HR: Employment Opportunities
 Job posting 20-81
Opening date: February 23, 2021
Closing date: March 09, 2021

TITLE Astrophysicist (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 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


Duties may include but are not limited to:

1. Conduct a program of research and scholarship in the area of high energy astrophysics under the supervision and direction of the Principal Investigator

2. Assists in the development of software and procedures of the reduction, analysis and interpretation of data as needed; or assists in the development of analytical methods and/or software to model physical processes and conditions; or assists 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, as required.

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

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

6. Mentor and assist, as appropriate and as directed, the research graduate 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. OR

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:

Master's or equivalent graduate degree


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 expertise in the analysis of data from high frequency radio telescopes, either single dish or interferometric arrays, with emphasis on the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect in CMB studies.

C. A 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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