HR: Employment Opportunities
 Job posting 18-47
Opening date: May 23, 2018
Closing date:July 30, 2018

TITLE: Radio Astronomer , IS-1330, Grade 12; $81,077.00 to $105,400.00/yr
TYPE OF POSITION: Temporary Not to Exceed One year with possibility of extension up to 3 years.
LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: This position is open to all qualified candidates.


Participate in implementing operational enhancements at EHT sites through integration of software and hardware.

Contribute to studies of next-generation EHT enhancements (i.e., the development of a cloud computing framework for VLBI correlation or of tools to evaluate the relative merits of new site locations).

Design and conduct astronomical observations for both testing and for original scientific research using EHT data.

Contribute to investigations into the data calibration and analysis pipeline of the EHT, including determination of a formal testing protocol, documentation of residual systematic uncertainties, etc.

Contribute to the integration and testing of protocols for new and existing data pipelines.

Coordinate the documentation and maintenance of EHT software.

Contribute to the preparation of written reports, observing and funding proposals, white papers, and research articles.


One year of full-time experience at the GS-11 level that is close or similar to the work of this job. The experience includes activities such as using radio telescopes with various techniques to detect and investigate radiation in the radio region of the electromagnetic spectrum.


Grade 12: Education cannot be substituted for the required specialized experience.

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 OR;

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.

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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