Programmer/Analyst 2 (Science Programmer - Swift Operations Programmer)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
02 – J – Exempt
Work Unit:
Eberly College Of Science
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Full/Part Time:


The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics of The Pennsylvania State University has an immediate opening on the Science Operations Team for the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory. Swift ( is a NASA MIDEX-class Explorer mission operating since November, 2004. The successful candidate will serve as a science programmer (leading software and operations procedure development for Swift, under the immediate guidance of the Science Operations Team Lead). In addition the work will include Science Planning (responsible for daily observing plans), and serving as an Observatory Duty Scientist (responsible for the scientific operation of the observatory.) The applicant will have 50% of their time available to pursue scientific interests including collaborations with the rest of the Swift team. Previous experience with space instrumentation, satellite operations, or astronomy data analysis is required. Due to US law, the successful applicant must provide proof of eligibility for employment under US export regulations. Typically requires an Associate's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A BS (or equivalent) degree in Physics, Astronomy, or a closely related field is preferred. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088