Senior Researcher in High Energy Astrophysics - DTU Space

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The Division for Astrophysics and Atmospheric Physics at DTU Space is hiring a Senior Researcher in the field of high-energy astrophysics with an emphasis on operation, calibration, software development, and scientific exploitation of X-ray satellite data. You will work within our INTEGRAL/JEM-X instrument team alongside the Compact Objects and Transient Phenomena group. You will engage in the daily to weekly monitoring of new data, both scientific and instrumental. Any prior experience with INTEGRAL instruments and its calibration is an advantage.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The candidate will work in close collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and ISDC Data Centre for Astrophysics to maintain reliable results from the JEM-X instrument for the benefit of the INTEGRAL mission and its scientific data users till the end of the mission. There will be time for independent research activities such as publishing scientific results on X-ray binaries using the current and past X-ray missions like INTEGRAL, NuSTAR, NICER, AstroSat, XRISM, Chandra, XMM-Newton, Suzaku, etc.

Your primary tasks will include:

  • Operational support for the JEM-X detector energy calibration, so as to maintain the quality of spectral data and flux measurements, by regularly updating the Instrument model files based on Crab calibration data.
  • Contribute to a JEM-X archive for Legacy products maintained by the ESA Science Data Centre at ESAC, Spain, as well as the scientific and outreach platform ESASky .
  • Scientific research projects under our Compact Object and Transient Phenomena group with a main focus on the understanding of extreme processes around compact objects.
  • Collaboration with international research groups and publish research findings in recognized international peer-reviewed journals
  • Present your research at national/international conferences
  • Attract external funding for your research field
  • You will contribute to supervision of BSc, MSc, and PhD student projects

You must contribute to teaching at the Department. DTU employs two working languages: Danish and English. You are expected to be fluent in at least one of these languages, and in time are expected to master both.

As a formal qualification you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding a position as a researcher or postdoc. To be appointed as a senior researcher, you must have completed a didactic/pedagogic education. If you do not have the necessary education, then it is possible to complete this requirement within a period of two years of appointment.

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Research experience 
  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research vision and potential
  • International impact and experience 
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. 

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Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Jérôme Chenevez, tel.: +45 4525 9703.

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 23 November 2023 (23:59 Danish time)

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply now", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • Vision for teaching and research 
  • CV including employment history, list of publications indicating scientific highlights, H-index and ORCID (see )
  • Teaching portfolio  including documentation of teaching experience 
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

You can learn more about the recruitment process here .

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

In the Astrophysics and Atmospheric Division, current focus areas cover the large-scale structure of the universe, accretion onto compact objects and transient phenomena, exoplanets, upper atmosphere physics, and cosmo-climatology as well as the development of high energy such as X-ray and gamma ray instruments. Our division contributes to a number of currently flying (INTEGRAL, NuSTAR, NICER) and future (ATHENA, STROBE-X, THESEUS) X-rays as well as gravitational wave (LISA) missions. We also support the operational maintenance of the X-ray instruments that we have contributed to develop. 

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