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Job Title:
Astrophysicist (ngObservational) GS-1330, Grade 13; $105,654 - $137,348 annually
Type of Position:
Federal- Career/CareerConditional
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Job Location:
Cambridge, MA
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AREA OF CONSIDERATION:  This position is open to all qualified U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.

Summary

The next-generation observational (ngO) astrophysicist will lead a forefront scientific research program within the broad areas of astronomy and astrophysics made possible by new space-based observatories such as, but not limited to, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, scheduled to launch in 2027.   

DUTIES:

  1. Formulate and lead original astrophysical research focused on observational data from new space-based facilities that align with the strategic interests of SAO. Performs analysis that is creative, definitive, and thorough.
  2. Prepare peer-reviewed publications describing research results, techniques, and interpretations for publication in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals, and presentation at scientific or technical meetings and conferences, and within the CfA.
  3. Propose for extramural contract and grant support for research into specific areas of astronomy, astrophysics or related fields, including but not limited to, optical and infrared spectroscopy, and/or optical and infrared imaging with space telescopes.
  4. Participate in or otherwise assist in the development of major new scientific initiatives for SAO relevant to the successful candidate’s expertise and skills
  5. Engage in education and outreach activities to share NASA space telescope discoveries with the broader public through traditional and non-traditional media.
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QUALIFICATIONS:

Education Requirements:

Minimum Education Requirements:
A) Degree in one or a combination of astronomy, physics, mathematics, space science or electronics, including course work in differential and integral calculus and 12 semester hours in astronomy or physics;   OR

B) A combination of education and experience equivalent to A above including 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.  

Qualifications:

Minimum Education Requirements:
A) Degree in one or a combination of astronomy, physics, mathematics, space science or electronics, including course work in differential and integral calculus and 12 semester hours in astronomy or physics;  OR

B) A combination of education and experience equivalent to A above including 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.  

Specialized Experience: One year of directly related experience (Federal or other) equivalent to GS-12. Specialized experience would include activities such as formulating nd conducting leading independent and original astrophysical research using public or proprietary datasets, incorporating ancillary observational data, simulations, and/ or theoretical models, as appropriate to accomplish their research objectives; presenting the results of research through peer-reviewed publications, conferences, etc. 

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

There is no education substitution for this position.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

Important Note:

The review of your resume will determine your final rating and should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.

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

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