HR: Employment Opportunities
 Job posting 20-66
Opening date: December 9, 2020
Closing date: February 26, 2021

TITLEAstrophysicist (Post Doctoral Research Fellow), IS-1330, Grade 11, $71,987 to $93,588 Annually
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund (non-Federal) Temporary, Not To Exceed Two Years
DIVISION: - RG Radio & 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.

SUMMARY: 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.

RESPONSIBILITIES Duties may 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.


Qualification requirements are derived from the Office of Personnel Management's Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on the web at Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days after the closing date of announcement.


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:

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

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

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