HR: Employment Opportunities
 Job posting 19-79
Opening date: September 18, 2019
Closing date: October 31, 2019

TITLEPhysicist (Post Doctoral Research Fellow), IS-1310, Grade 11, $69,016 - $89,726 Annually
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund (non-Federal) Temporary, Not To Exceed Three Years
DIVISION: - AMP Atomic & Molecular Physics Division
LOCATION: Cambridge, MA

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: This position is open to all qualified candidates.

SUMMARY: This is the position of Physicist (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow) in the Atomic and Molecular Physics Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. The purpose of this position is to train postdoctoral researchers to conceive, plan and conduct highly specialized research in astrophysics. The incumbent will be expected to perform scholarly research and participate in making contributions to the physical fields of science.


The Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will perform research on collisional and spectroscopic phenomena for astrophysical applications. The Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will be part of a research group working on fundamental theoretical and computational scientific research using primarily quantum-mechanical methods.

Duties of the position may include but are not limited to:

1. Define scientific and computational requirements to develop and evaluate advanced theoretical and numerical algorithms. This will involve analytical calculations and implementing algorithms for computation and analysis of collisional and spectroscopic phenomena. Obtain necessary data to verify requirements and test software.

2. Participate in the definition and design of methodologies to obtain required results.Assisting other scientists and/or programmers in developing programs for and in use of the satellite measurements.

3. Assist other scientists in developing and applying programs for in use collisional and spectroscopic studies.

4. Perform scientific studies involving collisions and spectroscopy.

5. Prepare refereed publications and present talks at professional meetings.

6. Perform other duties as may be required.


All applicants must meet these Basic Requirements: A. Degree: physics; or related degree that included at least 24 semester hours in physics; OR B. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in physics totaling at least 24 semester hours, plus appropriate experience or additional education. In either A or B above, the courses must have included a fundamental course in general physics and, in addition, courses in any two of the following: electricity and magnetism, heat, light, mechanics, modern physics, and sound.


In addition to Basic Requirements above, you must have: a) One year of specialized experience that is equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to grade 9 level work in the Federal government. Specialized experience would have included applying methods of theoretical and computational physics to research in physics, chemical physics, or related fields and preparing publications and presenting talks at professional meetings.


Education for Grade 11: Master's or equivalent graduate degree.


Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: We are only accepting online applications for this position. To apply, please visit: USAJOBS

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