[ASA] Reminder: Call for Expressions of Interest for the ADACS Software Support Program, 2020A Semester, due at the end of the week

Jarrod Hurley jhurley at swin.edu.au
Mon Sep 30 14:02:25 AEST 2019

This is a reminder that the call for expressions of interest for the 2020A semester of the ADACS Software Support program (see details below) ends at 5pm AEST Friday October 4th.

Please note that EoIs are intended to be brief and should not represent a barrier to entry.  They are intended to stimulate a conversation with ADACS and aren't a commitment that you will submit an application, so we encourage everyone with an interesting idea for how a software developer could help their research program to submit a brief EoI so that we can chat about it.

Original call copied below.


Jarrod Hurley (for ADACS)


Astronomy Data and Computing Services (ADACS)

Call for Expressions of Interest for the
ADACS Software Support Program - 2020A Semester

EoI Deadline: Friday 4th October, 2019 @ 5pm AEST

Expressions of interest are being accepted from now and for the next ~4 weeks for the 2020A semester of the ADACS Software Support Program.

What is the ADACS Software Support Program (SSP)?

Astronomy Data and Computing Services (ADACS) is a collaboration between Swinburne University of Technology, Curtin University, and Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. It is funded under the Astronomy National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) Program via Astronomy Australia Ltd (AAL).

A principal component of ADACS is the provision of expertise for the design and development of software tools and infrastructure. In addition to providing resources and support for our major data platforms (e.g. the All-Sky Virtual Observatory project, and the gSTAR data management and collaboration platform), ADACS provides support to tools/platforms covering the full range of scales by providing scientific computing and software development as a service.  Within Q1/2 2020, ADACS will provide the equivalent of a minimum of 1 full-time computational scientist as a resource to the community.  A diversely qualified team will participate, with expertise covering a variety of areas including (but not limited to): system analysis and design, scientific computing, high-performance computing, data science, web development, large-scale scientific databases, cloud computing and scientific visualisation.

How does the ADACS SSP work?

The allocation of these resources will be merit-based with the final evaluation performed by the Astronomy Data and Computing Services Time Allocation Committee.

To ensure effective proposals, we split the application process into two stages: an expression of interest (EoI) stage where we ask interested parties to submit a very brief outline of their scientific objectives, providing the basis of a discussion (to be scheduled following receipt of your EoI) about feasibility, optimal approaches and required resources; and a subsequent round of formal submissions -- shaped by our input -- to be made to the ADACS TAC.  Note that all applicants must participate in the EoI process in order to make a final submission.

We ask that EoI submissions be kept brief. (i.e. no more than one page; a couple paragraphs generally suffice) providing a concise description of the proposed project and its goals.

When considering projects for this process, we also ask that you keep the following in mind: all ADACS development will be open-source, and as such, made publicly available.

EoI submission process

Inquires can be directed to Lewis Lakerink (llakerink at swin.edu.au<mailto:llakerink at swin.edu.au>) or Jarrod Hurley (jhurley at swin.edu.au<mailto:jhurley at swin.edu.au>).

The deadline for EoI submissions is the 4th October, 2019 @ 5pm<http://airmail.calendar/2019-04-26%2017:00:00%20AEST> AEST and should be submitted via email to TAC at adacs.org.au<mailto:TAC at adacs.org.au>. The subsequent application deadline will be 2 weeks after that, but final proposals will be accepted only from those who participate in the EoI process.

The review of EoI applications will proceed on a first-come-first-served basis and we welcome submissions any time from now until the deadline. Processing will commence immediately upon receipt.  We strongly encourage unsuccessful applicants from previous rounds to consider applying for this round.
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