Senior Data Management Specialist

CTA Observatory GmbH

  • Germany
  • €Attractive
  • Senior management
  • Closing date 25 Jun 2019

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The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is an international effort to build the next generation ground-based observatory for gamma-ray astronomy at very-high energies with more than 100 telescopes located in the Northern and Southern hemispheres. About 200 research institutions from 32 countries conceived CTA and are involved in designing and prototyping.  

The Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory (CTAO) with its Project Office in Bologna (Italy) is responsible for the construction and operation of the two CTA observatory sites, one in the Northern hemisphere on La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain) and one in the Southern hemisphere in Chile, as well as the Science Data Management Centre in Berlin-Zeuthen (Germany). CTA will be the world’s largest and most sensitive instrument for high-energy gamma-ray astronomy with the detailed design and preparation well underway. It will be built with a significant amount of in-kind contributions from participating institutions.

For its Project Office, the CTAO is seeking a Senior Data Management Specialist

CTA will generate a vast amount of data similar in scale to modern observatories, large particle physics detectors or “big data” industries. As part of the CTAO Computing Team, the holder of the position will participate in coordinating the work package Data Processing and Preservation System (DPPS), with the possibility to move to the coordination role in the future. The DPPS is the part of CTA that not only manages this data, but also is responsible for processing it down to a form usable by scientists and for simulating the data (of similar volume) needed to characterize the instrument. This processing requires a complex chain of algorithms running in parallel at multiple data centers, and represents an exciting challenge for the application of modern computing technologies. He/she will collaborate with personnel from the Systems Engineering and the Project Management team of the CTA Project Office in Bologna, the array sites in La Palma and Chile, the Science Data Management Center in Berlin, in-kind contributor institutions and industry in an international team.

Main tasks and responsibilities
  • Coordinate the work for the construction of the system responsible for data processing and preservation
  • Drive forward the requirements definition, detailed design and interface specification  
  • Define workflows and best practices for data processing and archiving
  • Support the definition and maintenance of the CTA data model
  • Technical steering of the contributions delivered in-kind and from industrial partners
  • Implement software development processes, quality assurance, and software engineering practices, tailored to data-driven software
Reports to:
CTAO Computing Coordinator.

Qualification and Experience:
  • An advanced degree in a scientific, system engineering, software management, or computer science field.
  • A minimum of five years of experience with software development including all aspects of the software lifecycle: management, architecture, design, code, test, integration, deployment, and maintenance.
  • Experience in science operations in an observatory or database definitions would be a huge plus
Key competences:
  • Ability to understand and communicate complex technical and scientific information
  • Excellent writing and organizational skills with an eye for detail, precision and consistency
  • Excellent communication skills and a command of English are essential
  • Ability to work effectively as a team player in an international, multi-cultural, distributed and complex project environment
Remuneration and Contract:
CTAO offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary.
The contract is an open term contract subject to successful completion of the probation period.  

Duty Station:  
CTAO Science Data Management Center in Berlin (Germany) with frequent visits to the CTAO Headquarter in Bologna (Italy) and contributor sites.

Applications with full CV and a cover letter in English should be sent to recruitment@cta-observatory.org, indicating position reference “Expert in data management” and the names of three referees with contact details. By submitting applications candidates acknowledge we might contact referees at any stage of the process without prior notice.  

CTA is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, please visit www.cta-observatory.org, or contact the CTAO Computing Coordinator Dr. Stefan Schlenstedt stefan.schlenstedt@cta-observatory.org, or the CTA Project Manager Dr. Wolfgang Wild, wolfgang.wild@cta-observatory.org.

Closing date:
June 25, 2019

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