Supervisory AST, Earth Sciences Remote Sensing, Physical Scientist

$149,000 - $166,000 yearly
  • NASA
  • Moffett Field Naval Air Station Boundary, Mountain View, CA, USA
  • Feb 04, 2020
Full time Disaster Preparedness/Recovery Government/Nonprofit Research Science

Job Description


2 vacancies- Supervisor in the Atmospheric Science Branch and Supervisor in the Biospheric Science Branch. This is an unprecedented opportunity to join the Earth science leadership team at Ames. The Branch Chiefs lead operations and provide technical and programmatic leadership of research portfolios in their respective scientific disciplines. Both branches oversee research portfolios that include strong measurement and analysis projects.

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  • Do you have a strong desire to lead, inspire and develop people? Do you want your career to leave an enduring impact on others? Do you have a passion for exploration? If you answered yes, we want you!
  • We recognize the vital role that supervisors play to empower our diverse workforce to achieve goals. At NASA, supervisors must have a unique combination of technical competence, individual energy, and the ability to connect with and motivate others.
  • In return, we offer a range of missions and people to support, where you'll have the opportunity to contribute to work that matters while helping us create and sustain an environment that fosters connection, engagement, teamwork and innovation.
  • The Atmospheric Science Branch Chief directs research in aerosol and radiation sciences, atmospheric dynamics and chemistry, including climate and air quality studies.
  • The Biospheric Science Branch Chief directs research in terrestrial and coastal-ocean ecosystem science in addition to leading-edge applied science initiatives in water, agriculture, forest fires, and capacity building.
  • Supervises personnel, coordinates with Division management to forecast and plan Branch priorities, and evaluates and facilitates research activities.
  • Develops a strategic vision to guide the Branch which is consistent with Agency strategic objectives.
  • Leads collaboration with NASA Centers, government agencies, private industry, academia and international organizations in research and analysis, proposal development, instrument development, mission development, etc. for the Branch.
  • Designs, implements, and reports on Earth Science studies through the analysis and interpretation of data obtained from instruments from space complemented by airborne, ground-based, and laboratory measurements.
  • Manages resources, conducts technical reviews, performs programmatic (cost, schedule, technical, risks) analyses.
  • Develops major briefings and program reviews to top Center management, Headquarters, stakeholders, and review groups regarding program plans, status, procurement, resources, and technical issues.
  • As a supervisor, you will provide equal opportunity in all Federal human capital and employment programs.
  • You will be expected to make decisions regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, affiliation or non-affiliation with a labor organization, political affiliation, or status as a parent.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties


Conditions of Employment

  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation.
  • A one year supervisory probationary period may be required.
  • Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement.


Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (or equivalent), which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

To qualify for the GS-15:

Demonstrated experience leading a research group or project.

Demonstrated experience in resource planning, proposals, and managing risk factors related to science programs and projects.

Demonstrated knowledge of remote sensing technology and the techniques needed for analysis of Earth science data and applications to Earth science research.

Demonstrated knowledge of interdisciplinary Earth science research.

Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Experiences copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.


In order to qualify for this position you must meet Basic Education Requirement:

Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree with a major in either a) engineering from a college or university that has ABET accredited engineering programs or b) Physical Science, Mathematics, Life Science, Computer Science, Other fields of science.

Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position.

The accreditation, type of degree, and course work taken will determine if the basic education requirements
are met.

The degree must have been received in the year of, or any year subsequent to the original date of accreditation. To find out if a school has an ABET accreditation, go to ABET accredited schools (

Applicants must list their majors on their resume.

Applicants must complete the following fields in USAJOBS
Resume Builder, Step 2. Education section in order for education qualifications to be considered for this position:

-College/University Name
-Degree/Level Attained
-Completion date

A degree(s) 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

Engineering degrees must have been awarded from a college or university school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). To find out if a degree meets this requirement, go to

All degrees must have been received in the year of, or any year subsequent to the original date of accreditation.

Foreign Education: 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 and such education has been 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:

Additional information

To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to the NASA web site. If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'Received'. If your status is 'Application Status Not Available', you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.

Current Federal employees must meet three months after competitive appointment restrictions by the closing date of the announcement.

Pay may be set in accordance with the General Pay Provisions delineated in NPR 3530.1C.

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.

You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job announcement into your resume, may result in you being removed from consideration for this position.

As a Federal employee you are required by Federal statutes and regulations to avoid certain potential financial conflicts of interest and assignments in which it may appear that you could act partially. See 18 U.S.C. 208 & 5 C.F.R. 2635.502.

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 USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility.

Be well qualified for this position to receive consideration. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for NASA's definition of well qualified.

Be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP if you are selected for the position. This includes copies of your agency notice, most recent Performance Rating and most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) noting current position, grade level, and duty location