HR: Employment Opportunities
 Job posting 18-77
Opening date: September 24 , 2018
Closing date: October 24, 2018

TITLE:Astrophysicist (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow), IS-1330, Grade 11; $67,643 to $87,940 Annually
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund Temporary, Not To Exceed Three Years
DIVISION: - High Energy Astrophysicis Division
LOCATION:2 Vacancies in Cambridge, Massachusetts
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: This position is open to all qualified candidates.


This is the position of Astrophysicist (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow) in the High Energy Astrophysics Division. The purpose of the position is to conduct a specified program of scientific research and scholarship in the area of solar wind physics for Parker Solar Probe.


1. Conduct a program of research and scholarship in the area of space physics focusing on thermal solar wind plasma under the supervision and direction of the supervisor.

2. Assists in the development of software and procedures of the reduction, analysis and interpretation of data as needed; or assists in the development of analytical methods and/or software to model physical processes and conditions; or assists in the development of scientific instrumentation for the collection of data to study the solar wind, as needed.

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

4. Support, as required, the development of proposals for research funding pertaining to solar wind physics.

5. Mentor and assist, as appropriate and as directed, the research graduate students, undergraduates or summer interns, as required.


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:

Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 09 that should demonstrate professional research experience in solar physics and the ability to interpret data obtained from facilities and knowledge of computing techniques for the acquisition, analysis and interpretation of observational data. This experience may have been gained through a position at an astronomical observatory or research organization.


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 and online application procedures, please visit: USAJOBS

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