Senior Associate Program Scientist – RF, Optical, Photonic Technologies
Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)
May 16, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
Years of Experience:
Academia, Research Laboratory, Government/Non-Profit
Core Position Summary:
With guidance from the Chief Scientist and Deputy Chief Scientist, this position supports CASIS campaigns and programs that align with the CASIS mission. This position serves as a primary point of contact for investigators submitting proposals, provides necessary content for research opportunities, manages scientific reviews of research proposals and maintains subject matter expertise related to CASIS’ physical sciences research vertical and portfolio directives. This position also supports the Chief Scientist, Science and Technology Advisory Panel (STAP), Business Development, Marketing and Communications, Operations, and Portfolio Management teams in areas requiring specific scientific expertise or technical knowledge. The hired individual will reside in the vicinity of Boston, Massachusetts.
Support CASIS campaigns, the physical sciences research vertical and targeted portfolio areas, (emphasis on RF and optical technologies) by proposing, shaping and implementing strategies, initiating outreach to industry/academia/other government agencies, and serving as a CASIS subject matter expert on research and technology development on the ISS National Lab.
Within CASIS campaigns, the physical sciences research vertical and targeted portfolio areas (emphasis on RF and optical technologies), prepare and provide an outreach plan to the R&D community that identifies target ISS NL users within industry, academia and other government agencies. The plan should identify how/why each recipient was targeted for outreach. Once these plans are approved, work with the CASIS Portfolio Management team to implement.
Conduct research and analysis and utilize information obtained from peer-reviewed scientific literature and technical or market analysis publications from industry and other government agencies to prepare the technical requirements and content of request for information (RFI) or request for proposal (RFP) documents for conducting ground-based and on-orbit research in a given portfolio focus area as directed. Provide technical input for other solicitation documents and conduct informational outreach opportunities to facilitate understanding of CASIS’ research opportunities. Work with the appropriate CASIS team to support the end-to-end RFI or RFP submission process as needed. In addition to writing the content for the RFIs or RFPs, it is likely that actions will include but are not limited to leading a webinar, responding to Q&A, bringing together subject matter experts to inform development of science initiatives, selecting science reviewers, coordinating science reviews, and potentially helping to negotiate key milestones in grant agreements.
Provide expert technical review of proposals in your area(s) of subject matter competence in accordance with CASIS review policies. Manage any necessary outside review of unsolicited proposals in conjunction with appropriate CASIS team(s).
Conduct literature reviews, interviews, and other efforts as necessary of relevant flight- and ground-based research. Utilize this information to identify proposed flight hardware, crew interface requirements and experiment processes that will be required to conduct investigations on ISS NL in identified areas of research. Maintain an online library of technical resources in each area of focus for potential users and CASIS to access. Maintain a list of contacts among potential users/partners. Provide a report to be used to brief a broader CASIS team on review findings and proposed on-orbit research approach.
Working with the CASIS Operations team, generate and maintain a comprehensive library of available hardware and facilities that can support ISS NL research. Create opportunities for investigators to socialize and describe new hardware for research and manage the evaluation and determination of whether new hardware should be invested in. Coordinate with the CASIS Operations team to understand and communicate hardware logistics and flight planning. Prepare and provide a report that identifies all hardware investigated, determined usefulness for on-orbit research, requirements to be flight ready, and other pertinent information that would assist investigators. Collaborate with the CASIS Operations Department in order to communicate science and hardware requirements for on-orbit research based on input from potential commercial and academic users.
Support CASIS outreach, advocacy, and business development efforts by making contacts at and presenting to outside groups including potential users, partners, funding sources, foundations, etc. This will also include speaking at industry conferences, conducting learning opportunities by hosting workshops, supporting business development meetings as the science subject matter expert, and outreach events managed by Science and Technology or other CASIS departments.
As necessary, aid the Chief Scientist and Deputy Chief Scientist in coordination with NASA by supporting technical interchange meetings, project planning meetings, increment priority planning meetings/process, and other meetings and briefings related to science and operations on the ISS NL.
As needed, provide support to the Chief Scientist, Deputy Chief Scientist and Science & Technology Advisory Panel in tasks including, but not limited to, research analysis, white paper development, and briefings on areas of research relevant to CASIS or the ISS NL.
