UW APL Open-Source Software Research Technician

The University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory is looking for a research technician to assist with the development of open-source software tools in the geosciences. This is a part-time, temporary position with the possibility of extension after the first year depending on the availability of funds.

The project: NASA is funding us to test and deploy Pangeo, a community platform for Big Data geoscience, as a prototype to enable transition of scientific workflows to a cloud environment. See http://pangeo.io for more information.

The team: we are a small team of research scientists (climatology, hydrology, glaciology, volcanology), technicians and data science experts in academia and industry. We collaborate via in person meetings, Slack and GitHub. We stay connected with a global Pangeo community.

The work: many of the core tools for deploying Pangeo are in place. Now, we need help with developing scientific use cases that make full use of Pangeo’s parallel workflow capabilities, connecting Pangeo tools to existing NASA products, and helping educate scientists in using these tools.

Education and background: Minimum two years Bachelor’s level training in computer science, data science, and/or a domain scientist with demonstrated data science skills. Required experience with Python, Jupyter, Linux and GitHub; desirable experience with AWS, Kubernetes and satellite imagery applications.

Location: The team is distributed across multiple locations. The core team at the University of Washington is affiliated with the eScience Institute, where much of the work occurs. There may be opportunities for telecommuting.

Opportunities: We are committed to building an open and inclusive community that is dedicated to principles of reproducible science. We foster opportunities for professional development and immersion in leading edge data science tools.

Contact us: for more information e-mail Anthony Arendt, arendta@uw.edu.