Physics of the Cosmos Program Chief Scientist

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Government Agency
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Astrophysics Science Division of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center invites expressions of interest in a civil servant position as a Research Astrophysicist and the Chief Scientist for the Physics of the Cosmos (PCOS). PCOS is one of three Programs within Astrophysics at NASA, along with The Cosmic Origins (COR) and Exoplanet Exploration (EXEP). The PCOS Program Office is located at Goddard. Duties as the Physics of the Cosmos (PCOS) Chief Scientist include: supporting the Program Manager in the oversight of PCOS missions in development and implementation, such as Athena and LISA; informally monitoring missions in development that are relevant to PCOS science but not formally in the PCOS Program, including IXPE and XRISM; representing the Program at astronomical conferences; Program advocacy and outreach within NASA and the astronomical community, through scientific meetings, newsletters and web updates; providing scientific advice to the PCOS Program Manager; organizing and interacting with the Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG); serving on the PCOS Technology Management Board (TMB); providing scientific input into the PCOS Program budget development process; providing scientific input into the Astrophysics Biennial Technology Report and through it to the Strategic Astrophysics Technology Program in ROSES. The PCOS Chief Scientist will guide, coordinate, and take responsibility for the PCOS Deputy Chief Scientist and will work closely with the PCOS Chief Scientist at Goddard, the EXEP Chief Scientist at JPL, and the Astrophysics Division at NASA HQ.

Desired qualifications include a PhD degree and a scientific publication record in an astronomy, astrophysics, or cosmology discipline relevant to the PCOS science themes. Interest in the full breadth of the PCOS portfolio is also desired.  PCOS sees to address some of the most fundamental questions regarding the physical forces and laws of the universe: the validity of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity and the nature of spacetime, the behavior of matter and energy in extreme environments, the cosmological parameters governing inflation and the evolution of the universe, and the nature of dark matter and dark energy.  The portfolio includes microwave, X-ray, gamma ray, astroparticle, and gravitational wave astronomy and technology.  It is important that the Chief Scientist be a strong communicator, willing and able to give reports and make presentations, take, and distribute notes promptly, and communicate with a broad range of people including HQ program scientists and program executives, engineers, budgetary and management staff, and the wider astrophysical community. Interest at the mid-career (GS-14) or senior (GS-15) level is welcomed; the appointment will be made at a level commensurate with the successful applicant’s experience.

Letters of interest, including a CV, list of publications and a statement of scientific interests, should be sent electronically to Alicia Jose, [email protected]; phone: 301-286-5155. A complete application must also be submitted through USAJobs; those responding to this advertisement will be given instructions.  Interested candidates should contact Ms. Jose prior to the deadline.

The successful candidate will be employed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), an agency of the U.S. Government, at a salary scale commensurate with education and experience. NASA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, and a diversity of candidates is sought. U.S. citizenship is required for this position.

Included Benefits: 

This U.S. government civil service position includes a generous package of benefits. Information on salary, health insurance and retirement benefits is available from the Office of Personnel Management website:, and from the USAJobs website,

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, December 30, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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Attention To: 
Alicia R. Jose
Administrative Officer
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Robert petre
PCOS COR Inquiry