Science Engineer for test and calibration activities for the IXPE satellite

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, November 3, 2017
Archive Date: 
Friday, December 1, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Engineering
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Laboratory
Institution/Company: 
INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Cagliari
Street Line 1: 
via della Scienza 5
City: 
Selargius
State/Province: 
Cagliari
Zip/Postal: 
09047
Country: 
Italy
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

A call is open for the assignment of one postdoctoral research grant of the duration of 1 year, with a possible extension, entitled: “Test and calibration activities for the Scientific Instrument onboard IXPE”. The selection will be carried out on the basis of the applicants’ qualifications, possibly integrated by an interview.

IXPE (Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer) is a NASA SMall EXplorer (SMEX) mission approved in January 2017. The IXPE collaboration includes the Italian Space Agency (ASI), the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) and the Roma Tre University.

IXPE will launch in April 2021 to perform polarization measurements of celestial sources emitting at X-rays with unprecedented detail, more than forty years after the last orbital polarimeter onboard the OSO-8 satellite. Data collected in the first two years of the mission will allow to deeply investigate the nature of the X-ray emission from accreting black holes, pulsars and neutron stars in binary systems.

The Italian collaboration, including Cagliari Astronomical Observatory (OAC), is responsible for the scientific instrument on board IXPE, comprising the onboard computer and the detectors.

In this context, the post-doc will be involved in the following activities:

  • Integration, Testing and Calibration of the instrument;
  • Development of the Ground Software Pipeline supporting tests and calibration during the instrument development phase;
  • Development of the Ground Software Pipeline for data analysis during the operational phase;
  • Development of performance models (sensitivity, dead time, energy resolution).

Further questions on the scientific project can be addressed to Alessio Trois (e-mail: ixpe.oac@oa-cagliari.inaf.it).

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$28000.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$28000.00 (USD)
Compensation Notes: 
The salaries above are quoted after taxes
Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 1, 2017
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Alessio Trois
Institution/Company: 
INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Cagliari
Street Line 1: 
via della Scienza 5
City: 
Selargius
State/Province: 
Cagliari
Zip/Postal Code: 
09047
Country: 
Italy
Email: 
ixpe.oac@oa-cagliari.inaf.it
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Alessio Trois
Subject: 
Inquiries about IXPE position
Email: 
ixpe.oac@oa-cagliari.inaf.it