Open position for a software developer/scientist in the eROSITA team at Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching
The eROSITA project
The eROSITA telescope is the primary instrument on-board the Spectrum-Roentgen-Gamma (SRG) satellite which will be launched from Baikonur in June 2019 and placed in an L2 halo orbit. eROSITA will perform the first imaging all-sky survey in the X-ray energy range up to 10 keV. Its main science themes are Clusters of Galaxies and accreting Black Holes among others, contributing to such questions as cosmic structure evolution and the characterization of Dark Energy.
The eROSITA ground software
The eROSITA Science Analysis Software System (eSASS) consists of a collection of software tasks for pipeline processing, archiving, and managing the eROSITA data, and for providing an environment for performing an in-depth interactive analysis of the data. In part based on heritage from the XMM- Newton and ROSAT projects, eSASS is created by a team of developers located at MPE, Leibniz Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam, Remeis-Sternwarte Bamberg, and the National Observatory of Athens.
The successful candidate is expected to write and maintain application software for the eROSITA ground software system, participate in the operation of the standard eROSITA data analysis pipeline, including data quality assessment and user support, to participate in the eROSITA in-orbit calibration activities, and contribute to the eROSITA project via scientific data analysis. Ideally, candidates should have a Ph.D. in astrophysics and several years of experience in astronomical data analysis and application software writing. Candidates with prior knowledge of eROSITA or similar X-ray astronomy projects (Chandra, XMM-Newton, etc.) will be given preference.
The position is limited and will initially cover the time period until December 2020. Salaries are paid at German civil service rates (TVöD) depending on experience. The Max-Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
How to apply
Prospective applicants should send their Curriculum Vitae and any supporting material highlighting their coding experience to Hermann Brunner (firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: +49-89-30000-3574). The initial job selection deadline will be on June 30th. It is expected that offers will be made after the successful in-orbit operation of the eROSITA telescope has been established.