CXC Opportunities


Vacancies for Technical Staff


20-21 IT Specialist (APPSW)

The IT Specialist (APPSW)is responsible for extending and maintaining the archive functionality for the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and to support archive operations as part of the software team that supports the mission. This includes supporting software development in C++ and Java and interacting with relational databases using SQL/rDBMS. The system includes web components, JEE application servers, and scripted modules, all working in a UNIX environment.


20-43 IT Specialist (SYSADMIN/NETWORK)

Install, maintain and troubleshoot desktop, server and networking equipment. Monitor and troubleshoot system elements to ensure that problems are discovered and resolved in a timely manner. Evaluate OCC computing needs and network performance. Plan new services and expanded roles for the network. Design and implement network improvements. Provide user support. Serve as point of contact for OCC computer users requiring assistance or instruction in the use of the OCC local area network. Write utilities and scripts to improve the user experience.


Vacancies for Scientists


20-40, 20-41 Federal Director, Chandra X-Ray Center

This is the position of Director, Chandra X-ray Center (CXC) with High Energy Astrophysics, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. The incumbent is responsible for directing CXC activities and staff so as to maximize the scientific return of the Chandra X-ray Observatory, one of NASA's Great Observatories.


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.