• Full Time
  • Cambridge, MA
  • 77,000-121,000 USD / Year
  • Salary: 77,000-121,000

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

IT Specialist (APPSW) 

Institution Name: Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory 

The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is part of the largest and most diverse astrophysical  institution in the world, where the staff carries out a broad program of research and education in  astronomy, astrophysics, and earth and space sciences. If you would like to join this exciting  organization, apply today!  

This is the position of Information Technology Specialist (APPSW) in the Science Education  Department (SED), Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. The SED is seeking a software  developer to help our team meet educational goals through the development of innovative  websites and interactive online data exploration interfaces for the public. The successful  candidate will be responsible for the creation of customized applications that add to SED website  capabilities, as well as modification of existing applications to meet evolving requirements.  Specialized applications include those that support our robotic telescope network operations,  database, and user account management infrastructure; customized instances of the JS9.si.edu  image analysis application; and content management systems for multimedia-intensive websites  that integrate artwork, text, video, sound, and interactive elements. 

This requires familiarity with the requirements for the entire subsystem of each project,  maintaining, administering, and customizing SED’s Moodle Content Management System, and  designing and developing software in a production environment that requires strong knowledge  of the capabilities, limitations, and appropriate uses of various programming languages.  

For further information and requirements, view the complete Job Vacancy Announcement at:  https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/opportunities/sao-employment-opportunities/posting-23-27 

Application Procedure: SAO will only accept applications online for this position. Please be  sure to include your full resume and a cover letter. In your cover letter, if applicable, please  include the URL for any websites for which you have developed or had a major contribution. For  complete information and online application procedures, please visit: USAJOBS 

The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is an equal-opportunity employer committed to  diversity in our workplace. SAO offer a comprehensive benefits package, including health,  dental and vision insurance, paid holidays, generous vacation and sick time, parental leave, and a  robust retirement plan.

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Deadline to apply:

March 3, 2023

To apply for this job please visit www.cfa.harvard.edu.