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Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world’s brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions. We thrive on finding and cultivating talented people who are passionate about what they do. Join us and be a part of the diverse Caltech community. Job Summary IPAC at Caltech ( provides science and data management for astronomy and solar system missions – both space-based and ground-based facilities, planning for future projects, and vital science archives. IPAC operates the three of the major US astronomical scientific archives: the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (IRSA), the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED), and the NASA Exoplanet Archive which is operated by the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI) at IPAC. NExScI (, as part of NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program, serves and supports the exoplanet scientific community including the operation of the Exoplanet Archive. NExScI at IPAC has an immediate opening for a full-time temporary Research Support Assistant who is excited by the prospect of facilitating exoplanet archive science enabled by the Exoplanet Archive. Specifically, the position will focus exclusively on the augmentation and maintenance of the database dedicated to exoplanets. The primary responsibility of the is position is to contribute to the Exoplanet Archive data content via the extraction of data from the published literature and contributed datasets and to ensure that the data contained therein are accurate and comprehensive. Job Duties – Reading the refereed literature on exoplanetary systems – Extracting observable, model, and physical parameters from the literature – Prepared extracted data and parameters for ingestion into the Exoplanet Archive database – Vetting and validating weekly builds and public releases of the Exoplanet Archive for accuracy and continuity Basic Qualifications – Proficiency in Unix/Linux and Python – Experience working with large datasets – Experience analyzing large, diverse, and complex datasets – At least 2 years of college, majoring in Astronomy, Physics, or related discipline Preferred Qualifications – Familiarity with the published exoplanet literature – Experience with extracting data from the published literature – Experience with synthesizing exoplanet datasets and parameters – Experience with the Exoplanet Archive Required Documents – Resume – Cover Letter

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