HR: Employment Opportunities
 Job posting 18-49
Opening date: June 6, 2018
Closing date:June 20, 2018

TITLE: Astrophysicist, IS-1330, Grade 13; $96,411 to $125,335 Annually
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund, Indefinite
LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: This position is open to all qualified candidates.

The High Energy Astrophysics Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) seeks an Astrophysicist (non-federal) for the Remote Sensing Instrument Programs in Solar and Atmospheric research. The desired incumbent is, an highly skilled, instrument scientist that leads the development of new technology and the design, construction, and calibration of instruments for use at high altitude and in space; develops an independent scientific research in Heliophysics and atmospheric science.


Participate and direct others in the development of new designs for space-borne, airborne or ground-based hardware. Activities may include participating in the design and development of satellite, balloon, airborne and rocket instruments for the detection and measurement of coronal radiation, analyzing experimental data, and interpreting experimental results.

Guide and direct the activities of instrument development teams. As appropriate, generate work assignments, review the quality and quantity of work produced, give advice to team members on problems encountered, and work with staff to develop solutions. Supervise assigned staff.

Conduct laboratory experiments, simulations and studies to evaluate the design, performance, and calibration of solar or atmospheric instruments being built at the Observatory. Develop and write test procedures, test reports, and memoranda for dissemination throughout the instrument teams in order to ensure adequate documentation of the testing process

Assist in maintaining a high-level local archive of data products from ongoing heliophysics missions (e.g., AIR-Spec, Hi-C, IRIS and Hinode/XRT) for use by Observatory scientists

Formulate and conduct independent research on the dynamics of the solar chromosphere, corona,and the solar wind using both archival and proprietary data from space- and ground-based observations. Develop hypotheses, determine the most fruitful investigations, formulate research plans and observations, and analyze and interpret data. Prepare and submit proposals for studies using appropriate space- and/or ground-based facilities.

Prepare papers presenting research results for publication in scientific journals and presentation at conferences. Participate in scientific meetings and conferences in order to discuss current research with other scientists. Referee papers submitted to scientific journals and participate in external scientific activities and collaborations such as NASA peer reviews

Represent the interests of the scientific community in the technical and programmatic decision process associated with heliophysics satellite programs. Disseminate information concerning instrument characteristics to the scientific community.

Perform other related duties as assigned.


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:

A minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 12 level in the normal line of progression for the occupation which demonstrates the origination of new techniques in the acquisition and management of data, establishing new criteria in the area of data analysis and reduction, the development of new observational information, the supervision of at least one subordinate or postdoc or completed a supervisory training program, and authorship of several scholarly articles in professional refereed journals and/or conference presentations.

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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