The Program Director, Advanced Materials, manages programs in materials and physical sciences research in space that aligns with the CASIS mission. This position serves as a primary contact for investigators submitting proposals, provides necessary content for research opportunities, manages scientific reviews of research proposals, and maintains the subject matter expertise related to CASIS campaigns and portfolio directives. In addition to managing science programs in the Science and Technology Department, this position also supports Business Development, Operations, and Portfolio Management needs in areas requiring technical or scientific knowledge and specific subject matter expertise.
- Support CASIS campaigns and targeted science portfolio areas by shaping and implementing strategies, initiating outreach to industry/academia/other government agencies, and serving as a CASIS subject matter expert on research on the ISS National Lab.
- Within CASIS campaigns or targeted portfolio areas, prepare and provide an outreach plan to the R&D community that identifies recipients within industry, academia, and OGA’s that should be targeted. 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 literature, industry, and other government agencies to prepare the technical requirements and content of request for information (RFI) or National Lab Research Announcement (NLRA) documents for conducting ground-based and on-orbit research in each 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 NLRA submission process. In addition to writing the content for the RFIs or NLRAs, 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 the development of science initiatives, selecting science reviewers, coordinating science reviews, and potentially helping to negotiate key milestones in grant agreements.
- Provide science review of proposals in various areas of research in accordance with CASIS review policies. Manage any necessary outside review of unsolicited proposals in conjunction with appropriate CASIS team.
- Conduct literature reviews, interviews, and other efforts as necessary of relevant flight- and ground-based research. Utilize this information to identify proposed on-orbit hardware, crew interface requirements, and experiment processes that will be required to conduct investigations on ISS NL in identified areas of research. Maintain an updated library of research 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 ISSNL Operations Department, NASA personnel, and Commercial Implementation Partners, generate and maintain a comprehensive library of available hardware and facilities that can support project science requirements. 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 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 other outreach events.
- As needed, provide support to the Chief Scientist and ISSNL User Advisory Committee (UAC) in tasks including, but not limited to, research analysis, technical assessment of concepts and proposals, white paper development, and technical briefings on R&D topic areas relevant to the ISSNL.
- 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.
Skills, Experience, and Education:
- Advanced degree desired
- Demonstrated or relevant knowledge in microgravity science
- Knowledge and understanding of NASA policies and procedures related to ISS Program Science and research planning activities
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated technical proposal writing capability and successful publication record in peer-reviewed scientific journals
- Ability to receive project direction and then work independently to achieve stated milestones and deliverables
- Must be able to think strategically and will be expected to implement appropriate strategies
- Experience in presenting at key forums, including scientific conferences and advisory boards, is required. In addition, experience working closely with other scientific disciplines internally or externally is essential
- Travel as required
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