Penn State University

Science Planner - Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics - Centre County

Centre County, PA

Job Description

Science Planner - Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Posted: Thursday, 6/6/2024
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The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at The Pennsylvania State University has an immediate opening for a Science Planner (Research Technologist - Physical Sciences, Intermediate Professional) on the Science Operations Team of The Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory program. Swift ( is a NASA MIDEX-class Explorer mission operating since November 2004.

The duties of a Science Planner include:
  • Creating schedules for targets to be observed by Swift.
  • Participating in Swift operations as required.
  • Supporting science analysis conducted by Swift research faculty.

Education and Experience

This position requires a Bachelor's degree and one year of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Proficiency in computing programming, especially in the Python language, is desirable.

Additional Information

This is a limited-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with the possibility of renewal.

Applications must be submitted electronically and include a cover letter, CV, and names and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

This position offers a flexible work arrangement that combines remote and on-campus work. Questions related to flexible work should be directed to the hiring manager during the interview process.

Penn State offers competitive benefits to full-time employees, including medical, dental, vision, and retirement plans, in addition to tuition discounts, generous vacation time, sick time, and paid holidays. Please visit for more detailed information.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

The salary range for this position, including all possible grades is:

$38,300.00 - $55,500.00

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