Open scientist position to work for the User Support Group of ESA’s X-ray mission XMM-Newton

Quasar is looking for a scientist to work for the XMM-Newton Users Support Group (USG).

The scientists working in the XMM-Newton Users Support Group (USG) support the scientific users of the mission from proposal submission until they analyse their data for scientific interpretation.

In general terms, the candidate will be required to support any of the following tasks:

  • Support to the Observing Time Allocation Committee (OTAC)
  • Optimisation of observations of accepted proposals
  • Maintenance of user support documentation and helpdesk service
  • Long-term and or short-term mission planning
  • The scheduling process and the scheduling of Targets of Opportunity
  • Calibration and monitoring of the scientific instruments as well as cross calibration between instruments of different X-ray instruments
  • To perform scientific research using available scientific tools
  • Participation and organization of scientific conferences
  • Management of Social Media


      • Scientist
      • Education level: PhD
      • Experience: Normal

      Specific Qualification Requirements,

      Ph.D. or equivalent in astrophysics, physics or mathematics or related field.

      Specific capabilities are required in the following areas,

      Suitable candidates should have experience in the support of astronomical observatories (space-based or ground-based), in areas such as scheduling of observations, user support and operations. Knowledge of astrophysical X-ray data analysis techniques and tools will be a distinct advantage, as will a good record in high-energy astronomical research. Good computing skills, preferably in the Unix environment, are also required.

      The candidate will be located at ESAC in Villafranca del Castillo and it is expected to start at the beginning of September 2023.

      Interested candidates please send a CV to:

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