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Research Scientist - Chandra X-ray Science Center
  • Job Number: 15326
  • Functional Area: Research - Scientific
  • Department: Kavli Inst for Astrophysics & Space Rsrch
  • School Area: Science
  • Employment Type: Full-Time
  • Employment Category: Exempt
  • Visa Sponsorship Available: Yes
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Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

RESEARCH SCIENTIST, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (MKI), to join the Chandra X-ray Science Center (CXC), whose primary objectives are to assure high quality data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory and to monitor and support the Chandra observing program.  Responsibilities will include a wide variety of activities relevant to the use of the Chandra dispersive and imaging spectrometers (High and Low Energy Transmission Gratings) and CCD arrays (ACIS).  This involves developing detailed knowledge of the CCD and grating instrumental design, event detection and processing, and imaging and dispersive spectroscopy, all in the photon-counting regime.  Support work may require simulating observations, prototyping new analysis procedures, curating spectral catalogs, or defining and testing calibration products.  Results must be written as formal specifications used to guide and document implementation into the CIAO data analysis system and calibration database.  Will interact closely with the MIT and Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory CXC staff scientists and programmers in carrying out these responsibilities.  Will also be expected to pursue an independent research program that includes high-resolution X-ray spectroscopic studies in areas of current activity by the MIT/CXC staff and involvement in developing new X-ray instruments and missions.

Job Requirements
REQUIRED: Ph.D. in physics or astrophysics; demonstrated capability for independent research; relevant experience in areas of space astronomy, X-ray astronomy, X-ray spectroscopy, and/or the physics of high temperature plasmas; and a record of scientific publication. Experience with experimental physics or astronomy instrumentation, analysis, and calibration highly desirable.  Preference will be given to those with a demonstrated record of X-ray spectral analysis and modeling of astrophysical sources with imaging or dispersive spectrometers.  Job #15326

In addition to applying online via the MIT website, applicants should submit their resumes and arrange to have three letters of reference sent to  Dr. David Huenemoerder ( by January 31, 2018.  


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