As a Supervisory Physicist specializing in Optical Physics, you will serve as an Associate Branch Head for the Optics Branch. The Branch is active in all phases of instrument and optical technology development. These activities include optical design and analysis, optical fabrication, optical metrology, thin film coatings, optical alignment, optical component or system testing, and wavefront sensing and control.Learn more about this agency
- 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 scientific discovery and leadership?
- We recognize the vital role that supervisors play to empower our diverse workforce to achieve goals. At NASA, supervisors must have a unique combination of technical competence, individual energy, and the<br>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.
- Provides administrative support to the Branch Head in planning, operation, direction and management and assumes responsibility for Branch management operations and project support and fulfillment of mission as needed.
- Assist in the technical direction and coordination of Branch personnel for optical support and technology development, flight projects, instrument managers, earth and space science scientists, instrument engineers,<br>and spacecraft system engineers.
- Works with Group Leaders, Lead Engineers, and branch technology leads to identify technical issues critical to the successful accomplishment of flight and research programs and provides technical guidance for solutions to GSFC projects.
- Provides occupational specific technical and administrative direction to employees performing the work and functions of the organization.
- Defines jobs, selects employees, and assigns work; define technical work requirements and milestones.
- Leads technical personnel in conducting conceptual definition studies and analyses of highly unstructured and interconnected problems involving both difficult technology and complex human relations or programmatic issues.
- Establishes unique methods that provide solutions to complex physics issues in the study of electrooptical and optical instrumentation, optomechanical systems, optical components, materials, systems design<br>and alignment and test technology.
- Provides technical leadership and direction to instrument teams in the areas of optical assembly, alignment, testing, and metrology.
- Develops original concepts for advanced optical techniques, components, and systems for measurement and sensor applications.
- Performs tasks of an advanced technical nature, involving experimental procedures in the areas of electro-optical instrumentation, opto-mechanical systems, and optical alignment and test technology.
- Performs alignment and evaluation of image quality of telescopes and spectrometers, calibrates photodetectors, star simulators, and other radiometric devices for use in the IR, visible, and UV portions of the<br>electromagnetic spectrum.
Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties
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