HR: Employment Opportunities
 Job posting 12-35
Opening date: March 27 2012
Closing date: April 10, 2012

TITLE: Physical Science Technician, IS-1311, Grade 7; $39,589 to $51,469/yr
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund (Non-Federal) Indefinite
DIVISION: - Radio and Geoastronomy Division, SMA

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: This position is open to all qualified candidates eligible to work in the United States.

DUTIES: The purpose of this position is to provide technical field-support to the development and operation of remote stations operated by the Submillimeter Receiver Lab, such as the Receiver Lab Telescope in northern Chile, the planned Greenland Telescope, which is to be located at Apex Station close to the peak of the Greenland ice sheet, and the Submillimeter Array (SMA).

Assist in the development of instrumentation packages for collecting data in support of site characterization for submillimeter wavelength radio astronomy.

Play a leading role in the deployment and operation of sophisticated instrumentation, such as weather stations, radio-sonde balloons, GPS receivers, and radiometers for the collection of data in support of site characterization for submillimeter wavelength radio astronomy by providing operational and technical support, and working with and debugging state-of-the-art instrumentation at remote locations under extreme conditions.

Work with others to fix minor technical issues with equipment as they arise.

Assist in the collection of data from instruments located at remote sites and prepare test data and findings in reports for presentation to team members.

Make recommendations for improvements in instrumentation packages, data collection, verification, manipulation, and presentation to improve product quality.

Assist in the deployment, testing and operation of instrumentation required for astronomy at the SMA and other telescopes operated by the Submillimeter Receiver Lab, under the direction of senior team members.

Test, calibrate, and collect data from a variety of specialized scientific instruments and present and discuss findings with technical and engineering staff, and scientists.

Work with others to help prepare materials for science publications and presentations at meetings.

Travel (nationally and internationally) in support of instrument deployment, operation, and data collection.

QUALIFICATIONS : One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-06 level in the Federal service that is in or related to the duties of this position. Specialized experience may include work in the fields of astronomy, physics, geophysics, chemistry, hydrology, health physics, engineering, electronics, geology, oceanography, and metallurgy if it equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position.

Experience as a laboratory mechanic or in a trade or craft may be credited as general or specialized experience when the work was performed in close association with physical scientists or other technical personnel and provided intensive knowledge of appropriate scientific principles, methods, techniques, and precedents.


Applicants may substitute successful completion of 1 year of appropriate graduate level education (18 semester hours, 27 quarter hours or the equivalent) in physical science or other field of study directly related to the work of this position for the required 1 year of specialized experience, provided it demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of this position.


Applicants may substitute a combination of appropriate specialized experience (as described above) and appropriate graduate level education (as described above) that is beyond the first 1/2 year of progressive graduate study to meet the qualification requirements.

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

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