage infrastructure of the SRC prototype at the IAA-CSIC Contributing to carry out the next expansion of the computing infrastructure of the SRC prototype: identify technical requirements, support the upcoming hardware procurement, and support the deployment of the platform expansion Deploying tools and services on the SRC prototype platform Providing technical user support Qualifications Candidates must hold a PhD/MSc/BSc degree in computer science or related fields (e.g. physics, mathematics). We are looking for proactive candidates with good communication skills in English and expertise in several of these aspects: System administration and application deployment (using e.g Ansible) Linux environment, bash scripting Cloud platforms,SaaS, IaaS: virtualization, Openstack, Ceph, containers and orchestrators (e. g. Kubernetes) Distributed Computing Infrastructures Source Control Systems (e.g. GIT) In addition to the above, knowledge of the following topics would be a distinct advantage: Deployment and customization of JupyterHub Software development in Python Science Gateways (e.g. hubzero) Development and deployment of web services and web applications Astrophysics domain software Duration of the contract: until the 30th June 2022, with additional extensions possible. The contract should start as soon as possible. The position comes with a competitive salary, Spanish national health care, as well as funding for hardware equipment and attendance to conferences and meetings with collaborators. 
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[1] The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is an international effort, classified as a Landmark within the ESFRI roadmap since 2016. The SKA-related efforts involve more than 1000 scientists and engineers from 20 countries and 270 institutions across 5 continents, sharing the goal of building a multi-purpose radio-observatory operating at centimetre and metre wavelengths that will both be the largest scientific infrastructure on Earth, and the largest generator of public data. The SKA radio interferometer has the potential to make revolutionary contributions to Astrophysics, Astrobiology, and Fundamental Physics. SKA science cases are described in detail in the book “Advancing Astrophysics with the Square Kilometre Array” published in 2015, with more than 2000 pages and about 1300 authors. [2] On June 1st 2018 Spain became the 11th Member of the SKA Organization, culminating several years of work by the Spanish community led by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC), and working in close collaboration with engineers and industry. IAA coordinates the RED-SKA, an excellence network for the scientific and technological participation of Spain in the SKA with the participation of more than 10 of the main centres involved in SKA science and design related activities. Since 2011 the IAA has coordinated the Spanish participation in the SKA, and the activities performed include: support to academic groups, industry and the Ministry, joint discussions with international SKA related stakeholders (including the SKA Organisation), production of the capacity map of Spanish industry for SKA construction, update of this work for the procurement phase in collaboration with CDTI, or diffusion and organisation of activities. As a result, more than 20 Spanish research centres and companies have contributed to the SKA design efforts. The “Spanish SKA White Book”, led by M. A. Pérez-Torres (IAA), was published in 2015 with 120 authors from 40 centres. The full book has 30 chapters, which cover the areas of Cosmology and Large-Scale Structure of the Universe, Galaxy Evolution, Magnetism in the Universe, The Cradle of Life and its Chemistry, Stellar Astrophysics, SKA Precursors, and Synergies with other Facilities. Currently, more than 46 Spanish researchers participate in 11 SKA SWGs. The host team is a member of the SKA Communications and Outreach Network (SKACON), leading outreach activities in Spain e.g. contribution to the SKA Strategic Communication Plan, participation in radio/TV interviews, presentations to the general public, event organisation, or maintaining the Spanish SKA site (https://spain.skatelescope.org), etc. Besides, it represents Spain in the SKA Communications and Outreach Network Steering Committee (SKACOSC). [3] The SRC prototype at the IAA-CSIC is preparing to be able to provide access to SKA science data products via an online portal, as well as the tools and processing power required to fully exploit their science potential, in partnership with HPC facilities, and integrated in the future network of SKA Regional Centres. To fulfill these aims, the prototype is becoming a testbed able to support analysis of data from SKA precursors and pathfinder telescopes. Those will play a crucial role for identifying bottlenecks and preparing for the Big Data challenges that the SKA will face, following Open Science and FAIR principles[4]. [4] The FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship: https://www.nature.com/articles/sdata201618. See "F","A","I","R" list.
 

System/IT engineer position for the development of the SKA Regional Centre Prototype at the IAA-CSIC

 

  • Institution: Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC)
  • Place: Granada, Spain
  • Deadline: The position will remain open until it is filled.
  • Contact: lourdes @ iaa.es, sse @ iaa.es
  • Updated: 6th July 2021

Job announcement


The team leading the development of a SKA Regional Centre (SRC) Prototype at the at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC, Granada, Spain) is urgently seeking a motivated System/IT engineer with experience in computer system administration and cloud services to fill in an IT position:  the successful candidate will be the sysadmin of the SRC Prototype cluster.

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project [1] is an international effort to build the largest scientific infrastructure on Earth: a radio telescope with the potential to make revolutionary contributions to Astrophysics, Astrobiology, and Fundamental Physics. Considered the Big Data machine of the 21st century, the SKA Observatory will deliver 600PB of data per year to worldwide distributed data centres: the SKA Regional Centers. They will interoperate in an international network to provide the computing, storage and software platform where the SKA data will be scientifically analysed.  

The IAA-CSIC coordinates the Spanish participation in the SKA (see [2]) and leads the development of a Prototype SKA Regional Centre fully engaged with Open Science principles. The IAA-CSIC is a leading research institution in Astronomy and Astrophysics awarded with the Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence Accreditation, in recognition of its cutting-edge research, high competitiveness, ambitious strategic plans, high-quality production, and a great ability to attract talent. The IAA-CSIC is situated in Granada, a historic, vibrant city at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and only a short drive from the Mediterranean coast.

