HR: Employment Opportunities
 Job posting 20-59
Opening date: November 12, 2020
Closing date: January 12, 2021

TITLE Astrophysicist (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow), IS-1330, Grade 11; $71,274 to $92,655 Annually
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund (non-Federal)Temporary, up to two years with the possibility of extension for a third year.
DIVISION: - HEA High Energy Astrophysics Division
LOCATION: Cambridge, MA

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: This position is open to all qualified candidates. First consideration may be made 14 days after the opening date.

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


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


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 analysis of optical spectroscopic properties of large samples of galaxies, active galactic nuclei and/or quasars.

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

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

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