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    Summary

    The Science and Technology Office, Science Research and Projects Division, Astrophysics Branch (Code
    ST12) is seeking a highly skilled individual to serve as a research scientist on a team of x-ray astronomers with responsibility for initiating and performing independent original research in x-ray astronomy.

    As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.

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    Responsibilities

    • 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.
    • The duties described below are for the full-performance level, GS-14. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.
    • Conducts specific research related to hardware development, and/or theory, and and/or data analysis for high-energy astrophysics.
    • Supports technology development programs for the next generation X-ray astronomy astrophysics missions.
    • Designs, models, fabricates and tests and calibrates hardware for current high-altitude balloon, sounding rocket, and satellite-based missions.
    • Participates, as a lead, in advancing technologies, and/or theory, and and/or the analysis and interpretation of the data from instruments and/or in the formulation of new physical models of X-ray sources to explain the observations.
    • Conducts literature searches to assess the current status of instrument design, theoretical studies and observational results.
    • Conceives new approaches or refines existing techniques; develops computer simulations to optimize instrument design and; confirms these models through the fabrication and testing of proof-of-concept hardware.
    • Supports the seeking of funding as a PI or Co-I through the generation of proposals, and, if PI would then be expected to lead the development work if funding were secured.
    • Serves as a scientific consultant to the Center and the Agency for the viability of new instruments and space missions to advance the discipline of high energy astrophysics.
    • Serves on agency, national and international committees on matters concerning X-ray astrophysics.
    • Leads work conducted by junior experimental research team members, according to their abilities, to ensure their development to the benefit of themselves and the organization.
    • Serves as the scientific adviser to interns and post-doctoral students conducting instrument development and research related to X-ray Astronomy.
    • Publishes results in peer reviewed journals, serve on proposal review panels, and deliver talks at national and international scientific meetings on your original results.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    14

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