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CDS Software Engineer Position

Apr 12, 2019

Software Engineer at Caltech

LIGO Laboratory (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) seeks a highly motivated and skilled software engineer to join its team. LIGO is a National Science Foundation major facility dedicated to gravitational wave astronomy and astrophysics, jointly operated by the California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The current generation of advanced interferometers came on line in 2015 and shortly afterwards LIGO launched the field of gravitational wave astronomy with the first observation of the birth of a black hole; this achievement led to the awarding of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics to its founders. LIGO consists of two widely separated (3,002 km), 4 kilometer-long interferometers operating as a single, phased detector. One (LIGO Hanford Observatory) is located north of Richland, Washington and the other (LIGO Livingston Observatory) is in Livingston, Louisiana. In addition to work at the observatories, the LIGO Laboratory maintains staff at the Caltech and MIT campuses supporting LIGO operations, sustaining engineering and R&D. For more information, please visit the Laboratory website at

The Software Engineer will develop and maintain software as a member of the LIGO Control and Data Systems (CDS) team, in support of commissioning and scientific operation of the LIGO detectors. The primary responsibilities of this team are software support for:

– Data acquisition and storage
– Real-time controls applications
– Network data services
– Interactive control room tools for operator interfaces and data visualization

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