XMM-Newton-NEWS  #150,    08-Jul-2013

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XMM-Newton Conference: "The X-ray Universe 2014"

The XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre is organising a major astrophysical symposium

     from Monday 16th to Thursday 19th June 2014

in Dublin, Ireland.

The symposium is the fourth international meeting in the series "The X-ray Universe". The intention is to gather a general collection of research in high energy astrophysics. The symposium will provide a showcase for results, discoveries and expectations from current and future X-ray missions.

More information, including details on the key dates for registration and abstract submission is available via the conference web page:


The First Announcement will be sent in November 2013.

XMM-Newton Workshop "The Fast and the Furious":
Presentations and Posters available on-line

The XMM-Newton Science workshop "The Fast and the Furious: Energetic Phenomena in Isolated Neutron Stars, Pulsar Wind Nebulae and Supernova Remnants" was held at ESAC from 22nd to 24th May 2013, with more than 80 registered participants. Presentations and posters are available on-line at


and stored in the ADS database under


Refereed proceedings are under preparation and will appear next year as an issue of Astronomical Notes / Astronomische Nachrichten.

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 years.

Applications are now solicited for fellowships in Space Science to begin in the fall of 2014. 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 () for more details on ESA Research Fellowships related to XMM-Newton.

The deadline for the current call for applications is

     1st October 2013

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:


Let us know about XMM-Newton related Ph.D.

The XMM-Newton team is collecting information about the completion of doctorates and Ph.D. theses based on (or making use of) XMM-Newton observations. Ideally, it is our intention to collect the complete list of Ph.D. works based on XMM-Newton data and this is why we need your help.

We would appreciate if you - being a candidate or supervisor of a doctorate - could let us know the following details:
Please contact us through the Helpdesk at:


sending an e-mail with Subject: "Ph.D. thesis work". The message can be flagged as private. In any case, all provided information will be handled confidentially.

Yours sincerely,
XMM-Newton SOC