Job Overview


About the Agency

The Sciences and Exploration Directorate, Heliophysics Science Division, Heliospheric Physics Laboratory (Code 672) is looking for a highly skilled individual to serve as Principal or Co-Investigator to conceive, initiate and conduct programs of original research directed toward the understanding, description and prediction of the behavior of charged particles in the heliosphere and to serve as project scientist or deputy project scientist for NASA missions.


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As a Research Astrophysicist, specializing in Fields and Particles, and as project or deputy project scientist, you will direct the mission science working group and represent science teams to NASA Project Management and to the Program Office. Maintain close professional contacts with the U.S. and international science community. You will also work closely with civil service and contractor scientists and programmers in order to ensure that flight hardware, data processing computer algorithms and data analysis and archiving software applications are developed according to international standards. Provide scientific guidance and oversight of all elements of the project implementation and serve as a scientific spokesperson and advocate on behalf of the Project.

As Principal or Co-Investigator, you will initiate, lead and oversee the activities of important research projects, including the activities of civil service and external co-investigators. Provide leadership on complex analysis issues or problems where new analytical techniques must be developed to identify and evaluate findings. You will study the global and local properties of solar wind ions and electrons relying on both remote sensing solar observations and in-situ particle and magnetic field measurements. Conceive, plan and conduct research on unexplored areas relative to solar wind where there is little or no theory to guide experimentation or analysis of novel data. Originate and establish unique data analysis methods, techniques, algorithms, applications and data products that significantly impact the research area and the work of other experts and that provide innovative solutions to complex and unprecedented solar wind data analysis issues. Resolve challenging and critical problems that impact the research of other scientists, partners or stakeholders. Ensure application of the latest state-of-the-art technology in programs by keeping abreast of current developments in related technology fields.