Smithsonian Institution , Other Agencies and Independent Organizations

Amado, AZ - Jun 18, 2022 via USAJobs


This is the position of Astronomer, Optical Telescope Data Center (OTDC) Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (FLWO), Optical and Infrared Astronomy Division (OIR), Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO).

The purpose of the position is to facilitate and participate in the scientific investigations carried out using the 1.5-Meter Tillinghast, 1.3m, 1.2m, and other FLWO telescopes located on Mt.

Hopkins in Amado, AZ.

All applicants must meet these Basic Requirements: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.

ORCombination 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.In addition to Basic Requirements above, you must have one year of specialized experience (Federal or other) that is equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal government performing the following duties:Operating a meter class telescope at a research or university observatory, coordinating/directing the work of others, and participating in a research project in astronomy orastrophysics.

Specialized experience for this position would typically include activities such as participating in the management of the operation of meter class telescopes and associated instruments, operating a telescope at a world class or university observatory, leading independent astronomical or astrophysics research, and publishing papers in astronomical journals and conference proceedings.PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work on the same basis as for paid experience.

Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities.

To receive credit for such experience you must indicate clearly the nature of the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the average number of hours per week spent in such employment.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE One full year of graduate level education in astronomy, physics, mathematics, space science, or electronics or A Bachelor's degree with a major in any combination of astronomy, space science, physics, mathematics, and electronics with Superior Academic Achievement.COMBINATION OF GRADUATE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE If you have less than the full amount of graduate education and less than the amount of experience described, but have a combination of the type of graduate education and the type of experience described, you may meet the minimum requirements for the position.

The total percentage of education and experience must equal at least 100 percent to qualify under this provision.ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims.

Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course.

All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

Failure to provide your college transcripts or a list of completed college courses will result in you not receiving consideration for this position, and you will receive an ineligible rating.SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements.

You must show proof that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S.

education programs; or an accredited U.S.

state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university.

It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.NOTE: The Smithsonian does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accredited institution recognized by the Department of Education.

Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from Federal employment to removal from Federal service.


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