National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Published
March 16, 2020
Location
Houston, Texas, United States of America
Category
Other  
Job Type
Work Setting
In-office

Description

Astronaut candidates will spend approximately two years training on the basic skills required to be an astronaut - from spacewalking and robotics to leadership and teamwork skills. Upon completing training, they will join the active astronaut corps and become eligible for spaceflight assignment. Until assigned a spaceflight, they will have responsibilities within the astronaut office ranging from supporting their fellow astronauts in space to advising on the development of new spacecraft.

Responsibilities

Major duties of the astronaut position include, but are not limited to:

  • - Conducting operations in space, including on the International Space Station (ISS) and in the development and testing of future spacecraft.
  • - Performing extravehicular activities (EVA) and robotics operations using the remote manipulator system.
  • - Conducting research experiments and operating as a safe member of an aircraft crew (including flight planning and communications) and spacecraft maintenance activities.
  • - Participating in mission simulations to help themselves and flight controllers in the Mission Control Center operate in the dynamic environment of space.
  • - Serving as the public face of NASA, providing appearances across the country and internationally, and sharing NASA's discoveries and goals.

Travel Required

76% or greater - Extensive travel required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Frequent travel will be required
  • Must complete a financial disclosure statement
  • Must meet all qualification/education and experience requirements by the closing date of the announcement. See announcement for more details on Test Pilot School completion
  • Applicants may only select ONE discipline group to apply under (See "Qualifications" section below)
  • Selectees will be designated Astronaut Candidates and will undergo a training and evaluation period lasting approximately two years
  • Applicants must submit ALL STEM related transcripts
  • See announcement for additional information on employment conditions

Qualifications

In order to meet minimum qualifications for this position, all applicants must meet BOTH the Basic Education and Specialized Experience requirements:

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT
All applicants must meet at least ONE of the Basic Education requirements to be considered for this position. Qualifying international Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education is allowed as long as you submit proof of appropriate foreign education equivalency (see below for foreign education details). Applicants may also fulfill this requirement having completed a Test Pilot School (TPS) program or current enrollment in such a program if completed by June 2021. Note: If TPS is your only advanced technical degree, you must have also completed a bachelor's degree or higher (or foreign equivalent) at an accredited college or university with major study in an appropriate technical field of engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science, or mathematics.

To verify the education requirement, you must submit copies of official or non-official transcripts with your application showing a related STEM major field and date conferred, or Test Pilot School certification/enrollment from a nationally or internationally recognized program. While a bachelor's degree (or less) is not qualifying alone, you must submit ALL STEM related transcripts with your application.

The following degree fields, while related to engineering and the sciences, are NOT considered qualifying:

  • - Degrees in Technology (Engineering Technology, Aviation Technology, Medical Technology, etc.)
  • - Degrees in Psychology (except for Clinical Psychology, Physiological Psychology, or Experimental Psychology, which are qualifying)
  • - Degrees in Nursing
  • - Degrees in Exercise Physiology or similar fields
  • - Degrees in Social Sciences (Geography, Anthropology, Archaeology, etc.)
  • - Degrees in Aviation, Aviation Management, or similar fields

You must meet the Basic Education Requirement through one of the methods described below:

A. You must have completed a master's degree (or foreign equivalent) in an accredited college or university with major study in an appropriate technical field of engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science, or mathematics. (You must submit copies of official or non-official transcripts with your application showing major field and date degree was conferred.)

OR

B. You must have completed at least two years (36 semester hours or 54 quarter hours) in an accredited Ph.D. or related doctoral degree program (or foreign equivalent) with major study in an appropriate technical field of engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science, or mathematics. (You must submit copies of official or non-official transcripts with your application showing major field of study and completed credit hours.)

OR

C. You must have completed an M.D., D.O. or related doctoral degree (or foreign equivalent) in an accredited college or university. (You must submit copies of official or non-official transcripts with your application showing date degree conferred.)

OR

D. You must have completed or be currently enrolled in a Test Pilot School program (nationally or internationally recognized) and will have completed this program by June 2021 (Must submit proof of completion or enrollment). If TPS is your only advanced technical degree, you must have also completed a bachelor's degree or higher (or foreign equivalent) at an accredited college or university with major study in an appropriate technical field of engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science, or mathematics. (You must submit copies of official or non-official transcripts with your application showing major field and date degree conferred)

SUB-DISCIPLINE SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT
In addition to the Basic Education requirement, all applicants must meet the Sub-Discipline Specialized Experience requirements below under one of the designated sub-disciplines: Pilots, Flight Test, Biological and Medical Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Engineering and Operations. You mustselect the discipline you best qualify for based on the majority of your work experience.

For each discipline, applicants must have a minimum of 2 years (or 1,000 Pilot-in-Command hours for Pilots) of progressively responsible, professional experience after the completion of appropriate technical field degree(s). Experience could have been gained after the completion of a qualifying bachelor's degree, though this does not negate the requirement to still possess a higher level degree.

