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Job #: R-00025580
Location: College Station, TX
Category: Research Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: None
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

Leidos has an opening for a Science Coordinator in College Station, Texas. The position will support the Human Health and Performance Contract (HHPC) within NASA’s Human Systems Engineering Department at JSC. The Science Coordinator will provide technical support for provisioning tasks supporting the flight food system for International Space Station. The Science Coordinator will provide assistance with thermostabilized pouched food production, coordination of student workers, and participation in tours or other public education activities, as required.

Primary Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Participation in thermostabilized pouched food production, through:

  • Conduct inventory of the ingredients, including dry goods, refrigerated, and frozen items
  • Maintain an inventory of the required consumable materials and chemicals
  • Picking up ingredients from local stores, or receiving them at the SFR facility and storing them as required (dry ingredients cage, refrigerator, freezer)
  • Leading students performing the following activities:
    • Facility sanitation – floors, walk-in cooler, equipment
    • Weigh out ingredients (scales, utensils)
    • Print product information on pouches (Leibinger pouch printer and conveyor belt)
    • Batch processing of sauces (steam jacketed kettle, stove top)
    • Product testing, including Bostwick, pH, and ⁰Brix
    • Assemble/fill thermocouple pouches
    • Fill pouches by hand or using the filling equipment
    • Pouch seal area inspection (pre- and post-sealing)
    • Seal pouches (vertical chamber sealer and straight bar sealer)
    • Perform analytical testing, including residual gas, creep, and seal integrity testing, and verification of pouch weights
    • Pouch labeling and casing
  • Operation of the pilot retort to thermally process packaged food
  • Prepare thermal process data records for submission to the thermal process authority, for determination of commercial sterility

Coordination of student workers, through:

  • Coordinate/schedule the student workers, work with the facility manager to hire student workers, as needed
  • Conducting training activities with student workers

Participation in tours and public outreach events, through:

  • Lead food production briefings and facility tours, as scheduled
  • Provide facility/equipment demonstrations for food processing classes, as scheduled

​Successful candidates will have the following:

Education/Experience – BS degree in Food Science with one year of experience producing products in the Space Food Research facility, or demonstrated experience producing thermostabilized pouched foods in a production setting. 

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.

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