Programmer Position in Astronomy

The National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center/Arecibo Observatory is seeking a programmer for the astronomy (radio and radar) program. Under general supervision, develop, maintain, and document spectral line data reduction and analysis software for astronomical research at the Arecibo Observatory. Initially, this will involve the consolidation of existing software at Arecibo which is mostly written in IDL, the Interactive Data Language. The Astronomy programmer will work towards a standardized user interface to all Arecibo data reduction routines, and use initiative to incorporate scripts and algorithms contributed by visiting scientists, and by staff scientists and engineers. The programmer will also search and include appropriate routines found at other facilities, and modify them as required for compatibility with Arecibo. The Astronomy Programmer is expected to participate in the planning for future development, and to provide other software support as directed.

Requirements: BS degree and 2 to 3 years experience in physics, engineering, or computer science, or equivalent combination. Excellent programming skills with experience in the design and implementation of user interfaces. Knowledge of C and Tcl/Tk, and IDL. Preferred qualifications include: experience with radio astronomy data reduction. Familiarity with one or more Astronomy data reduction software packages such as AIPS++, CLASS, IRAF, AIPS, or XS. Familiarity with data manipulation environments, in addition to IDL, such as PerlDL, or matLab.

The National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center/Arecibo Observatory is operated by Cornell University under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. National Science Foundation. The 305 m telescope is used for radio and radar astronomical studies and investigations of the Earth's ionosphere. Information about the Observatory and the NAIC can be found at The successful candidates will be employees of Cornell University and eligible for all applicable Cornell benefits offered to Observatory staff. Cornell University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Send cover letter, resume, and three references to

Dr. Steve Torchinsky
Head of Astronomy Program
Arecibo Observatory
HC3 Box 53995
Arecibo, PR 00612

No facsimiles, please. Applications are due by
December 31, 2004.