Job Overview


About the Agency

This is the position of Astrophysicist in the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. The purpose of the position is twofold: providing technical support for the operation of the Chandra Data Archive; and providing computer-related support of X-ray astronomy operations and research with the Observatory, including coding, modifying, testing and maintaining software for archive operations; developing and maintaining documentation; and drafting and maintaining materials for websites.


Grade 7: The individual is at the developmental trainee level, where assignments combine performance of work with orientation and supervised on-the-job-training. Assignments are designed to develop the employee to carry out progressively more difficult and responsible tasks. Grade 9: Duties may include but are not limited to maintaining databases for science data archiving software and products; ensuring that incoming science data are archived, distributed to users, and made available to the public; participating in the maintenance of the bibliography database; ensuring that bibcodes are classified in timely and accurately; working with team members in designing, coding and testing a suite of software scripts to automate quality control and science archive maintenance procedures; analyzing data and drawing conclusions regarding the quality, selection, reliability, and scientific content of the data.