National Radio Astronomy Observatory | Hiring | Scientific Data Analyst (Open Rank) | Green Bank, WV | | 3 Oct 2022

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Job Location: Green Bank, WV

National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Scientific Data Analyst (Open Rank)

We are seeking an enthusiastic Scientific Data Analyst to join the staff of the Green Bank Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia. Jyotish Jyotish - Career & Life Prediction

The Green Bank Observatory oversees the development and operation of the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT), the worlds largest fully steerable telescope, as well as numerous smaller telescopes which are used for a variety of scientific and educational purposes. With a wavelength coverage of 1.5-m through 2.6-mm, the GBT is used for a diverse range of scientific research, including fundamental physics, gravitational wave astronomy, pulsars and fast radio transients, star formation, Galactic and extragalactic structure, astrochemistry, cosmology, planetary science, and SETI. Additionally, the GBT has ongoing instrumental research and development projects that keep the telescope at the forefront of science and technology. Current development projects include: commissioning and early science operations of a 0.74 GHz ultra-wideband receiver optimized for high-precision pulsar timing, as well as observations of fast radio bursts and spectroscopic surveys; implementing cyclic spectroscopy observing modes to provide ultra-high spectral resolution of pulsars, which will facilitate studies of the interstellar medium; designing and developing a transmitting radar system for the GBT; and expanding the GBO data archive and enabling archival science. GBO is also exploring new data analysis tools, techniques to mitigate the impact of radio frequency interference, and is exploring possibilities for an expanded the radio camera program.

The primary responsibility of the Scientific Data Analyst will be to provide assistance to observatory scientists and observers through a variety of duties, including (but not limited to): providing on-call support for the GBT and possibly other site telescopes, training GBO staff members to support GBT observations, performing technical reviews of GBT observing proposals, oversight of GBT observing documentation, and support for a variety of GBT instruments, observing modes, and observing scripts. In addition, the successful applicant will be acting as project friend for numerous outside proposals to use the GBT, a job which involves interacting with outside scientists and astronomers to answer questions about the GBT, assist with observing script preparation and post-observation data analysis, and occasionally actively observing for the projects principal investigator. Scientific Data Analysts may also have the opportunity to contribute and lead research and development projects.

The position is located in Green Bank, West Virginia, a beautiful and remote site bordering the Monongahela and George Washington National forests. Located 4 hours from Washington, DC, the Green Bank Observatory offers an academic atmosphere in a rural setting that features a wide variety of activities, from skiing, mountain and road biking, hiking, fishing, and whitewater rafting, all within a tight-knit community.

The successful applicant should have at least a basic understanding of astronomy. Knowledge of radio and/or millimeter astronomy and experience with radio telescope observations is desired but not required. Training will be provided for all job duties.

Vacation accrual, health insurance, and a moving allowance are provided.

Further information on the job can be found at or through contacting the GBO scientific data analysts supervisor, Ryan Lynch ([email protected]). Additional information about Green Bank Observatory can be found at the following webpages.

  • Main webpage
  • Scientific staff


  • Responds to observer questions regarding GBT observing and data reduction
  • Maintains a working knowledge of issues, observing, and data reduction techniques for the GBT
  • Assists scientific staff with training, software testing, and procedures for user support and/or telescope operations.
  • Provide oversight for GBT observers and proposers guides
  • Provide back-up for all (GBT) VLBI script creation and projects
  • Technical reviews for 20-40 GBT proposals annually
  • On-call support for GBT observers
  • Support staff or friend for outside proposals to use the GBT: answer questions about the GBT, assist with observing script preparation and post-observation data analysis, and occasionally actively observing for the projects principal investigator.
  • Pro-active compliance with Green Bank Observatory and government safety policies and procedures in own work area is expected.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:

Minimum Education: Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Astronomy, Physics or related field, or the equivalent work experience, is required.

Minimum Experience: None.

Preferred Experience:
Minimum of 2 years relevant work experience. Prior relevant experience includes any combination of 1) working with scientific data products; 2) observational experience with telescopes; 3) software testing and debugging in support of users and/or telescope operations; 4) face-to-face support of users/customers/students; and/or 5) mentoring or training of less experienced persons. Advanced astronomy degree may be substituted for years of experience.

Strong communication skills (written and verbal). Very good interpersonal skills. Analytical thinking. Able to learn new systems quickly. Aptitude to take on increased responsibility. Ability to take ownership of a functional area. Proven ability to complete self-directed assignments. Ability to effectively train and/or mentor others.

Computer Skills:
Ability to use computers with M/S Windows, MacOS, and Linux operating systems is desirable

Work Environment
: Work is typically performed in an office environment. Will be required to sit for long periods of time and operate a personal computer. Regular on-call and scheduled weekend and night work required.

Physical Demands:
Must be able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

Job title and compensation will be commensurate with education and experience.

All Observatory staff are required to show proof of full Covid 19 vaccination prior to their start date.

Application Instructions:

Apply online at the Associated University Inc. Careers page; upload CV/Resume and letter of interest.

AUI is an equal opportunity employer. Women, Minorities, Vietnam-Era Veterans, Disabled Veterans, Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. To view our complete statement, please visit If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, you may submit your request by sending an email to [email protected].

The Observatory is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V)

The Green Bank Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.


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