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|European ALMA Programme Scientist ||Closing date: 2022-04-17
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|The European ALMA Programme Scientist serves as the primary contact between the ALMA Observatory, the European ALMA Support Centre and the European astronomical community with respect to the scientific capabilities, mission and exploitation of the ALMA facility.
S/he is responsible for ensuring that the European share of the observatory and its future development will enable ALMA to meet the scientific requirements. S/he monitors the scientific performance of ALMA operations and its compliance to what is required to carry out forefront science.
|S/he fosters high-level participation of the community to identify emergent areas of astronomical research and help promote their rapid development. This includes identifying strategies for the best scientific use through the development plan.
Together with the ALMA Observatory Scientist, the North American and East Asian Programme Scientists, s/he:
-is a member of the Integrated Science Team (see ALMA Management);
-helps to set scientific requirements and specifications for ALMA;
-reviews and monitors compliance with the scientific requirements and technical specifications in the various discipline areas.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
-Foster a high level of participation by the ALMA community;
-Organise workshops; support the European ALMA Regional Centre activities in disseminating information on ALMA and present ALMA in talks at conferences/institutes;
-Provide scientific guidance to ALMA operations in Europe through the European ALMA Support Centre (EASC) in coordination with the ALMA partners;
-Participate in the management of the EASC as a member of its management team, maintain scientific coordination on the development plan with the other ALMA partners, cultivate the strong relationship with the Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) necessary to influence its activities and priorities, and provide high-level European input to the scientific priorities of the ALMA development plan;
-Contribute to the development of the overall EASC policy, support the definition and execution of ESO internal ALMA development projects;
-Organise the European Scientific Advisory Committee (ESAC) and its meetings. ESAC is a sub-committee of ESO?s Science and Technology Committee (STC), advising the ESO Council and ESO Director General. Organise ESAC teleconferences, as needed, ensuring ESAC face-to-face meetings are as effective as possible, delivering necessary documentation on time ahead of the meetings and contributing to the STC meetings;
-Support the European members of ALMA Science Advisory Committee (ASAC), and support the STC as needed by the ESO Director for Science;
-Coordinate the ALMA Project Scientist at ESO, according to ESO's scientific priorities;
-Work as part of the ALMA Integrated Science Team, with the Observatory Scientist at JAO, to update and maintain the top-level ALMA science requirements;
-Advise the ESO Communications Department, alongside the Programme Scientists for VLT, VLTI and ELT, on the scientific merit of proposed press releases;
-Play an active role in ESO and the Directorate for Science (DSC), mentoring the Students and Fellows and helping provide an environment in which science and scientists can thrive; attend regularly and actively participate in various science meetings and in DSC group meetings; and
-Budget responsibility for a Directorate for Science-specific Work Package.
As a member of the ESO Astronomy Faculty, the European ALMA Programme Scientist is expected and encouraged to conduct a world class research programme and is encouraged to foster collaborations within the Munich broader research area.
Director for Science, in coordination with the Head of the European ALMA Support Centre.
Key Competences and Experience
Essential Competences and Experience:
-Outstanding scientific record, based on an extensive use of sub-mm resources, allowing him/her to develop and formulate a scientific vision for ALMA;
-Excellent leadership qualities, inspiring the community and ALMA Partners to support ALMA as a prime astronomical facility;
-Outstanding teamwork skills allowing him/her to work closely with the key stakeholders across the ALMA programme (in particular with the other ALMA Programme Scientists, the oversight and advisory committees, as well as the ESO and JAO leadership) and with the other ESO Programme Scientists for the greater good (and interaction) of ESO facilities;
-Expresses self in a clear, concise and structured manner;
-Able to set aside individual needs in support of the strategic and operational needs of ESO;
-Able to constructively suggest improvements to established ways of working to create positive change;
-Proposes original ideas and creative options; thinks ?outside the box?;
-Delivers work on time and to required standards, optimising resources as necessary and in line with budget;
-Outstanding communication and diplomatic skills, allowing to effectively communicate at all levels within the ALMA partnership and with the community;
-A strong record of personal research, demonstrating international recognition in sub-mm related research.
Desirable Competences and Experience:
-Experience as project scientist, project lead or equivalent within sub-mm scientific programmes or projects;
-Contributions to facility oversight and/or advisory structures;
-Experience in community liaison and/or community leadership.
Ph.D. in astronomy, physics or equivalent.
The position requires an excellent command of the English language, both oral and written. Additional knowledge of Spanish and/or other European languages would be an advantage.
If you are interested in working in areas of frontline technology and in a stimulating international environment, please visit (http://www.eso.org) for further details.
Applicants are invited to apply online at http://jobs.eso.org/. Applications must be completed in English and should include a motivation letter, CV containing a publication list with a research statement. Also required are the names and contact details of three scientists familiar with your work and willing to provide a recommendation letter. Referees will be automatically invited to submit a recommendation letter. However, applicants are strongly advised to trigger these invitations (using the web application form) well in advance of the application deadline.
Closing date for applications is 22 April 2022.
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