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 Job posting 18-75
Opening date: September 5 , 2018
Closing date: December 4, 2018

TITLE:Astrophysicist, IS-1330, Grades 12- 14; $81,077 to $148,108 Annually
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund, Indefinite
DIVISION: - High Energy Astrophysicis Division
LOCATION: Cambridge, Massachusetts
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: This position is open to all qualified candidates. First consideration may be made 14 days after the opening date.

Selection for this position will be made at either the grade 12, 13 or 14 level. If selection is made at the grade 12, or 13 level the selectee may be non-competitively promoted to the next higher level up to the grade 14 upon recommendation of the Professional Accomplishments Evaluation Committee (PAEC).

This is an opening for an Astrophysicist in the Education and Public Outreach (EPO) group of the Chandra X-ray Center to work with NASA's Universe of Learning (UoL) team, a collaborative. agreement among astrophysics centers to increase science literacy using results from NASA's astrophysics missions.


Responsibilities:

Duties include but are not limited to:

1. Function as the UoL's primary scientific conduit of Chandra/X-ray results. Plan, direct, and execute X-ray and high energy astrophysics contributions to UoL multi-wavelength programs, activities and products. Assess current science results from X-ray missions for potentially interesting and relevant contributions. Develop storyboards, draft text, and recommend graphics (illustrations and animations), to suggest potential X-ray components. Work with relevant CXC (EPO and science) staff and UoL staff from other institutions to incorporate Chandra/X-ray materials into final UoL products.

2. Work with UoL team members to integrate Chandra/X-ray materials into UoL presentations/products/displays/exhibits as appropriate.

3. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of the Chandra program and broader Chandra scientific community so as to be able to draw on and involve a wide range of subject matter experts (SMEs) when needed for UoL products and activities. Research and be aware of scientific developments utilizing X-ray astronomy results so that they can be considered for use in UoL programs with multi-wavelength or broader reach. Participate in CXC EPO programs where appropriate.

4. Take the lead or participate in writing proposals text and mandatory reports or other submissions related to the UoL program.

5. Conduct research with X-ray satellite observatories and with other space- and ground-based facilities. Formulate an independent astrophysical research program. Formulate research plans and hypotheses and carry them through to completion by submitting proposals, developing models, reducing and analyzing data, interpreting findings (taking full responsibility for technical accuracy), and publishing the conclusions. Interact with scientists at SAO and at various institutions to coordinate activities in areas such as planning and implementing observing programs, and analyzing and publishing results. Prepare papers presenting research results for publication in scientific journals and for presentation at conferences. Participate in scientific meetings and conferences in order to discuss current research with other scientists.

6. Perform other related duties as requested.


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 12:

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

B. 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 which should demonstrate knowledge and skill to carry out an independent research program in astrophysics resulting in publication in peer reviewed journals, and knowledge and skill acquired either through education or practice to develop and present science education materials based on NASA astrophysics mission results.OR

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

Grade 13:

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 should demonstrate advanced knowledge and skill to successfully propose for observing time, to carry out an independent research program in astrophysics resulting in publication in peer reviewed journals, and advanced knowledge and skill acquired either through education or practice to develop and present science education materials based on NASA astrophysics mission results science education materials based on NASA astrophysics mission results.

Grade 14:

A minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 13 level in the normal line of progression for the occupation which should demonstrate expert knowledge and skill to successfully propose for observing time, to carry out an independent research program in astrophysics resulting in publication in peer reviewed journals, and expert knowledge and skill acquired either through education or practice to develop and present science education materials based on NASA astrophysics mission results science education materials based on NASA astrophysics mission results

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: We will only accept applications on line for this position. For complete information and online application procedures, please visit: USAJOBS

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