Astronomer Job Description Sample
Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
Must be a US Citizen.
Must be determined suitable for federal employment.
Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.
New employees to the Department of the Navy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify/.
Physical Demands: Work is sedentary; incumbent must have the ability to lift and move approximately 35 pounds. The incumbent must be able to travel for up to two weeks at a time.
Work Environment: Work is performed primarily in the office ; however, visits to astronomical sites and duties within the U.S. Naval Observatory may require occasional exposure to temperatures as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit.
All qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement and clearly documented in your resume.
In addition to the Basic Requirements for this position, your resume must also demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience must demonstrate the following:
Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform successfully the duties of the position such as:
Makes long-range proposals and observations to continuously improve the double and multiple star lists and defends these proposals to high level forums.
Develops and leads astronomy research projects and identify areas where an effort will lead to results and in general make optimum use of available resources.
Develops independent assessments and correction of difficult astrometric problems such as: defines new reduction techniques; determines new quality control evaluations and evaluates various diverse data sets for organization use.
Oversees, manages, and leads major projects designed to provide the organization and the astronomical community with the most precise astronomical data available.
Provides high accuracy double star parameters for use in navigation systems (earth based and space based and general astronomical research) to improve the stellar database to fill the requirements of the organization and the astronomical community.
Provides research on double and multiple star observations to improve the optical reference frame for organization and astronomical applications.
Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management website:
Applicants must meet the following Basic Requirements of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Standards Manual: Applicants must possess:
1.Degree: in one or a combination of astronomy, physics, mathematics, space science, or electronics. The course work must have included differential and integral calculus and 12 semester hours in astronomy and/or physics. OR
2.Combination of education and experience -- at least 30 semester hours of courses equivalent to a major in any combination of astronomy, space science, physics, mathematics, and electronics, with required course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
This position is covered by the Department of Defense Priority Placement Program.
Additional vacancies may be filled by this announcement.
A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.
If you are unable to apply online and request information about the Alternate Application process, please contact the Department of Navy's Employment Information Center.
Federal annuitant information: The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at: http://www.secnav.navy.mil/donhr/Documents/CivilianJobs/FedCivAnnuitants.pdf
ICTAP Applicants: To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority as an ICTAP candidate for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must satisfy all qualification requirements for the position and receive a rating in the well qualified category or higher. For more information about ICTAP eligibility please review the following link: http://www.public.navy.mil/donhr/Employment/CivJobOpps/Documents/ICTAP_Statement.pdf.
Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents contain personal information such as SSN and DOB and some documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove said personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience.
When the application process is complete, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements listed in this announcement. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, along with your supporting documentation to determine your ability to demonstrate the following competencies:
- ASTRONOMY AND SPACE
- PROBLEM SOLVING
- RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
You will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating selection procedures. Additional points are not added for veterans' preference; however, preference is still applied. Applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories:
- Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for announced position.
- Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for announced position.
- Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for announced position.
If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.
If after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities or you may be found ineligible/not qualified.
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
All qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.
Background checks and security clearance
Assistant Professor OF Astronomy, College Of Arts & Sciences (9875/J1117)
The Department of Astronomy at Boston University invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position to begin on July 1, 2018. The successful candidate will be an early-career astrophysicist who will lead a robust research program and participate fully in the department's teaching mission.
Applications from all areas of astrophysics will be considered. Applications from astrophysicists with strong research programs in the following areas are particularly encouraged: star-planet interactions in exoplanet systems; early galaxies; the interstellar medium; and "big data" applications to astrophysics. In addition to this position, the Department of Astronomy expects to search for several additional faculty members over the next five years.
Information about the department and its affiliated research centers can be found at http://www.bu.edu/astronomy/.
Minimum qualifications include a PhD, with postdoctoral experience expected in Astronomy, Physics, or related field.
DO NOT APPLY THROUGH THE BOSTON UNIVERSITY HR WEBSITE.
Applications should be submitted at AcademicJobsOnline . Complete applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and brief statements of teaching interests (no more than 1 page) and research interests (no more than 2 pages). Candidates should also arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be submitted through the same website. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Ms Anne Smartvlasak (email@example.com), Department of Astronomy.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.
The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) is seeking an Assistant or Associate Scientist, depending on experience, to work in support of time-domain astronomy. The Assistant or Associate Scientist will have demonstrated scientific ability in research and possess the motivation and ability to identify and carry out technical projects to completion while assisting in the day-to-day operations and long-term planning of the observatory.
