Job Profile:      Aerophysicist

Conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories.

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Describe and express observations and conclusions in mathematical terms.Analyze data from research conducted to detect and measure physical phenomena.Report experimental results by writing papers for scientific journals or by presenting information at scientific conferences.
Design computer simulations to model physical data so that it can be better understood.Collaborate with other scientists in the design, development, and testing of experimental, industrial, or medical equipment, instrumentation, and procedures.Observe the structure and properties of matter, and the transformation and propagation of energy, using equipment such as masers, lasers, and telescopes, to explore and identify the basic principles governing these phenomena.
Develop theories and laws on the basis of observation and experiments, and apply these theories and laws to problems in areas such as nuclear energy, optics, and aerospace technology.Teach physics to students.Develop manufacturing, assembly, and fabrication processes of lasers, masers, infrared, and other light-emitting and light-sensitive devices.
Conduct application evaluations and analyze results to determine commercial, industrial, scientific, medical, military, or other uses for electro-optical devices.Develop standards of permissible concentrations of radioisotopes in liquids and gases.Conduct research pertaining to potential environmental impacts of atomic energy-related industrial development to determine licensing qualifications.
Advise authorities of procedures to be followed in radiation incidents or hazards, and assist in civil defense planning.Write research proposals to receive funding.

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The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).The ability to see details at a distance.The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
The ability to see under low light conditions.The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Select Tools
Analog frequency analyzersAnalog sound level metersAnalytical balances
Annealing furnacesArbitrary function generatorsArgon ion lasers
Atomic absorption AA spectrometersAtomic emission detectors AEDAtomic force microscopes
BetatronsBig G torsion balancesCapacitance bridges
Cavity dumpers or driversCharge-coupled device CCD camerasComputed tomography CT scanners
Conditioning amplifiersCryostatsCyclotrons
Desktop computersDiffusion pumpsDiffusion-pumped vacuum systems
Digital multimetersDigital oscilloscopesDigital plotters
Digital sound level metersDigital voltmeters DVMDiode lasers
Double monochromatorsElectron microscopesFourier transform infrared FTIR spectrometers
Friction-force microscopesFunction generatorsGalvanostats
Gamma ray spectrometersGas chromatography equipmentGas chromatography GC injectors
GaussmetersGeiger-Muller countersGrating monochromators
Headspace autosamplersHelium lasersHelium refrigerators
High intensity UV sourcesHigh vacuum equipmentHigh-energy accelerators
High-resolution semiconductor detectorsHigh-resolution spectrometersHigh-speed video cameras
InterferometersIonization chambersIsotope ratio mass spectrometers
Laboratory box furnacesLaboratory centrifugal pumpsLaboratory electromagnets
Laboratory tube furnacesLaptop computersLaser power meters
Leak detection equipmentLight scattering devicesLinear accelerators
Liquid helium level sensorsMagnetic force microscopesMagnetic resonance imaging MRI systems
Mass spectrometersMeasuring microscopesMickelson interferometers
Microwave interferometersMonochromatorsMultiple diode lasers
NanovoltmetersNeutron detectorsNuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectroscopes
Optical beamsplitting devicesOptical choppersOptical detectors
Optical tablesOptical tweezersParticle counters
Personal computersPhotodetectorsPhotometers
Photon counting systemsPinhole filtersPistonphones
Portable fast Fourier transform FFT analyzersPositive ion acceleratorsPower amplifiers
Prism spectrometersProgrammable phase modulatorsPulsed nitrogen lasers
Radiation detecting film badgesRadiofrequency RF generatorsSafety goggles
Scanning electron microscopes SEMScanning monochromatorsScanning tunneling microscopes STM
Scintillation probesSemiconductor parameter analyzersSignal generators
Single frequency dye lasersSound intensity probesSpectrophotometers
Spectrum analyzersSpring scalesSurface profilometers
TelescopesThermoluminescent dosimetersTransmission electron microscopes TEM
Turbo-pumped vacuum systemsTwo-channel dynamic signal analyzersTwo-channel fast Fourier transform FFT analyzers
Two-channel network analyzersVacuum stationsVernier force sensors
Vibrating sample magnetometersVibration excitersVisible spectrometers
X ray crystallography equipmentX ray photoemission spectrometersZeeman split lasers

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