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 Job posting 17-72
Opening date: September 29, 2017
Closing date: December 29, 2017

TITLE: Astronomer (MPC Post-Doctoral Fellowship), IS-2210, Grades 11/12 $66,317.00 to $103,337.00 annually
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund Temporary Not to Exceed two years
DIVISION: - SSP Solar, Stellar and Planetary Science
LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All qualified candidates who are eligible to work in the United States.

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

This is the position of Astronomer (MPC Post-doctoral Fellowship) at the Minor Planet Center (MPC). The MPC is the internationally recognized processing center and archive for minor planet and comet position observations. The MPC, located at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, is tasked with identifying candidate near Earth asteroids from all data reported to the MPC, as well as with supporting asteroid survey programs, for example, through services for identifying known asteroids and predicting their positions, and NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office through notification of potential impacts from initial orbit determination.

The purpose of the position is to conduct a program of research in astronomy relating to the Solar System's minor planets and/or to develop novel software tools to improve the Minor Planet Center's processing, communication or outreach offerings.

The MPC is inviting applications for the first cohort of the Minor Planet Center Postdoctoral Fellowships. We seek individuals who will develop and carry out independent research in astronomy, planetary science, data-science or algorithmic/database development, and whose research will also contribute to the MPC's mission. Interested applicants should submit a competitive proposal of no more than 4-pages in length (including any figures), outlining their proposed research or development work and the additional documents found under the section titled

DUTIES:

Possible duties may include:

* Formulate and conduct a program of independent research in astronomy with an emphasis on understanding the Solar System's minor Planets.

* Conduct research into the distribution and/or dynamics of the Solar Systemís minor planets.

* Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research, for example prepare papers for publication in scientific journals, prepare and present findings at scientific meetings as required.

* Develop novel data-processing methods.

* Developing novel communication and/or data visualization tools to improve either the MPC's public outreach offering or the MPC's interactions with professional scientists.

* Support as required the development of proposals for research funding.

QUALIFICATIONS:

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 meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below:

Grade 11:

a) Master's or equivalent graduate degree or

b) 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 09 that should demonstrate the experience and ability to conduct either (i) research into the dynamics of Solar System objects; (ii) the development and deployment of code to analyse large data sets; or(iii) the development and deployment of novel software tools for the communication and/or visualization of large data sets.

OR

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

Grade 12:

a) Ph.D. degree or equivalent graduate degree; or

b) 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 11 that should demonstrate the experience and ability to conduct either (i) research into the dynamics of Solar System objects; (ii) the development and deployment of code to analyse large data sets; or (iii) the development and deployment of novel software tools for the communication and/or visualization of large data sets.

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 complete information about this position and the online application procedures, please visit: USAJOBS

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