Astrophysics Sr Support Scientist
ASRC Federal Holding Company
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ASTS is seeking a Support Scientist to support programs in the Astrophysics Division (APD) of NASA's Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters.
The full time Sr. Support Scientist will have the following major roles in the execution of his/her duties in this position.
The Support Scientist has broad responsibility for developing and maintaining scientific research grants programs; serving as the Headquarters science lead for one or more missions; and overseeing NASA's concept studies for the 2020 Decadal Survey.
The position may involve work in multiple areas of the Astrophysics Division activities, which include the following:
Carry out the functions of Program Scientist for an operating mission, ensuring that Astrophysics programs assigned are properly managed, and that data flows for the benefit of the science community;
Carry out the functions of Program Scientist for a mission under development, providing scientific leadership to the mission by assuring that the mission leads to the science objectives being met and providing leadership for project science teams and science competitions;
Carry out the functions of Discipline Scientist for a research and analysis program, assisting in the conduct of peer reviews, recommending portfolios of proposals for selection, and ensuring the health of an astrophysics discipline; and
Carry out the functions of Program Scientist for a mission concept study, ensuring that compelling and executable mission concepts are prepared for the 2020 decadal Survey
ASRC Federal and its Subsidiaries are Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, gender, color, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, national origin, religion, marital status, ancestry, citizenship, disability, protected veteran status, or any other factor prohibited by applicable law.
In addition to the above tasks, the Support Scientist will be expected to be available during business hours, be responsive to management and to proposers, attend appropriate NASA meetings, and perform other science duties as assigned, including travel to attend scientific and or management meetings, and bilateral and other international meetings.
It is expected that the position will be housed at NASA HQ.
The Support Scientist will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) and strictly adhere to a conflict of interest avoidance and mitigation plan. It is expected that the Sr. Support Scientist will not participate in the development of or be a member on proposal teams. The Sr. Support Scientist must openly disclose and identify any and all matters that give rise to a potential conflict of interest. This includes the appearance of bias created by involvement of a spouse or family member in any part of the proposal process. The candidate must identify any recent employment and science collaborations that present a potential conflict of interest and/or may create an appearance of bias towards certain proposers.
Summary of Requirements:
Demonstrated experience in the science operations of NASA Astrophysics missions.
A Ph.D. or equivalent Advanced Degree in Astrophysics, together with at least 10 years of relevant scientific research work experience.
Disciplinary expertise in one or more areas of the astrophysics program (e.g., theory, data analysis, technology and instrument development, mission formulation and development).
Experience in the development of international space science partnerships is preferred
Strong written and interpersonal communication skills.
The candidate must be able to pass a basic background screening for admission into a Federal facility.
Other procedural requirements as stated above.
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