HR: Employment Opportunities
 Job posting 11-46
Opening date: June 16, 2011
Closing date: August 1, 2011

TITLE: Astrophysicist, IS-1330, Grade 12, $75,222 to $97,787/yr
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund (non-federal) Indefinite
DIVISION: - High Energy Astrophysics Division
LOCATION: Cambridge, Massachusetts
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All qualified candidates

This is a career ladder opportunity with promotion potential to grade 13. If selected at the grade 12, the employee may be non-competitively promoted to the next higher level, up to grade 13, upon the recommendation of the supervisor, based on the position classification as well as the qualifications and satisfactory performance of the employee.

The Astrophysicist will participate in a program of research to broaden the understanding of solar and stellar x-ray astronomy and astrophysics with emphasis on the structure, formation, and dynamical properties of the coronae. The investigation aims to constrain theoretical models of coronal heating, reconnection, and stability using a variety of observational and modeling techniques.

DUTIES: Duties may include, but are not limited to; developing Hinode’s X-Ray Telescope (XRT) and Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) data products; participating in the AIA/SDO, Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) explorer and Hinode missions by contributing to the operation and/or calibration of the instrument and by supporting the promotion and dissemination of the data; working and collaborating with solar groups or other organizations to coordinate research efforts, provide and obtain information, and exchange ideas; formulating and carrying out scientific research with observing programs to include preparation and submission of proposals, reduction and analysis of resulting data, interpretation of results, and fulfilling contractual commitments; participating in scholarly activities by disseminating scientific results through contributed presentations at colloquia, workshops and conferences, and submitting papers to scholarly journals, conference proceedings, books, or preparing technical reports; and participating in educational public outreach activities.


Basic Requirements:

  1. 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.


  2. 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 the basic requirements listed above applicants must possess the following:

a. A minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 11 level in the normal line of progress for this occupation which should demonstrate: a thorough background in physics or astrophysics; skill in the analysis and interpretation of UV, EUV, or x-ray observations of the sun; skill in conducting the testing and assembly of optical instrumentation and knowledge of instrumentation; knowledge of plasma emission modeling; knowledge of solar data analysis; ability to develop observational and analysis proposals; ability to present findings in a publishable format and to present materials at professional meetings; and skill in the application of modern computer technology to the solution of scientific problems, or

b. A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field, or

c. A combination of successfully completed graduate level education and experience equivalent to the above

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: We will only accept applications on line for this position. For a copy of the complete vacancy announcement and how to apply, visit: USAJOBS

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