News 2012

17/12/2012

New tracking station ready for service
A new satellite tracking station at Malargüe, Argentina, will be formally inaugurated tomorrow, completing the trio of deep-space stations. Joining DSA 1 (New Norcia, Australia) and DSA 2 (Cebreros, Spain), DSA 3 Malargüe provides the final leg in 360° circumferencial coverage for deep-space probes. The three DSA stations are equipped with 35 m-diameter parabolic dishes that provide the increased range and data transmission speed required for present and future exploration missions, like Gaia. More information at the ESA web pages.

21/11/2012

Post doc position at the Leiden Observatory (The Netherlands)
Leiden Observatory invites applications for a postdoctoral research position to work on the development and implementation of the Gaia photometric data processing algorithms. The appointment will be for two years initially, but can be extended for a total of 3 years. The application review process will begin January 2, 2013 and will continue until the position has been filled. For more information, visit the following web page.

20/11/2012

Young Graduate Trainee (YGT) opportunity in Gaia for 2013
ESA is offering a one-year training contract to recent graduates to work in the area of "Making Gaia see one billion stars (and more ...)". The successful applicant will be based at ESTEC (The Netherlands) and will work in the Gaia Project Scientist Support Team. An overview of the Young Graduate Trainee programme is available online. The full list of training opportunities is available here while details for this position are available here. The deadline for applications is 16 December 2012.

19/11/2012

DPAC CU9 AO
ESA solicits through the present Announcement of Opportunity (AO) proposals for the provision of the Archive Access Co-Ordination Unit (CU9) in the Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC). The deadline for proposal submission is 10 January 2013. For more information, visit the Science & Technology web pages.

15/11/2012

Postdoc positions related to Gaia-ESO Survey (Cambridge, Heidelberg and Oxford)
Several postdoctoral positions related to the Gaia-ESO Survey itself, and its science case more generally, have become available through ERC funding. These positions are available at the Institute of Astronomy (up to five researchers), MPIA (three positions), and the University of Oxford (two posts). The application's deadline is 1st week of January 2013. More information on the vacancies at Cambridge, Heidelberg and Oxford is available online.

31/10/2012

Giant tracking station readies for operation
One of the world's most sophisticated satellite tracking stations is nearing inauguration in Malargüe, Argentina, 1000 km west of Buenos Aires. The new station will ensure reliable communications with missions like Gaia. Pictures and more information can be found at the ESA web pages.

30/10/2012

Launcher separation test and Payload Module acceptance vibration tests completed
Two more important test campaigns have been completed, taking Gaia closer to launch readiness. The operation of the mechanism that will separate the spacecraft's Service Module from the upper stage of its launcher has been verified and acceptance level vibration testing of the Payload Module has been successfully concluded. Pictures and more information can be found at the ESA Sci-Tech web pages.

26/10/2012

Release of the new issue of the DPAC Newsletter
The DPAC Newsletter no. 18 is now available and there you will find information about RVS and how all the related issues have been fixed, the Gaia intermediate data releases, or the teams in Bordeaux and Catania. For more information, visit the following link.

23/10/2012

Gaia outreach videos
Several outreach videos explaining the overall concept and design of the Gaia mission are now available (in English, Spanish and Catalan). They describe the Spanish contribution to the mission from the industrial and scientific point of view.

09/10/2012

Postdoctoral research associate at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (Heidelberg)
The Gaia group at the MPIA has a vacancy for a postdoc to work on the development and application of data mining algorithms to the Gaia data. The successful candidate will be responsible for model development, implementation and analysis of Gaia data. The application deadline is 1 December 2012. For more details see the link to the full advert at http://www.mpia.de/Gaia/.

17/09/2012

Payload Module ready for thermal testing
Integration of the Flight Model of the Gaia Payload Module has been completed. It has undergone acceptance vibration testing; thermal balance and thermal vacuum testing will be carried out towards the end of this year. Pictures and more information can be found at the ESA Sci-Tech and ESA Space Science web pages.

10/09/2012

Service Module thermal testing completed
Gaia's Service Module has successfully passed a gruelling test to prove it can withstand the extreme temperatures it will experience in space when it is launched next year. Pictures and more information can be found at the ESA Sci-Tech and ESA Space Science web pages.

17/08/2012

Gaia brochure
ESA Publications have published the brochure Gaia: ESA's Galactic Census. It is available through the following link.

