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|European ALMA Programme Scientist||Closing date: 2018-03-31
Contact: Pauline Conlon
|The European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world's most productive ground-based astronomical observatory. ESO carries out an ambitious programme focused on the design, construction and operation of powerful ground-based observing facilities enabling astronomers to make important scientific discoveries.
ESO operates three unique world-class observing sites in northern Chile and the ESO Headquarters are located in Garching, near Munich, Germany.
|For its Directorate for Science at the Headquarters in Garching near Munich, Germany, ESO is seeking a European ALMA Programme Scientist.
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 EA 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 and community days, 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 (ESAC) in coordination with the ALMA partners. Keep ALMA a prime ESO project;
* 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;
* Support the Head of EASC to ensure that the ALMA operations are efficient and satisfy the needs of the ESO scientific community;
* 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 Genera. Organise regular 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 Director for Science;
* Coordinate the ALMA Project Scientist at ESO, according to ESO?s scientific priorities;
* Ensure optimal communication between the ALMA Project Scientist and all programme/project stakeholders;
* 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.
As a member of the ESO Science Faculty, the European ALMA Programme Scientist is expected and encouraged to conduct (and pursue funding resources for) a world class research programme and foster collaborations within the Munich broader research area.
* At least ten years of experience as project scientist, project lead or equivalent within sub-mm scientific programmes or projects;
* Extensive experience in community liaison and/or community leadership;
* Several years of contributions to facility oversight and/or advisory structures;
* A strong record of personal research, demonstrating international recognition in sub-mm related research.
* 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;
* Outstanding communication and diplomatic skills, allowing to effectively communicate at all levels within the ALMA partnership and with the community.
Ph.D. in astronomy, physics or equivalent.
The position requires an excellent command of the English language. Additional knowledge of Spanish and/or other European languages would be an advantage.
Remuneration and Contract:
We offer an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary (income-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 day-care.
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, and as defined in the applicable policies and staff rules and regulations. For any further information, please visit:
For further details please review the full vacancy and apply online at http://jobs.eso.org/
Application deadline: 31 March 2018
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