Announcement of Opportunity for membership in the CHEOPS Science Team
19 September 2014The Characterising ExOPlanet Satellite (CHEOPS) is a small mission in the ESA Science Programme. Proposals are solicited for membership in the CHEOPS Science Team. Scientists from institutions located in ESA Member States are invited to apply. The deadline for receipt of applications is 22 October 2014 (12:00 noon CEST).The deadline for receipt of applications in response to this AO has passed.
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The CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite (CHEOPS) is a Small (S-class) mission in the ESA Science Programme to be implemented in partnership with a nationally funded consortium led by Switzerland.
The scientific community is invited to participate in the CHEOPS mission by responding to the present Announcement of Opportunity (AO), which solicits proposals for the appointment of up to five members in the CHEOPS Science Team (CST). The AO is open to scientists from institutions located in any of ESA's Member States and not already involved in the mission. Scientists whose institutional affiliation would allow access to the CHEOPS core observing proprietary data through other channels are not eligible for the participation in this AO.
The CHEOPS Science Management Plan (SMP) defines the top-level scientific management of the CHEOPS mission, and describes the respective roles of the parties involved, the data products, the data products delivery scheme and the data rights. Interested parties are referred to it for further details on the mission and the context of the CST activities.
The successful candidates will be appointed as CST members for an initial period of four years, renewable throughout the duration of the mission. The ESA-appointed scientists in the CST will be full members of the CST with the same rights and responsibilites as the members appointed by the CHEOPS Mission Consortium.
AO schedule and deadlines
|19 September 2014||Release of this AO|
|22 October 2014||Proposals due by 12:00 (noon) CEST|
|October 2014 to January 2015||Proposal evaluation|
|January 2015||Appointment of successful proposers|
Proposal format and submission
Proposals submitted in response to this AO are limited in length to thirteen A4 pages (minimum font size 11 pt). Details of the information to be provided and the evaluation criteria are given in the AO document.
The following documents are provided with this AO:
Letter of invitation from the Director of Science and Robotic Exploration
CHEOPS Announcement of Opportunity [SRE-CS/LC/cv.29134]
CHEOPS Science Management Plan [ESA/SPC(2013)33]
CHEOPS Definition Study Report [ESA/SRE(2013)7]
Queries related to this AO should be addressed to:
Head of the Coordination Office for the Scientific Programme
P.O. Box 299
2200 AG Noordwijk