Institute of Astronomy

GAIA Software Developer (Fixed Term)

Published on 22/02/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
£29,301-£38,183 p.a.
Starting Date: 
as soon as possible
to 31st March 2018 in the first instance

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2018 in the first instance.

The Institute of Astronomy (University of Cambridge) at the West Cambridge site seeks a Java Software Developer to work as a member of the Data Processing and Analysis Consortium for the European Space Agency's Gaia project ( and for the UK involvement in Gaia). The local Gaia team is composed of about fifteen scientists and IT professionals.

The post-holder will work as part of the local DPCI (Cambridge Data Processing Centre) team of scientists/developers on data processing software for the ground segment of the mission, implementing data processing infrastructure components and algorithms for the calibration and removal of instrumental signatures from the scientific data generated by the satellite.

The post-holder will have a relevant degree (computer science, maths or a science with significant computing content). A deep mathematical understanding and strong linear-algebra skills are essential for this post. Experience with development and implementation of algorithms (for large-scale distributed processing of data) and statistical analysis of large data sets are desirable. Knowledge of Java or Scala programming languages is preferred but candidates using Python or similar languages will also be considered. Previous experience with software development in large scientific projects would be an advantage, as would experience of working within internationally distributed projects.

The post is available as soon as possible and the initial appointment is until 31st March 2018, with the possibility of further extension subject to the availability of additional funding. The salary scale will be £29,301 to £38,183 depending on experience plus superannuation benefits.


Application Information: 

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on  'Apply' . This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and covering letter and the contact details of two referees.

Please submit your application by midnight (GMT) of the closing date of 31st March 2017. Referees will be contacted and asked to provide references (to be received no later than 9th April 2017). If you have any queries about your application, please email jpm(at)

Informal enquiries and further information can be obtained from Dr. Francesca De Angeli (fda(at)

The IoA is committed to providing a family friendly environment for researchers and is ensuring that should parental leave be needed during the course of employment, there is provision for extension to contract to compensate for the parental leave taken.

Please quote reference LG11512 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy

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Application Deadline Date: 
31 March 2017
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight. GMT
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