Data Science / Calibration Intern

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  • United States, Baltimore, MD 21218 View on Map
  • Post Date : October 2, 2020
  • Apply Before : November 1, 2020
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Job Description

The Space Telescope Science Institute is putting out a call for Data Science / Calibration Interns to support work in our Instruments Division. STScI is located in Baltimore on the JHU Homewood campus. STScI has oversight of the Hubble Space Telescope’s science program and will expand to include the James Webb Space Telescope, planned to launch in 2021. Our staff is also developing major science operations for the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, which is set to launch in the mid-2020s.

*STScI has most staff working virtually from home during the COVID-19 crisis. The safety of our staff and community is our top priority. We will continue to interview and screen candidates in this new virtual landscape. Offers of employment can be extended and new hires will on-board virtually. We will then ship systems to you to enable working from home until it is safe to report to our Baltimore offices. If applicable, relocation benefits will be available to those eligible when travel can be supported but employees are required to be resident in the Baltimore-Washington area.*

Project Description

Where data reduction is an essential part of astronomy, unit testing is fundamental in software engineering where parts of software are tested with small, self-contained scripts. The Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) calibration software, CalCOS, only has a few of these unit tests formally written. However, the team at the institute has been writing self-contained testing scripts around the different calibration steps and predicted outcomes since early 2012. It would be the responsibility of the intern to convert these testing scripts into unit tests to be run nightly on the CalCOS GitHub repository. This position also allows for the ability to write entirely new unit tests as the intern becomes more familiar with the calibration steps and the calibration software. This project will allow for growth in python coding skills, increase familiarity with github, introduce spectral data reduction skills, and increase the understanding of ultra violet detectors.

Are you a computer science, data science, engineering, physics or astronomy student looking for a an exciting local PAID internship? Be apart of Unit Testing with the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) Calibration Pipeline.

To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter describing your interest, relevant skills and your availability.

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