JP No. 13-25

Job Title: 
Astrophysicist (Technical Assistant), IS-1330, Grade 07; $42,406.00 - $55,132.00/annually
Opening Date: 
Monday, August 12, 2013
Closing Date: 
Friday, September 13, 2013
Type of Position: 
Trust Fund (Non-Federal), Temporary not to exceed 2 years with possibility of extension
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Area of Consideration: 

All qualified candidates

First consideration may be made 14 days after the opening date.


Participating in the reduction and analysis of astronomical data; creating organized storage structures for data and analysis products; creating images, mosaics, spectra, and timing products; participating in data modeling to determine best fit parameters; assisting members of the research group with data analysis tasks; carrying out searches of astronomical catalogs and archival databases; identifying source counterparts and recording properties; carrying out searches of on- line literature and other resources; investigating previous use of astronomical data sets and analysis techniques and results; participating in creating written descriptions and associated materials for use in science education and public outreach; working with the supervisor as well as other education specialists in developing materials; and performing other duties as assigned.



Degree: in one or a combination of astronomy, physics, mathematics, space science, or electronics. The course work must have included differential and integral calculus and 12 semester hours in astronomy and/or physics.


Combination of education and experience -- at least 30 semester hours of courses equivalent to a major in any combination of astronomy, space science, physics, mathematics, and electronics, with required course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to meeting the above basic qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below:

Grade 7: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the entry level (grade 5) in the normal line of progression for the occupation. Experience at this level normally would have included providing technical support for the processing analyzing and modeling of data from astronomical observations of high energy radiation, assisting in the development of education and public outreach materials.

OR Completion of one-year of graduate level education.

OR Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) when it provided the applicant with the criteria necessary to do the work of the position. For SAA requirements, please go to OPM website:

Application Procedure: 

We will only accept applications on line for this position. For complete information about this position and the online application procedures, please visit: USAJOBS .

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