Research Technologist (Science Planner)

Penn State University

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Application deadline:
Contact: Aaron Cholden-Brown (
Job category: Scientific/Technical Staff
Research field:
Astrophysics, Physics
More information:
ID: 3610


The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics of The Pennsylvania State University has an immediate opening for a Research Technologist - 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. This job will be filled as a level 2, level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A degree in Physics, Astronomy, or a closely related field is required. Review of applications has begun and will continue until the position is filled. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of re-funding. CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.