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    The Senior Scientist for the Heliophysics Division reports directly to the Heliophysics Division Director on all matters pertaining to the science activities in which the Division is actively engaged. In addition, the Senior Scientist provides recommendations, advice, and consultation on all science-related aspects of NASA's Heliophysics Division to the Heliophysics Director.

    The Senior Scientist for Heliophysics will serve on an agile and diverse team whose core values include
    excellence, integrity, transparency, teamwork, and a growth mindset towards planning and coordinating
    NASA programs in research, development, operations of missions and instrumentation, and strategic management of available resources in Heliophysics and related fields.

    Specific Responsibilities Include:

    Serving as a senior science adviser to the Heliophysics Division Director within the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) on matters concerning the scientific content and strategy of the Heliophysics Division.

    Organizing and overseeing a broad program of research and analysis required to provide the basis for an effective and balanced Heliophysics portfolio to enable a continuing robust and long-term Heliophysics System Observatory and research programs.

    Assessing and coordinating scientific inputs to support the development of the Heliophysics science strategy consistent with scientific priorities established by the Heliophysics Division Director and Science Mission Directorate senior management officials.

    In conjunction with the Heliophysics Division Director, the incumbent will support coordination of heliophysics science-related activities between NASA offices and other Federal agencies, and international partner agencies and multinational coordination organizations. This includes engaging with these agencies and groups to discuss mutual scientific interests and implementation planning and to ensure that they have accurate awareness of NASA's relevant expertise, capabilities, and plans, such that the Heliophysics Division science and research future plans are appropriately consistent with national and international objectives and initiatives.

    Assessing and coordinating scientific inputs for broad agency announcements for heliophysics exploration missions, including inter-agency and internationally supported opportunities.

    Representing the Heliophysics Division Director to the scientific community through advisory committees and other groups such as the National Research Council.

    Supporting the Heliophysics Division Director in presentation of the science aspects of the Heliophysics Division to NASA top management, the Office of Management and Budget, the Congress, and other agencies and organizations as appropriate.

    Advising the Heliophysics Division Director on the coordination of heliophysics science expertise within the Agency at the appropriate Centers.

    Current Agency policy requires that ST appointments be time limited (temporary promotions or term appointments). The initial appointment will be for 3 years, with the possibility of extending up to an additional 2 years. If selectee is currently a permanent NASA civil service employee he/she will receive a temporary promotion. Employee will then return to a position at a grade level no lower than the grade previously held. If selectee is on a nonpermanent civil service appointment, a permanent civil service appointment in another Agency, or is not currently on a civil service appointment he/she will receive a term appointment. This appointment may be made permanent without further competition.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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