The successful candidate will be involved in this international project working as part of a multidisciplinary team of astronomers and engineers with a wide expertise in Distributed Computing Infrastructures, Cloud Computing, Data Science and Radio Astronomy. S/he will be the sysadmin of the Prototype SRC cluster and will contribute to deploy services for making astronomical data and analysis tools shareable across the community according to the FAIR principles [3,4].

Applications: Interested candidates should send their CV, a cover letter (max. 2 pages) stating the motivation for this specific job and suitable background to lourdes -at- iaa.es and sse -at -iaa.es, as well as the contact details of three referees that can provide references upon request.

Deadline: The position will remain open to applicants until it is filled.

Start of the contract: Negotiable (as soon as possible)

Equal Opportunities: CSIC is a public research organisation in which the right to equality and gender non-discrimination is preserved, while promoting the conditions to real and effective equality of the individuals. Everyone is encouraged to apply.


Duties and Responsibilities
The successful applicant will join the team developing a Prototype SRC at the IAA-CSIC (Granada, Spain) led by Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro. The  responsibilities of the position will include:

  • Maintaining the current computing and storage infrastructure of the SRC prototype at the IAA-CSIC
  • Contributing to carry out the next expansion of the computing infrastructure of the SRC prototype: identify technical requirements, support the upcoming hardware procurement, and support the deployment of the platform expansion
  • Deploying tools and services on the SRC prototype platform
  • Providing technical user support

 

Qualifications
Candidates must hold a PhD/MSc/BSc degree in computer science or related fields (e.g. physics, mathematics). We are looking for proactive candidates with good communication skills in English and expertise in several of these aspects:

  • System administration and application deployment (using e.g Ansible)
  • Linux environment, bash scripting
  • Cloud platforms,SaaS, IaaS: virtualization, Openstack, Ceph, containers and orchestrators (e. g. Kubernetes)
  • Distributed Computing Infrastructures
  • Source Control Systems (e.g. GIT)

In addition to the above, knowledge of the following topics would be a distinct advantage:

  • Deployment and customization of JupyterHub
  • Software development in Python
  • Science Gateways (e.g. hubzero)
  • Development and deployment of web services and web applications
  • Astrophysics domain software

Duration of the contract: until the 30th June 2022, with additional extensions possible. The contract should start as soon as possible. The position comes with a competitive salary, Spanish national health care, as well as funding for hardware equipment and attendance to conferences and meetings with collaborators.

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[1] The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is an international effort, classified as a Landmark within the ESFRI roadmap since 2016. The SKA-related efforts involve more than 1000 scientists and engineers from 20 countries and 270 institutions across 5 continents, sharing the goal of building a multi-purpose radio-observatory operating at centimetre and metre wavelengths that will both be the largest scientific infrastructure on Earth, and the largest generator of public data. The SKA radio interferometer has the potential to make revolutionary contributions to Astrophysics, Astrobiology, and Fundamental Physics. SKA science cases are described in detail in the book “Advancing Astrophysics with the Square Kilometre Array” published in 2015, with more than 2000 pages and about 1300 authors.


[2] On June 1st 2018 Spain became the 11th Member of the SKA Organization, culminating several years of work by the Spanish community led by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC), and working in close collaboration with engineers and industry. IAA coordinates the RED-SKA, an excellence network for the scientific and technological participation of Spain in the SKA with the participation of more than 10 of the main centres involved in SKA science and design related activities.
Since 2011 the IAA has coordinated the Spanish participation in the SKA, and the activities performed include: support to academic groups, industry and the Ministry, joint discussions with international SKA related stakeholders (including the SKA Organisation), production of the capacity map of Spanish industry for SKA construction, update of this work for the procurement phase in collaboration with CDTI, or diffusion and organisation of activities. As a result, more than 20 Spanish research centres and companies have contributed to the SKA design efforts. The “Spanish SKA White Book”, led by M. A. Pérez-Torres (IAA), was published in 2015 with 120 authors from 40 centres. The full book has 30 chapters, which cover the areas of Cosmology and Large-Scale Structure of the Universe, Galaxy Evolution, Magnetism in the Universe, The Cradle of Life and its Chemistry, Stellar Astrophysics, SKA Precursors, and Synergies with other Facilities. Currently, more than 46 Spanish researchers participate in 11 SKA SWGs.
The host team is a member of the SKA Communications and Outreach Network (SKACON), leading outreach activities in Spain e.g. contribution to the SKA Strategic Communication Plan, participation in radio/TV interviews, presentations to the general public, event organisation, or maintaining the Spanish SKA site (https://spain.skatelescope.org), etc. Besides, it represents Spain in the SKA Communications and Outreach Network Steering Committee (SKACOSC).


[3] The SRC prototype at the IAA-CSIC is preparing to be able  to provide access to SKA science data products via an online portal, as well as the tools and processing power required to fully exploit their science potential, in partnership with HPC facilities, and integrated in the future network of SKA Regional Centres. To fulfill these aims, the prototype is becoming a testbed able to support analysis of data from SKA precursors and pathfinder telescopes. Those will play a crucial role for identifying bottlenecks and preparing for the Big Data challenges that the SKA will face, following Open Science and FAIR principles[4].


[4] The FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship: https://www.nature.com/articles/sdata201618. See "F","A","I","R" list.