[Ieee_vis_open_positions] Seeking Software Engineer at the American Museum of Natural History in New York for Open-Source Astrovisualization Software OpenSpace

Alexander Bock alexander.bock at me.com
Sat Aug 26 21:08:40 CEST 2017

Position Summary:
The American Museum of Natural History in New York is seeking a software integration engineer to work on OpenSpace, a NASA-funded open source interactive data visualization software designed to visualize the entire known universe and portray our ongoing efforts to investigate the cosmos. This project is a collaboration between the American Museum of Natural History, Linköping University in Sweden, New York University, the University of Utah's Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute, and the Community Coordinated Modeling Center at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The position is hosted by the American Museum of Natural History in New York City right next to Central Park on 81st Street and includes travel to associated Informal Science Institution partners throughout the United States. The software supports multiple operating systems with an extensible architecture powering desktop workstations, high resolution tiled displays, and planetarium domes, making use of the latest graphics card technologies for rapid data throughput. Previous public activities included visualizations of the New Horizons Fly-by at Pluto (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEFz5JxLd8w), ESA's Rosetta mission (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moiKdtrPRoc), Planetary surface renderings (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWZAg6qpMlE), and space weather phenomena (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDDjcxBP6ag). For more information see the publications by Bock et al [1, 4] Axelsson et al [2], Bladin et al [3], the software repository: https://github.com/OpenSpace/OpenSpace, and homepage: http://openspaceproject.com
Job responsibilities include:
- Maintaining the continuous integration build systems (Jenkins)
- Designing a build environment to automatically publish nightly builds and releases
- Front-end development on demand for small graphics-focused development
- Supporting backend development to create a more effective development environment, add usability features, and support the development of a distributed content delivery network
- Improving on integration tests Including graphics tests of individual components and fisheye configurations and setting up a test suite for dome renderings and distributed systems

Required Qualifications
Computer Science degree, plus a minimum of five years of experience in a technology and or production group.
Required skills include:
- Very good knowledge of modern C++ (17)
- Good knowledge of OpenGL
- Good knowledge of continuous integration systems
- Some knowledge in Python
- Experience building and deploying multi-platform applications

[1]: Bock, Marcinkowski, Kilby, Emmart, Ynnerman. OpenSpace: Public dissemination of space mission profiles, Best SciVis Poster 2015 https://github.com/alexanderbock/alexanderbock.github.io/blob/master/papers/vis15poster-bock-openspace.pdf [2]: Axelsson, Costa, Silva, Emmart, Bock, Ynnerman. Dynamic Scene Graph: Enabling Scaling, Positioning, and Navigation in the Universe, CGF 2017 https://github.com/alexanderbock/alexanderbock.github.io/blob/master/papers/eurovis17-axelsson-dynamic_scene_graph.pdf
[3]: Bladin, Axelsson, Broberg, Emmart, Ljung, Bock, Ynnerman. Globe Browsing: Contextualized Spatio-Temporal Planetary Surface Visualization, TVCG 2017 https://github.com/alexanderbock/alexanderbock.github.io/blob/master/papers/vis17-bladin-globe_browsing.pdf
[4]: Bock, Axelsson, Bladin, Costa, Payne, Territo, Kilby, Kuznetsova, Emmart, Ynnerman. OpenSpace: An open-source astrovisualization framework, Journal of Open Source Software, 2017 https://github.com/alexanderbock/alexanderbock.github.io/blob/master/papers/joss17-bock-openspace.pdf

Alexander Bock
Moore-Sloan Postdoctoral Data Science Fellow
Center for Data Science Tandon School of Engineering
60 5th Avenue, Room 617 2 Metrotech Center, Room 10.034K
New York, NY 10011 Brooklyn, NY 11201

OpenSpace Development Lead
http://openspaceproject.com [http://openspaceproject.com/]
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