Scientists in NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Astroparticle Physics Laboratory seek to understand the universe’s high energy phenomena via developing and implementing research programs in high energy cosmic rays, gamma-rays, and related messengers. Including a diversity of messengers and scientists in the lab enables unique insights that add critical, otherwise unobtainable pieces to high energy astrophysics puzzles such as of time varying phenomena, particle acceleration, and multimessenger astrophysics.
Goddard’s Astrophysics Science Division (ASD) plans to hire a visionary, dynamic scientist to lead the Astroparticle Physics Laboratory as Chief. The ideal candidate’s active research program in an area related to high energy cosmic rays and gamma-rays has established their leadership and clearly demonstrates an on-going commitment to seeking out and integrating diverse tools and collaborators to answer compelling questions.
The Lab Chief will work with Laboratory staff to develop and execute a bold vision for the Laboratory’s future. The Laboratory comprises 14 civil servant scientists and over 30 University scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. Their work connects to NASA Astrophysics missions in development and operation, including instrument development, data analysis and interpretation, laboratory astrophysics, and/or related theoretical work, and makes the lab a leader in multimessenger and time-domain astrophysics from space observatories, such as Swift and Fermi. Astrophysical targets of interest include gamma-ray bursts, black holes, neutron stars, novae, supernovae, active galaxies, and interstellar and intergalactic particles and fields.
In addition to leading an independent program of research in gamma-ray astrophysics, cosmic ray astrophysics, or other related areas, the Lab Chief oversees the research and missions within the Laboratory. The Lab Chief partners with scientists and Goddard and Headquarters management to ensure that the Lab’s research remains consistent with NASA’s mission and strategic goals, that the lab’s future needs continue to be met, including by setting hiring priorities, and that the lab scientists have access to necessary resources. The latter requires having or developing an understanding of, and serving as an advocate for, the scientists within the lab and the scientific content of the various projects and research activities pursued. Supporting, including, and effectively advocating for the Laboratory’s diversity of activities and people enables it to find unique and powerful answers and solutions to the questions and problems of astroparticle physics.
For additional information about NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the Astrophysics Science Division, and the Astroparticle Physics Laboratory, please go to: https://science.gsfc.nasa.gov/astrophysics/astroparticles/ .
Interested applicants should send a CV and a statement of research interests to Dr. Robert Petre at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 28, 2018. Additional application material will be required through the USAJobs website; the USAJobs posting of this position is anticipated for March 2018.
NASA/GSFC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.