HR: Employment Opportunities
 Job posting 14-04
Opening date: December 5, 2013
Closing date: December 18, 2013

TITLE: Astrophysicist, GS-1330, Grade 9; $51,871.00 to $67,427.00/annually
TYPE OF POSITION: Federal Career/Career Conditional
LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All qualified US Citizens


The incumbent takes a lead role in training and overseeing the students and postdoctoral fellows who will also occasionally perform the tasks of observing assistants. The incumbent acquires test and astronomical data and operates the array for allocated science observations. The incumbent will be involved in analyzing data, drawing conclusions regarding the quality, reliability, and scientific content of data, and organizes and summarizes results in reports. Data analysis tasks will also include deriving new pointing models for the antennas, deriving the antenna positions after periodic array reconfigurations, and antenna surface holography.


Basic Requirements:

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 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to Basic Requirements above, you must have one year of specialized experience (Federal or other) that is equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level in the Federal government performing the following duties: providing operational and technical support using science observations including engineering checkout, testing and calibration of scientific instruments.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: We will only accept applications on line for this position. To view the complete vacancy posting, requirements and the procedures to apply, please visit: USAJOBS

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