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    Selection for this position will be made at either the grade 11, 12 or 13. If selection is made at the grade 11, or 12 level the selectee may be non-competitively promoted to the next higher level up to the grade 13 upon recommendation of the Professional Accomplishments Evaluation Committee (PAEC).

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    This is the position of Astronomer in the Solar, Stellar and Planetary Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. S/He participates in research involving orbits, orbital elements, and orbit determination of minor planets and other activities related to the functioning of the Minor Planet Center.

    1. Determines orbits for objects whose observations are submitted to the Minor Planet Center.
    2. Function as part of a team in the processing of orbital elements and related information received by the Minor Planet Center. This includes checking data for both reliability and relevance, consulting with the contributors when appropriate.
    3. Function as part of a team to use existing procedures for making more sophisticated identifications of newly reported objects with minor planets observed only very perfunctorily in the past, so that new objects can as a result be considered known and their orbits added to the main database.
    4. Function as part of a team to assist with the design and development of substantial modifications to current techniques for the determination of orbits from observations.
    5. Function as part of a team to assist with the discovery and correction of errors in the MPC's orbital and observational databases.
    6.  Function as part of a team to assist with the development of new orbital integration and propagation routines, as well as the introduction of modem mathematical and physics techniques to the differential correction problem.
    7. Function as part of a team to assist with the application of new procedures for determining the orbits of minor planets.
    8.  Assist in the preparation of reports on activities by the Minor Planet Center and on

    In addition to the duties above duties at the grade 12 may include but are not limited to:

    1. Independently contribute to team efforts to design and develop substantial modifications to current techniques for the determination of orbits from observations.

    2. Independently contribute to team efforts to discover and correct errors in the MPC's orbital and observational databases.

    3. Independently contribute to team efforts to develop new orbital integration and propagation routines, as well as assist in the introduction of modem mathematical and physics techniques to the differential correction problem.

    4. Independently contribute to team efforts to apply new procedures for determining the orbits of minor planets.

    5. Assist in the preparation of papers on such analyses and related topics for publication in scientific journals and presentation at scientific meetings.

    In addition to the duties above, duties at the grade 13 may include but are not limited to:

    1. Function as part of a team while leading all aspects of the design and development of substantial modifications to current techniques for the determination of orbits from observations.

    2. Function as part of a team while leading all aspects of the discovery and correction of errors in the MPC's orbital and observational databases.

    3. Function as part of a team while leading the development of new orbital integration and propagation routines, as well as the introduction of modem mathematical and physics techniques to the differential correction problem.

    4. Function as part of a team while leading the application of new procedures for determining the orbits of minor planets.

    5. Lead the preparation of reports on activities by the Minor Planet Center and on related activities by the national and international community, as well as proposals that can lead to funding opportunities.

    6. Present these reports and proposals at national and international meetings.

    7. Lead the preparation of papers on such analyses and related topics for publication in scientific journals and presentation at scientific meetings.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    13

  • Job family (Series)

    1330 Astronomy And Space Science

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