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NASA BPS Fundamental Physics Program Scientist Job Announcement

By SpaceRef Editor
February 17, 2022
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NASA’s Biological and Physical Sciences Division of the Science Mission Directorate will soon solicit applications for a highly motivated individual to provide scientific leadership in pioneering scientific discovery and enabling exploration in its Fundamental Physics program, which focuses on the development of research using the space environment to advance knowledge and applications of quantum science and other fields of physics ( The Program Scientist will work as part of a diverse and agile team whose core values include excellence, integrity, transparency, teamwork and a growth mindset toward stewarding the nation’s space biology and physical sciences program.


About the Position

The Fundamental Physics Program Scientist provides expert scientific leadership for the formulation and execution of all aspects of the Fundamental Physics program and represents this program to external organizations. Responsibilities include:


·         Maintains the scientific integrity of the program while working closely with the fundamental physics research community to identify and develop promising lines of advance and new mission concepts.

·         In collaboration with the Physical Sciences Program Manager, establishes and sets the organizational strategic direction, goals, priorities, structure, processes and culture for Fundamental Physics, and to assure that facilities and missions developed for Fundamental Physics research satisfy established science requirements.

·         Leads the development and maintenance of research and technology plan(s).

·         Leads the formulation and execution of solicitations for research and technology development, oversees the peer review of proposals, and makes selection recommendations.

·         Monitors progress of the research and technology development portfolio.

·         Provides authoritative and comprehensive advice, assistance and oversight to NASA Centers to ensure the program is implemented in an integrated manner.

·         Advocates for Fundamental Physics science and develops collaborations with both external organizations, including participation in domestic and international scientific conferences and symposia as the senior program science representative.

·         Promotes diversity and inclusiveness within the workplace, within NASA appointed teams and committees, and within the internal and external science community.


Position Type and Location

The position may be filled either as a permanent civil service position or via assignment as a temporary Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) position.  The IPA assignment would be a minimum of two years, with two renewal options for a maximum of 6 years. The duty station will be determined upon selection and may be at NASA Headquarters (Washington, DC), another NASA center, or may be fully remote, i.e. not in the vicinity of a NASA worksite.



Qualified candidates will:


·         Have experience providing leadership of research programs for the development and implementation of projects

·         Have experience managing the coordination of research and/or technology development in one or more fundamental physics disciplines, with particular expertise in quantum science and/or atomic physics, in government, academia, or industry

·         Have credible research experience documented in established professional publications or journals.


Application Process

The civil servant job announcement will open for applications at on Thursday, March 10, 2022 and will close on Monday, March 14, 2022. Please look for the Program Scientist job announcement number HQ-22-DE-11393241-SEN.  The civil servant job selection is a fair and open competition to which all U.S. Citizens and Status Candidates can apply.


Further Information

Candidates interested in this opportunity are encouraged to contact NASA well in advance so they can make a well-informed decision on submitting an application during the very short (3 day) window when the job opportunity will be open for applications. Questions about this anticipated opening for a Fundamental Physics Program Scientist at NASA Headquarters may be directed to Dr. Brad Carpenter, Fundamental Physics Program Scientist, Space Biology and Physical Sciences Division, 



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