This is the position of Astrophysicist in the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO). The purpose of this position is to participate in all aspects of operations and science analysis as part of the Chandra X-ray Observatory’s High Resolution Camera (HRC) Instrument Principal Investigator team. Operational responsibilities include reviewing Chandra command loads to ensure the safe operation of the flight instrument, monitoring the health and safety of the flight instrument, and analyzing in-flight calibration data. The employee is also expected to conduct independent scientific research in the area of extragalactic astronomy, particularly in the X-ray and infrared bands. Research activities will include planning and implementing observing programs analyzing and interpreting data obtained with ground-based and space-based observatories, and publishing significant original scientific results in refereed journals. The scientist will have access to data from the HRC Guaranteed Time Observer program.
1. Participate in the regular operation of the HRC flight instrument. Tasks include reviewing Chandra command loads from an HRC perspective to ensure safe operation of the instrument, regular monitoring of the health and safety of the flight instrument, developing new algorithms and procedures to improve monitoring and trending, analyzing in-flight calibration data, and supporting HRC-related presentations such as the Chandra Quarterly Review and the Chandra monthly teleconferences.
2. Conduct independent research in astronomy and astrophysics, with emphasis on extragalactic astronomy using ground and space-based observatories. Formulate research plans and hypotheses and carry them through to completion by determining the most fruitful investigations and approaches, defining observations, analyzing and interpreting data.
3. Prepare papers containing research results for publication in scientific journals and presentation at conferences. Participate in scientific meetings and conferences to discuss current research with other scientists.
4. Give advice on scientific and technical approaches to others working on the same or related projects, as appropriate.
5. Perform other duties as assigned.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…This position is open to all qualified candidates
Selection for this position will be made at either the grade 13 or 14. If selection is made at the grade 13, the selectee may be non-competitively promoted to the grade 14 upon recommendation of the Professional Accomplishments Evaluation Committee (PAEC).
First consideration may be made 14 days after the opening date
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