NASA Research Scientist

Location
NASA Ames Research Center
Posted
Jan 13, 2022
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time

POSITION TITLE:                          NASA Research Scientist

 

LOCATION:                                     NASA Ames Research Center

 

POSITION CLASSIFICATION:   FLS Non-Exempt

HOURS:                                             Scheduled hours may vary dependent upon contract requirements

 

 

 

JOB SUMMARY:

Conduct biological research associated with one or more complex projects within the NASA Ames Research Center’s Bioengineering Branch. Primary focus will be on designing, building, and analyzing a microbiology experiment for the International Space Station (ISS). The goal of the experiment is to complete multi-omics analysis of Arthrospira platensis during 6-months of continuous photoautotrophic growth.

  BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

  • Master's degree from an accredited university in a biological discipline with 3+ years’ professional experience or a Doctoral degree with 0-3 years’ of experience.
  • Laboratory experience in genomics, molecular biology, microbiology/plant biology, biochemistry/analytical chemistry, omics sample preparation, and omics data analysis.
  • Familiarity with best practices for working with hazardous materials and willingness to adhere to NASA-defined processes.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and command line computer operating systems such as Linux, Unix, or R.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with scientists, engineers, and external scientific service providers from a wide range of technical backgrounds.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as analytical problem-solving abilities.
  • Track record of communicating scientific results through conference presentations and peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Capacity to work independently and efficiently with minimal instruction.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Complete experimental research to determine spaceflight experiment design requirements, develop/build the flight payload, and prepare samples for omics analysis.
  • Support science components of flight operations that may require travel and/or extended hours.
  • Conceive and design laboratory experiments and actively participate in project planning.
  • Generate, record, analyze, and compile experimental data.
  • Complete statistical analysis of whole genome sequences, transcriptome sequences, proteomics, and metabolomics data.
  • Submit data to appropriate public databases.
  • Prepare figures for presentation/publication and collaborate with other scientists in publishing research findings.
  • Draft scientific materials for public outreach and/or publication.
  • Present research at scientific conferences.
  • Maintain a safe and organized laboratory area.
  • Perform laboratory duties including management of materials and supplies, equipment, and operations.
  • Identify materials and equipment needed for experiments, obtain product information, identify vendors, and assist in the preparation of material and supply acquisition.
  • Oversee general state of the laboratory, including scheduled waste removal, decontamination of surfaces, and instrument calibration/upkeep.
  • Carry out assigned duties in a manner consistent with defined safety policies and report any safety incidents, potential hazards, or close calls. Assist with identifying and eliminating any unsafe conditions.

NON-ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Occasionally – Squatting/Crouching, Climbing, Kneeling
  • Often – Reaching, Standing, Sitting, Walking, Stooping, Pushing, Pulling, Talking, Hearing, Seeing 
  • Lifting/Moving Requirements – Minimum of 25 pounds occasionally

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER:

Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran

VEVRAA Federal Contractor

 Employability in the U.S. and pre-employment drug screen required.