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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #234: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #136

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_/           XMM-NEWTON NEWS #136    ---    28-Jun-2012           _/
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- Version 12.0.1 of the Science Analysis System (SAS) released

- ESA Research Fellowships in Space Science at ESAC

Version 12.0.1 of the Science Analysis System (SAS) released

A patch to SAS 12.0.0 released on  30 May 2012 has been issued, due to
the reasons  mentioned below,  and taking the  opportunity to  do some
upgrades also listed:

- fixing a bug in the  effective area generation (arfgen) for PN burst
   mode data,

- initialising  variables in  the epatplot  task, which  otherwise can
   lead to crashes (only in some of the binaries distributed),

- establishing "ellbeta" (aka 2D-PSF) as default PSF mode parameter in
   the call to edetect_chain,

- upgrading the documentation of several tasks.

More details are given at:


For practical reasons, we do not distribute the patch packages for the
diverse binaries this time, but the full SAS 12.0.1.

SAS 12.0.1 can be downloaded from:


ESA Research Fellowships in Space Science at ESAC

Postdoctoral  fellowships in  the area  of Astronomy  and Astrophysics
related  to  the  X-ray  observatory  XMM-Newton are  tenable  at  the
XMM-Newton Science  Operations Centre in the  European Space Astronomy
Centre (ESAC) located in Villafranca del Castillo, near Madrid, Spain.

The European Space Agency awards several postdoctoral fellowships each
year. The  aim of  these fellowships is  to provide  young scientists,
holding a PhD  or the equivalent degree, with  the means of performing
Space  Science research  in  fields  related to  the  ESA Science  and
Robotic Exploration Programmes. The fellowships have a duration of two

Applications  are now solicited  for fellowships  in Space  Science to
begin in  the fall of 2013.  Preference will be  given to applications
submitted  by   candidates  within  five  years   of  receiving  their
PhD. Candidates  not holding  a PhD yet  are encouraged to  apply, but
they must  provide evidence of receiving their  degree before starting
the fellowship.

Research opportunities with  XMM-Newton science staff include: studies
of the high  energy emission of novae, (massive)  stars, galaxies, and
AGN using XMM-Newton data.  Working at ESAC within the XMM-Newton team
gives the unique opportunity of  being in contact with the calibration
scientists,  the developers  of  the analysis  software  and the  User
Support Group.

Please contact  Norbert Schartel (Norbert.Schartel@sciops.esa.int) for
more details on ESA Research Fellowships related to XMM-Newton.

The deadline for the current call for applications is

                          1 October 2012

More information on the ESA Research Fellowship programme in Space
Science, on the conditions and eligibility, as well as the application
form can be found at:


Yours sincerely,

XMM-Newton SOC

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