The selected candidate will take a leading scientific and technical role in the development and deployment of an end-to-end time-domain follow-up observing capability for the US astronomical community. A major focus of this effort is the development of a tool for characterization of time-domain alerts from a growing number of surveys: the Arizona-NOAO Temporal Analysis and Response to Events System (ANTAREShttp://www.noao.edu/ANTARES/). This system will annotate and characterize alerts from the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) and other time-domain surveys so that timely follow-up observations can be made by other facilities. The selected applicant will have the opportunity to utilize this system on real-time alert streams.
Participating in the development of the ANTARES project and other tools that support time-domain astronomy.
Participating in the development and deployment of time-domain follow-up systems.
Conducting observational and research projects (personal research).
Preparing and presenting scientific papers at astronomical meetings and symposia.
Other observatory duties as assigned.
External professional service activities, e.g., service on review committees, as approved by supervisor.
Ph.D. in Astronomy or related field.
At least three years of experience in ground-based astronomical research and a strong record of publications of significant research in time-domain astronomy.
Experience with Python.
NOAO offers an excellent benefits package, competitive salary commensurate with experience, and a very attractive work environment.
Applicants are requested to submit a resume or CV, a list of 3 professional references, and a cover letter describing how their skills and experience are matched to the essential functions of the position (PDF Files preferred). Please name any attachments with the following format: 17-0220LastnameDocname. Application documents that are not uploaded as part of the application may be sent firstname.lastname@example.org. This position will be open until filled, however applicants are encouraged to apply by 19 January 2018 to ensure full consideration.
The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) manages several astronomical observatory centers (including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory and the Gemini Observatory) and construction projects (Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and Daniel. K. Inouye Solar Telescope) in the United States and Chile under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation.
AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, is committed to diversity and inclusion. AURA develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at http://www.aura-astronomy.org/diversity.asp.
As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA does not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws. The statements below as well as the requests for self-identification are required pursuant to these regulations. We encourage your participation in meeting these federal reporting requirements which are included for protection and to assist us in our recordkeeping and reporting. Your responses are kept strictly confidential.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.
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The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
The Chief Scientist is accountable to the Observatory Director for the science stewardship of the observatory, responsible for ensuring that the scientific mission of the observatory is fulfilled. The Chief Scientist serves as a key advisor to the Observatory Director on all matters of science policy and strategy and is a member of the senior leadership team of the observatory.
Advise the Director on science strategy, observatory science policy and relevant scientific matters.
Lead the scientific mission of the observatory: foster strategic scientific use of telescope and instruments; monitor observatory scientific productivity and impact; recommend strategies to maximize scientific impact.
Responsible for keeping observatory management, SSC and CARA Board fully informed of the status of science instrumentation projects; proactively leads teams, internal and external, in development of remedial fiscal and schedule actions, when necessary.
Lead interaction with the Science Steering Committee (SSC) and NASA Mission Operations Working Group (MOWG): communicate plans and issues; lead efforts to implement science operations guidance.
Serve as the observatory's ambassador to the W. M. Keck Observatory (WMKO) scientific community: University of California, Caltech, NASA, University of Hawaii and other scientific collaborators.
Lead observatory scientific strategic planning, in conjunction with the SSC.
Supervise the Observing Support Manager, and jointly with him/her responsible for hiring and career mentoring of Support Astronomers.
Supervise the Instrument Program Manager, and jointly develops remedial actions, when needed, for science instrumentation projects.
Promote WMKO science results and capabilities: oversee science content of press releases; act as editor for observers' newsletter; coordinate the communications of scientific results, information and capabilities to users and the broader scientific community; organize the annual Keck Observatory Science Meeting and other science workshops as needed.
Cultivate the scientific environment at the observatory: foster Support Astronomers' research including managing Director's Time allocated by Director for Support Astronomers' research.
Partner with the Observatory Director to maintain and build relationships with NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other national/international institutions as needed.
Prepare and coordinate presentations for oversight committees and external institutions, assisting the Director in Board, SSC, NASA MOWG preparation and follow-up.
Participate in full as a member of the senior leadership team, the Observatory Council.
Support Fund Development activities as needed, including attendance at and presentations to selected donor events and occasional travel for donor meetings and events.
Ph.D. in astronomy or a closely related field.
At least five years' experience in a scientific leadership role.
Ability to be an excellent emissary for the observatory: strong communicator, able to build good relationships, knowledgeable, credible, enthusiastic.
Demonstrated ability as a strategic thinker, with understanding of the opportunities afforded by new directions in astronomy, capabilities elsewhere, evolving technologies and practices.
An enthusiasm for, and ability to, articulate the excitement of astronomy in an engaging way to connect with sponsors, staff, the public, donors and philanthropic foundations.
Five (5) years' of post-Ph.D. experience as a research scientist.
Experience leading small teams of scientists.
Familiarity with ground-based and/or space-based observatory operations.
Wide network of contacts in the broader national/international astronomy community.
Good understanding of the current national and international astronomical environment Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey, NSF and NASA plans, and the capabilities and intentions of major observatories worldwide.
Practical knowledge of astronomical instrumentation for optical/infrared astronomy.
Professional; dependable; highly competent and perceived as such. Consultative but capable of being decisive when required. Ability to balance people needs with business needs.
Tactful; approachable; stays calm under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments.
Energetic; committed to success; ability to be thrive under pressure; adaptable to changing circumstances; able to accommodate multiple simultaneous demands.
Possess superior written and oral communication skills.
Ability to work effectively within the broader WMKO partner environment: collaborative style of working, influence without direct authority, supportive of aspirations of WMKO partners.
Ability to work within a performance-oriented team environment.
Ability to build collaborative, effective relationships.
Ability to work in a constant state of alertness and in a safe manner.
Ability to work at 14,000 feet altitude.
Willingness and ability to travel regularly to the U. S. mainland and occasionally travel internationally.
Willingness to commit to WMKO core values: Stewardship and Service.
Willingness to abide by WMKO "Permission to Play" values: Integrity, Respect for Others, Safety.
These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. This is not a complete list of the physical demands that may be required.
Sit: Remain in the seated position.
Use hands/fingers: Operate, activate, use, prepare, inspect, place, detect and position.
Talk/hear: Express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word to impart oral information to clients or to the public and to convey detailed spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
Lift, carry weight: Raise or lower an object from one level to another (includes upward pulling) up-to 25 pounds.
Travel: Able to travel by air to national and international locations.
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role may use standard office equipment such as computers, telephones, photocopiers and scanners.
The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this classification. It is not to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory, or all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of employees assigned to this job. Management has the right to add to, revise, or delete information in this description. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy is searching for an observational astronomer with a commitment to research and teaching.
Science For Seminaries Intern
Who We Are
"The advancement of science should be the chief concern of a nation that would conserve and increase the welfare of its people."
- James McKeen Cattell, former AAAS President and Editor of Science
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people. For over a century, AAAS has been a force for science, from helping to establish science as a credible field in the 19th century to using satellite imaging technology to document human rights abuses in 2007. We are recognized as the world's largest general scientific society and the proud publisher of the Science family of journals. Past presidents have included astronomer Edward Charles Pickering, anthropologist Margaret Mead, and biologist Stephen Jay Gould. Our mission is centered on the belief that STEM research and education can help solve many of the challenges the world faces today.
AAAS is a culture steeped in history, but adaptive to change and new ideas. We recognize the hard work of our employees and encourage the development of our staff. Our colleagues represent an array of expertise from scholarly publishing to digital marketing, educational research to government relations, all with a shared focus on mission. At AAAS, you are part of a talented team, dedicated to advancing science and serving society.
Work With Us
We have an exciting opportunity for a full-time Science for Seminaries Intern in Washington, DC. This individual will assist the Program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER)'s project titled, "Science for Seminaries." DoSER is part of the Center of Science, Policy, and Society Programs, and facilitates communication between scientific and religious communities. The Dialogue builds on AAAS's long-standing commitment to relate scientific knowledge and technological development to the purposes and concerns of society at large.
This is a paid summer internship and will last 12-weeks.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Contribute to the development and implementation of project ideas
Help organize meetings and conferences
Gather information on topics important for science and religion
Provide support on various projects and activities
Additional duties as assigned
Must be currently enrolled in a university/college or a recent graduate; science majors preferred
Interest in public engagement and interest in fostering dialogue between scientific and religious communities
Excellent written and oral communication
Strong background/coursework in one or more of the following: biology, evolutionary biology, astrobiology, ecology, physics, genetics, bioethics, religious studies, or theology
Familiarity with contemporary software packages, particularly Microsoft Office
Experience with digital media and social media communication platforms
Work well under pressure, multitask, and adhere to tight deadlines
Must be detail-oriented, organized, and a good communicator
Ability to take direction well, and work both independently and collaboratively
Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and work samples or a link to portfolio by April 5, 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If we think you might be a good fit for the role, we will contact you with next steps.
AAAS is an EEO employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected category. AAAS uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees.
Scientific Software Developer
The Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University has an open position for an experienced software developer to work on the development of the scientific data processing pipelines for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). The LSST will conduct the largest astronomical survey yet undertaken, observing a total of 20000 square degrees in six bands and around 1000 epochs, collecting over 50 PB of raw data and measuring the properties of 40 billion astronomical sources. Princeton is responsible for multi-epoch deep imaging and catalog production based on the LSST survey.
