CXC Opportunities

Vacancies for Technical Staff

18-10 IT Specialist (APPSW)

This is the position of Information Technology Specialist (Applications Software) in the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. The employee will be assigned to Chandra X-ray Center's Data System (CXCDS) Software Development team that provides operations and analysis software for all phases of the Chandra program. The employee will work with management to modernize the software engineering processes and practices associated with continuously building, deploying, and releasing software and environments. The employee will work collaboratively with all members of the software development group to migrate legacy infrastructure capabilities to more modern technologies that are configured and maintained for efficient use. He/she will provide support to developers and their development environments through well-defined processes and script.

18-21 Astrophysicist (Technical Assistant)

The Science Mission Planning team has an opening for a Technical Assistant to provide technical and scientific support for space observatory operations and X-ray astronomy research using the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Together with scientific staff, Technical Assistants plan and schedule Chandra science observations, code, modify, debug, and document software for mission planning; develop and maintain databases; draft and maintain materials for websites; and participate in the daily operations of the Chandra Observatory. This position is especially suitable for recent bachelor's or master's degree graduates with solid physics backgrounds, interest and experience in astronomy, and a strong focus on contemporary scientific computing (which could include modern scripting languages, database use, and web page development in a unix/linux environment).

18-34 IT Specialist (Systems Administration)

This is the position of IT Specialist in the High Energy Division (HEAD) of the Smithsonian Institution Astrophysical Observatory. The employee will perform all aspects of computer system management of the Chandra X-ray Center (CXC) Unix workstation network of HEAD. The employee will receive line supervision from the Supervisor of the CXC Hardware/Systems Team. The employee will be assigned primary responsibilities in the areas of LAN security, user accounts and services (such as online user documentation and perform user training), writing utilities, scripts, installation and management of common scientific (both freeware and commercial) software/tools and system procedures. The employee will also be responsible for the CXC Unix Email server configuration, management and user support.

Vacancies for Scientists

18-08 Astrophysicist (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow)

This is a time-limited postdoctoral position for an Astrophysicist in the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. The employee works under the direction of an Astrophysicist within the Division. The scientist will undertake and develop a program of research for extragalactic jets associated with quasars. The study involves the planning and implementation of observing programs, the analysis, modeling, and interpretation of data obtained with Chandra X-ray Observatory and other space-based and/or ground-based facilities, and the presentation and publication of significant scientific 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.