20/07/2012

Release of the new issue of the DPAC Newsletter
The DPAC Newsletter no. 17 is now available and there you will find information about the period analysis of variable objects in Gaia, the different ways to see double stars that seem single or the Gaia teams at DPCT (Italy) or the Leibniz-Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (Germany). For more information, visit the following link.

16/07/2012

Vacancy notice: Research associate/Software engineer at the Lohrmann Observatory, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Lohrmann Observatory invites applications for a position to work in the field of astrometric solution for Gaia. Depending on the qualification and personal interests of the candidate the work can be focused either on software development or on physical and mathematical aspects of the algorithms. The evaluation of the applications will start on 15 August 2012, but later applications will be considered until a suitable candidate is identified.

06/07/2012

Gaia Phased Array Antenna delivered and integrated
The Phased Array Antenna has been delivered and integrated onto the Service Module. Pictures and more information can be found at the ESA Sci-Tech web pages.

05/07/2012

Vacancy notice: Position for a Research Associate at the Institute of Astronomy (Cambridge)
The Gaia team at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge has a vacancy for a research associate, to assist in the developments of the photometric data processing software, including flux-based science alerts. The deadline for applications is 24 August 2012. Details can be found at the following link.

02/07/2013

Gaia Phased Array Antenna in test chamber
The 1.5m diameter antenna that Gaia will use to send the science data to Earth has been tested at the EADS CASA facilities (Madrid, Spain). More information can be found at the ESA corporate web pages.

28/06/2012

Vacancy notice: Position for a Research Engineer at the Observatory of Paris (Meudon)
The selected candidate will be responsible for the coordination unit CU6 (Spectroscopic Processing). S/he will define methods to process astronomical spectroscopic data, develop Java software, define specifications and design, documentation. The deadline for applications is 26 July 2012. For more information, visit the following link.

29/05/2012

Vacancy notice: Position for a scientific collaborator in Geneva
CU7/DPCG has a vacancy for a scientific collaborator to contribute to the development and validation of algorithms for the analysis of photometric and radial velocity times series of astronomical sources. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2012. For more information, visit the following document.

22/05/2012

Vacancy notice: Position for a software engineer (Java) in Geneva
CU7/DPCG has a vacancy for a software engineer to work on the software development for the processing of the variability data. The deadline for applications is 30 May 2012. For more information, visit the following web page.

04/05/2012

Release of the new issue of the DPAC Newsletter
The DPAC Newsletter no. 16 is now available and there you will find information about the progress made in AGIS, the DPAC processing system or the Gaia teams at GEPI (France) or the Konkoly Observatory (Hungary). For more information, visit the following link.

11/04/2012

Basic Angle Monitor delivered for integration
The protoflight models of the two Basic Angle Monitor (BAM) Opto-Mechanical Assembly (OMA) bars have been delivered to the spacecraft Prime Contractor and are being prepared for integration into the Payload Module. For more information and pictures, visit the ESA Science & Technology web site.

07/03/2012

Vacancy notice: Gaia software developer at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)
The Institute of Astronomy at the KU Leuven has a vacancy for a software developer to work on the analysis of the variable stars that will be observed by Gaia. The deadline for applications is 20 March 2012. For more information, visit the following web page.

22/02/2012

Vacancy notice: Gaia position for an engineer/postdoc at the Observatory of Paris (Meudon)
GEPI / Observatory of Paris has a vacancy for a postdoc/engineer to work on the software conception and development for the processing of astronomical spectroscopic data. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2012. For more information, visit the following web page.

03/02/2012

Release of the new issue of the DPAC Newsletter
The DPAC Newsletter no. 15 is available from early this week and there you will find information about some DPAC participating institutes like the one in Slovenia, the alignment between the VLBI and Gaia frames or the modelling of the RVS background signal arising from point sources. For more information, visit the following link.

31/01/2012

Open vacancy for a Java software developer at ARI Heidelberg
ARI/ZAH has a vacancy for a Java software developer till end of 2013. The position starts early/mid 2012; the precise time can be negotiated. The successful applicant will work on the preparation of the scientific data processing for the Gaia astronomy mission of the European Space Agency ESA, due for launch in late 2013. More details can be found in the following link.

31/01/2012

Open vacancy for a Gaia-related postdoc at ARI Heidelberg
ARI/ZAH has a vacancy for a two- to three-year postdoctoral position to do Gaia-related research and to contribute to the Gaia mission preparation. The position starts early/mid 2012; the precise time can be negotiated. More details can be found in the following link.


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