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    The Sciences and Exploration Directorate, Astrophysics Science Division, Astroparticle Physics Laboratory (Code 661) is seeking a scientist to serve as the Laboratory Chief and to conduct research in astrophysics, specifically gamma ray astrophysics and cosmic ray astrophysics.

    As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.

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    Do you have a strong desire to lead, inspire and develop people? Do you want your career to leave an enduring impact on others? Do you have a passion for exploration? If you answered yes, we want you! At NASA, the key to our success is our people. We recognize the vital role that supervisors play to empower our diverse workforce to achieve our shared goals. At NASA, supervisors must have a unique combination of technical competence, individual energy, and the ability to connect with and motivate others. In return, we offer a range of missions and people to support, where you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to work that matters while helping us create and sustain an environment that fosters connection, engagement, teamwork and innovation. Together, we are part of something bigger than ourselves.

    As a Research Astrophysicist, specializing in Fields and Particles, you will provide occupational specific technical and administrative direction to professional employees performing the work and functions of the organization. You will obtain resources and identify strategic objectives for the organization. You will define jobs, select employees, and assigns work; define technical work requirements and milestones; evaluate the organization and employee accomplishments by accepting or rejecting work products; and present and defend organization and employees work to senior management and other offices; recommend employee promotions and recognition; approve leave; implement performance modifications and take corrective actions as appropriate. Provide employees resources and information that insures a safe and healthy work environment. Ensure that safety training requirements are followed.

    You will perform research with one or more of the following objectives: understand the nature of the high energy universe through gamma ray astrophysics, multi-messenger time-domain high-energy astrophysics, and cosmic ray astrophysics; conceive new missions or instruments to obtain the necessary data to investigate the nature of sources such as gamma-ray bursts, black holes, neutron stars, novae, supernovae, and interstellar particles and fields. You will conduct studies in astrophysics: conceive, plan, and conduct pioneering studies of outstanding scope, difficulty, and complexity in unexplored areas of investigation and/or manage complex and extensive scientific programs of critical importance to the agency. The work affects the technical policies of a major department or agency, has a significant bearing on legislation, or involves equivalent implications. Resolve issues in areas where there are high levels of uncertainty and balances conflicting interests of extreme national or international importance. Contribute new designs or techniques that are regarded as major advances or have opened the way for further developments, or have solved problems of great importance to the field, the agency, or public.

    Initiate research study efforts, define areas of study, monitor study and review approaches, and evaluate study results for conclusions affecting overall systems. Determine feasibility, timing, technical approach, and management of specific study proposals in areas of astrophysics.

    The incumbent is responsible for furthering the goals of equal employment opportunity and diversity by taking positive steps to support the accomplishment of affirmative action objectives and by adhering to nondiscriminatory employment practices in all areas under his/her supervision.

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    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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