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NASA has done a good job implementing the recommendations of its latest planetary science decadal survey despite past budget problems, but needs to improve some programs, a recent report concluded.
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Chinese private launch vehicle maker OneSpace has secured $43.6 million in Series B financing as the company looks to its first orbital launch near the end of 2018.
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Exos Aerospace, a Texas company developing a reusable suborbital rocket, now plans to carry out a first flight of its vehicle in late August as it sets its sights on a follow-on orbital vehicle.
Mon, 13 Aug 2018 19:50:09 +0000
Viasat is still working on a medium-Earth-orbit satellite constellation idea revealed almost two years ago, but has not finalized what that system would look like, Mark Dankberg, CEO of Viasat, said Aug. 9.
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    Job Description
    TitleOperations & Community Support Scientist
    Job posted on09/08/2018
    LocationVillanueva de la Cañada, Madrid
    Contract typeAny
    Start dateimmediately
    Job Description

    Client and Location:

    For one of our main customers, ESA/ESAC, we are currently looking for an Operations and Community Support Scientist for ESAC’s XMM-Newton Mission.

    Tasks and Responsibilities:

    This position will include the following specific tasks:

    • Contribute to instrument calibration or scientific performance monitoring within team activities.

    • Development of new algorithms or shared scripts for scientific analysis.

    In addition to:

    Operations Scientist (50%):

    Optimisation to the observations of accepted proposals. 

    Support to the Observing Time Allocation Committee (OTAC): The OTAC reviews all incoming observation proposals and determines which observations should be assigned observing time, this service may involve provision of support to the Project Scientist and the OTAC in this process.

    Participation on the activities related to the systematic processing of all scientific mission data as they become available.

    Provision of scientific requirements of the pipeline products –following recommendations of the Project Scientist and Users Group- through the PPS Scientist and coordination and participation on the quality control of the pipeline products.

    Participation in the production and regular updating of the XMM-Newton source catalogues, in the definition of their content and scientific validation.

    Generation of conflict free and optimized science instrument operations plan, timelines and command sequences.

    Support the generation of procedures where relevant

    Target of Opportunity on call service

    Coordination of the release of Announcements of Opportunity for observing time, and provide support to the Project Scientist in the subsequent proposal peer review process by the Observing Time Allocation Committee.

    Support to the set-up of calibration observations, including coordination with instrument teams or to engineering observations requested MOC.

    Interact with instrument teams, as requested in order to acquire and maintain instrument-specific knowledge at the SOC.

    Provide second line support on helpdesk queries as requested.

    Participate in internal and external group meetings as requested, provide feedback to users and promote the mission at scientific conferences, e.g., by presentations.

    Community Support Scientist (50%): 

    Contribution to the SAS scientific validation and provision of occasional input to the SAS.

    Support to the Observing Time Allocation Committee (OTAC).

    Support the scientific community via preparation and maintenance of up to date documentation, web contents, help desk service manned in working time and preparation of data analysis and scientific workshops.

    Supporting observers/PIs in the optimization of their science programmes.

    Coordination of the release of Announcements of Opportunity for observing time, and support to the Project Scientist in the subsequent proposal peer review process by the Observing Time Allocation Committee and Optimisation to the observations of accepted proposals.

    Ensuring the scientific value of the pipeline and catalogue products is maintained and improved in agreement with the needs of the astronomical community, interfacing with the Project Scientist and Users’ Group/SWT.

    Support in organising and managing formal reviews, when needed, of scientific aspects  of the mission.

    Maintain user support documentation, as requested.

    Support the Project Scientist in outreach activities on request, e.g., by providing information on details of observing schedules or other data.


    Where it enhances the capability to support the user community, and only if other tasks permit, up to 20% of the work may involve original science research.


    Experience and education:

    At least a Science PhD or Master’s degree in related fields.

    At least 4 years of relevant experience

    High level of expertise in astronomical observations, preferably X-ray astronomy, to understand the needs and requirements of the XMM-Newton community for the planning and implementation of requested observations and to competently deal with community questions on these observations.

    Excellent command of commonly used generic analysis software, like IDL, or Python, and of X-ray astronomical data analysis software in particular, with preference to the XMM-Newton SAS, FTOOLs and XSPEC or similar, in order to competently interact with and support the community in their use of XMM-Newton data.

    High level of understanding of the tasks in scientific operations support for an international space- (or ground-) based observatory. Knowledge of the specifics of astronomical X-ray detectors, preferably those of XMM-Newton.

    High level of ability to interact with and provide support to users from a world-wide community and crossing multiple disciplines.

    Fluency in written and spoken English.


    About ATG Europe

    Today, ATG is recognized as a leading provider of specialized engineering, scientific and technical services to the European Aerospace. Our headquarters is located in Noordwijk, The Netherlands and we have subsidiaries in Germany and the UK and Ireland.

    ATG People is the key player in delivering highly educated personnel for R&D environments throughout Europe. We are continually recruiting experienced Engineers for exciting, full-time positions based at our customers. As an ATG Engineer, you will be working on very diverse missions and assignments. This opens up unique opportunities to be engaged in innovative projects and challenging you to perform to high standards and utilizing the full extent of your professional knowledge. We need you to complement our super star team!


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    Contact nameATG Recruitment Department
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