Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center International Space Station (ISS) Food Scientist/System Manager in Houston, Texas
Summary The International Space Station Food Scientist/System Manager serves as the manager and integration lead providing expertise in overall management of the food system provisioning, production, and delivery to support crew. This includes working with other government agencies, commercial, and international partners to ensure safe and reliable food systems for low Earth orbit missions. Additionally, the incumbent may assist in advanced food technology development for future exploration missions. Responsibilities Manages International Space Station and Low Earth Orbit food provisioning. Develops, implements, and manages technical, cost and schedule ensuring food deliverables support milestones while providing greatest possible shelf life of food items. Tracks on-orbit food inventory to monitor food usage rates and provide information about what food may be of degraded taste/textural quality. Certifies Food System readiness for Flight increments and missions, per NASA procedural requirements. Monitors contracted team in the Space Flight System Laboratory and the Health Stabilization Program. Identifies risks related to food system cost, schedule, and technical performance. Recommends risk mitigations efforts and priorities; solicits funding for high priority efforts and implements mitigation strategies. Works with other government agencies, commercial, and International Partners to ensure food system deliveries for launch on IP vehicles meet need dates and works to establish the necessary import permits for IP foods shipped into the US. Supports commercial flight efforts; assesses crew food provisioning needs before, during, and after commercial transport. Oversees and supports the NASA Health Stabilization Program providing food during pre- and post-flight quarantines. Provides technical expertise as a space food system subject matter expert. Provides recommendations and consultation on space food systems. Supports the senior NASA food scientist as needed with advanced food technology development and research. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications In addition to the basic education requirement (shown below), you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above. To qualify for GS-13, you must have one year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level including demonstrated experience in food science to include evaluating cost, schedule, and technical performance; and this position requires the incumbent have the following current License and/or Certification: ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification. Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Experience statements copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job. Education You must have successfully completed a bachelor's 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*, or other field of physical science. *Note: Curriculum must include 30 semester hours of course work in a combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 must be in any combination of statistics and mathematics which includes differential and integral calculus. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered qualifying for this position. To find out if a school has an ABET accreditation, go to http://www.abet.org. Degrees must have been received in the year of, or any year subsequent to the original date of accreditation. Engineering degrees earned outside the United States: Engineering degrees earned outside the Unites States must be recognized by a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA), often known as accords. These are non-governmental agreements among organizations that accredit academic degree programs. MRAs recognize the substantial equivalence of mature accreditation systems and programs accredited by signatory organizations within their jurisdictions. For a listing of Signatories, please visit, https://www.abet.org/global-presence/mutual-recognition-agreements/is-your-program-recognized/. Science and other related degrees earned within the United States: Science and other related degrees 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 http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. Science and other related degrees earned outside the United States: 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. These education credentials must be 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: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information Additional selections may be made for similar positions across NASA within the local commuting area(s) of the location(s) identified in this announcement. By applying, you agree to have your application shared with interested selecting official(s) within NASA. CTAP/ICTAP will be cleared for any additional selection from this announcement. This position is announced under Direct Hire authority. 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 questionnaire asks you to identify your ICTAP/CTAP eligibility. - Meet the minimum qualifications requirements for the position - Submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP as indicated in 'Required Documents' For additional information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, click here - https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/#ictap.