CXC Employment Opportunities

Vacancies for Technical Staff

17-50 IT Specialist (Systems Administration)

This is an opening for a network admin in the operations division of the Chandra X-ray Observatory Science 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. Major areas of responsibility are (1) general network administration supporting Cisco switches and routers, firewalls, VPN and wireless; (2) Network system monitoring and alerting; (3) user support; (4) studies to determine and implement future needs, both long and short term; and (5) network security. Knowledge required for the position includes Cisco switching and routing, VPN services, SolarWinds, nginx, scripting languages Perl/Python, and experience working with relational database servers, web and linux application servers.

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.

Vacancies for Scientists

Research Scientist

RESEARCH SCIENTIST, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (MKI), to join the Chandra X-ray Science Center (CXC), whose primary objectives are to assure high quality data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory and to monitor and support the Chandra observing program. Responsibilities will include a wide variety of activities relevant to the use of the Chandra dispersive and imaging spectrometers (High and Low Energy Transmission Gratings) and CCD arrays (ACIS). This involves developing detailed knowledge of the CCD and grating instrumental design, event detection and processing, and imaging and dispersive spectroscopy, all in the photon-counting regime. Support work may require simulating observations, prototyping new analysis procedures, curating spectral catalogs, or defining and testing calibration products. Results must be written as formal specifications used to guide and document implementation into the CIAO data analysis system and calibration database. Will interact closely with the MIT and Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory CXC staff scientists and programmers in carrying out these responsibilities. Will also be expected to pursue an independent research program that includes high-resolution X-ray spectroscopic studies in areas of current activity by the MIT/CXC staff and involvement in developing new X-ray instruments and missions. AAS posting

17-70 Astrophysicist

This is the position of Astrophysicist in the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO). The purpose of this position is to support flight operations of the Chandra High Resolution Camera (HRC). The position is charged with the technical and scientific responsibility for formulating and conducting developmental research in the area of x-ray astronomy and high-energy astrophysics. The work will include the planning and design of experimental apparatus to evaluate detector concepts and the analysis of results, the analysis and interpretation of experimental data, the proposing, planning, and designing of observing programs, the analysis and interpretation of observations including relevant optical and radio results, and the publication of significant scientific results. Results are expected to contribute to the understanding of the nature of astrophysical problems and advances in the acquisition of astrophysical data. The employee's prime responsibility is to support the High Resolution Camera (HRC) mission operation by providing insight into the flight performance of the HRC both through analysis and experiments with the flight instrument and the flight back-up HRC.