Job posting 20-76
Opening date: February 5, 2021
Closing date: March 12, 2021
TITLE Physicist, IS-1310, Grade 11, $71,987 - $93,588 annually
TYPE OF POSITION: Temporary, Not To Exceed One year with possibility of
extension for another year.
DIVISION: - AMP Atomic & Molecular Physics Division
LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: This position is open to all qualified candidates who are US citizens or Perm residents
who are eligible to work in the US.
This is the position of Physicist 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.
3. Assist other scientists in developing and applying programs for in use collisional and spectroscopic
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
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
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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