Lead Discipline Scientist
Universities Space Research Association
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NASA Glenn Research Center is the agency’s lead center for expertise and research in gravitational effects on fluid flow, heat transfer and chemically reacting flows. This work includes, but is not limited to, developing experiments and performing research on the International Space Station (ISS), terrestrial microgravity facilities (e g., drop towers and parabolic aircraft) and space-based and ground-based platforms. Specific facilities on the International Space Station include the Fluids Integrated Rack (FIR), Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR) and Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG). The ISS Research Project seeks a Lead Discipline Scientist (LDS) to serve as technical lead and to guide strategic planning in soft matter and complex fluids. Essential Duties/Responsibilities: Primary responsibilities will include technical management support in conjunction with the fluid physics discipline lead and physical science portfolio manager for conceiving and implementing a soft condensed matter research program. This will be in response to NASA needs for data in soft condensed matter physics that lead to either the development or modification of existing theories or technologies. Develop and evaluate national science policy options: Provide expert advice and guidance for long-term, nationwide research that represents critical obstacles to the development and progress in the field of soft condensed matter physics. Make recommendations and implement actions involving highly complex aerospace engineering technical problems such as determining when major developments should be stopped, or when major alterations should be made due to changes in program emphasis. Plan, direct, and coordinate research: Engage in professional scientific and engineering work that is systematic, critical, and intensive research directed toward discovering, disseminating and applying new/expanded knowledge in the field of colloids, gels, emulsions, foams, aerosols, liquid crystals, granular material, or supercritical fluids. Research includes, but is not limited to, analytical modeling studies and experimental investigations in laboratories and GRC ground-based reduced gravity facilities. Provide technical expertise regarding specific content of experiment, conducting ground-based precursor testing, and assisting in development of necessary experiment technologies. Lead an interdisciplinary team of researchers and engineers in providing research that enhances the scientific and technological basis for quantitative analyses used in furthering scientific research goals. Publish results that are of great significance to the scientific community, including Federal and State agencies as well as national and international organizations. Ensure work meets NASA quality requirements defined in NPD 8730.5 and NPR 8735.2A and agency contracts, as modified. In accordance with Public Law and NASA NPR 7500.1, the incumbent is responsible for complying with the provisions of the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986. Required Qualifications: Education: – Must possess advanced Engineering, Science or Applied Science Degree Experience: – Minimum of 8 years relevant research experience in complex fluids or soft condensed matter with a relevant publication history. – Extensive research experience in the area of either soft matter dynamics or condensed matter physics such as colloids, liquid crystals, gels, emulsions, foams, aerosols, granular material, or supercritical fluids. – Experience in developing a research program. – Experience in leading and working with a team of researchers. Technology: – Proficiency in Microsoft Office and its applications. Working Conditions: This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, etc. Extensive online usage. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities perform the essential duties and responsibilities. Travel: Up to 5% travel. Applicants should apply to the posting at USRA Careers and include a letter of interest, resume, or curriculum vita. Additional information on USRA can be found at . USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans / Disabled / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity.