AST, Life Support Studies
- Provides guidance to the ISS Program on pre-flight and in-flight food systems and ensures that food systems meet all human space flight requirements.
- Manages and coordinates food systems for flight and ground support, including requirements development, systems design, systems development, import permits for international space food, flight certification, fabrication, packaging, vehicle integration, and crew interfaces in support of the ISS Program.
- Develops plans, schedules and cost/labor estimates for ISS Food System plans and implements agile food re-supply plans in support of dynamic ISS requirements and launch schedule.
- Ensures NASA Space Food Systems Laboratory (SFSL) production efforts meet the needs and schedule for the ISS Food System and serves as the NASA technical monitor on specific tasks and activities related to SFSL performance.
- Manages risks and provides detailed analysis and technical recommendations to senior management.
- Provides support to food re-supply planning and associated meetings related to food systems for ISS program support.
- Provides basic Certification of Flight Readiness (CoFR) input and data for ISS Food Systems.
- Represents ISS Food System at ISS board meetings, acceptance reviews, integration reviews, and CoFR processes.
- Supports and participates in crew training and meetings, and collects mission feedback information on ISS Food Systems.
- Monitors support contractor progress and evaluates performance.
Job family (Series)
1301 General Physical Science
Conditions of Employment
- A one-year probationary period may be required
- Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
- Successful completion of a security investigation will be required
- Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement
- Occasional travel may be required
You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
QualificationsApplicant must have one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.
Specialized experience is defined as professional working experience that included the following:
- Ability to manage end-to-end development of food systems used in aerospace environment which includes managing project resources and the ability to estimate and manage resources (cost, manpower, equipment, supplies).
- Knowledge and training in the discipline of food science, nutrition, and biomedical sciences.
- Knowledge in food processing, food package fabrication, handling, and delivery technology.
- Knowledge of physical and physiological responses of humans in response to zero-gravity.
- Ability to communicate, present to, and work effectively with individuals having diverse technical backgrounds internal and external to Johnson Space Center.
Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in engineering, physical science, mathematics, life sciences, computer science, or other field of science.
Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position.
You must indicate your major as well as your degree in order to receive full consideration for this position.
Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional, accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment.
Most foreign education is not accredited by an accrediting body that is recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.
Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.
As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your resume.
NASA's Applicant Guide provides the information needed to assist you in determining whether or not you can claim 5 or 10 point veterans preference. You should not submit documents to prove your eligibility for veterans preference at this time. However, you must be prepared to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resources Office. Veterans preference will only be considered based on what is supported For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.
Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.
Fair Employment Opportunities for Applicants
NASA Credit for National Service
As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.
The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
NASA uses an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from your resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Based on the competencies you match, you are placed in one of three categories identified as 90, 80, or 70 pt. quality categories, which are defined as:
90 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and has experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.
80 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.
70 pt. Category - Fails to meet criteria described in the 80 pt. category.
Additional application guidance is available in NASA's Applicant Guide .
Information for Veterans : The Category Rating Process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed at the top of the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.
For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality category are considered well-qualified
Background checks and security clearance
NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide . Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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Serves as a Food Scientist and System Manager for the International Space Station (ISS) Food System in the Project Management and Engineering Branch of the Human Systems Engineering and Development Division, Human Health and Performance Directorate, responsible for the development of pre-flight and in-flight food systems to meet human spaceflight objectives.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals
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