Director, Chandra X-ray Center, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory - JRID46943

Submission Dates
Archive Date: 
December 31, 2013
Deadline to Apply for Job: 
January 3, 2014
Job Details
Job Category: 
Science Management
Institution/Company Name: 
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
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Submission Address for Resumes/CVs
Attention To: 
Judy Gallagher
Human Resources Specialist
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Job Announcement Text: 

The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) invites applications for the position of Director of the Chandra X-ray Center (CXC). Located in Cambridge, MA, SAO hosts the Chandra X-ray Center which operates the Chandra X-ray Observatory for NASA and the scientific community, organizing the observations, processing the data, and distributing it along with analysis tools to scientists world-wide. The successful candidate will be responsible for directing CXC activities and staff, and acting to insure the health and safety of the Observatory while maximizing its scientific return.

As CXC Director, the incumbent provides scientific and administrative leadership while directing an organization of approximately 200 people with a budget of approximately $55 million per year. The CXC Director and/or his/her immediate staff are the primary points of contact between the Chandra mission and the astronomical community, including but not limited to proposal solicitation and peer review, Target of Opportunity and Director Discretionary Time requests, documentation and help desk services, and other similar interactions.

As a senior astrophysicist, the successful applicant will conduct basic research, at the highest level in the field of x-ray astronomy and oversee the activities of CXC scientists in the same or related fields.

For detailed information about this position, the online application procedures and the name of a point of contact, please visit: To receive full consideration, applications are to be submitted by  3 January 2014.

SAO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Included Benefits: 

The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of benefits. To learn more of our benefits, please visit: