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Job opening: Research Astrophysicist, AST, Stellar, Galactic, and Extra Galactic Astrophysics

Salary: $117 962 - 181 216 per year
Relocation: YES
City: Greenbelt
Published at: Mar 26 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
You will serve as a member of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Project Science Team, with the primary goal of maximizing the science return of JWST. You will be responsible for the scientific quality of the science data from all 17 science instrument modes of JWST, data reduction pipelines and underlying algorithms, the accuracy and precision of calibrations, data analysis tools, and the delivery of data products to the scientific user community.

Duties

Duties described below are at the highest grade advertised. Duties assigned at lower grade levels will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity; duties will be commensurate with the grade of selected employee. Serve as James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Deputy Project Scientist for Data, Calibration, Pipeline, and Archive. Oversee the planning, development, and execution of science data reduction pipelines for the JWST. Support the JWST Project Scientist and Project Science team in ensuring that the JWST meets its science requirements. Direct and coordinate scientific activities from all instrument modes of JWST, associated data reduction pipelines and underlying algorithms, accuracy and precision of calibrations, data analysis tools, and the delivery of scientific data products. Report project status to the Senior Project Scientist and/or Project Manager as required. Pursue independent astrophysics research in areas related to the JWST objectives, leading to submission and publication of papers in refereed journals. Advocate for the JWST mission with stakeholders (NASA Headquarters), the astronomy community, and the public through oral and written communications. Foster a culture of engagement, diversity, inclusiveness, excellence and innovation. Champion NASA's commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility to create an environment that promotes a commitment to safety, integrity, and teamwork.

Requirements

  • This position is open to U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation.
  • You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • If selected, you will be required to complete a financial disclosure statement.
  • This position may require a one year trial period.

Qualifications

In addition to the Basic Education Requirement (in the Education section below), to qualify for this position you must meet the requirements below. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work. NASA utilizes OPM-approved qualification and rating requirements specific for Aerospace Technology (AST) positions which recognizes NASA's unique aerospace work. The specific qualifications and minimum education requirements are further described below and within the education section of the job announcement. 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. If selected at the lower grade level, the scientific impact of the incumbent will be examined in addition to other factors, to determine if the person is eligible for promotion. To qualify for GS-13, you must have one year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level: Performing independent scientific research on a topic relevant to the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) science objectives (e.g. observational cosmology, galactic evolution, exoplanets); Using various science instrument observing modes or science data formats for a ground-based or space-based research project; Supporting planning, development, or execution activities related to science data reduction pipelines for the JWST or a space telescope program or project; Reporting the results of research in technical publications, scientific journals, and/or scientific conferences. To qualify for GS-14, you must have one year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level: Performing independent scientific research and providing expertise in areas related to the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) science objectives (e.g. observational cosmology, galactic evolution, exoplanets); Leading or serving in a major role on a science team that uses various science instrument observing modes and science data formats to carry out ground-based or space-based research projects; Planning, developing, or executing science data reduction pipelines for the JWST or a different space-based or ground-based observatory; Reporting the results of research in technical publications, scientific journals, and scientific conferences. Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Experience statements copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job. NASA prohibits the use of artificial intelligence (AI) or AI-assisted tool in drafting application and assessment responses. Please visit https://www.nasa.gov/careers/how-to-apply/#Artificial-Intelligence to review NASA's guidance on the use of AI tools during the application process.

Education

Basic Education Requirement: You must have successfully completed a bachelor's degree with a major in one of the following:
a) Engineering from a college or university that has ABET accredited engineering programs
b) Physical Science, Mathematics, Life Science or other field of Science
c) Computer Science that included 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of course work in any combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science with at least half of those hours in mathematics and statistics courses that included differential and integral calculus; and that provided an in-depth knowledge of theoretical and practical applications of computer science, including digital computer system architecture and system software organization, the representation and transformation of information structures, and the theoretical models for such representations and transformations.

If you did not complete a qualifying bachelor's degree, you may be eligible if you have obtained a graduate degree in an AST qualifying field, as listed above.

Degrees in engineering technology are not considered qualifying for this position.

Engineering degrees earned within the United States: Engineering degrees earned within the United States must be from a college or university that has at least one ABET accredited engineering program. To find out if a school has at least one ABET accredited program, please visit http://www.abet.org.

Engineering degrees earned outside the United States: Engineering degrees earned outside the United States must be recognized by a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA), often known as accords. These are non-governmental agreements among organizations that accredit academic degree programs. MRAs recognize the substantial equivalence of mature accreditation systems and programs accredited by signatory organizations within their jurisdictions. For a listing of Signatories, please visit, https://www.abet.org/global-presence/mutual-recognition-agreements/is-your-program-recognized/.

Science and other related degrees earned within the United States: Science and other related degrees must have been awarded from colleges or universities that are accredited by recognized accrediting organizations. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, go to http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.

Science and other related degrees earned outside the United States: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs. These education credentials must be deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: https://sites.ed.gov/international/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications/.

All degrees must have been received in the year of, or any year subsequent to the original date of accreditation.

Contacts

  • Address Goddard Space Flight Center 8800 Greenbelt Rd Greenbelt, MD 20771 US
  • Name: NASA Shared Services Contact Center
  • Phone: 1-877-677-2123
  • Email: [email protected]

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