CXC Opportunities


Vacancies for Technical Staff


19-63 IT Specialist (APPSW)

The ADS built a highly scalable and feature-rich platform using a modern development stack: a custom build of the open-source search engine Solr, a highly responsive UI engineered on top of React, a high performance distributed brokerage system, and cloud-based hosted services with Kubernetes in Amazon Web Services. The primary programming languages are Python, Java, and JavaScript. The employee is a highly-motivated system developer experienced in administering key components of software infrastructure, including search engines, relational databases, and cloud-based microservices. The developer is part of a small, agile team of talented, like-minded individuals who are solving difficult problems as a team.


19-69 IT Specialist (APPSW)

This is the position of Information Technology Specialist (APPSW) in the NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) Project, High Energy Astrophysics Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. The ADS maintains an API and rich web client which provides access to a database of scholarly publications containing more than 13 million carefully curated records. Our web client is used daily worldwide by professional astronomers, librarians, students, and the general public.


19-76 Astrophysicist (Technical Assistant)

This is the position of Astrophysicist (Technical) in the Data Systems (DS) division of the Chandra X-ray Center (CXC), which is part of the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. The employee will undertake a significant role in the CXC, working with CXC science and IT specialist staff to maximize the scientific return of the data obtained by the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Duties: The employee reports to the Chandra X-ray Center Data System (CXCDS) manager, and provides scientific coordination of, and input to, the design, development, and integration of software to support the CXC's scientific fitting data analysis package and other scientific software supported by the group. The employee is expected to conduct a program of research in the area of x-ray astronomy and high energy astrophysics with Chandra and other observatories.


Vacancies for Scientists


No current vacancies.


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.