[ES_JOBS_NET] Cold Curation Scientist - (AER0000L0) Houston TX
Regberg, Aaron B. (JSC-XI211)
aaron.b.regberg at nasa.gov
Thu Nov 29 15:10:50 MST 2018
Cold Curation Scientist - (AER0000L0)
NASA's Mission Operations for the International Space Station is located at Johnson Space Center. On Jacobs' JETS contract we provide engineering services to JSC. Come join us and be a vital part of operating the largest space station ever built. We're looking for a Cold Curation Scientist.
The Cold Curation Scientist will support the Astromaterials Research & Exploration Science Division (ARES) at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) in the field of advanced curation. ARES staff members' backgrounds include geology, chemistry, astronomy, physics, biology, mathematics, computer science, and engineering. ARES curation staff are responsible for the curation and analysis of a wide range of solar system materials including the Apollo lunar samples, meteorites, cosmic dust/interplanetary dust particles, cometary samples, solar wind samples, and terrestrial analogs. ARES advanced curation staff conduct research, explore and invent new innovative technologies and techniques for collection, handling, characterization, analysis, and curation of astromaterial samples that could be used in next generation human and robotic space exploration missions and current collections.
The Cold Curation Scientist will support Johnson Space Center's activities for long duration space flight through the JETS Contract.
The selected candidate for this role will:
Interface with facilities personnel, curation technicians and scientists, and JSC facilities/engineering support to develop a cold curation facility to include:
-20°C walk-in clean freezer
Nitrogen-gas purged glovebox
Ancillary sample handling equipment
Cold operations equipment, including gear for all curation staff who use the facility
Direct facility design, maintenance, purchasing, and development tasks for a cold curation sample processing facility.
Develop sample handling techniques of cold materials, including ices and organic-rich extraterrestrial materials such as meteorites and lunar samples.
Conduct directed and/or competed research on the storage, transport, handling, and non-destructive characterization of volatile-rich and/or temperature-sensitive extraterrestrial materials, especially lunar polar samples and cometary returned samples, but also returned samples from icy moons (Europa and Enceladus) in the future.
Interface with external organizations and collaborators to support cold curation activities including: universities, other NASA centers, research institutions, and commercial vendors.
Provide mission support for cold/volatile-rich sample return missions, including teleconferences, meetings, project documents, schedules, short-turnaround studies, and occasional travel (domestic and international).
Write reports, technical documents/records, and scientific papers as needed.
Work independently to meet given deadlines and schedule constraints and track and monitor ongoing work.
Perform other duties as required.
This position has been posted at multiple levels. Depending on the candidate's experience, requirements and business needs, we reserve the right to consider candidates at any level for which this position has been advertised.
BS degree from an accredited college or university in an associated technical discipline and a minimum of four (4) years of related experience, or a MS degree from an accredited college or university in an associated technical discipline with a minimum of two (2) years of related experience, or Ph.D. from an accredited college or university in an associated technical discipline with zero (0) years of related experience.
Proficient with laboratory analysis of volatiles/volatile-rich materials utilizing some or all of the following techniques:
Gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GCMS)
Dual inlet and continuous flow isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS)
Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
Cryo-Scanning electron microscopy/Transmission electron microscopy
Cavity ring-down spectroscopy
Other relevant techniques
Willing and able to work in:
Confined spaces (walk-in freezer)
Cold conditions (-20°C)
Clean facilities (with smocks, gloves, hat/snood/hair cover, booties)
Willing to work with cryogenic materials (LN2, LHe, other condensed gases) and hazardous materials (gases, ices, organics) while utilizing proper PPE.
Excellent oral and written communication skills as evidenced by a track record of contributions to publications and presentations.
Good organizational skills.
Proactive approach to problem-solving and technical issues.
Proactively contact/communicate with peers, collaborators, and outside organizations.
Degree in physics, geology, chemistry, or materials science, or another relevant field for cold/cryogenic scientific studies, including engineering fields if relevant experience is demonstrated.
Experience with design, construction, and operation of cold/cryogenics systems for scientific studies, including but not limited to:
Cryogenic storage systems
Thermal vacuum systems
Benchtop test rigs
Ability to develop new cold curation systems to meet requirements as they are further defined for NASA sample return missions.
Learn new/unfamiliar techniques used by other disciplines (i.e. ice core, semi-conductor, and microbiological communities) to expand existing capabilities/skillset.
Experience with aqueous chemistry.
Why Work for JETS?
Opportunities for growth and advancement
Much, much more!
Don't miss out on this great opportunity; for immediate consideration, apply now! (http://www.wehavespaceforyou.com/).
Must be a U.S. Citizen and successfully complete a U.S. government background investigation.
Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which this position has been advertised.
Generally an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on task.
Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of time). May require lifting and carrying up to 10 lbs. (5% of time).
Equipment and Machines
Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).
Regular attendance in accordance with established work schedule is critical. Ability to work outside normal schedule and adjust schedule to meet peak periods and surge requirements when required.
Other Essential Functions
Must be able to work in a team atmosphere. Must put forward a professional behavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation. Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.
Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Jacobs is a background screening, drug-free workplace.
Primary Location: United States-Texas-Houston
Job Posting: Sep 27, 2018, 10:49:38 AM
Aaron B. Regberg PhD
Geomicrobiologist, Astromaterials Acquisition & Curation Office
Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Division<https://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/>
NASA Johnson Space Center
Mail Code XI2, Building 31, Room 265
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