CXC Opportunities

Vacancies for Technical Staff

17-69 IT Specialist (APPSW)

The software development team of the Chandra X-ray Data System has an opening for a UI/UX IT Specialist with computer graphics and visualization experience to join our team in Cambridge, MA. The talented developer will work to develop/modernize the User Interface/User Experience of new and legacy visualization software. The employee we seek will work to understand the user's needs, advocate that vision to the software team, and design, develop, and maintain software that delivers innovation and seamlessly integrates with the existing system. We offer a challenging environment working in partnership with scientists, data system operations, and an existing software development team, to bring Chandra data products and analysis tools to the astronomical community at large.

18-06 IT Specialist (APPSW/DATAMGT)

This is the position of Information Technology Specialist in the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and is for the purpose of providing computing support to the Chandra X-ray Center's (CXC) Science Support Division during all phases of the program. The Science Support Division operates as an integral part of the CXC, interacting with Systems Engineering and Integration and Data Systems staff as well as with many external Chandra elements, including the scientific community.

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.

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.