X-ray Research and Instrumentation Astrophysicist

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Government Agency
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Department Name: 
Astrophysics Branch
Street Line 1: 
Mail Code ST12
Street Line 2: 
320 Sparkman Drive
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The X-ray Astronomy Team at NASA’s George C. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) invites applications for a mid-career Federal Civil Service position in X-ray optics. (see USAJobs:


The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to or lead 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 20th 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, to be launched in 2019), 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 experimental research projects include development of grazing-incidence optics for planetary applications, for plasma diagnostics at pulsed-energy machines, and for cold-neutron imaging. Finally, other research goals involve the advancement of theory, and /or data analysis and interpretation for high energy astrophysics.

To apply for the position, you must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. national, and you must use the USAJobs link provided above.  The position closes on July 1, 2019.  Interested individuals may also send their curriculum vitae that includes a list of publications, a statement of research and scientific interests, and the names of contact information of three professional references to Ms. Alice Long (alicetine.h.long@nasa.gov).

For additional information you may contact Dr. Martin C. Weisskopf (martin.c.weisskopf@nasa.gov).

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$91396.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$140406.00 (USD)
Compensation Notes: 
Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience. Successful candidate will qualify either as a GS-13 or GS-14 level
Included Benefits: 

Health insurance available

U.S. Federal government retirement plan

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, August 30, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Dr. Martin C. Weisskopf
X-ray Astrophysics Research and Instrumentation Position