The purpose of this position is to train postdoctoral
researchers to conceive, plan and conduct highly specialized
research in astrophysics. The incumbent will be expected to perform
scholarly research and participate in making contributions to the
physical fields of science
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Duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Participate in and carry out scientific research and
scholarship involving a program of observational studies on active
galaxies and quasars.
- Participate in the preparation and submittal of proposals for
studies using appropriate space- and/or ground-based
- Develop and carry out data reduction of observations from
satellite and/or ground-based experiments, analyze and model the
resulting multi-wavelength datasets.
- Participate in the design, development, and verification of
software for data analysis as needed. This includes defining the
necessary programs and subroutines, coding and debugging them, and
applying them to the analysis of scientific data.
- Prepare papers, presenting research results for publication in
scientific journals and presentations at conferences. Participate
in meetings and conferences to discuss current research and to
exchange data and ideas with other scientists.
- Give advice on analysis techniques and scientific approaches to
others working on the same or related projects, as appropriate.
Help with problem solving and discuss current work.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Occasional travel - Occasional travel to scientific conferences,
to observing facilities and/or technical collaboration meetings may
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Conditions of Employment
- Must participate in direct deposit/electronic funds for salary
- Pre- and post-appointment background investigation is
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 and participation in astrophysical
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.
Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days after the
closing date of announcement.