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The Science Mission Directorate (SMD) within NASA Headquarters will fill multiple positions in the Astrophysics, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, or Earth Science Divisions.
This position is being announced in conjunction with vacancy announcement number HQ18D0004, open to all U.S. Citizens. Multiple positions will be filled as a result of these two vacancy announcements.
The position may be filled at the GS-14 or GS-15 grade level. GS-15 is the full performance level of this position.
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.
Please be sure to review your resume on the 'Review tab' by clicking on the 'Your Resume.' Ensure that the correct copy 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.
The Astrophysics Division conducts basic research and implements flight missions to investigate the origin and nature of exoplanets, stars, galaxies and the large scale structure of the Universe. This position serves as a senior NASA scientist responsible for the science content of flight mission programs or projects to carry out SMD science investigations.
Planetary Science Division:
The Planetary Science Division is responsible for disciplines that studies geology and geophysics, cosmochemistry, planetary astronomy and atmospheres, Mars exploration, astrobiology, planetary instrument technology development, and planetary data investigations. This position serves as a senior NASA scientist responsible for overseeing execution of a major planetary robotic exploration mission with an emphasis on exploration of and the search for life on ocean worlds.
Earth Science Division:
The Earth Science Division is responsible for advancing the knowledge of Earth as a system to meet the challenges of environmental change, and to improve life on our planet. Specific foci include studies of biospheric, atmospheric, oceanic, and geologic processes and their interactions. Activities overseen include acquisition of data obtained from space-borne, airborne, ground-based, and laboratory measurements, and their subsequent analysis, interpretation and modelling. The selected individual will serve as a senior NASA scientist and program manager responsible for overseeing research in Physical Meteorology and Atmospheric Dynamics.
The Heliophysics Division conducts basic scientific research and implements flight missions to understand the Sun and its interaction with the Earth, the solar system, and the interstellar medium, including space weather. Heliophysics incorporates studies of the interconnected elements into a single system. As such, the selected individual must have an understanding of the broad system science nature of Heliophysics.
These positions perform a range of scientific program planning duties. Serves as Program Scientist, responsible for the science content of flight mission programs or projects to carry out SMD investigations.
Develops, reviews, and provides recommendations for proposed program requirements, expected results, and budgetary estimates. Establishes methods and procedures to reduce program costs. Provides expert advice to management on strategic planning and program development. Presents issues and proposes solutions to NASA senior management.
Manages research elements within a broad Research and Analysis (R&A) Program. Develops solicitations and evaluate research proposals. Initiates and monitors research contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements. Provides technical decisions, advice, and consultations affecting the planning, management, coordination, and critical problems related to safety, costs, and economics of Division Programs. Provides advice on measurement and instrumentation related to science investigations. Establishes validity criteria for studies.
Represents scientific disciplines to NASA senior management and serves as an advocate for the communities' scientific interest.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
Current federal employees on career/career-conditional appointments OR employed by an agency with an OPM interchange agreement. Former federal employees eligible for reinstatement. VEOA eligibles. Individuals eligible for special hiring authorities [VRA, 30% or more disabled veterans, Schedule A for individuals with disabilities, former Peace Corps, AmeriCorps & VISTA employees, certain military spouses, certain former overseas employees]. NASA term employees with conversion eligibility.
Questions? This job is open to 6 groups.
Conditions of Employment
- Successful completion of a security investigation will be required
- Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement
- Occasional travel may be required
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust.
U.S. citizenship is required.
In addition to the basic education requirements, applicant must also have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.
Specialized experience to qualify at the GS-14 grade level is defined as:
Skill Set 1): Experience in scientific research, including implementing and overseeing components and/or activities of research programs;
Skills Set 2): Experience guiding the planning and implementation of broad science based activities; and
Skills Set 3): Experience supporting a range of science based program activities, such as development of program descriptions and guidelines, team meetings planning, and evaluation of proposals from multiple organizations.
Specialized experience to qualify at the GS-15 grade level is defined as:
Skills Set 1): Experience in scientific research, such as implementing and overseeing components and activities of research programs, including interagency and internationally supported research opportunities;
Skills Set 2) Expertise playing a leading role in science management, such as organizing and overseeing broad science based research and analysis programs; and
Skills Set 3): Experience with strategic planning of science based program activities, including the development of budgetary requirements and guidelines, formulation of final budget proposal, and review of budget submissions from multiple organizations.
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, 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 requires a Public Trust Background Investigation.
Current Federal employees must meet time in grade and three months after competitive appointment restrictions by the closing date of the announcement
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.
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.
Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.
Fair Employment Opportunities for Applicants
NASA Credit for National Service
The payment of relocation expenses is authorized.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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.
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.
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.
Candidates for NASA positions are evaluated using our automated staffing and recruitment system, NASA STARS, which compares your skills and experience as described in your resume with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be a highly qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official. If you are a current federal employee and are contacted for an interview, you may be asked to provide a copy of your most recent performance appraisal narrative summary. At NASA, we pride ourselves on efficient and timely recruitment actions, and you can normally expect to learn the outcome of the selection process in a fairly short period of time. In addition, to ensure that you can measure progress for yourself, NASA provides you with regularly updated information on the status of the vacancy announcement.