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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.
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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.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/487663600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.