CXC Opportunities


Vacancies for Technical Staff


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.


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.