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Job #: R-00033425
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: None
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

The Mission Support Specialist (MSS) supports Research Operations and Integration (ROI) analog missions. The MSS assists with implementation of research studies conducted in the HERA habitat, staffs the HERA MCC console during HERA in-mission operations by providing real-time on-site console support in either the Habitat Communicator (HabCom) or Science/Operations (SCI/Ops) Mission Control Center position. The MSS develops hardware operating procedures, acts as a subject matter expert on assigned operational tasks performed by the crew during missions, performs mission logistics tasks, prepares hardware for use in missions, and assists in pre-mission preparation activities. Post-mission, the MSS participates in mission debriefs and may be involved in supporting post-mission data collections. HERA in-mission operations will require the MSS to work various shifts seven days a week for multiple 45-day missions per year.

Primary Responsibilities:

- Responsible for compliance with Safety, Health and Environmental plan; must be committed to a high standard of safety and be willing and able to comply with all safety laws and all of the Company's safety policies and rules and must be willing to report safety violations and potential safety violations to appropriate supervisory or management personnel.
- Responsible for compliance with the Quality Assurance Plan, policies and procedures
- Must maintain regular and acceptable attendance level as determined by the Company
- Responsible for completing all assigned training
- Serves as the Habitat Communicator (HABCOM), which is the primary point-of-contact for voice communication with the HERA crew during missions. Coordinates any crew messages relating to science or operational activities, monitors overall HERA Facility status, coordinates with on-call personnel to resolve off-nominal HERA Facility issues, and monitors timeline execution.
- Serves as the Science Operations function on console (SCI/OPS), which includes monitoring PI experiment and operational activities for impacts to timeline and/or stressor plan, coordinating anomaly resolution with operations, data and science personnel.
- Assists Experiment Support Scientists (ESS) with logistics tasks related to crew training and mission readiness.
- Acts as subject matter expert and develops operating procedures for assigned hardware and operational tasks.
- Develops and demonstrates 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 field with a minimum 5 years’ experience or an advanced degree in Biological Sciences or related field with 2-5 years’ experience. Previous experience working at NASA.

Preferred Qualifications: Excellent oral/written communication and problem solving skills. Previous experience in a team environment and ability to multitask are essential. Familiarity with NASA project development processes

This position requires successful completion of a government background check to access government facilities and/or systems. Due to contract requirements 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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Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:



Yes, 10% of the time

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Research Scientist


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 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.19 billion for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2018. For more information, visit

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