New job Physicist in Massachusetts


Company : US Other Agencies and Independent Organizations
Salary : $86,283 - $112,172 a year
Location : Massachusetts

Full Description



This is the position of Physicist (Atmospheric) in the Atomic and Molecular Physics Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. The employee will perform research on atmospheric composition measurements, including those from airborne instruments and Earth satellites, and use satellite measurements, chemical transport model simulations, and in-situ measurements for scientific studies. The employee will be part of a research group to perform scientific research.


Duties of the position may include but are not limited to:

1.Define scientific and system requirements to develop and evaluate advanced scientific and numerical algorithms. This will involve implementing retrieval algorithms for remote sensing of atmospheric constituents. Obtain necessary data to verify requirements and test software.
2. Participate in the definition and design of scientific instrumentation to make advanced atmospheric measurements.
3. Assist other scientists and/or programmers in developing programs for and in use of the satellite measurements.
4. Perform scientific studies involving atmospheric measurements, global/regional atmospheric modeling, radiative transfer, tropospheric chemistry, and spectroscopy.
5. Prepare refereed publications and present talks at professional meetings.
6. Perform other duties as may be required.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - The candidate is expected to attend 2-3 scientific conferences per year, both domestically and internationally.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1310 Physics

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  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

    • Pre and Post background investigation.
    • May be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
    • Direct Deposit/Elect Funds Transfer required for salary payment

    Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job opportunity announcement closing date. For information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on the web at


    All applicants must meet these Basic Requirements: A. Degree: physics; or related degree that included at least 24 semester hours in physics; OR B. Combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major in physics totaling at least 24 semester hours, plus appropriate experience or additional education. In either A or B above, the courses must have included a fundamental course in general physics and, in addition, courses in any two of the following: electricity and magnetism, heat, light, mechanics, modern physics, and sound.


    In addition to Basic Requirements above, you must have: a) One year of specialized experience that is equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to grade 11 level work in the Federal government. The specialized experience normally would have included: Defining scientific and system requirements to develop and evaluate advanced scientific and numerical algorithms; performing scientific studies involving atmospheric measurements; preparing publications and presenting talks at professional meetings.
    Education for Grade 12: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
    Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements.

    Additional information

    Relocations expenses are not authorized.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above.The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:

      • Knowledge of Fortran 90/95 and Python/IDL/MATLAB.
      • Knowledge of scientific software development.
      • Knowledge of the principles and practices in the field of atmospheric science or related filed.
      • Knowledge of mathematics and physics of satellite and ground-based remote sensing observations
      • Skill in developing new software and modifying existing programs.
      • Ability to present findings in a publishable format.
      • Skill in oral and written communication as evidenced by refereed journal publications in atmospheric measurements and their applications.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    Detailed resume or CV and bibliography

    Names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references

    School transcripts or degree certificate

    Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    This is a Trust fund position.

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.


This job is open to

  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

This vacancy is open to all qualified candidates eligible to work in the United States. First consideration may be made 14 days after the opening date of this vacancy. Promotion to the next grade is subject to PAEC review.

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