HR: Employment Opportunities
 Job posting 20-25
Opening date: January 31, 2020
Closing date:February 14, 2020

TITLEAstrophysicist: IS-1330 Grade 11 $71,274 to $92,655 annually
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund, Indefinite
DIVISION: - HEA High Energy Astrophysics Division
LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All current Smithsonian Institution employees within the local commuting area

The position of Astrophysicist in the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. The employee participates in a program of research on solar and stellar astrophysics with an emphasis on the structure, formation and dynamical properties of coronae. The investigation aims to constrain theoretical models of corona heating, reconnection and stability using a variety of observational and modeling techniques.


Duties may include, but are not limited to:

Carry out analyses and simulations of observations from satellite and ground-based experiments in the context of existing theories and models of chromospheric and coronal dynamics.

Work with scientists to prepare collaborative observing programs involving IRIS, Hinode, AIA and/or ground based observations. Assist in the preparation of proposals for new instrumentation and analysis of existing data sets.

Prepare and submit proposals for theoretical, computational or observational studies of solar and stellar coronae.

Solve scientific problems using software systems for general data analysis. This includes defining the necessary programs and subroutines, coding and debugging them, and applying them to the analysis of scientific data.

Formulate and carry out independent scientific research involving a program of theoretical, computational or observational studies. Help develop observing programs that will address specific scientific problems; reduce and analyze the resulting data; interpret the results in the context of existing theories and models of corona dynamics.

Prepare findings for publication in scientific journals and presentation at meetings and colloquia.

Assist other scientists in maintaining the day-to-day computer environment and work with other scientists to expand current capacity for scientific simulations and data processing through parallel and cluster architectures.

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.


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 the analysis of solar UV, EUV and IR spectra.

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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