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Job #: R-00008731
Location: Houston, TX
Category: Research Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: Public Trust
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Civil

Job Description:

The Space Radiation Analysis Group (SRAG) at the Johnson Space Center is seeking expertise in solar energetic particle event forecasting and space weather modeling to support NASA's exploration class missions. The successful candidate will leverage their previous work on model use, development and the understanding of current real time space weather data streams to develop the framework necessary to implement an operational space weather mission support infrastructure. Heavy emphasis will be placed on integration of a variety of space weather models in a high performance computing system to formulate the bases of real time operational tool supporting exploration class space missions. New methods and techniques will be investigated and developed in collaboration with academia and other NASA centers to capitalize on available assets to develop space weather forecasting capabilities to allow operational mitigation of the impacts of the adverse space weather events. The new team member should be versed in the physics and propagation characteristics of Coronal Mass Ejections through the heliosphere and working with large data sets to describe analyze and predict space weather phenomena. A working knowledge of existing forecasting models with a focused transition from research to operations will also be emphasized. Specific experience with the flare and solar energetic proton models housed at the Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC) is desired.

The Research Engineer will:
  • Develop and manage independent research and development tasks in the space environments and effects discipline.
  • Understand operational needs and relevancy of model outputs
  • Develop tests and verify space weather forecasting models
  • Understand model performance through extensive model verification and validation
  • Be committed to a high standard of safety and report safety violations, and potential safety violations, to appropriate supervisory or management personnel
  • Be responsible for compliance with Safety, Health and Environmental plan, and the Quality Assurance Plan, policies and procedures
  • Understand the space radiation environment and effects
  • Possess working knowledge of satellite data streams
  • Be able to work Independently on complex problems and projects
  • Have in depth experience in analyzing large data sets
  • Have solid experience with space weather forecasting models
  • Possess excellent interpersonal, customer service, and communication skills
  • Work in a team environment, and conduct presentations


Required Education and Skills:
  • Bachelor's Degree and 15 years' experience; Master's Degree and 10 years' experience; or Ph.D. and 5 years' experience (preferred) in either, physics, Nuclear engineering, or a closely related field with experience in High Performance Computing Systems.
  • Preference given to applicants with a PhD in physics/nuclear sciences and 2+ years of knowledge on mathematics, forecasting techniques, statistics, Big Data Analysis, Physics Modeling and Computer Sciences. Familiarity with standard programming languages and computer analysis tools is desired (e.g., one or more of the followings FORTRAN, C++, MATLAB, LabView, Solidworks, CAD, Java, Python, IDL ETC.)


This position requires successful completion of a government background check to access government facilities and systems. If you are not a United States Citizen or Green Card Holder, the background investigation could take 12-18 months to complete.

Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 31,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.17 billion for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2017. (NYSE: LDOS) All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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