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Position Details


Long Classification Title RESEARCH SCIENTIST III
Location UNH, Durham, NH
Department UNH Space Science Center [UZSP00]
Summary of Position

Under general supervision of Prof. Nathan Schwadron and CRaTER/ISOIS SOC/SPP leads, and in collaboration with associated project personnel, assist in mission operations, data analysis, data product deliveries, computer server maintenance, and interactions with other LRO and PSP team members.

Additional Job Information
Posting Number/Job Order # PS0681FY18
Acceptable minimum level of education Doctorate
Acceptable minimum years of experience 2 years
Other minimum qualifications

1.Doctorate or equivalent professional degree. 2.Thorough knowledge of computer. programming and data analysis techniques. 3.Five years of research experience in related discipline.

Additional Preferred Qualifications

1.Experience in operating scientific instrumentation in space or other similar contexts (e.g. particle accelerators).
2.Expertise with the following radiation transport codes: MCNP, HETC-HEDS, HZETRN, PHITS, GEANT
3.Expertise with the following computer literacies and skills: AutoCAD, Linux, and UNIX

Salary Information

Salary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.

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Percent Time Information (FTE) 1.00
Grade 26
EEO Statement

The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.

Institution Information

The University of New Hampshire is a major research institution, providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs ( UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast, and is convenient to New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains. The Department of Physics confers both undergraduate (B.A., B.S.) and graduate (M.S., Ph.D.) degrees and currently includes 26 faculty members. EOS is the largest research institute at UNH, with more than 275 faculty, staff and students.

Posting Details

Posting Date 12/07/2017
Open Until Filled No
Closing Date 12/20/2017
Posting Open to Internal Candidates Only? No
Interested Internal Candidates Exist? No
Job Category Salaried Staff (Exempt)
Appointment Type Grant Funded
If TERM position provide projected end date
DOT Safety Information None applicable

Duties / Responsibilities

Job Duties


Provide significant expertise to and supervision of assigned research projects
•Take lead role in the routine operations of the CRaTER instrument. Assist with planning spacecraft slews for specialized CRaTER observation campaigns. Take a lead role in the commissioning and operations of the ISOIS instruments, including the design and execution of command loads in coordination with the instrument teams and other SOC personnel. Assist CRaTER and ISOIS team members outside of UNH with data server access and other operational issues as needed.


Be responsible for original development and implementation of computer programs.
•Assist in the development, maintenance, and implementation of specialized computer programs and systems required for the CRaTER and ISOIS Science Operations Centers under general supervision of SOC leads and working with support staff. These tasks include: maintenance of data ingestion, processing and production distribution software, system administration of SOC hardware, trending of instrument science performance, data validation, delivery of EDR, SDR and ADR data products to the NASA PDS archive, development of higher level data products, and related SOC activities. (30%)

•Aid with development of web pages and hosting of data products locally at UNH.


•Supervise and advise staff and students in the data analysis and modeling of the radiation environment supporting the CRaTER science team.


Publish outstanding science papers for the CRaTER and PSP ISOIS programs.

Keep current with knowledge in areas of expertise and related scientific fields through reading of scientific journals and attendance at scientific meetings.


Collaborate with scientists at other universities or institutes in the design, operations, and interpretation of experiments
•Assist in communications with LRO project at Goddard and with PSP project at JHU/APL, including preparation of monthly status reports and quarterly data delivery estimates, and participating in weekly teleconferences.
•Collaborate with scientists and engineers at UNH and other institutions to test and interpret data from PSP/ISOIS instruments, including basic instrument commanding and monitoring during instrument-level and spacecraft-level testing, including thermal-vacuum testing and mission simulations.
•Participate in SSC seminars.
•Develop new scientific concepts for future work and proposals.
•Present talks at national and international meetings highlighting recent CRaTER and PSP ISOIS results.


Perform other related duties as needed.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you meet the definition of an Internal Candidate? Internal Candidates include: (1) active status employees who have completed the introductory period and (2) adjunct staff members who have been employed within USNH for at least 12 months in total and who have worked at least 1,000 hours during the 12 month period preceding the application for the position. Student employment does not apply toward internal status eligibility.
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. (3) Professional References Contact Info
Optional Documents