Research Technologist 2 (Science Planner)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
02 – G – Non-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 for a Research Technologist Level 2 - Science Planner on the Science Operations Team of the Swift Gamma-Ray Burst program. Swift ( is a NASA MIDEX-class Explorer mission operating since November, 2004. The duties of a Research Technologist-Science Planner include creating schedules for targets to be observed by Swift, participating in Swift operations as required, and supporting science analysis conducted by Swift research faculty. U.S. Export Administration Regulations require that the successful applicant provide proof of employment eligibility under International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR, 22CFR120-130). Proof of employment eligibility requires documentation that you are a) a U.S. citizen; or b) a Resident Alien (i.e. green-card holder). Applications must be submitted electronically and include a cover letter, CV, names and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Proficiency in computing programming, especially in the Python language, is desirable. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with 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