The role will involve working with Jim Bosch & John Swinbank within the Princeton Astronomical Data Group (led by Robert Lupton, Michael Strauss and Jim Gunn), which, in addition to LSST, is deeply involved in the Hyper Suprime Cam and Prime Focus Spectrograph instruments on the Subaru Telescope and expects to play a part in WFIRST, the space-based Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope. We are seeking an experienced scientific software developer to contribute to the development of the scientific algorithms and supporting infrastructure. The ideal candidate would have extensive C++ expertise and experience with collaborative software development in a scientific environment.
Knowledge of Python would be advantageous. An advanced degree in Physics, Astronomy, Computer Science or a related field is required. The appointment will be made at the associate professional specialist or more senior level and salary commensurate with experience.
LSST development at Princeton is funded to continue for the duration of construction (through 2022) and potentially beyond; this position may be extended indefinitely for appropriate individuals. We are seeking to recruit from as diverse a pool of talent as possible, and endeavor to preserve the Astrophysical Sciences Department's reputation as a pleasant workplace with a lively and friendly scientific atmosphere which recognizes that technical innovations are an important intellectual contribution to the science produced by major astronomical surveys. Applicants must apply online and submit a CV and contact information for three references at https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/2441.
Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by October 1, 2017 will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position(s) are filled. This position is subject to the University's background check policy. For further inquiries, contact John Swinbank (email@example.com) or Jim Bosch (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Online Tutor Astronomy, Mythology, Humanities, Philosophy
Who We Are
Brainfuse is a nationally recognized eLearning corporation. Founded in 1999, Brainfuse is one of the nation's leading online education providers, serving a diverse client base of libraries, school districts, workforce centers, and universities.
Who We Are Looking For
Brainfuse is hiring tutors in all subjects. Since this is an online tutoring position, applicants will need to have their own computers and a stable Internet connection.
Subjects that we are hiring for:
- Astronomy study of the history of astronomy, the tools of the astronomer and the contents of the solar system including the planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and meteroids.
- Mythology study of multidisciplinary approach to world mythology, common themes connected to religion, philosophy, art, literature, music, and contemporary culture.
- Humanities - history of ideas that have defined cultures through a study of the visual arts, literature, drama, music, and philosophy.
- Philosophy - meaning and methods of philosophy, including human condition, knowledge, freedom, history, ethics, the future, and religion
- Ethics Examination of human life, experience, and thought to discover and develop the principles and values for pursuing a more fulfilled existence.
- Logic Help use language-oriented logic, creative and critical thinking
- Health Science: Ultrasound (Sonography), Emergency Medical Services, Nuclear Medicine, Physical Therapist Assisting, Radiation Therapy, Respiratory Care, Radiography, Vision Care, Pharmacy Technician, Paramedic, and more.
How It Works
You can work from your own home or anywhere with an internet connection. Live tutoring is done through a virtual whiteboard and chat box so no webcam or mic is required.
Scheduling is flexible, and you choose your own hours. There are also opportunities for advancement.
*If interested, please reply to this ad with your resume attached and mention which subjects you are applying for.
To support daytime engineering and night-time astronomical observing.
Design, implement/install, maintain, and administer computer , network, phone infrastructure including hardware and software. Monitors-/Zenoss, overall performance to proactively identify potential issues and tune appropriately.
Provide 24/7 high reliability systems with security and analysis - Splunk and Bro software-. Perform root cause analysis on failed components and implement corrective measures. Work with others to address problems, implement new instrumentation and capabilities.
The Department of Astronomy, within the College of Arts and Sciences, seeks an Instrumentation Scientist to join our team. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college and the academic heart of the university.
The College hosts 81 majors. With 38 departments, 20+ world-class research centers, and more than 2,000 faculty and staff members, students have the unique opportunity to study with the best artists, scholars, and scientists in their field. The College values diversity and offers a supportive, open, and inclusive community.
The qualified individual will work with OSU Astronomy Department faculty, students, and Imaging Sciences Lab personnel on the definition, design, development, construction, and commissioning of advanced astronomical instruments. Work with engineering design and fabrication personnel, and provide technical and maintenance support to keep existing instruments operating in the field. Activities of the instrument scientist include working with detector systems, electronics, thermal/vacuum systems, cryogenic systems, fiber optics, opto-mechanical systems, optical design and analysis, project management, software, and all aspects of the operation of astronomical instruments used for professional research, as well as supervision of engineers, technicians, and students engaged in astronomical instrumentation.
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