Job Overview



This is the position of Astrophysicist (Technical Assistant) in the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. The purpose of the position is twofold: (1) providing technical support for the processing, analyzing, and modeling of data from multiwavelength astronomical observations of supernova remnants, pulsar winds, and other Galactic sources of high energy radiation; (2)  Contributing to the development of education and public outreach materials to support the dissemination of science background and content. This position is at the developmental trainee level, incorporating productive data analysis and science writing with supervised training in the use of specific data analysis tools.


The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is part of what is arguably the largest and most diverse astrophysical institution in the world, where the staff carries out a broad program of research in astronomy, astrophysics, and earth and space sciences. If you would like to join this exciting organization, apply today!


Duties: Participating in the reduction and analysis of astronomical data; creating organized storage structures for data and analysis products; creating images, mosaics, spectra, and timing products; participating in data modeling to determine best fit parameters; assisting members of the research group with data analysis tasks; carrying out searches of astronomical catalogs and archival databases; identifying source counterparts and recording properties; carrying out searches of on-line literature and other resources; investigating previous use of astronomical data sets and analysis techniques and results; participating in creating written descriptions and associated materials for use in science education and public outreach; working with the supervisor as well as other education specialists in developing materials; and performing other duties as assigned.