Research Space Scientist, AST, Planetary Studies
The Science & Exploration Directorate, Solar System Exploration Division, Planetary Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry Laboratory (Code 698) is seeking a research scientist to provide expertise in the analysis of planetary spacecraft radiometric tracking data and apply it to a wide range of geophysical studies.
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In addition to the Basic Education Requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.
To qualify for the GS-13 grade level, applicants must have one year specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GS-12) defined as research studying planetary geophysical problems, with experience on recent lunar and/or planetary mission science teams (e.g., GRAIL, MESSENGER, MRO) and providing analysis of recent planetary spacecraft mission data for gravitational field determination as demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications.
To qualify for the GS-14 grade level, applicants must have one year specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GS-13) defined as leadership in research studies of planetary geophysical problems, with experience on recent lunar and/or planetary mission science teams (e.g., GRAIL, MESSENGER, MRO); providing analysis of recent planetary spacecraft mission data for gravitational field determination as demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications; developing new and complex approaches to the modeling of gravity fields of the planets, Moon, asteroids and satellites.
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Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Architecture, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science*, Earth and Planetary Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics (Pure or Applied), Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Meteorology, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Oceanography, Optical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Space Science, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering or other appropriate physical science or engineering field. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position. *Note: Curriculum must include 30 semester hours of course work in a combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 must be in any combination of statistics and mathematics which includes differential and integral calculus.
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As Research Space Scientist, specializing in Planetary Studies, you will specialize in the analysis of planetary spacecraft radiometric tracking data with applications to a wide range of geophysical studies. You will independently formulate research plans and hypotheses, and conduct research in the following areas: Analysis of planetary spacecraft radio signals for precision orbit determination and planetary gravity field determination, particularly measurement modeling and the development of innovative inversion techniques; Analysis of altimetry data and complex radio data (e.g., VLBI, high-low and low-low satellite-to-satellite tracking) for orbit determination; Development of novel techniques for spacecraft instrument modeling, data reduction and analysis, and application of these techniques to develop value-added products (e.g., crustal thickness, crustal density, internal structure, and localized gravity representations); development of new flight mission concepts and mission proposals that would improve our knowledge of planetary topography and gravity fields.
Research work will include exploring and defining complex problems, analyzing data, interpreting results, and disseminating science results through publication in technical reports, requirements documents, or professional papers, invited talks and seminars, and presentations at scientific conferences.
You will also be responsible for developing successful research proposals in response to NASA solicitations. The work also includes leadership roles in the development of new mission concepts and proposals for next generation space geodetic missions, including satellite gravity and altimetry missions for Solar System bodies. Responsibilities include significant contributions to the definition of mission science objectives, instrumentation and data analysis.