ALMA Regional Centre Astronomer

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Publish Date: 
Friday, April 9, 2021
Archive Date: 
Friday, May 14, 2021
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Foreign
Institution/Company: 
European Southern Observatory
Street Line 1: 
Karl-Schwarzschildstr. 2
City: 
Garching near Munich
State/Province: 
Bavaria
Zip/Postal: 
85748
Country: 
Germany
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

The ALMA Regional Centre (ARC) department at ESO provides the interface between the European ALMA Users Community and the ALMA observatory in Chile. Its mission is: ​To achieve, promote, and provide high-caliber support to the ALMA user community and to ALMA Observatory global operations, including coordinated delivery of software. To provide quality-assured, high-quality data products for PIs and archive users, within target time-windows. To facilitate ALMA science performed by expert and non-expert users alike via coordination of user support.

The ARC is looking for an astronomer with a strong and active research profile in radio or millimetre astronomy. The ARC Astronomer will contribute to core ARC duties, and in particular to those related to the quality assurance of ALMA data delivered to European PIs. The post holder should have a strong interest in maximizing ALMA’s science output through conducting expert user support and operations support tasks and contributing to the development of efficient processes and tools.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Play a key role in the ALMA quality assurance process in Europe by performing both manual and pipeline reduction of interferometric and single dish data, and oversee reprocessing efforts;
  • Perform general ARC duties, including Helpdesk and Phase 2 support;
  • Perform Astronomer-on-Duty shifts in Chile;
  • Proactively propose improvements of existing processes and documentation, and suggest new methods to increase quality and efficiency of ARC services;
  • Contribute to the development of training material for ALMA users;
  • As an astronomer and member of the ESO Astronomy Faculty, you will be expected and encouraged to conduct a strong personal research programme and to participate actively in the scientific life of ESO and interact with other parts of the wider organisation;
  • The tasks are not limited to the above and a flexible approach and willingness to adapt is required.

Reports to:

The post holder reports to the Head of the ALMA Regional Centre (ARC) Department. The ARC is a department of currently 13 people and is part of the ESO ALMA Support Centre (EASC) division.

Key Competences and Experience

Essential Competences and Experience:

  • Several years of active astronomical research at least at postdoctoral level with a solid publication record

and continuing research activity in astronomy;

  • Knowledge of astronomical radio/millimetre observing techniques and data analysis;
  • Experience in the use of large observing facilities and an understanding of their operations concepts;
  • Excellent cross-disciplinary communication skills both oral and written;
  • Effective and committed team player with ability to build effective links across different teams;
  • Pro-active approach to contribute ideas for improvement and future developments;
  • Excellent organisational and time-management skills;
  • Flexibility in adapting to changes of requirements and priorities as well as of assignments;
  • Open and friendly attitude to interact with a variety of users.

Desirable Competences and Experience:

  • Familiarity with CASA;
  • Knowledge of single-dish observing and data reduction as well as experience with array combination;
  • Ability to and experience of working efficiently within an international and multi-cultural environment both independently and within a team.

Qualifications:

Essential educational level: Ph.D in Astronomy, Physics or equivalent

Language Skills:

The position requires an excellent working knowledge of English.

Included Benefits: 

Remuneration and Contract:

We offer an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary (tax free), comprehensive pension scheme and medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial help in relocating your family and the possibility to place your child/children in daycare.

ESO aims to support members of personnel in maintaining a good work-life balance (https://www.eso.org/public/jobs/conditions/intstaff/#work-life-balance) between their professional and private life. ESO is also committed to offering family-friendly support (https://www.eso.org/public/jobs/conditions/intstaff/#family-friendly-support), creating a work environment and policies which allow staff to balance their professional and private responsibilities through flexible working arrangements and financial support for families.

The contract is for a fixed term duration of three years, and is subject to successful completion of the probation period. There is a possibility of extension(s) subject to individual performance and organisational requirements as defined in the applicable policies and staff rules and regulations. For any further information, please visit https://www.eso.org/public/jobs/conditions/intstaff/. Please note that the contract policy and in particular the regulations concerning fixed-term and indefinite contracts are currently under review which may lead to changes in the contractual conditions applicable to this position.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, May 10, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, July 10, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Human Resources
Title: 
ALMA Regional Centre Astronomer
Institution/Company: 
European Southern Observatory
Street Line 1: 
Karl-Schwarzschildstr. 2
City: 
Garching near Munich
State/Province: 
Bavaria
Zip/Postal Code: 
85748
Country: 
Germany
Email: 
vacancy@eso.org
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
2021_0004
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