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Human Research Program Chief Scientist position vacancy at NASA JSC

By SpaceRef Editor
January 24, 2013
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Human Research Program Chief Scientist position vacancy at NASA JSC

Interagency Personnel Agreement (IPA)
Position: Human Research Program Chief Scientist

NASA Johnson Space Center
Human Health & Performance Directorate
Human Research Program

Area of Consideration: Open to all qualified US Citizens, permanent residents, or non-residents with a US “J” Visa

Open: January 21, 2013
Closes: February 22, 2013

The Human Research Program seeks a Chief Scientist within a specialty that involves experimental and theoretical research directed toward the understanding of the effects of space flight on human physiological processes and performance. As the Chief Scientist for the Human Research Program (HRP), this position provides comprehensive oversight of research and technology development in space medicine, space physiology, space human factors and environmental health focused on understanding and mitigating the effects of space flight on humans.

The Human Research Program (HRP) investigates and mitigates the highest risks to human health and performance, providing essential countermeasures and technologies for human space exploration. Risks include physiological effects from radiation, hypogravity, and planetary environments, as well as unique challenges in medical treatment, human factors, and behavioral health support. The HRP is managed at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) and comprised of six research and technology development projects, or Elements. These Elements provide the program knowledge and capabilities to conduct research addressing the human health and performance risks as well as advancing the readiness levels of technology and countermeasures to the point of transfer to the customer programs and organizations.

The Chief Scientist provides leadership in the Human Research Program, advocating for the science, the representation of this science within NASA, ensuring the development of health risk mitigation strategies in support of space exploration, and handling of domestic and international external interfaces ensuring the effective coordination and execution of research activities. The Chief Scientist is responsible for maintaining the scientific integrity of the Program, ensuring appropriate balance among disciplines and providing scientific guidance/input to the Program Manager concerning budgetary requirements and funding priorities.

Specific Duties include:

– Guiding the development and maintenance of the Integrated Research Plan, ensuring overall balance across Elements, adequacy of planned research path to risk reduction, appropriate utilization of ground and space-based platforms, and appropriate research prioritization;

– Overseeing external reviews of scientific content of the Program from peer review of individual proposals through National Academy reviews of overall Programmatic content

– Chairing annual reviews of science progress;

– Chairing the Science Management Panel composed of the Element Scientists and other designated members;

– Overseeing the direction, integration and product deliveries of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) cooperative agreement;

– Overseeing the preparation, release and selection recommendations of any scientific solicitations necessary to carry out the Program Science approved procurement plan;

– Assuring timely release of data, publicity for and publication of results;

– Ensuring data policies are established and carried out by the community, and advocating for adequate funding for data sharing, processing and analysis as appropriate.

– Advising the Program Manager on the scientific value of proposed new or reduced content. Qualifications Desired: Applicants should have a combination of education, research and/or program management experience with particular knowledge and experience in the subject commensurate with the research topics within HRP ( Basic Education Requirement: A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with major study in biological sciences (physiology or medicine) or physical sciences (chemistry, physics) or engineering or related technical field. Incumbent must be recognized leader in their field and have demonstrated oversight of large departments and/or diverse research groups and must have excellent communication skills.

How to Apply: Please submit a Curriculum Vita and cover letter explaining qualifications to:

Ms. Lisa Navy
NASA Johnson Space Center
2101 NASA Parkway, Mail Code SA1
Houston, Texas 77058-1000.

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Potential Start Date and Duration: April 1, 2013, for two-years with a potential extension.
For additional information about this position, please contact: Lisa Navy at 281-483-2466 or via email at

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