Radio astronomer

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, November 18, 2022
Archive Date: 
Friday, December 16, 2022
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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 radio astronomer with experience in interferometry to join our team at the United States Naval Observatory (USNO) in Washington, D.C.

BACKGROUND

The USNO is responsible for the production and dissemination of precise parameters concerning time, star positions, and the earth’s rotation. These astronomical and geophysical parameters support navigation (GPS) and many other applications. This USNO mission includes maintaining, together with the Paris Observatory, the International Celestial Reference System (ICRS) and the International Celestial Reference Frame (ICRF).

DESCRIPTION OF THE POSITION

The focus of this position will be to provide radio frequency images of International Celestial Reference Frame (ICRF) sources, intrinsic structure models derived from the radio images, and an assessment of the astrometric quality of the ICRF sources, based on their intrinsic structure, to support definition and maintenance of the celestial reference frame. Work includes the maintenance of a Web-accessible data archive (Fundamental Reference Image Data Archive, or FRIDA) of radio frequency images of ICRF sources, derived from observations executed using radio astronomy telescopes, especially the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA). The work includes the correlation and calibration of imaging data and the publication of the data to FRIDA. Ultimately, this effort will require incorporating data on reference frame sources at multiple wavelengths in the future. A small amount of travel may be required.

REQUIREMENTS

  1. PhD with at least 3 years’ experience in radio interferometry is required.

  2. Experience in the collection, processing and analysis of astronomical data taken in the radio portion of the spectrum is required.

  3. Specific experience with the VLBA and the supporting software and data processing systems is highly desirable.

  4. Experience in the use of radio astronomy to support celestial reference frame or geodesy observations is desirable.

  5. U.S. citizenship is required by our contract from the Navy.

  6. The USNO requires full vaccination for Covid-19.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send your resume in confidence to [email protected]. In the subject line, please write "Radio Astronomer." A cover letter is optional.

CPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and an Employee-owned Company.

Pay Compensation
Compensation Notes: 
Salary will be commensurate with experience.
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: 
Friday, December 23, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Richard Cember
Title: 
Senior scientist
Institution/Company: 
Computational Physics, Inc.
Street Line 3: 
8001 Braddock Road, Suite 210
City: 
Springfield
State/Province: 
VA
Zip/Postal Code: 
22151
Country: 
United States of America
Phone: 
7037647501
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Richard Cember
Subject: 
Radio astronomer position