European ARC Announcements

European ARC Announcements are provided by ESO and the European ALMA Nodes that together make up the European ALMA Regional Centre Network.

Netherlands ALMA Community Day – ALMA Data Reduction Training Day

Published: 29 Nov 2016

Allegro, the European ALMA Regional Center node in the Netherland, is organizing a science day on Thursday March 2, 2017, at Leiden
Observatory. For those interested, ALMA data reduction training with CASA will be offered on Friday March 3 at Allegro. You can indicate your interest on the event registration page linked above.

UK ALMA "Bring Your Own Data" Workshop

Published: 29 Nov 2016

The UK ARC Node held its first  "Bring Your Own Data workshop" at Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (UoM campus) from 21-25 November. The focus of the workshop was to explore and to work on either own ALMA data or archival data with the assistance of UK ARC Node personnel and ARC Node computing resources.

ALMA Pipeline Processing Analysts

Published: 16 Nov 2016

The ALMA Regional Centre (ARC) at ESO is looking for two ALMA Pipeline Processing Analysts to help with the quality assurance procedure and participate in the commissioning of the ALMA data reduction pipeline.

The deadline for this vacancy is 15 December 2016.

ESO Engineering and Technology Research Fellowships – 2017

Published: 15 Nov 2016

A strong Research and Development (R&D) programme is at the core of ESO's mission to build and operate state-of-the-art facilities for the advancement of astronomical research. Following the framework of the prestigious Fellowship Programme, ESO is awarding one postdoctoral fellowship to an outstanding early-career young researcher in engineering or technical disciplines to further develop her/his independent research programme by joining one of the on-going projects.

Second Announcement of the ALMA Band 1 Science Workshop

Published: 02 Nov 2016

Second Announcement of the ALMA Band 1 Science Workshop
ASIAA, Taipei, (Taiwan), 16-18 January 2017

The ALMA Band 1 Science Workshop will take place at the ASIAA (Academia Sinica, Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics) in Taipei (Taiwan) from January 16 to 18 2017. It will consist of a few invited talks on the main scientific goals of ALMA Band 1, plus contributed talks. We also plan to have poster sessions. The ALMA Band 1 Science workshop will provide the first opportunity to show the exciting new science ALMA Band 1 can deliver and to start preparing for the first observing proposals in the ALMA lowest frequency band.

For more information please go to

JAO external vacancy: ALMA Post-Doctoral Fellow

Published: 27 Oct 2016

ALMA Post-Doctoral Fellow
OSF, San Pedro de Atacama

The JAO is offering a postdoctoral fellowship position to join the ALMA science operations group in Santiago, Chile. The ALMA Postdoctoral Fellow will be appointed for a period of three years and will spend 50% of his/her time dedicated to personal scientific research. The remaining time will be spent in support of ALMA operations, including observing at the ALMA Operations Support Facility (OSF) near San Pedro de Atacama for hands-on interaction with the telescope.

The deadline for this vacancy is 30 December 2016.

Getting Ready for ALMA Band 5 – Synergy with APEX/SEPIA

Published: 18 Oct 2016

ESO Workshop, Garching, Germany, 1–3 February 2017

The frequency range from 160 to 210 GHz covered by ALMA Band 5 is one of the least explored to date. This band is expected to be offered in ALMA Cycle 5, but has already been extensively used in the SEPIA instrument on APEX since 2015. Important science topics covered by Band 5 include the 183 GHz H2O line, a wide range of dense molecular gas tracers (HCN(2-1), HNC(2-1), HCO+(2-1), etc), CO(2-1) at 0.077<z<0.414, [C I] and high-J CO lines in high redshift objects, and eventually the [C II] line at z>8.

Memorandum of ALMA Operations: PI Data Delivery

Published: 16 Oct 2016

Memo from the ALMA Director and Operations Managers

The fundamental product of the ALMA Observatory is, and will remain, calibrated data and images. At the same time, the Observatory has been steadily increasing its performance in terms of efficiency, stability and time available for PI-driven science and, as a result, a steady increase in data production. We, at ALMA, aspire to maintain the quality of the delivered data. In the short-term, this will imply some extended data delivery timescales as the Observatory copes with the increased data load and the calibration and imaging pipeline matures to routine and more automated processing.

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