This position is located in the Office of the Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. The Science Mission Directorate (SMD) engages the Nation's science community, sponsors scientific research, and develops and deploys satellites and probes in collaboration with NASA's partners around the world to answer fundamental questions requiring the view from and into space.Learn more about this agency
This position will function as the Program Scientist to the DAA for Exploration in support of the development of exploration strategies and execution plans and processes for landers, rovers, instruments, and orbital capabilities in alignment with the Agency cross-directorate exploration campaign, as well as the Lunar Discovery and Exploration Program managed by the DAA for Exploration. Primary responsibilities include:
Serving as a senior science advisor to the Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration in the management and administration of complex science programs and/or projects of national or international significance.
Serving as an authority in overall science exploration program definition, organization, management, and direction in a specified area within the Lunar Discovery and Exploration Program.
Serving as a lead NASA scientist responsible for the science content of flight mission programs or projects to carry out Science Mission Directorate (SMD) investigations.
Developing, reviewing, and providing recommendations for proposed program requirements, budgetary estimates, and expected scientific results.
Establishing methods and procedures to maximize science return and substantially reduce program costs.
Providing expert advice to NASA senior management for strategic planning and program development.
Working closely with the Program Executive in reviewing the status and progress of mission development and presenting the status and issues to the DAA for Exploration and to NASA senior management.
Integrating and coordinating the efforts of the agency personnel with those of U.S. and foreign technologists, university personnel, industry contacts, or contractors in research, development, and physical science.
Providing authoritative technical decisions, advice, and consultation on variables and unknowns affecting planning, management, coordination, and critical problems with respect to safety, costs, and economics.
Serving as the expert consultant and adviser to subordinate activities in areas such as measurement and instrumentation relevant to space science investigations.
Establishing validity criteria for studies to guide contract personnel specializing in various facets of the problems.
Representing scientific disciplines to NASA senior management and serves as an advocate for the communities' scientific interests in the context of scientific trends and a balanced scientific portfolio.
Serving as an expert consultant on the most challenging problems in a scientific field to an agency having responsibility for a program of national or international scope and impact.
Working with the team to identify and implement creative and innovative solutions.
Promoting diversity and inclusiveness within the workplace, within NASA appointed teams and committees, and within the science community.
Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties
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Conditions Of Employment
- Applicants must possess at least a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent
- Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement
- Occasional travel may be required
- Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
- A one-year probationary period may be required
QualificationsIn addition to the Basic Education Requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.
Specialized experience to qualify at the GS-15 grade level is defined as:
1) Managing a planetary science exploration program involves program requirements, budgetary estimates, and strategic planning; developing solutions to program development issues;
2) Providing scientific and technical advice on safety, costs, and economics related to planetary science exploration programs; and managing external agreements, grants, and contracts; and presenting senior leadership with solutions to mission concept and development issues.
Experience in Lunar and Mars science is highly preferred but not required.
Your resume must fully support how you meet the specialized experience in order to be found qualified for this position.
Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Architecture, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science*, Earth and Planetary Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics (Pure or Applied), Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Meteorology, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Oceanography, Optical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Space Science, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering or other appropriate physical science or engineering field. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position. *Note: Curriculum must include 30 semester hours of course work in a combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 must be in any combination of statistics and mathematics which includes differential and integral calculus.
This position is being announced in conjunction with vacancy announcement number HQ19D0005, open to all U.S. Citizens. One position will be filled as a result of these two vacancy announcements.
Please list your General Schedule (GS) equivalency on your resume for every federal position you have held.
As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.
The full performance level is GS-15.
Identification of promotion potential in this position does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher level duties.
Current Federal employees must meet time in grade and three months after competitive appointment restrictions by the closing date of the announcement.
Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.
Qualified NASA term employees who have term conversion eligibility under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004 will be referred and considered equally with other NASA permanent employees under internal competitive placement procedures.
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NASA Credit for National Service
The payment of relocation expenses is authorized.
How You Will Be Evaluated
Resumes will be rated by an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from the candidate's resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Candidates will be evaluated on the competencies they possess that are directly related to the duties of the job, as described in the announcement. Candidates should refer to NASA's Applicant Guide for assistance in developing a complete resume, as NASA will not accept separate KSA statements.
Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality levels based on the degree to which their competencies meet the duties required. A human resources specialist will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality level are considered well-qualified.
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Drug test required
Please be sure to review your resume on the "Review tab" by clicking on the "Your Resume." Ensure the correct version of the resume you have selected has been transferred from your USAJOBS account. If you fail to validate the information in your resume, you may not be appropriately evaluated for this position. Also, please be sure to review and complete the Supplemental Information questions.
To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to the NASA web site. If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'Received'. If your status is 'Application Status Not Available', you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.
NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide. Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
This vacancy is being filled through NASA STARS, an automated Staffing and Recruitment System. NASA partners with USAJOBS in providing a seamless application process. Before you begin the application process, please read the vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. You may begin the process of submitting your resume by clicking on the 'Apply Online' link. In order to be considered, you must submit a resume completed on the USAJOBS site. When completing your USAJOBS resume, please remember that NASA limits resumes to approximately 32,000 characters including spaces. NASA does not accept resumes uploaded to USAJOBS from a second source or documents attached through USAJOBS' document attachment feature. Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be asked to complete a short series of additional questions. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application package and receive consideration. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application. You may edit a previously-submitted application, if the announcement is still open. If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume and supplemental questions to:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
4200 Rideout Road
Resume Operations Center/Mailstop: HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812.
DO NOT submit your resume directly to the Center advertising this vacancy. Mailed resumes must be received by the close of business on the closing date of the announcement. Hard copy resumes requirements are provided at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements. If you are a first time applicant, we recommend that you review NASA's Applicant Guide to ensure that you are providing a complete resume. Failure to submit the supplemental data and a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration for positions in which you are interested. All applications must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
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Human Resources Management Division/HR Consulting Branch
AddressNASA's Resume Operations Center
4200 Rideout Road, Mailstop HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812
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