CXC Opportunities


Vacancies for Technical Staff


18-41 IT Specialist (APPSW)

This is an opening for a software developer in the Data Systems division of the Chandra X-ray Center to work on the Chandra data archive. The archive contains terabytes of data, ensures their integrity, security and uninterrupted access, and provides interfaces for archiving and retrieval to science center operations and Chandra users. The successful candidate will work to extend and maintain the archive functionality and to support its operations. Knowledge required for the position includes C/C++, Java, SQL, database design, scripting languages Perl/Python, web development using HTML, CSS and JavaScript, Unix environment, and experience working with relational database servers, web and JEE application servers. We offer a challenging environment working in partnership with science and data systems operations teams and an existing software development team, to bring Chandra data products and analysis tools to the astronomical community at large.


18-57 IT Specialist (NETWORK)

This is an opening for a network administrator in the operations division of the Chandra X-ray Center to work on the Chandra operations network. The network supports Chandra real-time operations and satellite communication as well as monitors and protects the systems in a 24/7 environment. The successful candidate will provide network administration for a switched network supporting a mix of Windows and Linux computers, including the development and installation of systems and tools to improve network performance and enhance the network environment.


Vacancies for Scientists


18-75 Astrophysicist

This is an opening for an Astrophysicist in the Education and Public Outreach (EPO) group of the Chandra X-ray Center to work with NASA's Universe of Learning (UoL) team, a collaborative. agreement among astrophysics centers to increase science literacy using results from NASA's astrophysics missions.The primary work will include collaborating with members of the UoL team in planning, designing, and executing activities and programs to inform and educate general and specialized publics about discoveries and results from NASA's astrophysics missions. The astrophysicist will be responsible for ensuring that any information relating to Chandra or X-ray astronomy that is contained in the UoL programs or provided to the broader Sci Act Coalition is accurate and complete. The astrophysicist will also formulate and conduct an independent program of scientific research in the field of X-ray astronomy and high energy astrophysics utilizing X-ray satellite observations and other space- and ground-based data as appropriate. Research is expected to contribute to the understanding of the nature of key astrophysical problems and be relevant to work carried out by the CXC, HEAD, and/or the high energy astrophysics community.


18-76 Astrophysicist (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow)

The purpose of the position is to conduct a specified program of scientific research and scholarship in the area of observational constraints to AGN / host galaxy interaction and feedback in disk galaxies, using high resolution Chandra observations together with Hubble and multi-wavelength ground based data as appropriate. The aim of the analysis is to understand the interaction of the AGN with the host galaxy cold ISM, to set observational constraints on physical processes, and energy and momentum transfer. The results of the data analysis will be compared with state of the art simulations and theoretical predictions in the literature.


18-77 Astrophysicist Post-Doctoral Research Fellow)

This is the position of Astrophysicist (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow) in the High Energy Astrophysics Division. The purpose of the position is to conduct a specified program of scientific research and scholarship in the area of solar wind physics for Parker Solar Probe.


18-78 Astrophysicist

This is the position of Astrophysicist in the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. The employee will undertake a significant technical role in the Chandra X-ray Center (CXC) working with CXC staff and NASA to maximize the scientific return of the ACIS instrument on the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The work will include generation of commands to the ACIS instrument, review and verification of spacecraft command loads to ensure the proper ACIS configuration, monitoring of the space radiation environment and safing the ACIS instrument when appropriate, monitoring the health and safety of the ACIS instrument, and the analysis and interpretation of flight data to ensure the quality of the scientific data. The position is charged with technical and scientific responsibility for formulating and conducting developmental research in the area of X-ray Astronomy and High Energy Astrophysics. The work may include the planning and designing of necessary experiments, the analysis and interpretation of experimental data, the proposing, planning, and designing of observing programs, the analysis and interpretation of observations, and the publication of significant results.


Predoctoral Fellowships


The Chandra X-ray Center (CXC) solicits candidates through the CXC Predoctoral Fellowship Program for research in specified areas of high energy astrophysics. The program provides opportunities for PhD students to carry out thesis research work with scientific staff members of the CXC, for a period of two to three years. CXC Predoctoral Fellowships are open to students enrolled in a PhD program in astronomy, astrophysics, or related fields. Successful applicants carry out work on their doctoral thesis under the research co-supervision of a CXC staff member, in coordination with formal supervision from their home institution. The CXC co-supervisor coordinates closely with the student's formal supervisor to arrive at a research plan that will lead to a PhD thesis.


Visitor Program


The Chandra X-ray Center welcomes visits to the CXC for the purpose of collaboration on specific research projects with CXC scientific staff. Limited funding to support short-term (nominally 2-5 day) visits is available through the CXC Research Visitor Program (RVP). Interested members of the Chandra Users Community are invited to contact a potential CXC collaborator who can initiate a request for such support. Proposals for RVP support are solicited internally twice per year.