While you may qualify for multiple disciplines, only one selection below is permitted. Teaching experience, including experience at the K- 12 levels, is acceptable if it was in a related technical field and you also meet the initial education requirement.

Specialized Experience

A.PilotDiscipline - to qualify, you must:

  • - Have a least 1,000 hours of Pilot-In-Command time in a high-performance jet aircraft (Please annotate total hours of high-performance jet aircraft demonstrated in resume)
  • - Complete the Pilot Qualifications Form using the following link and attach as a supporting document to your application - Pilot Qualifications Form

OR

B. Flight Test Discipline - to qualify, you must:

  • - Have completed or be currently enrolled in a Test Pilot School program (nationally or internationally recognized) and will have completed this program by June 2021 (Must submit proof of completion or enrollment).
  • - Have at least 2 years of professional experience after degree completion in a field related to Flight Test. You must certify that this experience was gained in a field related to this sub-discipline and be able to provide additional certification upon request. (Must be demonstrated in resume)
    • - Note: Flight Test includes other military experience outside Pilot-in-Command experience or aircraft experience that does not qualify for the Pilot discipline. For example, flight test engineers; helicopter pilots; pilots of non-high performance jet aircraft; navigators, weapons systems officers/operators, back-seat qualified fliers, or other aircraft-related positions that may have led to the completion of Test Pilot School. Applicants with test experience but who have not enrolled in or completed Test Pilot School should select the Engineering and Operations sub-discipline.
  • - Complete the Pilot Qualifications Form using the following link and attach as a supporting document to your application - Pilot Qualifications Form

OR

C. Biological and Medical Science Discipline - to qualify, you must:

  • - Have at least 2 years of professional experience after degree completion in a field related to Biological and Medical Sciences. You must certify that this experience was gained in a field related to this sub-discipline and be able to provide additional certification upon request. (Must be demonstrated in resume)

OR

D. Physical Science Discipline - to qualify, you must:

  • - Have at least 2 years of professional experience after degree completion in a field related to Physical Science. You must certify that this experience was gained in a field related to this sub-discipline and be able to provide additional certification upon request. (Must be demonstrated in resume)

OR

E. Engineering and Operations Discipline - to qualify, you must:

  • - Have at least 2 years of professional experience after degree completion in a field related to Engineering and Operations. You must certify that this experience was gained in a field related to this sub-discipline and be able to provide additional certification upon request. (Must be demonstrated in resume)

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC AND LIST ALL RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE (EVEN IF OUTSIDE OF YOUR CHOSEN DISCIPLINE GROUP). WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Education

Education must be attained at an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to satisfy qualifications. You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. Note: If you are selected for this position, an official transcript will be required, prior to your first day. You must meet all qualification requirements by 03/31/2020, the closing date of this announcement, with Test Pilot School completion by June 2021, if applicable. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs, and that such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or that full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Translated transcripts are required.

Additional information

Drug Testing: Selectees will be required to submit to a drug test to screen for illegal drug use. As a condition of continued employment, the incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
Background Investigation: Selectees will be required to undergo and pass a thorough background investigation prior to a final offer of employment.
Fitness Testing: Selectees will be required to pass an Agency Physical Fitness Test prior to a final offer of employment. As a condition of continued employment, the incumbent will be subject to periodic fitness testing and must pass the Agency Physical Fitness Test requirements.
Medical and Psychiatric Examination: Selectees will be required to undergo and pass a thorough medical and psychiatric examination prior to a final offer of employment. As a condition of continued employment, the incumbent is subject to periodic medical and psychiatric examinations and must be able to meet the medical and psychiatric standard requirements for the position.
Swimming Test: Astronaut Candidates will be required to pass a swimming test during the first month of training.
Long Duration Missions: Long-duration missions aboard the International Space Station can last 12 months or longer. Training for long-duration missions is very arduous and takes approximately two to three years. This training requires extensive travel, including long periods away in other countries training with NASA's international partners.
Hazardous Environment: Due to the strenuous nature of the astronaut duties and the associated training programs, selected candidates will be exposed to physically taxing activities (e.g. being in confined spaces, being under water for extended periods of training, and working in potentially dangerous situations).

Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation in your online application. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for Reasonable Accommodation must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Assessments. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Assessments, if you received the link after the close of the announcement. To determine if you need a Reasonable Accommodation, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Reasonable_Accommodations_for_USA_Hire

The pay rates shown reflect the 2020 pay schedules and are an approximation. These rates will be adjusted to reflect any increase in 2021.

This is an interdisciplinary position. The position may be established in any one of a variety of federal occupations/series: engineering, science, or mathematics. The specific classification will depend on the qualifications of the selectees.

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