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Job Title:
Astrophysicist (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow), IS-1330, Grade 11 $71,987 to $93,588 per year
Type of Position:
Trust Fund (non-Federal) Temporary not to exceed three years
Job Location:
Cambridge, MA
Posting Opening Date:
Posting Closing Date:

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: This position is open to all qualified candidates.

Note:  First consideration may be made 14 days after the opening date.


The purpose of this postdoctoral research fellow astrophysicist position is to conduct scientific research and scholarship in the area of software, frameworks, and techniques for the processing of Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) data.  The incumbent will contribute to EHT analysis and science investigations, and collaborate with the team of SAO scientists and engineers in creating the next generation of precision measurements of black hole physics on horizon scales.


 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; assist in the development of analytical methods and/or software to model physical processes and conditions; assist in the development and modeling of scientific instrumentation for the collection of data, as needed.
  3. Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which engaged. Examples include preparing papers for publication in scientific journals, preparing and presenting findings at scientific meetings, writing scientific memos, and presenting results at project reviews.
  4. Support, as required, the development of proposals for research funding.
  5. Mentor and assist, as appropriate and as directed, students and interns in the EHT research group.


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:

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 data analysis, instrument calibration and statistical modeling.

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. To view the complete vacancy posting, requirements and the procedures to apply, please visit: USAJOBS  

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