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Goddard Space Flight Center Research Physical Scientist, AST, Earth Sciences Remote Sensing in Greenbelt, Maryland

Summary The Earth Sciences Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is looking for an experienced technical leader to serve as the Earth Action Lead to coordinate and implement strategic initiatives within this area in alignment with the Agency. This person will coordinate and lead efforts associated with Earth Action project offices, core science capabilities, and other center initiatives as well as guide partnerships and collaborations to engage with diverse stakeholder communities. Responsibilities Duties described below are at the highest grade advertised. Duties assigned at lower grade levels will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity; duties will be commensurate with the grade of selected employee. Coordinate and implement Earth Action initiatives across NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in coordination with NASA Headquarters that specifically align with leadership areas, project offices, and other initiatives. Serve as a liaison to NASA Headquarters, other NASA centers, and other government agencies to support and expand Earth Action initiatives at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Lead external community engagement to establish new partnerships, collaborations, and scientific opportunities for Goddard Space Flight Center focused on Earth Action program areas. Work within and across Goddard Space Flight Center in core science and technical capability areas to facilitate connections and collaboration with Earth Action initiatives, project offices, and program elements. Represent Goddard Space Flight Center at high-profile events, including media, industry, and other external activities related to Earth Action. Organize routine industry, external, federal, and/or other partner engagement activities at GSFC to bring together the community around core areas of climate innovation aligned with the strategic framework for climate innovation. Support Goddard’s Earth Sciences Division strategic planning and alignment with Goddard Space Flight Center 2040 activities through engagement with the Vector 3 activities including the Innovation Engine and Science Centers of Excellence. Lead coordination/implementation of activities aligned with cross cutting initiatives within the Earth Sciences Division. Foster a culture of engagement, diversity, inclusiveness, excellence and innovation. Champion NASA's commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility to create an environment that promotes a commitment to safety, integrity, and teamwork. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications In addition to the Basic Education Requirement (in the Education section below), to qualify for this position you must meet the requirements below. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work. NASA utilizes OPM-approved qualification and rating requirements specific for Aerospace Technology (AST) positions which recognizes NASA's unique aerospace work. The specific qualifications and minimum education requirements are further described below and within the education section of the job announcement. Vacant research positions may be filled at one of several grade levels depending upon the scientific impact of the person selected. A review may be required to determine the appropriate grade level of the position and supplemental materials may be required from the selectee. Please keep this in mind when indicating the lowest grade you will accept. If selected at the lower grade level, your scientific impact will be examined in addition to other factors, to determine if you are eligible for promotion. To qualify at the GS-14 level, you must have one year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level: Participating in development of strategic initiatives and implementation plans within an Earth system science discipline; Guiding collaborations or partnerships with a diverse group of stakeholders across federal government, industry and/or academic areas on technical projects or programs related to Earth system science applications; Engaging with a multi-disciplinary team of technical and scientific experts and coordinating across different disciplines to carry out strategic initiatives, projects, and/or reports. To qualify at the GS-15 level, you must have one year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level: Developing strategic initiatives and implementation plans within an Earth system science discipline; Managing collaborations or partnerships with a diverse group of stakeholders across federal government, industry and/or academic areas on technical projects or programs related to Earth system science applications; Leading a multi-disciplinary team of technical and scientific experts and coordinating across different disciplines to carry out strategic initiatives, projects, and/or reports. Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Experience statements copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job. NASA prohibits the use of artificial intelligence (AI) or AI-assisted tool in drafting application and assessment responses. Please visit https://www.nasa.gov/careers/how-to-apply/#Artificial-Intelligence to review NASA's guidance on the use of AI tools during the application process. Education Basic Education Requirement: You must have successfully completed a bachelor's degree with a major in one of the following: a) Engineering from a college or university that has ABET accredited engineering programs b) Physical Science, Mathematics, Life Science or other field of Science c) Computer Science that included 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of course work in any combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science with at least half of those hours in mathematics and statistics courses that included differential and integral calculus; and that provided an in-depth knowledge of theoretical and practical applications of computer science, including digital computer system architecture and system software organization, the representation and transformation of information structures, and the theoretical models for such representations and transformations. If you did not complete a qualifying bachelor's degree, you may be eligible if you have obtained a graduate degree in an AST qualifying field, as listed above. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered qualifying for this position. Engineering degrees earned within the United States: Engineering degrees earned within the United States must be from a college or university that has at least one ABET accredited engineering program. To find out if a school has at least one ABET accredited program, please visit http://www.abet.org. Engineering degrees earned outside the United States: Engineering degrees earned outside the United States must be recognized by a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA), often known as accords. These are non-governmental agreements among organizations that accredit academic degree programs. MRAs recognize the substantial equivalence of mature accreditation systems and programs accredited by signatory organizations within their jurisdictions. For a listing of Signatories, please visit, https://www.abet.org/global-presence/mutual-recognition-agreements/is-your-program-recognized/. Science and other related degrees earned within the United States: Science and other related degrees must have been awarded from colleges or universities that are accredited by recognized accrediting organizations. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, go to http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. Science and other related degrees earned outside the United States: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs. These education credentials must be deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: https://sites.ed.gov/international/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications/. All degrees must have been received in the year of, or any year subsequent to the original date of accreditation. Additional Information Additional selections may be made for similar positions across NASA within the local commuting area(s) of the location(s) identified in this announcement. By applying, you agree to have your application shared with interested selecting official(s) within NASA. CTAP/ICTAP will be cleared for any additional selection from this announcement. This appointment is at the maximum of six years. Under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004, individuals appointed under this announcement may be converted to permanent appointment, either non-competitively or through internal agency competitive placement procedures. Conversion is not guaranteed and is contingent on the employee meeting all legal requirements. For more information, see: Term Appointments | NASA Current Federal civilian employees may apply for this position. If selected, a break in service of at least 4 calendar days may be required prior to appointment to this position. If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must: - Indicate your eligibility when applying for a position. The questionnaire asks you to identify your ICTAP/CTAP eligibility. -Be well qualified for this position to receive consideration. Candidates rated in the 'Best Qualified' category are considered well-qualified. Please see 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for more information. -Submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP as indicated in 'Required Documents.' For additional information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, click here - https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/#ictap. This is a bargaining unit position. If additional selections are made, those positions may or may not be in a bargaining unit. To learn more about bargaining units at NASA please click here NASA Unions (Bargaining Units) | NASA.

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