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09/02/2018 Opening for a computer scientist or astrophysicist at ZAH in Heidelberg, Germany

The Gaia group in Heidelberg seeks a computer scientist or an astrophysicist for a position at the Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg (ZAH), Germany. Gaia is a space observatory of the European Space Agency (ESA) which compiles a 3D space catalogue of more than one billion stars, i.e. roughly 1% of the stars in our Milky Way. The ZAH operates a partner data center hosting the first two Gaia data releases.

The successful applicant will maintain and expand the services offered by the Heidelberg Gaia data center; this, in particular, comprises the database service based on the ARI/CDS TAP library implementing the Virtual Observatory Table Access Protocol. Service developments should support the scientific exploitability of the Gaia results. This will in particular include coding in several programming and scripting languages (C, java, python, \dots) as well as the design and extension of database systems. The job will include intensive cooperation with local and international partners.

The applicant should have
- at least a Master's degree or equivalent in either physics, astrophysics, or computer science,
- solid skills in software development and knowledge about database systems,
- preferably solid knowledge of at least one field of astronomy,
- proficiency in English and preferably German.

The position is for a fixed term until the end of 2020. Please send your applications to Stefan Jordan,  in one pdf file.  Please include (links to) samples of code you have written. For further information, send mail to the address above or call +49 (0)6221 54 1842. The application deadline is March 15, 2018.

More information on this job position can be found here.

25/01/2018 Gaia Data Release 2 Update

ESA and the Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium are happy to announce the date and contents of Gaia DR2. In three months time, on 25 April 2018, more than a billion parallaxes, proper motions and photometric fluxes will be made public. Accompanied with millions of radial velocities and astrophysical parameters, hundreds of thousands of variable star light curves and epoch astrometry of more than thirteen thousand asteroids, Gaia DR2 will be a major occasion for astronomers.

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08/12/2017 Release of a German Gaia stamp

Yesterday, on 7 December 2017 at 11:00 a German "Gaia-satellit" stamp was released along with a stamp on gravitational waves. Enjoy the fun sending Gaia stamps from Germany! Read more on the event and the special Gaia postcards here.

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