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Future Hiring at NASA Goddard’s Astrophysics Science Division

4 February 2021

This announcement is to alert the community of upcoming employment opportunities for U.S. citizens, which will be advertised on USAJobs at a later time (anticipated for Summer 2021). We are seeking expressions of interest at this time, in the form of a statement of interest and CV/resume. We will make sure all those expressing interest will be informed when the formal job announcements are advertised.

The Astrophysics Science Division (ASD) at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is one of the world’s largest astrophysics institutions, with approximately 300 PhD scientists. While focusing on scientific areas accessible through NASA’s space astrophysics mission, work at ASD is broad in multiple dimensions, from the range of wavelengths (radio to gamma-rays) to gravitational waves and particles, and from theory to data analysis and technology development.

The 2020 Astrophysics Decadal Survey will release its much-awaited report in Spring 2021. The report’s recommendations will chart the future of Astrophysics for the next 10 years, guiding the science priorities and their implementation at NASA. The Astrophysics Division looks forward to this next step in building a vibrant program of new missions, technology development, theoretical modeling, and data analysis aimed at realizing the Decadal recommendations. The ASD expects to have several new civil servant positions at a junior and senior level, with a focus on Decadal science priorities. The positions will be advertised in Summer 2021 and will be at both the permanent and term (5-6 years) appointments.

We solicit expressions of interest from individuals who would like to join us at GSFC in the exciting times ahead. Are you a PhD, or soon to be PhD, astrophysicist with a passion for discovery? Do you like being challenged with novel and challenging problems? Do you value teamwork, innovation, and thinking outside the box in an inclusive environment of collaboration? We want to hear from you. Send us your resume or CV, and a letter stating your research interests, to Dr. Rita Sambruna, ASD Deputy Director, at rita.m.sambruna@nasa.gov, with the Subject: Hiring in ASD. Submissions received by 1 May 2021 will receive full consideration; later submissions will be considered for additional positions as they become available. We will let all applicants know of the opening of the hiring ad on USAJobs, which will require a more detailed submission.

Diversity and Inclusion are two core values of ASD. We value a diverse workforce, not only because diversity and inclusion lead to mission success, but—more fundamentally—because it is the right thing to do. If you are an Underrepresented Minority, we especially want to hear from you.

U.S. citizenship is required for civil servant positions at the time of response. If you are anticipating U.S. citizenship prior to the deadline, please do respond. We note that we also anticipate advertising other job opportunities through our partner universities for which both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens are eligible. NASA GSFC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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