The Sciences and Exploration Directorate, Astrophysics Science Division, Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory (Code 667) is seeking a Research Astrophysicist to study the Sun, and extra-solar celestial bodies and phenomena.Learn more about this agency
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The duties described below are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.
As a Research Astrophysicist, you will conduct an independently-directed program of astronomical research that is relevant to the extrasolar planet science objectives of Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), such as imaging and/or spectroscopy of extrasolar planets and high contrast imaging techniques. You will support the development of the Coronagraphic Instrument (CGI) integral field spectrograph (IFS), a spectroscopic channel of the WFIRST CGI. Your work includes development of the wavefront sensing and control systems, and retrieval algorithms for spectral extraction and exoplanet atmospheric. You will play a major role in the development of the flight IFS for delivery to the flight CGI at JPL. You will conduct studies that isolate/define unknown conditions, resolve critical problems that previously prevented advancement of scientific knowledge or theory, and require the development of new research methods and techniques. You will plan, direct, and coordinate research that is intended to ultimately modify existing techniques, theories, or current technology. You will ensure application of the latest state-of-the-art technology by keeping abreast of current developments in related technology fields. As the WFIRST Project Scientist member, you will contribute to analysis and optimization of the science case, instrument requirements, and operational plan for the WFIRST CGI. You will manage and oversee the pre-launch WFIRST scientific objectives, goals and requirements and participate in the coronagraph's scientific planning, scheduling and budgeting for the research to be done with WFIRST.
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