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Scientific Data Application Developer

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Published: April 4, 2023
Milwaukee, WI
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Working Title: Scientific Data Application Developer

Position Number New

Division College of Letters and Science

Department B4855 PHYSICS

Position Type Non-Teaching Academic Staff

Appointment Type Fixed Term/Project

Pay Basis Annual

Salary Grade Cat B

FLSA Status Exempt

Percent 100%

Posting Type Staff


UWM Description

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) is Wisconsin’s second-largest university, with a unique dual mission of access and research to provide high-quality education for students from all backgrounds. UWM is one of 146 top research universities recognized as “R1” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Along with its main campus in Milwaukee, UWM has branch campuses in Waukesha and Washington County.


UWM celebrates, values and promotes the diverse voices and experiences of its students and employees and our community partners. We believe diversity enriches and strengthens our institution. UWM is committed to providing equitable access to opportunities for students and employees from every background. We aspire to create a campus climate that is welcoming to all. Learn more here:


School/College/Division Description

The Center for Gravitation, Cosmology and Astrophysics (CGCA) is home to seven professors as well as post-doctoral researchers, staff scientists, and graduate and undergraduate students. The CGCA has memberships in NANOGrav, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, the Zwicky Transient Facility, the GROWTH Collaboration, the Murchison Widefield Array, VAST, the Vera Rubin Observatory, and others. Further information about the CGCA can be found at


Job Summary

CGCA is looking for creative, energetic and talented individuals to join our scientific computing team working within the LIGO Scientific Collaboration ( LIGO is the ambitious project, funded by the National Science Foundation, that detected gravitational waves from colliding black holes in 2015. The Nobel Prize was awarded for this discovery in 2017. You will work with an existing team to build and support software for cutting edge astronomy and astrophysics projects.


Duties include:


  • Maintain, enhance and support LIGO data handling and analysis software and services


  • Participate in the appropriate LIGO scientific, technical and management forums and report on progress


  • Keep current on big data trends to identify new technologies that can be effectively leveraged for LIGO data handling and analysis


  • Take ownership of their projects and be responsible for the definition, architecture, and implementation of applications which enhance the scientific productivity of the CGCA science


Successful candidates will be part of a large and diverse team in the CGCA that works on a wide variety of computing infrastructure for astronomical and astrophysics problems. Team members interact daily with the physicists, astrophysicists and astronomers in the CGCA and at partner institutions. The CGCA at UW-Milwaukee also offers an exciting and friendly environment in which to work and play. With almost forty faculty, staff, postdocs, and students, the Center is a fun and vibrant place to work.


This position will work with an existing team to build and support software for cutting edge astronomy and astrophysics projects. Successful candidates will be part of a large and diverse team in the CGCA that works on a wide variety of computing infrastructure for astronomical and astrophysics problems. Team members interact daily with the physicists, astrophysicists and astronomers in the CGCA and at partner institutions.


Minimum Qualifications


  • PhD in Physics, Computing Science or a related field with strong technical skills


  • Two years of related research experience


  • Demonstrated experience with large data sets


  • Proficient in at least one high-level scripting language such as Python


  • Comfortable with Unix operating systems


Preferred Qualifications


  • Familiar with Redhat Linux or other Linux environments including some administration and packaging


  • Experience with GitLab administration, GitLab project management or Agile Project Management


  • Experience with cloud platforms such as AWS


  • Experience developing web UIs with Django, Apache, MySQL, and JavaScript and related technologies is also desirable, but not required


Target Salary Range

Final salary offer will be commensurate with experience


Benefits and Total Rewards

As part of UWM’s commitment to supporting the success of our team members through positive experiences, employees are provided with Benefits to Benefit You and Your Life. UWM offers a comprehensive benefits package and contributes towards the cost of several benefit plans. Employees with a qualifying position also receive an extensive leave package including vacation, sick leave (with no expiration), personal holiday, and paid legal holidays. Please visit this link to view summary benefits information. (Compensation figures are for example purposes only.) UWM Benefits to Benefit You and Your Life


Application Instructions


  • A completed application must include:


  • A cover letter


  • A curriculum vitae including the names and contact information of three references


  • Applicants must apply electronically at: Questions about this position should be directed to Angela Broderick at


In instances where the Search and Screen Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidate’s application materials whether they meet any of the qualifications, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications.


This is a continuous recruitment. Initial review of applications will begin on May 05, 2023. Applications received after May 04, 2023, may not receive consideration.


Application Deadline

Continuous (Open Until Filled?) Yes

If Continuous, Initial Review Date 05/05/2023

Position Contact Name Angela Broderick

Contact Phone (414) 229-3379

Contact Email


Application Notes

For this position, applicants are required to apply online. UWM will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Additionally, applicants must complete all required fields and attach any required documents. The process is complete when the message “Your application has been submitted” is displayed and you receive a confirmation number.


Legal Notices

AA/EO Statement

UWM is an AA/EO employer: All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.


Reasonable Accommodations

UWM provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact or 414-229-4463. This job announcement and other material on this site will be made available in alternate formats upon request to an individual with a disability.


Confidentiality of Applicant Materials

UWM is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin’s Open Records Law. UWM will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin’s Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of “final candidates” and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.


CBC and Reference Check Policy

Employment will require a criminal background check. UWM takes the prevention of sexual misconduct seriously. As such, you and your references will be required to answer questions regarding any past findings of sexual violence and sexual harassment or any pending allegations of sexual violence or sexual harassment.


Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (Clery Act)

For the UWM Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports (i.e., Clery Report), which includes statistics about reported crimes and information about campus security policies, see, or call UWM’s Dean of Students Office, Student Union 345 at (414) 229-4632 for a paper copy.


Employment Authorization

In compliance with federal law, all persons at the time of their start date will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.


Job Categories

Academic/Faculty Affairs, Computer Science, Faculty/Instruction - Engineering and Applied Science, Faculty/Instruction - Natural Sciences, Information Technology, Research, Faculty/Instruction - Information Studies


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