Staff Scientist

Updated: 11 months ago
Location: Pasadena, CALIFORNIA
Job Type: FullTime

Posting Details

Classification Information

Classification Scientific Research_BAL-IC-Senior
Exempt/Overtime Eligible Exempt

Position Information

Posting Number 16840SP
Division/Department Physics, Math and Astronomy-IPAC
Work Location (City, State or Country) Pasadena, Ca.
Functional Title Staff Scientist
Job Category Fulltime - Term
If position is parttime, how many hours per week?
If position is temporary, is it less than 3 months? No
Benefits Eligible? Yes
Relocation Available? No
Emergency Reporting Designation? Essential Non-Reporting
Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Employment Start Date 01/08/2018
Position End Date (if temporary) 01/11/2019
Anticipated Salary Range
Job Summary

Euclid is a European Space Agency (ESA) M-class mission to study the geometry and nature of the dark Universe. It is slated for launch in 2020. The Euclid mission has been optimized for the measurement of two probes sensitive to Dark Energy: (1) Weak Gravitational Lensing, and (2) Galaxy Clustering, including both Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations and Redshift Space Distortions. Euclid will consist of a 1.2m space telescope with two instruments: an optical camera for photometry and a near infrared (NIR) camera that does double duty as a photometer and a spectrometer. NASA will contribute 16 state-of-the-art infrared detectors for the NIR camera.

NASA has established the Euclid NASA Science Center at IPAC (ENSCI) in order to support US-based investigations using Euclid data. ENSCI will participate in the Euclid Consortium’s Science Ground Segment, providing algorithm and software development, participating in data quality assurance, and performing data processing. In addition, ENSCI will support the US research community by providing expert insight into the Euclid surveys, data processes, calibration, and products. For more details, see

ENSCI anticipates hiring a calibration scientist for a one year term appointment in 2018 to play a leading role in preparing for calibration of the Euclid instruments.

Job Duties

The successful applicant must be prepared to lead Euclid activities at the start of the appointment. Specific tasks will include:

  • Coordinating input to survey and calibration observing strategies.
  • Evaluating extraction and calibration methods for imaging and spectroscopy.
  • Collecting and disseminating knowledge of instrumental parameters and external data.
  • Developing strategies to ensure photometric consistency and repeatability.
  • Planning scientific validation.
  • Significant participation in meetings, tele- and video-conferences, together with travel to Euclid workshops in Europe is expected.
Basic Qualifications
  • PhD in Astrophysics or a related field.
  • At least 10 years of experience in infrared astronomy.
  • Extensive knowledge of the Euclid instrumental systematics and other sources of error is required.
  • Ability to work in an active team environment, including good written and verbal communication skills, is essential.
  • Ability to travel occasionally to workshops in Europe.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated experience with calibration planning for space missions that use near-infrared detectors and CCDs.
  • Current membership in the Euclid
Supervisory position? No

Posting Detail Information

Posting Open Date 07/10/2017
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
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