Smithsonian Institution Astrophysicist in Cambridge, Massachusetts
1 vacancy in the following location:
- Cambridge, MA
Work Schedule is Full Time, Indefinite. - Trust Fund. This is not a federal position.
Opened Thursday 5/26/2016 (152 day(s) ago)
** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (3 day(s) away)
About the Agency
Selection for this position will be made at either the grade 13 or 14. If selection is made at the grade 13, the selectee may be non-competitively promoted to the grade 14 upon recommendation of the Professional Accomplishments Evaluation Committee (PAEC).
This is the position of Astrophysicistin the Data Systems (DS) division of the Chandra X-ray Center (CXC), which is part of the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. The employee will undertake a significant role in the CXC working with CXC staff to maximize the scientific return of the data obtained by the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The employee reports to the Chandra X-ray Center Data System (CXCDS) End-to-End Scientist, and will provide scientific coordination of, and input to, the end-to-end pipeline and operational software design, development, and integration. The employee will take a leading role in the development, operational testing, and production of the Chandra Source Catalog (CSC). The employee is expected to conduct a program of research in the area of x-ray astronomy and high energy astrophysics with Chandra and other observatories.
Support the End-to-End Scientist in the Chandra X-ray Center Data System Division. Provide scientific input and coordination to the software design, development, and integration activities with the CXCDS software group.
Provide scientific input in the development, operational testing, and production of future releases of the Chandra Source Catalog. The individual will provide advice to the science and technical teams in the application of scientific knowledge to the creation of new or improved algorithms and software. The individual will provide scientific expertise in support of testing and production operations for the catalog.
Conceive and conduct a program of independent observational or theoretical research with x-ray satellite observations and with other space and ground-based facilities. Identify and define areas of study and determine what appear to be the most fruitful investigations and approaches to the area of study. Formulate hypotheses, develop a research plan and perform the research, and prepare reports of the findings for presentation at astrophysical meetings or publication in astrophysical journals.
Prepare papers presenting research results for publication in scientific journals and presentation at scientific meetings and conferences. Attends professional meetings for the purpose of presenting new results.
Serve on committees, if/when invited, for purposes of scientific proposal review, scientific planning activities, as an advisory resource, and for establishing future directions of astronomical standards. Serve as speaker, panelist, conference leader, committee chairperson at national or international conferences, public forums, and comparable gatherings.
Participate in overall astronomy programs of the Chandra X-ray Center (CXC), the High Energy Astrophysics division, and in overall scientific programs at SAO.
- May be required to complete Pre and Post appointment background check
- Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer required for salary payment
- May be required to serve a one year probationary period
- First consideration may be made 14 days after the opening date.
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 meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below:
A minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 12 level in the normal line of progression for the occupation which should demonstrate experience supporting scientific activities needed to generate and maintain scientific operational and/or analysis software. The candidate has experience developing and maintaining specifications for software; investigating and developing algorithms that satisfy defined scientific requirements; and working in teams including scientists and software engineers to develop and test software. The candidate has knowledge of modern computer techniques, including simulation and data analysis techniques. The candidate formulates and conducts independent research program(s) as demonstrated by a substantive history of publications in refereed journals.
A minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 13 level in the normal line of progression for the occupation which should demonstrate experience coordinating scientific activities needed to generate and maintain scientific operational and/or analysis software that supports a space or ground-based observatory with a wide community of scientific users. The candidate has experience developing and maintaining specifications for software that supports an operational facility; investigating and developing algorithms that satisfy defined scientific requirements; interfacing with other scientists to bring in their expertise to address outstanding issues; and working in teams including scientists and software engineers to develop and test software. The candidate has advanced knowledge of modern computer techniques, including simulation and data analysis techniques. The candidate formulates and conducts independent research program(s) as demonstrated by an extensive history of publications in refereed journals.
Applicants must meet the basic qualification requirements as described in the Office of Personnel Management's Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions. These standards may be viewed at the following address on the web at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs1300/1330.htm.
Q - Nonsensitive
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The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses but may pay a recruitment bonus. The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (www.si.edu/oeema).
Salary Range: $92,448.00 to $142,021.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: IS-1330-13/14
Promotion Potential: 13
Supervisory Status: No
Control Number: 440151300
Job Announcement Number: 16-33