Science Planner

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Penn State University
Department Name: 
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Street Line 1: 
525 Davey Laboratory
University Park
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics of The Pennsylvania State University has an immediate opening for a Research Technologist Level 2 - Science Planner on the Science Operations Team of the Swift Gamma-Ray Burst program. Swift is a NASA MIDEX-class Explorer mission operating since November, 2004. The duties of a Research Technologist-Science Planner include creating schedules for targets to be observed by Swift, participating in Swift operations as required, and supporting science analysis conducted by Swift research faculty. U.S. Export Administration Regulations require that the successful applicant provide proof of employment eligibility under International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR, 22CFR120-130). Proof of employment eligibility requires documentation that you are a) a U.S. citizen; or b) a Resident Alien (i.e. green-card holder). Applications must be submitted electronically at and include a cover letter, CV, names and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Proficiency in computing programming, especially in the Python language, is desirable. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of re-funding.

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Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Dr. John Nousek
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