Operations Specialist

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Publish Date: 
Thursday, September 7, 2023
Archive Date: 
Thursday, November 2, 2023
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Chandra X-ray Observatory ACIS instrument team at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (MKI) is searching for a full-time Operations Specialist to support ACIS operations. Since its launch on July 23, 1999, the Chandra X-ray Observatory has been NASA’s flagship mission for X-ray astronomy, taking its place in the fleet of “Great Observatories”.  Chandra is designed to detect X-ray emission from very hot regions of the Universe such as exploded stars, clusters of galaxies, and matter around black holes. The Chandra Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer (ACIS), one of two focal plane instruments on Chandra, providing simultaneous high-resolution imaging and moderate-resolution spectroscopy.  MIT has had a major role in ACIS from conception to delivery and continues to support its successful operation.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Generation of commands to the ACIS instrument, primary responsibility for the command generation software suite
  • Review and verification of spacecraft command loads to ensure the proper ACIS configuration
  • Monitoring of the space radiation environment and safing the ACIS instrument when appropriate, and monitoring the health and safety of the ACIS instrument
  • Position requires close coordination with scientists and technical staff at MKI, at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory’s Chandra X-ray Center, and at NASA to maximize the scientific return of the ACIS instrument on the Chandra X-ray Observatory
  • Other duties as needed

REQUIRED:  B.Sc. or equivalent degree in an engineering or science field; two years of experience in astrophysics, aerospace engineering, or programming (may include experience gained as an undergraduate); familiarity with Linux command line and advanced UNIX shell commands and abilities; programming experience with multiple languages; ability to work in a team-based environment across all levels; ability to carry out duties independently, seeking input and advice as appropriate; and attention to detail.  PREFERRED:  familiarity with Perl programming, experience with NASA satellite operations, experience working with X-ray astronomy data, and knowledge of X-ray astronomy instruments.

Occasional night and weekend work will be required. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Employment is contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory background check at MIT.  Will be an affiliate of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory which also requires a satisfactory background investigation by SAO.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Current Status of Position: 
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