Vacancy Notice: ALMA Regional Centre Astronomer

Published: 20 Dec 2018
ALMA 8 dishes close view

For its ALMA Regional Centre at the Headquarters in Garching near Munich, Germany, ESO is opening the position of

ALMA Regional Centre Astronomer

The closing date for receipt of applications to be considered for the position is 4 February, 2019.  

The ALMA Regional Centre (ARC) department at ESO provides the interface between the European ALMA Users Community and the ALMA observatory in Chile. In collaboration with a network of ALMA Regional Centre nodes distributed throughout Europe, the ARC supports European ALMA users with the preparation of ALMA proposals and provides post-observation user support. Furthermore, it is involved in the operations of ALMA, and helps build tools for users and the observatory, etc.

The ARC is looking for an astronomer with a strong and active research profile. The ARC Astronomer will contribute to core ARC duties, and in particular to those related to user support tasks, such as providing expert assistance to ALMA users by staffing the ALMA Helpdesk and preparing PI observations. The post holder should have a strong interest in maximizing ALMA's science output through conducting expert user support and operations support tasks. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform general ARC duties which includes Helpdesk support, observation preparation, and quality assurance;
  • Contribution to Astronomer-on-Duty shifts in Chile; 
  • Actively participate in ARC Staff Meetings and other ARC/ALMA activities;
  • Proactively propose improvements of existing documentation/processes and suggest new methods to increase quality and efficiency of ARC services;
  • As a member of the ESO Astronomy Faculty, you will be expected and encouraged to conduct a strong personal research programme and to participate actively in the scientific life of ESO and interact with other parts of the wider organisation;
  • The tasks are not limited to the above and a flexible approach and willingness to adapt is required.

For more information, please see the full vacancy announcement on the ESO Recruitment Portal website.