The European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) opens a call for a one+one-year position in the context of the project ESCAPE.
EGOis a French-Italian consortium founded by INFN and CNRS to foster European collaboration in gravitational wave research.
EGO is located in Cascina, near Pisa, Italy and hosts the Virgo gravitational wave detector.
The Virgo project involves the collaboration of about 25 laboratories with near 300 scientists, engineers and technicians from France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary and Spain.
ESCAPE (European Science Cluster of Astronomy and Particle physics ESFRI research infrastructures)
is an EU funded project in the context of the Horizon 2020 Work Program.
The chief objective of ESCAPE is to establish a single collaborative cluster of next generation ESFRI facilities
in the area of astronomy-and accelerator-based particle physics in order to implement a functional link between the concerned ESFRI projects and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).
The successful candidate would have as a main task to develop, implement and operate, in cooperation with other participants in the ESCAPE project,
the gravitational wave part of an ESFRI Science Analysis Platform (ESAP) to enhance the scientific communityâ€™s ability
to access and exploit gravitational wave data and services.
In particular (s)he should build, based partially on existing software, a science analysis platform that supports data discovery and integration,
provides access to software and services, enables user customized processing and workflows, interfaces with the underlying distributed, large-scale computing infrastructure,
and adds analytics and visualization capabilities tuned to the needs of the Gravitational Wave Antennas (GWA) (EGO/Virgo, LIGO, KAGRA etc) and other related ESFRI projects,
in particular those related in the multimessenger study of the Universe (e.g. CTA, KM3Net,â€¦).
The following are the main tasks and activities are foreseen during the project:
Data aggregation and staging. This task will provide users of the science platform with
the capability to access and combine data from multiple collections of GWA data and stage that data for subsequent analysis;
Software deployment and virtualization. A key component will be the availability of readily accessible versions of the codes, tools, scripts, and packages developed by GWAs and their communities.
It will include work on the containerization of software, provenance and versioning metadata,
and specifically the deployment of packages available in the ESCAPE-EOSC software repository to user workspaces;
Analysis interface, work flows, and reproducibility. The analysis interface task combines a number of elements to form the working surface for the user of the GWA and EOSC science platforms.
It integrates the data access and staging elements along with the access to the EOSC software repository and containers described in the two previous tasks into an interactive workspace.
In addition, this task will provide tools and services that simplify the porting of customized analysis and processing workflows to the GWA and overall ESFRI science platform environment.
Work in this task will include:
a) the setting up and operation of functional analysis interface supporting both interactive and batch analysis jobs;
b) the customization of the platform to several specific user scenarios incorporating experience from existing GWA and other ESFRI platform developments;
c) the creation of tools supporting the construction of user developed workflows and pipelines including metadata;
d) the development of representative GWA workflows based on current analysis needs; and e) the development and integration of visualization, machine learning, and advanced analysis tools into the ESAP;
All those tasks will require coordination with the projects and activities already ongoing in the LIGO-Virgo Collaboration in particular in the fields of:
bulk data handling, multi-messenger astronomy, data-analysis tools and pipelines and public data dissemination for open science.
Qualifications and Experience
Doctorate degree or equivalent in one of these fields: Physics, Astrophysics, Cosmology, Computing.
A few years of work experience related to computing and analysis aspects of Physics, Astrophysics, Cosmology or related subjects.
Good command of the English language; basic knowledge of Italian and/or French.
Experience with some of those technologies will be highly beneficial:
Containerization (such as Docker or Singularity)
Software development and distribution supporting tool such as: the Conda package and environment manager, the GitLab collaborative toolchain
File system based software distribution services such as the CernVM File System (CVMFS)
Distributed computing frameworks providing support for bulk data transfer, file catalog and workload management such as Dirac, Rucio and HTCondor
Grid middleware and services supported by EGI and OSG
Ability to work in a team within an international and multidisciplinary environment, strong sense of team spirit and leadership capabilities.
No criminal convictions
Place of work
EGO - European Gravitational Observatory - via E. Amaldi 56021 Loc. S.Stefano a Macerata - Cascina (Pisa) ITALY.
Type of contract
One+one-year contract at the level of Primo Tecnologo (salary depending on experience).
The selection will be made considering candidate qualifications and experience.
The first phase of the selection will be based on the examination of the CVs and Application Forms.
The best candidates will be admitted to the final phase, which will consist of an interview.
How to apply?
Candidates can send their CV and the EGO Application Form to be found here,
to email@example.com quoting the reference number of this vacancy notice.
Closing date for applications
February 28th, 2019
Start of contract
The earliest possible after the 15th of March 2019