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NASA ARC Life Sciences Position Open

Keith L. Cowing kcowing at clark.net
Tue Jan 17 13:35:31 EST 1995

Please note the following which  is the vacancy announcement for the Life Sciences Divison branch chief's position.


Position:   Supervisory  Physiologist          Supervisory, AST, Physiological Studies          

Opens:   December 15,1994
Closes:   January  26, 1994


Salary:            $62,456 to $95,507 per year                  

Organization:   Gravitational Research Branch (SLR)
        Life Sciences Division
Who may apply:  All qualified persons from the general public or the civil

Summary of Duties: Serves as Branch Chief.  Is responsible for the technical
and programmatic direction of the work performed in the Branch, and provides
supervision and leadership to the staff.  Duties include planning and
allocating budget and other resources under his/her control, supervising the
preparation of grant submissions, advocating new programs, acquiring Branch
funding, and keeping upper management informed of the activities under his/her
cognizance.  Responsible for the resources and personnel within the Branch to
support a multifaceted program of aerospace biomedical, human performance, and
gravitational research.  Line responsibility for the development and
continuing oversight of Branch research programs with particular emphasis on
the gravitational research.  Incumbent is required to actively participate in
the research program and serves as the primary contact for the Branch's
gravitational research program for all other NASA Centers, Headquarters, and
outside interactions.  Represents the Branch and the Life Science Division to
NASA Headquarters and to national and international technical conferences
dealing with programmatic elements of the gravitational research activities of
the Branch.  Represents Branch at reviews, briefings, and meetings with Center
management, other organizational elements at the Center, other Centers , and
the scientific community.  Oversees the activities of a support service
contract staff.  Performs a full range of supervisory duties and assumes
responsibility for all technical and administrative matters associated with
the Branch.   

NOTE:   Selected candidate not having Federal supervisory/managerial
experience will be required to serve a one year supervisory probationary


Promotion is dependent upon grade level controls, the continuing need for
higher level duties, performance, and evaluation under NASA and OPM
classification standards.

Applicants must have education and experience in accordance with NASA and OPM
qualification standards.  Applicants must also meet Selective Placement
Factors, if any.  Selected candidates must also meet physical and security
requirements and serve a one-year probationary period.  U.S. citizenship is
required.  Applicants must have successful completion of a standard
professional curriculum in an accredited college or university leading to a
PhD or MD or equivalent experience with a broad background in the
gravitational biology research.   In addition, at least one year of
professional experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to that of
the next lower grade in the Federal service is required.  Candidates must
demonstrate in their work experience or training that they possess, or have
the potential to develop, the qualities of successful supervision. 

Applicants who meet the qualification requirements will be further evaluated
on the Knowledge's, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics (KSAOC's)
required in the position.  More important factors are double weighted. 
Applicants should provide, as a supplement to the SF-171, several work
examples for each KSAOC which demonstrate possession of the factor to the
extent and quality required in the position.  Include paid or volunteer,
public or private sector experience.  Do not send position descriptions,
personal endorsements, or other unsolicited materials.  The KSAOC's for this
position are:

1.  Knowledge of Life Sciences research programs.  (MORE IMPORTANT)
Question/Guide:  Briefly summarize the training and experience in your
background which contributes to your knowledge of gravitational biology
research.   Give examples of research and/or analytic investigations where you
have demonstrated or acquired knowledge of these areas.

2.  Ability to develop and lead a diverse work force.  (MORE IMPORTANT)
Question/Guide:  Describe actions you have taken to improve the capabilities
and performance of others through task assignments, training and guidance on
work processes, recognition of achievements, and career counseling.  Describe
assignments in which you have accomplished work through others, including
organizing, delegating, and overseeing work, overcoming obstacles, resolving
conflict, and assessing work performance.  Describe work situations or outside
activities which demonstrate your multicultural sensitivity and your ability
to work harmoniously among people of different backgrounds.

3.  Ability to manage successful research programs, including definition of
objectives and goals, development of work plans, estimation of costs and
approaches to cost control. (MORE IMPORTANT)
Question/Guide:  Describe your knowledge and experience in program management
as it applies to developing objectives and work plans, estimating and
controlling costs, and other operational aspects of managing an organization.

4.  Skill in oral and written communication.
Question/Guide:  Describe specific occasions which illustrated your
communication skills.  Include information about the subject, purpose, person
or audience, and the position or function of persons with whom you were

Applicants must submit an Application for Federal Employment (SF-171).  The
supplemental information described under Ranking and Evaluation Factors above
is also requested.  Applications must be received or postmarked no later than
the closing date.  They should be sent to the attention of Vacancy
No:ARC-08-95, NASA-Ames Research Center, Personnel Management Branch, Mail
Stop 241-6, Moffett Field, CA  94035-1000.  The necessary forms are available
at this address and at all Federal Job Information Centers.  Applicants should
keep copies of all application materials since they will not be returned.

Note:  Veterans applying for 10 point preference must attach an SF-15 (and the
required proof described on the reverse side of the form) to their application
form.  Ames does not contact claimants for missing or incomplete information.
For further information, contact Sharon Scharmen, (415) 604-6768

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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