Astrophysicist


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    Selection for this position will be made at either the grade 12, 13 or 14 level. If selection is made at the grade 12, or 13 level the selectee may be non-competitively promoted to the next higher level up to the grade 14 upon recommendation of the Professional Accomplishments Evaluation Committee (PAEC).

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    Responsibilities

    This is an opening for an Astrophysicist in the Education and Public Outreach (EPO) group of the Chandra X-ray Center to work with NASA's Universe of Learning (UoL) team, a collaborative. agreement among astrophysics centers to increase science literacy using results from NASA's astrophysics missions.

    Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Function as the UoL's primary scientific conduit of Chandra/X-ray results. Plan, direct, and execute X-ray and high energy astrophysics contributions to UoL multi-wavelength programs, activities and products. Assess current science results from X-ray missions for potentially interesting and relevant contributions. Develop storyboards, draft text, and recommend graphics (illustrations and animations), to suggest potential X-ray components. Work with relevant CXC (EPO and science) staff and UoL staff from other institutions to incorporate Chandra/X-ray materials into final UoL products.
  • Work with UoL team members to integrate Chandra/X-ray materials into UoL presentations/products/displays/exhibits as appropriate.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of the Chandra program and broader Chandra scientific community so as to be able to draw on and involve a wide range of subject matter experts (SMEs) when needed for UoL products and activities. Research and be aware of scientific developments utilizing X-ray astronomy results so that they can be considered for use in UoL programs with multi-wavelength or broader reach. Participate in CXC EPO programs where appropriate.
  • Take the lead or participate in writing proposals text and mandatory reports or other submissions related to the UoL program.
  • Conduct research with X-ray satellite observatories and with other space- and ground-based facilities. Formulate an independent astrophysical research program. Formulate research plans and hypotheses and carry them through to completion by submitting proposals, developing models, reducing and analyzing data, interpreting findings (taking full responsibility for technical accuracy), and publishing the conclusions. Interact with scientists at SAO and at various institutions to coordinate activities in areas such as planning and implementing observing programs, and analyzing and publishing results. Prepare papers presenting research results for publication in scientific journals and for presentation at conferences. Participate in scientific meetings and conferences in order to discuss current research with other scientists.
  • Perform other related duties as requested.


  • Travel Required
    Occasional travel - To attend meetings and conferences

    Supervisory status
    No

    Promotion Potential
    14

  • Job family (Series)
    1330 Astronomy And Space Science

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  • Requirements
    Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • 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

    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.

    Qualifications

    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 meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below:

    Grade 12:

    A. A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field

    OR

    B. A minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 11 level in the normal line of progress for this occupation which should demonstrate knowledge and skill to carry out an independent research program in astrophysics resulting in publication in peer reviewed journals, and knowledge and skill acquired either through education or practice to develop and present science education materials based on NASA astrophysics mission results.

    OR

    C. A combination of successfully completed graduate level education and experience equivalent to the above.

    Grade 13:

    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 advanced knowledge and skill to successfully propose for observing time, to carry out an independent research program in astrophysics resulting in publication in peer reviewed journals, and advanced knowledge and skill acquired either through education or practice to develop and present science education materials based on NASA astrophysics mission results science education materials based on NASA astrophysics mission results.

    Grade 14:

    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 expert knowledge and skill to successfully propose for observing time, to carry out an independent research program in astrophysics resulting in publication in peer reviewed journals, and expert knowledge and skill acquired either through education or practice to develop and present science education materials based on NASA astrophysics mission results science education materials based on NASA astrophysics mission results

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    Additional information

    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).

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required; and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the criteria associated with this position as defined below
    • A thorough knowledge of astronomy, physics, and astrophysics as may be evidenced by a Ph.D.
    • Knowledge of x-ray astronomy including modern computer techniques for the solution of scientific problems, and mathematical and statistical techniques as applied to astrophysics.
    • Skill in developing written materials and associated graphics, illustrations, and animations to convey information concerning astrophysics results to various public audiences having diverse levels of scientific literacy, using science education principles obtained either through course work or practice.
    • Skill in orally presenting materials concerning astrophysics results and science content relating to NASA astrophysics programs and interacting with various public audiences having diverse levels of scientific literacy, including various underserved audiences, and/or those requiring special accommodations.
    • Skill in collaborating on group projects, either as lead or as contributor.
    • Skill in conducting independent scientific research, including the conception and development of new hypotheses and theories, interpretation of results to advance our knowledge of fundamental physical processes and the nature of the Universe, and acquisition of relevant astronomical data.

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    Public Trust - Background Investigation

    Drug test required
    No

  • Required Documents
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    Detailed resume or CV and bibliography

    Names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references

    School transcripts or degree certificate

    Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    • You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button.
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    • The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.


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    mhebert@cfa.harvard.edu

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    Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
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Company
Smithsonian Institution
Posted
10/15/2018
Type
Full time
Location
Cambridge, MA, US