Astronomy and Space Science, Physics: Astrophysics, Physics: Instrumentation and Measurement
Research and Instrumentation Astrophysicist with X-ray Astronomy Team: The successful applicant will be expected to lead or contribute to one or more of the Team’s research projects and to conduct original and productive research addressing the Team’s goals in X-ray optics. The primary goals of the Team are (a) to develop lightweight, high-resolution X-ray optics for future X-ray astronomy missions, (b) to advance X-ray optics technologies for near-term applications, and (c) to support current projects. The Team is involved in several on-going projects---including Project Science for the Chandra X-ray Observatory (now in its 19th year of operation), Principal Investigator for the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE), to be launched in 2021), participant in the Astronomical Roentgen Telescope – X-ray Concentrator (ART-XC) telescope for the Russian mission Spectrum Roentgen Gamma (SRG), and Study Science for the Lynx X-ray astronomy mission concept. The Team has developed, fabricated, and delivered (or will deliver) numerous X-ray mirror module assemblies for several satellite and sub-orbital missions---including SRG and IXPE. Other research projects include development of grazing-incidence optics for planetary applications, for plasma diagnostics at pulsed-energy machines, and for cold-neutron imaging.
For additional information you may contact Dr. Brian Ramsey (email@example.com). To apply for the position you must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. national and use the USAJOBS link provided. The position closes on July 20, 2018.
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Astrophysics Branch performs high energy astrophysics research in the x-ray, gamma-ray and cosmic-ray. The Astrophysics Branch conducts technology development, builds flight hardware, and participates in concept studies for numerous planned or potential high energy astrophysics, heliophysics, and lunar or planetary missions—ranging from balloon and rocket experiments to probe- and facility-class x-ray observatories.
Additional Salary Information: GS14 level position
About NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
NASA Marshall, located in Huntsville, Alabama, enables scientific discovery and deeper understanding of the cosmos through development and testing of sophisticated unmanned spacecraft, hardware and instruments for many projects, including NASA Great Observatories such as the Chandra X-ray Observatory, Hubble Space Telescope and the new James Webb Space Telescope. One of NASA’s largest field centers, Marshall has more than 2,300 civil service employees, a total workforce of nearly 6,000 and an annual budget of approximately $2 billion.
Scientists at Marshall are conducting a wide spectrum of astronomy, space science, astrophysics and heliophysics research to help answer elusive questions about our solar system and the cosmos—seeking to better understand the universe and our place in it, and working to unlock scientific mysteries that will improve and protect life on Earth. NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, continues to rewrite textbooks with discoveries about our own solar system and images of celestial objects billions of light years away. Chandra, one of NASA’s Great Observatories, was designed, developed and constructed at Marshall. It launched in 1999, and has provided new in...sight into the X-ray universe ever since. Marshall continues to support Chandra science activities, working with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, which oversees Chandra operations at its facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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