Data Management and Operations



Operations of astronomical data archives

Required Start Date

June 2015



Submission Deadline

7th November 2014


Technical Requirements


LSE Space is offering a PhD/post-doc position for an experienced Astronomer (m/f) fulfilling the task of

Data Management and Operations

for our customer near Munich.


Our customer builds and operates a suite of the world’s most advanced ground-based astronomical telescopes and operates astronomical data archives.


The main tasks of the position will be:

Archive Operations:

Archive operations are responsible for the handling, archiving and distribution of the astronomical data. The incumbent will be responsible for the daily operations activities of the data archives, i.e.

• Monitoring and troubleshooting of raw data transfer from the observatories and of

archive ingestion.

• Monitoring and troubleshooting of archive requests from the astronomical


• Delivery of media-based requests (shipment and recycling of hard disks).

• Public facing user support.

• Monitoring and troubleshooting of bulk data storage.

• Compilation of archive statistics.

• Collaboration with software development for troubleshooting and improvement of


• Notification of data availability to users.

• Support data migration to higher density media.


Database Content Management

The Database Content Management consists of managing and correcting the database content, ensuring that content is complete and consistent. Tasks performed are:

• Database content and structure change.

• Database synchronization between the ESO headquarter and the observatories.

• Verification of database content (monitoring day-to-day DB ingests; identification

of missing data, replication problems, access problems, etc.).

• Historical database updates (block repairs of known incorrect content, back-filling

of missing information, etc.).

• Maintenance of the toolkit for database content management, including


• Support for tests and installation of new databases and tools interacting with databases.


Archive Science Interfaces

The archive science interfaces allow the user community to access and explore ESO data. The services to be delivered in this area comprise:

• Implementation and maintenance of web-based interfaces for the astronomical

user community.

• Support of archive user enquiries focusing on archive interfaces.

• Support of the specification of new archive services.

Academic Requirements


·         A PhD in Astronomy

·         Proven experience with astronomical databases

Specific Requirements


Background information


A permanent employment contract.

Competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package.

Career path.



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.


You are looking for a challenging position in a very interesting, international environment? Then send your application preferably online (CV in Word format) to:

Andrée Scherschel (


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