HR: Employment Opportunities
 Job posting 14-15
Opening date: March 13, 2014
Closing date: June 12, 2014

TITLE: Astrophysicist IS-1330, Grade 12, $75,974 to $98,764 per year
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund (non-federal) Indefinite
LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: This position is open to all qualified candidates.

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


Duties may include, but are not limited to: developing and interpreting data reduction and analysis of observations from satellite and ground-based experiments in the context of existing theories and models of corona dynamics; working with scientists to prepare collaborative observing programs involving AIA and solar experiments such as IRIS, SOHO, STEREO, Hinode or ground based; contributing to the long-term calibration of instrumentation projects such as the AIA and Hinode XRT programs; designing, developing, coding, debugging, and verifying software systems for scientific data analysis; formulating and carrying out independent scientific research involving programs of observational studies; preparing papers for scientific publication and presenting results at meeting and conferences; participating in educational public outreach activities; performing other duties as requested.


Basic Requirements:

A. 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. OR

B. 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. Experience such as participating in research to broaden the understanding of solar and stellar astrophysics with an emphasis on numerical simulation of dynamical properties of coronae.


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


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

Applicants must meet the basic qualification requirements as described in the Office of Personnel Management's Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions. These standards may be viewed at the following address on the web at

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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