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Astrophysicist (Post-doctoral Research Fellow)

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Closing date
Feb 19, 2023

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Planetary Sciences, Space Physics
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Education Level
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
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Astrophysicist, IS-1330, Grade 11 

The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is part of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the largest and most diverse astrophysical institution in the world. Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the staff carries out a broad program of research in astronomy, astrophysics, and earth and space sciences. If you would like to join this exciting organization, apply today! 


This is the position of Astrophysicist (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow) with the Parker Solar Probe SWEAP team, which is part of the High Energy Astrophysics Division. The purpose of this position is to train postdoctoral researchers to conceive, plan, and conduct specialized original research in astrophysics. The employee will be expected to pursue a research program that is broadly aligned with the objectives of the NASA Parker Solar Probe mission. This could include contributions in solar physics, heliophysics, plasma physics, stellar astrophysics, space weather, or other related fields. 


Duties of this job may entail, but are not limited to, conducting a program of research and scholarship in the area of astrophysics, focusing on thermal solar wind plasma; assisting in the development of software and procedures of the reduction, analysis, and interpretation of data as needed; or assisting in the development of analytical methods and/or software to model physical processes and conditions; assisting in the development of scientific instrumentation for the collection of data to study the solar wind, as needed; and supporting the development of proposals for research funding pertaining to solar wind physics. 


View the complete Job Vacancy Announcement at SAO Employment Opportunities for further information and requirements SAO Employment Opportunities at 


Application Procedure: SAO will only accept applications online for this position. For complete information and online application procedures, please visit 


The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in our workplace. 

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