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Data Archive Engineer

Company: Giant Magellan Telescope Organization
Location: Pasadena
Posted on: July 13, 2018

Job Description:

Job DetailsNumber: 1821

Title: Data Archive Engineer

Type: Full time, professional.

Location: GMT Project Office, Pasadena CA


This exciting job opportunity is with the GMTO (Giant Magellan Telescope Organization) located in Pasadena, California. The GMT is being developed by a group of leading university and research centers from across the globe. The GMTO Corporation has been formed to design, construct and operate the GMT Observatory which will be located in the Andean mountains at Las Campanas Peak in Chile. The GMT is the next generation astronomical observatory with the capability to have 10 times the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope. The project is entering the formal construction phase with scientific operations expected to begin in 2023.


The successful candidate will be an employee of the GMTO Corporation and must be able to meet pre-employment requirements including any background and reference checks and the successful candidate must be a US citizen or eligible to work in the United States and at least 18 years of age. GMTO provides competitive salaries and a generous benefits package.

Job Summary:

The Data Archive Engineer will be part of the Software and Controls team and will report to the Software and Controls Manager.

This position's main responsibility will be to design, implement and test the database infrastructure for the GMT Data Archive and the software components associated to it.

The Data Archive is the Software and Control System component which manages, stores and distributes all data products related to the operations of the Observatory. The data managed by the Data Archive System will have heterogeneous origins and nature (science, engineering and environmental data), as well as a wide range of insertion and query rates. The Data Archive System must be able to manage and store all the data produced by the Observatory along the 50 years of the lifetime of the project, and it will be distributed across several nodes.

This position will work closely with the software architects and other software developers to provide a high-quality and high-reliable data archiving system to the GMT end users.

Job Duties:

  • Review and create requirements and documentation for the Data Archive System
  • Design the data warehouse architecture (both software and hardware) for the GMT Data Archive System
  • Design and implement the software components of the persistence framework
  • Devise automatic metrics, visualizations and dashboards of the stored data
  • Analyze the database usage to optimize the database structure to provide a high-performance system
  • Provide the data replication between nodes and backup strategies to ensure the data integrity and reliability
  • Install, setup and administrate the database systems and other required software and hardware
  • Follow coding standards, build unit tests, integration tests and deployment scripts
  • Write technical reports, manuals and support documentation
  • Support developers and community on support forums, mailing lists, wikis, etc.

    Essential Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:
  • Minimum of BS degree in Software Engineering or related discipline
  • 3 years of relevant experience in data warehouse applications
  • Experience in data modeling and database design
  • Solid knowledge about Database Management Systems (DBMS), both SQL and NoSQL
  • Strong understanding of the data workflow operations (acquisition, processing, archiving, distribution, etc.)
  • C/C++, Node.js and JavaScript programming
  • Experience developing backend systems
  • UML/SysML
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to work with cross-functional work teams and users
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Willingness and ability to travel to foreign and domestic vendor, partner, and observatory locations as the need arises

    Desirable Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:
  • MongoDB
  • Time-series DBMS
  • Cloud databases
  • Search Engines
  • OLAP and OLTP processes
  • Git / Github
  • Document Repositories
  • Experience developing REST-compliant services
  • ZeroMQ, NanoMsg
  • Python development
  • Astronomical data representation standards (FITS, TAP protocol, IVOA, etc.)
  • Virtualization technologies
  • Experience in data mining and machine learning systems


    Please send your CV and a Cover Letter to

    If your skills and experience appear to be a match or if we need additional information to make a decision, we will contact you. If we do not see a suitable match between your qualifications and the position, we will keep your information on file in the event future positions become available that are more suitable to your qualifications.

    GMTO is an equal employment opportunity employer

    Keywords: Giant Magellan Telescope Organization, Pasadena, Data Archive Engineer, Engineering, Pasadena, California

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