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Job #: R-00112397
Location: Houston, TX
Category: Research Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Remote Type: Hybrid Remote
Clearance: Public Trust
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil

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Leidos has an excellent opportunity for an International Space Station Food System Deputy Manager, supporting NASA's Human Health and Performance Contract (HHPC). This position is a member of Human Systems Engineering Department, working within the Space Food Systems Laboratory. The role serves as the Deputy to the ISS Food Scientist / System Manager, assisting with the overall management of food system provisioning, production, and delivery to support crew. The ISS Food System Deputy Manager will work with other government agencies, commercial partners, and international partners to ensure safe and reliable food systems for low Earth orbit missions. Additionally, the Deputy may assist in advanced food technology development for future exploration missions.

This position is location at The Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.

US Citizenship or US Permanent Residency is required, and must have the ability to successfully obtain a Public Trust Security Clearance.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Support management of International Space Station and Low Earth Orbit food provisioning. Participate in crewmember food sessions and meetings, crewmember debriefs, and other management meetings as required.
  • Track on-orbit food inventory to monitor food usage rates and provide information about what food may be of degraded taste / textural quality.
  • Provide back-up support for certification of Food System readiness for flight increments and missions, per NASA procedural requirements.
  • Provide support to ensure food system deliveries for launch on IP vehicles meet need dates; provides back-up support for establishing the necessary import permits for IP foods shipped into the US.
  • Support Commercial Crew Program / Commercial Low Earth Orbit food system development and maintenance; assesses crew food provisioning needs before, during, and after commercial transport.
  • Provide technical expertise as a space food system subject matter expert. Provides recommendations and consultation on space food systems.
  • Support the Advanced Food Technology lead scientist as needed with development and research.
  • Prepare presentations describing flight food systems; support public outreach efforts as defined by the NASA customer and Public Affairs Office.
  • Provide food science project support as assigned, to include preparation of technical reports, presentations, and charts.
  • Provide support for ISS flight food provisioning activities as assigned, which may include participation in facility preparation and food processing, flight packaging, container stowage, collection of metrics and weekly reporting.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • MS in Food Science, Food Engineering, or a related science or engineering field and 4+ years of relevant experience
  • ​Demonstrated experience in project management / process improvement
  • ServSafe food manager certification, or demonstrated experience in food facility quality assurance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience in space flight food system development
  • Previous experience in a commercial food production setting

Pay Range:

Pay Range $78,000.00 - $120,000.00 - $162,000.00

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.

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 46,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $14.4 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2022.  For more information, visit

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