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Job #: R-00050526
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: Public Trust
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

Leidos has an opening for an Experiment Support Scientist (ESS) to 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).

Basic Qualifications:

  • B.S. degree in life science or related field (other degrees considered with relevant experience) and 3 years’ experience, or a Master's degree and 1 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 facilitate access to government systems and facilities, U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residence is required.

External Referral Bonus:


Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:

Public Trust


Yes, 10% of the time

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Research Scientist

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About Leidos

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 38,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Va., Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $11.09 billion for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2020. For more information, visit

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