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    The Sciences and Exploration Directorate, Astrophysics Science Division, Observational Cosmology Laboratory (Code 665) is seeking a skilled scientist to work o the development of advanced near-infrared and visible detector systems and astronomical instrumentation.

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    Vacant research positions may be filled at one of several grade levels depending upon the scientific impact of the person selected. A review may be required to determine the appropriate grade level of the position and supplemental materials may be required from the selectee. Please keep this in mind when indicating the lowest grade you will accept.

    As a Research Astrophysicist, specializing in Stellar, Galactic, and Extra Galactic Astrophysics, you will be a Principal Investigator (PI) or project member, conducting an independently-directed program of research aimed at developing advanced near-infrared astronomical detectors and instrumentation for use on space-based telescopes.

    You will lead or participate in the development, characterization, test and integration of astronomical instrumentation. You will develop low-noise, large-format visible and near-infrared detectors for use in astronomical observations of stars, galaxies or the universe. Testing can include detector noise measurements, electronic testing, thermal stability tests, and integration testing.

    You will provide leadership both in the long-range goals of the Observational Cosmology Laboratory and in the immediate problems of implementing new ideas into the conception and design of new technologies for astrophysical research. You will perform pre-project planning duties, such as concept development, master integration planning, and programming design for scientific projects, taking into account feasibility, costs, and economics. You will oversee the conception, design, proposal, fabrication, testing, launch and calibration of astrophysical instruments. Specific areas of development include large-format detector arrays, photon-counting detectors and other advanced detector systems for future astrophysical observatories operating at visible and near-infrared wavelengths.

    You will conduct astronomical research that is relevant to the science objectives of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), or other current or future space telescopes. Research may include the structure and constituents of the universe, including dark energy, dark matter, and ordinary matter; the formation and evolution of galaxies, including the dark matter, gas, stars, metals, morphological structures and active nuclei within them; and stellar populations and star-formation processes in nearby galaxies. Observational research may use archival data from the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, or other NASA missions. Experimental research may include the development of advanced technology, detectors, instrumentation or equipment that will contribute to new or expanded knowledge in cosmology or astrophysics.

    You will serve as a technical expert in implementing and evaluating complex and innovative scientific projects. You will coordinate and integrate the planning, programming, development, oversight, scheduling, and overall management of resources for multi-phase scientific projects. You will ensure a progress schedule is maintained and take remedial action to ensure the proper relationship between work efforts and total project development. You will review resource estimates and ensure proper distribution of project resources. You will keep abreast of changes and cost variations from design through development/installation to ensure completion on time and within the designated budget.

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    U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals

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