Perform other duties as necessary to support science and technology portfolio management.
Participate in weekly science team meetings and provide updates on all scientific activities managed.
Essentials for the Role:
Ability to clearly communicate scientific data and results to a diverse population including but not limited to peers, lay community and students involved in high school through post-graduate study
Demonstrated self-motivated ability to perform tasks and produce outcomes, working in both team and individual settings
Education and Experience:
Ph.D. in physical sciences, RF-, optical-, or photonic- engineering, or similar discipline is desired, others considered based on professional experience. 6+ years demonstrated research experience required, Experience in an industrial setting is desired. Demonstrated experience in grant writing, research management and publication development.
About Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)
The International Space Station (ISS) is arguably humankind’s greatest technological achievement. A research laboratory unlike any other, orbiting some 250 miles above the Earth’s surface, providing researchers the ability to leverage sustained levels of microgravity, a vantage point in low Earth orbit, and varied environments of space for their experimental needs. In an effort to expand the research opportunities of this unparalleled platform, the U.S. portion of the ISS was designated as a National Laboratory in 2005 by Congress, enabling space research and access to a broad range of commercial, academic, and government users. The ISS National Laboratory is responsible for hosting all non-NASA research and investigations that are able to take advantage of the one of a kind attributes of the space station for Earth-based benefit. This unique research and innovation platform is available to U.S. researchers from the commercial sector, research institutions, government agencies, and all others interested in leveraging the unique capabilities of the space station to solve complex problems on Earth.
In 2011, the Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), a nonprofit, nongo...vernment organization, was selected to manage this National Lab, with a focus on enabling a new era of space research to improve life on Earth and support the U.S. economy. In this innovative role, CASIS is commissioned with the responsibility to promote and coordinate a diverse range of research in life sciences, physical sciences, remote sensing, technology development, and education. CASIS operates under a Cooperative Agreement with NASA, which was recently renewed through the end of 2024, and the CASIS executive director is the designated Principal Investigator.
CASIS is responsible for maximizing the value of the ISS to the nation by developing and managing a diversified R&D portfolio based on U.S. national needs for basic and applied research and by using the ISS as a venue for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational activities.
Stimulate, develop, and manage the U.S. national uses of the ISS by other U.S. government agencies, academic institutions, and private firms. Develop tools and techniques to communicate the value of uses of the ISS National Laboratory and increase the return on the U.S. investment in the ISS.
CASIS Strategies and Objectives
Identify the unique capabilities of the ISS that provide breakthrough opportunities for non-NASA uses in science and applications, technology development, and STEM education, including but not limited to human health, biological sciences, biotechnology, biological research, energy and biofuels, physical and materials science and development, engineering research and technology development, and Earth and space imaging and observations. Identify and prioritize the most promising research pathways, while ensuring diversity, without over-committing the resources of the ISS.
CASIS CORE VALUES
Passion for the Mission
We are inspired and driven by the International Space Station and the incredible opportunity ahead of us. We understand and are humbled by what others have sacrificed to build the ISS. We embrace the role that CASIS plays in shaping the future of space research by maximizing the impact of this incredible laboratory.
We are committed to our customers and understand that each and every one of us contributes to the user experience. As the conduits to the space station, we aim to do everything in our power to improve the customer journey and focus on our customer’s objectives.
We believe in the power of inclusion – that there is greater strength in working together to solve complex problems. We collaborate and build networks, harnessing the best ideas from inside and outside the organization. We treat our coworkers, partners, customers, and vendors with respect and appreciation.
We convey professionalism in all that we do. We communicate openly and transparently and use appropriate channels. We recognize that each employee is an ambassador of the ISS National Laboratory and contributor to the ISS brand.
We recognize the great responsibility that we have to maximize the use of the ISS to benefit life on Earth. We demonstrate good stewardship of our resources and put the mission above all else when making business decisions. We are accountable for our actions and expect our users,partners, and vendors to share in these values.
Committed to Excellence
We take pride in our work and aspire to be the best we can be. We adhere to the highest standards of our professions and adopt best practices. We embrace new ideas and explore innovative ways of working.