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    Summary

    The Smithsonian Institution (SI) is a diverse museum and research complex dedicated to the increase and diffusion of knowledge. The National Air and Space Museum Research and Curatorial Affairs Directorate includes the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies.

    The incumbent conducts scientific research in planetary and terrestrial geology, geophysics, and remote sensing with emphasis on data analysis and synthesis.  

    This position is outside the bargaining unit.

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    Responsibilities

    GS-12

    • Literature review and proposals: Incumbent remains abreast of of current scientific literature relevant to his/her research topics and collaborates with scientist and scholars in associated areas. She/He participates in national and international conferences and meetings of professional associations to report on research findings and trends in the fields of geology and geophysics as they relate to his or her expertise in Earth and planetary science.  
    • Research and analysis: Research by the scientist consists of analyzing remote sensing or directly measured data for the Earth and other planets, with the goal of answering significant scientific questions regarding planetary surfaces, atmospheres and/or interiors. The scientist is expected to formulate hypothesis for planetary processes based on previous information and test these concepts with new methods and data. 
    • Public outreach: Assists other Museum personnel in planning exhibits related to areas of curatorial responsibility and advises on scientific content of NASM related to Earth and planetary science.  These duties may include development of gallery scripts, preparation of appropriate image products for display and preparation of proposals for external funding of exhibits.  The incumbent is active in education and public outreach efforts in the fields of Earth and planetary science.  

    GS-13

    • Literature review and proposals: Incumbent remains abreast of of current scientific literature relevant to his/her research topics and collaborates with scientist and scholars in associated areas.  The incumbent supervises the scientific work of visiting students and postdoctoral researchers. The incumbent is responsible for the management, of grants and contracts, management of supporting personnel and submission of interim and final reports. 
    • Research and analysis:  Research by the scientist consists of analyzing remote sensing or directly measured data for the Earth and other planets, with the goal of answering significant scientific questions regarding planetary surfaces, atmospheres and/or interiors. The scientist is expected to formulate hypothesis for planetary processes based on previous information and test these concepts with new methods and data. It is expected that such work forms the basis of new data acquisition by existing spacecraft or development of scientific experiments for future missions. 
    • Public outreach: Assists other Museum personnel in planning exhibits related to areas of curatorial responsibility and advises on scientific content of NASM related to Earth and planetary science.  These duties may include development of gallery scripts, preparation of appropriate image products for display and preparation of proposals for external funding of exhibits.  The incumbent is active in education and public outreach efforts in the fields of Earth and planetary science.  

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    13 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, meet all the performance requirements, and supervisor’s recommendation to the next grade.

  • Job family (Series)

    1350 Geology

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