The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) operates several observatory centers (including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) and the Gemini Observatory) in the United States and Chile under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation.
LSST is a large aperture, wide-field, ground-based facility designed to survey the entire southern sky down to faint magnitudes in six optical colors every few nights. As such it will enable a broad array of diverse and creative scientific investigations ranging from studies of moving objects in the solar system to constraining the structure and evolution of the universe as a whole. Through a visionary Education and Public Outreach (EPO) program, non-specialists will interact with astronomical data in new ways to actively engage in scientific discovery.
Formal construction of this world-leading survey facility began in August of 2014 as a joint project of the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy, resulting in the anticipated onset of science operations in late 2022. During the ongoing construction phase, funding has been allocated for the design, development, and evaluation of LSST EPO infrastructure, tools, and educational materials to be delivered with the LSST Observatory in preparation for full EPO operations in 2022.
One core component of LSST EPO's community mission will be the delivery and support of a cloud-based, petabyte-scale "data commons," enabling educators, citizen scientists, and the general public to interact with LSST astronomical data housed in the commons through various EPO applications and programs. These data will include a nightly stream of alert messages and images as well as annual releases of image and database tabular data. You will contribute to the LSST EPO's mission by leading the technical design and management of cloud-based resources to build an environment allowing for new discoveries and creative use of these data.
The LSST Senior Cloud Solutions Architect reports to the LSST EPO Project Manager and collaborates closely with the EPO, Data Management, and National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) teams. This full-time position is based in Tucson, Arizona.
Our envisioned system:
A publish/subscribe service to enable users to access a stream of millions of astronomical events. Compute resources for real-time processing of terabytes of astronomical image data, acquired nightly. Web servers, load balancers, and Content Delivery Networks (CDN), for delivering data to end users. Petabyte-scale persistent object storage and large catalog databases for long term archiving.
You will be responsible for designing, architecting, building, and managing scalable cloud-based resources for the above system. You will lead cross-system design discussions to integrate the EPO "data commons" infrastructure with other systems managed by collaborating teams. You will support the public EPO website and EPO education program by installing and managing software. You will assist in monitoring cloud usage and provide regular cost reports. You will manage cloud user accounts and access rights, including periodic security audits. You will help us create clear and up-to-date documentation, including architecture diagrams and related visuals as needed.
Previous experience with system architecture and administration (preferably Linux), including architecting and managing cloud resources from one or more major cloud service providers. Previous experience working with distributed storage and familiarity with tools used for processing, querying, and analyzing very large data sets. Familiarity with tools enabling scalability, for example: automated resource provisioning, dynamic load balancing, service discovery, distributed/high availability, data stream processors, and web-based/REST APIs designed to handle intense data flow. Comfortable writing code (preferably bash or Python) to programmatically enable automation and integration. Willingness to travel occasionally and talk to technical and non-technical groups. Comfortable communicating with individuals remotely using a variety of technologies, including: email, phone calls, instant messaging, teleconferencing.
At least 2-5 years relevant experience. Familiarity with version control (preferably git) and online code management systems (preferably GitHub). Familiarity with Docker, or similar containerization products. Familiarity with Continuous Integration concepts. Familiarity with serverless architectures. Interest in astronomy, citizen science, and/or education.
Application deadline for primary consideration is July 9th.
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