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Research Associate, Graduate in Mountain View, CA at Universities Space Research Association

Date Posted: 12/6/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Under the lead of the grant Principal Investigator (PI), the Research Assistant will provide support on the analysis of data and development of documents to use for publication.

This position is dependent on funding.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Assist PI and co-Is in analyzing data from the SOFIA IRC+10216 and IC 63 observations, this will include curve fitting, comparisons to theoretical models (performed by outside collaborator), calculations of goodness-of fit parameters etc. 
  • Assist in drafting research paper, including figure generation and literature review, based on the above and related observations.
  • Assist in related and follow-up work, including preparation of detailed observing plans for [planned] SOFIA observation and, ground-based supporting observations and data reduction.
  • Assist in designing, preparing for and executing astronomical observations at ground-based observatories.
  • Other job related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:


  • Bachelors degree in Astronomy or a related field, or expecting degree in field within the next year (or equivalent combination of education, academic training, and research).


  • Research experience in Astronomy (undergraduate or summer project desired)

Licenses, Certifications:

  • n/a

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:  

  • Knowledge of analysis software, or willingness and ability to learn them rapidly
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team player
  • Ability to work effectively with co-workers in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Previous experience in a variety of research techniques/methods and follow-up data collection is strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of research procedures and protocols gained through education and/or experience
  • Ability to evaluate research data / the technical results of experiments and to identify problems when they occur
  • Strong organizational skills and detail orientation
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and its applications.
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Working Conditions:

This job operates in a professional office environment. Work is performed in an office or computer lab environment.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; talk or hear.  Keyboarding for large time spans each day will be a significant part of this position. The employee may need to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. 


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Applicants should apply to the posting at and include a letter of interest, resume, or curriculum vita.  Review of candidates will begin immediately.  Additional information on USRA can be found at

USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity