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Job #: R-00092177
Location: Houston, TX
Category: Proj and Prog Management
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: Public Trust
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

Leidos has an opening for an International Space Station (ISS) Operations Lead. The Research Operations and Integration (ROI) Increment Operations Lead is the primary point of contact to the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Payload Operations and Integration Center (POIC) Payload Operations Director (POD) and to the ROI Increment Lead for a given ISS research increment.  In that role, the Operations Lead is responsible for coordinating and overseeing all of the Increment specific pre-flight preparation, strategy, and Task/Delivery Order operations deliverables for the ROI complement of spaceflight research experiments and hardware conducted and flown on a specific ISS Increment.  This position also functions as the lead of the on-console operations team during on-orbit support and for coordination of pre-flight planning and post-flight reporting.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Leads the contractor real-time support team in the Telescience Support Center (TSC) consisting of the Payload Systems Engineers, Science support personnel, and principal investigators

  • Monitors ROI science activities on console to ensure science objectives are successfully.

  • Support console shifts (second and third shifts) in the Telescience Support Center (TSC) as required for ROI experiment sessions.

  • Primary ROI and contractor point of contact to the MSFC Payload Operations Director (POD) and the MSFC Payload Operations Manager (POM).

  • Primary POC to HRF Increment Lead for operations tasks and deliverables

  • Responsible for the Increment specific schedule of operations-related activities and deliverables required to plan, develop, integrate, implement, and document the results of the ISSMP complement of flight research flown on an ISS research increment

  • Coordinates troubleshooting activities if necessary, and works replans if objectives are not completed
    Primary POC to HRP Increment Lead for operations tasks and deliverables.

  • Responsible for the Increment specific schedule of operations-related activities and deliverables required to plan, develop, integrate, implement, and document the results of the ROI complement of flight research flown on an ISS research increment

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or science with a minimum of 5 years relevant experience

  • Willingness and ability to work second and third console shifts in the Telescience Support Center (TSC) as required, for ROI experiment sessions.

  • Experience solving complex problems and working to develop solutions quickly

  • Ability to perform in highly visible and stressful situations

  • Demonstrated ability to lead high performing teams and to coordinate projects

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with Human Research Program (HRP) goals, objectives, and processes

  • Previous console operations experience; familiarity with Human Life Science goals, objectives, and processes

Must be able to pass a Public Trust background investigation. Must be U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident due to length investigation for non-U.S. persons.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $74,750.00 - $115,000.00 - $155,250.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.

Covid Guidance for the US

In order to enter Leidos facilities in the U.S. and to attend Leidos events outside our facilities, employees are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or maintain proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 96 hours of entry. In addition, we are receiving guidance from certain customers that onsite contractor personnel will need to be fully vaccinated to access customer facilities. If you are not vaccinated, please consider getting your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact your Talent Acquisition POC. 

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 44,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $13.7 billion for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. For more information, visit

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