HR: Employment Opportunities
 Job posting 20-17
Opening date: January 7, 2020
Closing date: March 31, 2020

TITLE:Astrophysicist (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow), IS-1330, Grade 11; $69,016 - $89,726 annually
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund, Temporary Not to Exceed 4 Years
DIVISION: - RG Radio and Geoastronomy Division
LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All qualified candidates eligible to work in the United States.

Note: First consideration may be made 14 days after the opening date.


The purpose of this position is to conduct a program of postdoctoral scientific research and scholarship in the area of Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). On April 10, 2019, the EHT announced the first direct image ever of a black hole, with impact in many fields of science, and for the general public.


Duties include but are not limited to:

1. Conduct a program of research and scholarship in the area of the Event Horizon Telescope under the supervision and direction of the Principal Investigator.

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

4. Support, as required, the development of proposals for research funding.

5. Engage in wider research and scholarly activities of your research group, School and Institute.

6. Mentor and assist, as appropriate and as directed, the research graduated students in your area of research..



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.


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 the basic requirements, candidates for the grade 11 must also possess one of the following:

a) Master's or equivalent graduate degree; or

b) Minimum of one year specialized experience equivalent to at least grade 9 in the normal line of progression for this occupation. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position such as professional research experience in radio astrophysics and/or very long baseline interferometry and/or black hole physics. or

c) 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 about this position and the online application procedures, please visit: USAJOBS

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