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    Summary

    This is the position of Astrophysicist in the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. 

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    Responsibilities

    The purpose of the position is twofold: (1) providing technical support for science planning and operation of the Chandra X-ray Observatory (CXO), including planning Chandra science observations and participating in the daily operations of the Observatory; (2) providing computer-related support of X-ray astronomy operations and research with the Observatory, including coding, modifying, testing and maintaining software for mission planning; developing and maintaining documentation; and drafting and maintaining materials for websites.

    The employee in this position provides technical scientific support of x-ray astronomy research and space observatory operations using the Chandra X-ray Observatory. In concert with scientific staff, Astrophysicists plan and schedule observations. The Astrophysicists also are involved in coding, modifying, debugging, and documenting software for mission planning; developing and maintaining databases; drafting and maintaining materials for websites;and participating in the daily operations of the Chandra Observatory.
    Grade 7: The individual is at the developmental trainee level, where assignments combine performance of work with orientation and supervised on-the-job-training. Assignments are designed to develop the employee for work at a higher level.
    Grade 9: Duties may include activities such as specifying, testing, writing, modifying, debugging, and/or documenting software for user support proposal planning, mission planning, simulations, and modeling; running software and analyzing data output; developing and analyzing algorithms; developing and maintaining databases; and drafting and maintaining materials for web sites.

     

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    09

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