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IPAC at Caltech (www.ipac.caltech.edu) provides science and data management for astronomy and solar system missions (both space and ground telescopes), planning for future projects, and vital science archives. IPAC supports NASA, NSF, and privately funded projects, including: Spitzer, NEOWISE, the Zwicky Transient Facility, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, WFIRST, the Thirty-Meter Telescope, and the US centers for Herschel and Euclid. IPAC operates the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (IRSA), the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED), the NASA Exoplanet Archive (NExScI), and the Keck Observatory Archive (KOA). The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI; http://nexsci.caltech.edu) at the California Institute of Technology serves and supports the exoplanet scientific community as part of NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program, including by operating the NASA Exoplanet Archive.
NExScI at IPAC has an immediate opening for an occasional Research Support Assistant who is excited by the prospect of facilitating exoplanet archive science enabled by the NASA Exoplanet Archive. Specifically, the position will focus exclusively on the augmentation and maintenance of a database dedicated to exoplanets detected via the gravitational microlensing technique. The primary responsibility of this position is to contribute to bringing the content of the Microlensing Table database up-to-date to include all existing microlensing exoplanets and to ensure that the data contained therein are accurate and comprehensive.
- Read refereed publications in the microlensing literature - Extract observable, model, and physical parameter data from publications in the microlensing literature - Generate ingestion files of specified IPAC format containing the extracted stellar and planet data - Vet weekly builds and public releases of the Exoplanet Archive databases for continuity and accuracy
Basic Qualifications - Proficiency in Unix/Linux and Python - Experience working with large databases - Experience analyzing large, diverse, and complex datasets
- Familiarity with exoplanetary microlensing literature - Experience extracting data from refereed publications - Experience synthesizing exoplanetary microlensing datasets - Familiarity with the observational, theoretical, and mathematical foundations of microlensing
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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