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Job #: R-00024727
Location: Houston, TX
Category: Research Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Standard Plus On Call
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: None
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

Leidos has an opening for an Experiment Support Scientist (ESS) in Houston, Texas. The Scientist will support human life science research projects on the International Space Station and related Space Flight Analog environments. An ESS works closely with a NASA JSC team to help investigators define, develop, and implement their experiments for operations on flight or analog platforms.  ESSs are assigned to several experiments and are responsible for acting as a liaison between the investigators and NASA to represent their scientific concerns to various groups within NASA, and will help the investigator teams write crew procedures for their experiments, help them plan their activities, assist in crew training and provide a variety of related services.    

Primary Responsibilities

  • Serve as a science liaison between principal investigators (PI) of assigned experiments and the ISS Medical Project, including keeping PIs informed of schedules and implementation issues, which require their attention and participation; and serving as advocator of PI issues to the JSC team.
  • Provide science discipline expertise to assigned experiments including: (1) Definition and management of science requirements; (2) Science support to NASA Increment Scientists at scientific meetings; (3) Console support for assigned experiments and missions as required.
  • Proactive schedule and technical risk management for all aspects of experiment support.
  • Coordinate with the PI to human use protocols, provide updates as required, ensure that all training and data collection activities are in conformance with human use approvals.
  • Prepare for and support crew training by ensuring facilities, consumables, and hardware and test subjects are available as required.
  • Create and validate detailed experiment procedures, checklists, and cue cards (for both nominal and off-nominal scenarios).
  • Adhere to appropriate safety, quality, and environmental practice, as well as business ethics practices.
  • Develop and demonstrate the interpersonal skills required to maintain productive working relationships with co-workers, management, and the customer.

Basic Qualifications

  • B.S. degree in Biological Sciences or related degree (other degrees considered with relevant experience) and 2 years’ experience. Demonstrated leadership ability, excellent oral/written communication & problem solving skills. Previous experience in a team environment and ability to multitask are essential.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous internship/co-op experience with NASA.  Familiarity with NASA project development and flight operations processes.

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

External Referral Bonus:


Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:



Yes, 10% of the time

Scheduled Weekly Hours:



Standard Plus On Call

Requisition Category:


Job Family:

Research Scientist


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