Deputy Archive astrophysicist job opportunity at the Chandra Data Archive

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14 Apr 2015

Deputy Archive astrophysicist job opportunity at the Chandra Data Archive

The Chandra Data Archive in the Chandra X-ray Center at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, MA (USA), is looking for an astrophysicist or Data Scientist to fill the position of Deputy Archive astrophysicist.

Two years from now the Lead Archive Astrophysicist hopes to be retired. In order to achieve a seamless transition, we are currently advertising the position of a Deputy Archive Astrophysicist who, if all works out, would be in a good position to apply for the job of Lead Archive Astrophysicist for the Chandra Data Archive (CDA) in the Chandra X-ray Center at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory at that time.

The emphasis for this position is on archive operations and representing the archive in the world of data repositories within and beyond SAO. The successful candidate will be expected to actively participate in the collaborative work of organizations like the Astrophysics Datacenters Executive Council (ADEC - the collaboration of NASA data centers), the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA), the US Virtual Observatory Alliance (USVOA, under the auspices of the AAS), the Research Data Alliance (RDA), as well as working with the Astrophysics Data System (ADS, at SAO) on bibliographic projects related to the CDA and with the Smithsonian Digitization Office on SI-wide digitization efforts.

Consequently, although the position is advertized as an Astrophysicist, Data Scientists may also qualify. The general requirements are a degree in astronomy, physics, mathematics, computer science, or data science; experience in data management and data archive architectures in the context of a research environment in the physical sciences; and research experience in any of the above mentioned fields. Knowledge of, and experience in, astrophysics will be valued, but may not be required, depending on other skills and qualifications.

More information about the Chandra Data Archive may be found at: http://cxc.cfa.harvard.edu/cda

Additional inquiries may be directed to arots[at]cfa.harvard.edu

Details on the position and the application process are posted at: https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/hr/postings/ under Posting #15-18