Job Advertisement: Closing Date 26th July 2012
HFI Instrument Support Scientist, Planck [J 2499]
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Please state where you saw this advert and the job code number (J2499).
You will have a PhD in astronomy and be capable of undertaking astronomical
research within the scientific objectives of Planck.
The main tasks of the Planck Science Office (PSO) are:
* Detailed specification (in collaboration with the Data Processing Centre
(DPC) and the Planck Science Team) of the data products to be generated from
* Monitoring of the proper implementation of the data reduction activities
carried out at the DPCs. In particular, verification that the level of
coordination between the two DPCs is sufficient to guarantee an integrated
final set of data products.
* Full responsibility in the requirement specification and implementation
follow-up of the Planck Legacy Archive (PLA)
* Release of the PLA to the Scientific Community and provision of
Responsibilities / Duties
* Support to the mission planning activities of the PSO
* Scientific reporting on instrument operations
* Preparation and maintenance of the Instrument Calibration Handbook.
* Preparation and maintenance of the Instrument Data handbook.
* Day-to-day interface between the DPC and the PSO for all that concerns
data reduction and calibration of the instrument. Also, Coordination of
DPC-to-DPC data exchange.
* Participation in the specification of reduction and/or calibration
algorithms required to optimise the processing of instrument data.
* Understanding of all aspects of the development and operations of the
scientific data processing pipelines.
* Analysis of calibration data with a view to refine and upgrade the
calibration files used to pipeline-process all Planck data
* Contribution to the preparation of the Archive ICD.
* Definition and maintenance of the systematic Quality Control procedures
to be applied to all instrument data
* Support the validation of the products to be ingested into the Archive.
* Assessment of product quality and archival of scientific products and
* Cooperation with the Archive Scientists in the Archive implementation
* Support to the Archive Acceptance testing and any related validation
* Support the Planck legacy Archive Help Desk.
Qualifications / Experience
PhD in astronomy or equivalent
The service to be provided requires experience in:
* Space experiments
* Testing, operation, and calibration of scientific instruments
* Development of data analysis software programs
* Strong communication and co-ordination skills
* Comfortable working with a team of people, taking a proactive
leadership role as necessary
It is also considered a requirement that an active involvement in
astronomical research in one of the areas within the scientific objectives of
Planck is fulfilled. As such an understanding of the relevant scientific issues
The incumbent should be comfortable in an international working environment
and be fluent in English, one of the official languages of ESA and be
willing to travel.
All roles within Telespazio VEGA have a defined closing date, however if
a successful candidate is found before the advert expires the role will be
closed early. We would therefore advise any candidate to apply as early
as possible to avoid disappointment.
Closing Date for applications is Thursday 26 July 2012
Location of the position is Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package including holiday,
life assurance and a contributory pension scheme are offered to the
In line with Asylum & Immigration Legislation, all applicants must be
eligible to live and work in the EU. Documented evidence of eligibility will be
required from candidates as part of the recruitment process. Furthermore,
in view of the nature of the work the company is in, all potential employees
will undergo stringent reference and identity checks.
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