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.
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