Astronomer - AER00036E/P

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, December 6, 2019
Archive Date: 
Friday, January 31, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Engineering
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Street Line 1: 
620 Discovery Drive
Street Line 2: 
Building 2, Suite 140
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Building 2, Suite 140
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

As an Astronomer, the candidate will assist the Meteoroid Environment Office (MEO), located within the MSFC Natural Environments Branch/EV44, in defining the meteoroid environment as it pertains to spacecraft design and risk. The candidate will carry out fundamental/original research in the meteor/meteoroid discipline, develop software and tools to analyze meteor-related data, conduct any required astronomical observations, and respond with quick-turnaround analyses of bright meteor events (“skyfalls”) occurring over the United States.

Duties will include the following:

  • Developing, and assisting in the development of, models pertaining to the meteoroid environment, including meteor showers.
  • Analyzing observational data collected from telescopes, cameras, radiometers or other instrumentation.
  • Conducting observations of lunar impact flashes, meteors, and their parent bodies.
  • Presenting results to the NASA customer and at conferences.
  • Publishing results in the appropriate journals.
  • Delivering quick-turnaround characterizations of skyfall events to the MEO customer.


(36E)    Must have received an MS degree in Astronomy, Physics, or similar field from an accredited institution. A Doctorate degree is strongly preferred.

(36P)   Must have received a Doctorate degree in Astronomy, Physics, or similar field from an accredited institution, along with having at least five years’ experience in said fields.

  • The successful candidate must:
    • Have at least 2 first author publications in a peer-reviewed journal
    • Have extensive experience in at least two programming languages, and be willing to work in Python and/or C/C++
    • Have some background in computer science (multiple computer science classes preferred)
    • Have some experience in operating telescopes or observational astronomy coursework.
    • Demonstrate strong technical writing and presentation skills in order to present data to internal and external customers.
    • Have strong customer relations skills - Have the ability to multi-task and transition between quick turnaround assignments.
    • Show initiative and be proactive to make connections and build relationships with key players on the tasks.
    • Demonstrate the capability to plan and perform analyses independently and within a team

Proof of U.S. Citizenship is required.

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Application Deadline: 
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
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