Optical Astronomer

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, November 9, 2023
Archive Date: 
Thursday, December 21, 2023
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Industry
Institution/Company: 
Computational Physics, Inc.
Street Line 1: 
8001 Braddock Road
Street Line 2: 
Suite 210
City: 
Springfield
State/Province: 
VA
Zip/Postal: 
22151
Country: 
United States of America
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

Computational Physics, Inc. seeks a recent Ph.D. scientist for a position in optical astronomy to support our customers at the United States Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. The successful candidate will conduct research using online photometry archives such as Gaia, ZTF, and WISE to understand the multi-wavelength morphological characteristics of active galactic nuclei and quasars, especially blazars. There will be a focus on the time domain and variability.  He/she will also pursue photometric monitoring campaigns using both USNO and non-USNO telescopes. There will be opportunities for publication. The position is located at the USNO in Washington, D.C. A small amount of travel may be required. Partial telework may be authorized. The position is open now. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. (This is a continuation of an earlier advertisement that was inadvertently allowed to lapse.)

Qualifications
    • Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, engineering, or related field.
    • Proficiency in Python, including demonstrated skill with object-oriented programming.
    • Experience applying statistical methods to data, such as non-parametric tests, maximum likelihood estimators, or Bayesian methods.
    • Experience with photometric data reduction and calibration.
    • Experience using archival space-based photometry.
    • A publication record appropriate for a recent Ph.D.
    • U.S. citizenship is required for this position.

Additional Desirable Qualifications
    • Experience with synthetic photometry and spectral energy distribution fitting/decomposition.
    • Experience with spectral data analysis and fitting.
    • Experience with the engineering or characterization of CCD or CMOS/sCMOS detectors.
    • Experience using SQL, ADQL, or TAP queries to mine databases.
    • Research background in active galactic nuclei.

To apply, please send your CV in confidence to [email protected]. In the subject line, please write "optical astronomy." A cover letter is optional. Applications are reviewed as they come in.

CPI was founded in 1984 and has been an important contractor at the USNO since 2008.

CPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and an employee-owned company.

Included Benefits: 

Medical insurance, dental insurance, vision coverage, paid vacation and sick leave, paid Federal holidays, 401(k) plan, employee stock ownership plan (not stock options; CPI is an employee-owned company), profit-sharing plan, and other benefits.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 9, 2024
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, February 1, 2024
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Richard Cember
Title: 
Senior Scientist
Institution/Company: 
Computational Physics, Inc.
Street Line 1: 
8001 Braddock Road
Street Line 2: 
Suite 210
City: 
Springfield
State/Province: 
VA
Zip/Postal Code: 
22151
Country: 
United States of America
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Richard Cember
Subject: 
Optical astronomer