J3277 INTEGRAL Operations Scientist



A great opportunity for a Science Operations engineer to support the gamma-ray astronomy mission, working onsite at ESAC for Telespazio VEGA UK.


To provide support to Integral Science Operations contributing to INTEGRAL Target of Opportunity activities, the Science Archive, support to the scientific data analysis software and instrument calibration.

Responsibilities / Duties

The successful candidates can expect to be involved in:

  • Generation of conflict free and optimized science instrument operations plan, timelines and command sequences.
  • Provide Target of Opportunity (ToO) on call service.
  • Coordinate of the release of Announcements of Opportunity for observing time, and provide support to the Project Scientist in the subsequent proposal peer review process by the Observing Time Allocation Committee.
  • Support to the set-up of calibration observations, including coordination with instrument teams or to engineering observations requested MOC.
  • Interact with the INTEGRAL Science Data Centre (ISDC) for the dissemination of data from the archive created and maintained at the ISDC.
  • Support to the Time Allocation Committee (TAC) and Project Scientist during the proposal evaluation process, e.g., by technical evaluation of proposals or serving as secretary for TAC panel meetings.
  • Interact with instrument teams, as requested in order to acquire and maintain instrument-specific knowledge at the SOC.

Tasks will include:

  • Contribution to INTEGRAL ToO activities especially linked to the detection and follow-up of electro-magnetic counterparts of Gravitational Wave and High Energy Neutrino events.
  • Support to the planning and development of the INTEGRAL Legacy Science Archive.
  • Maintenance of and support to the OSA scientific data analysis software and INTEGRAL instrument calibration
  • Provide second line support on helpdesk queries as requested.
  • Provide feedback to and attend appropriate working groups as needed.
  • Participate in internal and external group meetings as requested.
  • Provide feedback to users and promote the mission at scientific conferences, e.g., by presentations

Qualifications / Experience

  • University Master’s degree, or equivalent, in Physics, Astronomy or similar related discipline.
  • A good knowledge of Space Technologies and Astrophysics

Essential Skills

  • Experience of astronomical X-ray or Gamma-ray data analysis’
  • Expertise in the development and command of modern and commonly used scientific analysis software, ideally with applications in Space Science.
  • Good understanding of Scientific Operations of an international space-based observatory.
  • Excellent analytical and communication experience

Desirable Skills

  • Ability to attend meetings/conference/workshops and make presentations as requested.


  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Pro-active attitude to problem solving and customer focus
  • Comfortable in an international working environment
  • Fluent in written and spoken English

Further Details        

All roles within Telespazio VEGA have a defined closing date, however if a successful candidate is found before the advert expires the role will be closed early.  We would therefore advise any candidate to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Closing Date for applications is 1st November 2019.

Location of the position is ESAC, Spain.

To apply : Please send your CV and covering letter to careers@telespazio.com

By sending your CV to careers@telespazio.com you give your consent for Telespazio VEGA to hold and process your personal information for the purpose of the application.


Competitive Package covering salary, generous holiday allowance, training plan and more


In line with Asylum & Immigration Legislation, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the EU. Documented evidence of eligibility will be required from candidates as part of the recruitment process. Furthermore, in view of the nature of the work the company is in, all potential employees will undergo stringent reference and identity checks.

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