Category Archives: jobs

There Is Life – and A Career – Outside Astronomy!

This week, I am going to write about a different topic, jobs outside astronomy.  It’s a topic that is, in fact close to my heart, as I spent four illuminating years outside astronomy, working on calibration and quality assurance for … Continue reading

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How Should Astronomy Pay For Software?

So asked Frossie Enonomou at ADASS XXIV in Calgary, October 2014.  She gave her view of the answer to this question. It’s not of course about paying for software, but about paying people to write software.  Generally speaking, it’s not … Continue reading

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Choosing A File System When Running Applications on the Amazon EC2 Cloud

The cloud provides a powerful environment for running workflow applications, which communicate data between tasks using files.  The processing environment must provide access to files, either through a shared file system or by transferring data between nodes.  Amazon EC2 provides … Continue reading

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Application of a Distributed Cloud to High Energy Physics Data

Recently, I came across an interesting paper by R.J. Sobie et al. (2011) called “Data Intensive High Energy Physics Analysis in a Distributed Cloud.” I am interested in applications of cloud computing to astronomy, so this paper took my eye. … Continue reading

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Resumes, interviews and getting jobs

I thought that this week, I might offer some tips on these two essential parts of getting jobs. I have been on both ends of resumes and interviews for many years, but I wanted to give a employer’s perspective on … Continue reading

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Was It Hard To Return To Astronomy and Research?

This was the most common question I was asked about my last post. I spent several years in Earth Sciences before returning to astronomy in 2000 as the Manager of the Infrared Science Archive (IRSA) at IPAC, Caltech.  My position … Continue reading

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How I Survived in Astronomy

The Astrobetter site has some very good posts and sane advice on getting jobs and building a career.  This week, with the job season upon us, I decided to write about how I managed to stay in astronomy. I hope … Continue reading

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