Scientist - JRID48580

Submission Dates
Archive Date: 
August 31, 2014
Deadline to Apply for Job: 
October 1, 2014
Job Details
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution/Company Name: 
National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Laboratory
Submission Address for Resumes/CVs
Attention To: 
Sarah Lyons
Job Announcement Text: 

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory located in Green Bank West Virginia is now accepting applications for a Scientist position. Responsibilities of the successful applicant(s) will include supporting observers who use the telescope as well as working on a diverse variety of projects, which may include the development and commissioning of new instrumentation on the telescope, working with the engineering staff to improve the overall telescope performance, and aiding with the data reduction pipelines needed for the GBT.

The successful applicant must have strong knowledge of radio and/or millimeter astronomy. 25% of their time available for independent research. Support for research and travel are provided, as well as vacation accrual, health insurance, and a moving allowance. Position will be at the assistant, associate, or scientist level, depending on experience.



• On call support for GBT observers
• Acting as “friend” for GBT proposals, which includes aiding a project from initiation through publication
• Calibration and testing of existing GBT instruments
• Aiding in the development of new instruments for the GBT, including writing requirements, project oversight, testing, and/or commissioning of the instrument.
• Providing scientific leadership for the Green Bank site
• Maintaining an active independent research plan which includes the use of Green Bank telescope(s)
• Proactive compliance with NRAO and government safety policies and procedures in own work area is expected.
• Other duties as assigned


Position Requirements:

Education: Ph.D. in astronomy or a related field

Required Technical Experience:
• Knowledge of radio and/or millimeter wavelength astronomy
• At least 3 years of post-graduate experience

Desired Technical Experience:
• Knowledge of radio astronomy instrumentation
• Ability to clearly convey technical information to software developers, engineers and scientists, interact with peers in a positive and respectful way and calmly resolve conflicts is strongly desired.

How to apply:

Qualified applicants are invited to apply online at NRAO is an Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/D/V

Included Benefits: 

Medical, dental and vision insurance, retirement benefits, vacation and sick leave accrual are some of the benefits provided with this position.