Orbital Debris Astronomical Scientist

May 10, 2019

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Job Description

Job Location: Houston / Johnson Space Center / NASA

As an Orbital Debris Astronomical Scientist you will:

Conduct observations of the man-made orbital debris population in Earth orbit
Develop, document, integrate, maintain and operate the NASA Orbital Debris Program Office (ODPO) Meter-Class Autonomous Telescope (MCAT) and other telescopes
Perform physical characterization of resident space objects, including orbit determination, and laboratory specimens
Work closely JETS Orbital Debris Research & Science Operations (ODRSO) colleagues and NASA customers
Present work products to customers and counterparts in written and verbal formats
Support and participate in technical interchange meetings
Perform other duties as required
Required Education/Experience/Skills:

This position has been posted at multiple levels. Depending on the candidate’s experience, requirements and business needs, we reserve the right to consider candidates at any level for which this position has been advertised.

BS degree from an accredited college or university in Astronomy, Physics, or a closely related field and four (4) years related experience, or MS degree in Astronomy, Physics, or a closely related field with two (2) years of related experience, or Ph.D. in Astronomy, Physics, or a closely related field
Observational experience using visible/infrared telescopes
Experience with telescope hardware and instrumentation such as shutters, mounts, filters, cameras, spectrographs, etc.
Experience with telescope software and integration
Astrometric/photometric/radiometric data reduction and analysis experience
Experience with Unix/Linux, high level computer languages, and astronomical applications, e.g. IRAF
Ability to travel to remote telescope facilities in domestic and international locations

Ph.D. degree in Astronomy or relevant Physics discipline
X years relevant experience in a related field.
Experience in observing non-sidereal targets, e.g. planetary, small body, or space surveillance-themed astronomy
Experience with FORTRAN77/95, Python, LabView, MatLab, and IDL
Experience with spectroscopy and material identification
Experience with optical experiment and campaign planning
Experience with writing grants/proposals
Work effectively in interdisciplinary teams and possess excellent oral and written skills
Exhibit the qualities of creativity, conception, vision and personal initiative, and will be expected to develop new cooperative relationships and team capabilities
Essential Functions

• Work Environment- Generally an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on task.

• Physical Requirements- Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods of time). May require lifting and carrying up to 10 lbs (5% of time).

• Equipment and Machines- Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).

• Attendance- Regular attendance in accordance with established work schedule is critical. Ability to work outside normal schedule and adjust schedule to meet peak periods and surge requirements when required.

• Other Essential Functions- Must be able to work in a team atmosphere. Must put forward a professional behavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation. Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.

MTS is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabilities/Veterans).

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  • Job type: Full-Time
  • Salary: 80,000 - 100,000
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