CXC Opportunities


Vacancies for Technical Staff


23-23 Astrophysicist (Technical Assistant)

This is the position of Astrophysicist (Technical Assistant) in the Chandra X-ray Center (CXC) Data System Operations/Archives Group of the High Energy Astrophysics Division, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.


22-38 Science Software Developer (IT Specialist)

The Information Technology Specialist (Science Software Developer) is responsible for extending and maintaining the data reduction and analysis software for the Chandra X-ray Observatory. This includes supporting software development in Python, C++, and Java and working to design, develop and implement astronomical software in support of the Chandra mission.


22-55 Archive Developer

This is an opportunity with the Data Systems division of the Chandra X-ray Center, which is part of the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge MA. One of NASA’s Great Observatories, the Chandra X-ray telescope has been observing for over 20 years and continues to have a positive impact on the scientific understanding of the universe. We seek an Archive Developer for the archive group to contribute to the continued success of the mission.


Vacancies for Scientists


23-08 Astrophysicist

This is the position of Astrophysicist in the High Energy Astrophysics Division with the Chandra X-ray Center (CXC) at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. The employee will work within the Chandra Director's Office (CDO) in support of all aspects of CDO activities, and will also conduct research in the field of X-ray astronomy.


22-40 Astrophysicist (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow)

This is the position of Astrophysicist (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow) in the High Energy Astrophysics Division. The purpose of this position is to train postdoctoral researchers to conceive, plan and conduct highly specialized research in astrophysics. The incumbent will be expected to perform scholarly research, instrumentation in the lab, on sounding rockets, and on satellite payloads, plus participate in making contributions to the physical fields of science.


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.