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Astrophysicist (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow)
US Smithsonian Institution in Cambridge, Massachusetts
 
 
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Date Posted November 18, 2022
Category
Postdoctoral-Physics
Postdoctoral-Researcher Other
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

Astrophysicist (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow)

 

Duties

 

  • Conduct a program of research and scholarship in the area of space physics focusing on thermal solar wind plasma under the supervision and direction of the supervisor.
  • 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 to study the solar wind, as needed.
  • 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.
  • Support, as required, the development of proposals for research funding pertaining to solar wind physics.
  • Mentor and assist, as appropriate and as directed, the research graduate students, undergraduates or summer interns, as required.

 

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must participate in direct deposit/electronic funds for salary payment
  • Pre- and post-appointment background investigation is required.

 

For the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccination requirements and its impact on your application, click on Smithsonian Institution’s Frequently Asked Questions

 

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 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 performing original scholarly research in the field of Astronomy, Physics, or Mathematics. or

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

Qualification requirements are derived from the Office of Personnel Management's Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on the web at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs1300/1330.htm

Additional information

 

  • The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.
  • The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (www.si.edu/oeema).

 

  • Benefits

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    The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, commuter benefits, health/life insurance, and accidental insurance.
    Please see Benefits at http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/hr/benefits/ for a complete description.

     

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    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.

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.

Knowledge of the technical methods, principles and practices of the field of X-ray and UV-optical astronomy data analysis, both spatial and spectral; data visualization; and statistical analyses.

Knowledge of data reduction and analysis techniques applicable to Chandra, Hubble and astronomy data in general.

Ability to utilize computer technology in the solution of scientific problems.

Ability to perform scientific research as may be evidenced by receipt of a Ph.D.

Ability to work effectively as part of a research group or scientific team.



You may preview questions for this vacancy.

 

  • Benefits

    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. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

     

    The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, commuter benefits, health/life insurance, and accidental insurance.
    Please see Benefits at http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/hr/benefits/ for a complete description.

     

    Review our 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.

  • Required Documents

    As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

     

    Your application package must include the following documents:

    Detailed resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    School transcripts or degree certificate
    Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable
    Summary of research interests (maximum 4 pages)
    Names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references

     

    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.

  • How to Apply

    Click on the "Apply Online" button on the upper right side of the page.
    Please Note:


    • You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button.
    • Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
    • Clicking the "DONE" tab does not submit your application. The "DONE" tab allows you to exit the system and save your information for completion at a later time. To submit your application, click the "FINISH" tab.
    • 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.
    • If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.

     

    Agency contact information

    Mary Hebert

    Phone

    617-496-7816

    Fax

    617-495-7263

    Email

    mhebert@cfa.harvard.edu

    Address

     

    SMITHSONIAN
    Human Resources
    60 Garden Street Cambridge, MA 02138
    Mail Stop 17
    Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
    United States

    Next steps

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  • Fair and Transparent

    The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
    • Reasonable accommodation policy
    • Financial suitability
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period
    • Signature and false statements
    • Privacy Act
    • Social security number request

Required Documents

 

Your application package must include the following documents:

Detailed resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)
School transcripts or degree certificate
Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable
Summary of research interests (maximum 4 pages)
Names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references

 

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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  • The public

    U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

This position is open to all qualified candidates. First consideration may be made 14 days after the opening date.

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