HR: Employment Opportunities
 Job posting 13-11
Opening date: March 20, 2013
Closing date: June 28, 2013

TITLE:Astrophysicist, IS-1330, Grade 07, 09; $42,406.00 - $67,427.00 / ANNUALLY
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund (non-Federal) Indefinite
DIVISION: - High Energy Astrophysics Division
LOCATION: Cambridge, Massachusetts
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All qualified candidates

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

DUTIES: Duties at the grade 7 level are at the developmental trainee level; assignments combine performance of productive work with orientation and supervised on-the-job training. Duties include but are not limited to: Analyzing data; assisting scientific staff in running experiments and acquiring data; developing, testing and modifying new and existing computer code to accomplish data analysis activities; designing, developing and modifying software; modifying existing software for development and testing; maintaining updated public software descriptions to remain current with software version; providing technical assistance to other division IT Specialists, staff, and members of other institutions on problems running scientific analysis software; assisting in publishing papers and/or present talks at professional meetings on the results of Virtual Observatory developments. Performing other related duties as assigned.

In addition to the above, duties for grade 9 may include: developing and analyzing numerical algorithms on which software is based.



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 training in areas of data reduction and analysis, developing and analyzing data, computer programming.

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:

Grade 9: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the developmental trainee (grade 7) level in the normal line of progression for the occupation. Experience at this level normally would have included developing and documenting software, developing and analyzing numerical algorithms, designing, modifying and analyzing software OR Two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree. Note: Education and experience may be combined for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job opportunity announcement closing date. For information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on the web at

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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