Annual Invitation for Public Nominations by U.S. Citizens for Service on NASA Science Advisory Subcommittees

NASA announces its annual invitation for public nominations for service on NASA science advisory subcommittees.  The five science advisory subcommittees report to the Science Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC), a Federal Advisory Committee.  U.S. citizens may submit self-nominations for consideration to fill unscheduled intermittent vacancies on NASA’s science advisory subcommittees.  NASA’s science advisory subcommittees have member vacancies from time to time throughout the year, and NASA will consider self-nominations to fill such intermittent vacancies.  Nominees will only be contacted should a vacancy arise and it is judged that their area(s) of expertise is appropriate for that unscheduled vacancy.  NASA is committed to selecting members to serve on its science advisory subcommittees based on their individual expertise, knowledge, experience, and current/past contributions to the relevant subject area.

The following qualifications/experience are highly desirable in nominees, and should be clearly presented in their self-nomination letters:

  • At least 10 years post-Ph.D. research experience including publications in the scientific field of the subcommittee for which they are nominated, or comparable experience;
  • Leadership in scientific and/or education and public outreach fields as evidenced by award of prizes, invitation to national and international meetings as speaker, organizer of scientific meetings/workshops, or comparable experience;
  • Participation in NASA programs either as member of NASA mission science team, Research & Analysis program, membership on an advisory/working group or a review panel, or comparable experience;
  • Good knowledge of NASA programs in the scientific field of the subcommittee for which they are applying, including the latest NASA Science Plan or comparable experience; and,
  • Knowledge of the latest Decadal Survey conducted by the National Research Council or other relevant advisory reports for the scientific field of the subcommittee.

Nominees from any category of organizations or institutions within the U.S. are welcome, including, but not limited to, educational, industrial, and not-for-profit organizations, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), NASA Centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and other Government agencies. Nominees need not be presently affiliated with any organization or institution.

These are not full-time positions and the likelihood that an unscheduled vacancy will occur in the coming year is unknown at this time.  Successful nominees will be required to attend meetings of the subcommittee approximately two or three times a year, either in person (NASA covers travel-related expenses for this non-compensated appointment) or via telecon and/or virtual meeting medium.  Successful nominees who are not already U.S. Government employees will become Special Government Employees (SGEs).  All successful nominees will be required to submit a confidential financial disclosure form, and undergo a conflict of interest review by the NASA Office of the General Counsel, before their appointment is finalized.

DATES:  The deadline for NASA receipt of all public nominations is October 1, 2014.

ADDRESSES:  To be considered by NASA, self-nomination packages from interested U.S. citizens must be sent to NASA as an email and must include the name of the specific NASA science advisory group of interest.  Self-nomination packages are limited to specifying interest in only one NASA science advisory subcommittee per year.  The following information is required to be included as part of each self-nomination package:  (1) a cover email including the name of the specific NASA science advisory subcommittee of interest; (2) a professional resume (one-page maximum, included as an attachment); and, (3) a professional biography (one-page maximum; included as an attachment).  All public self-nomination packages must be submitted electronically via email to NASA to one of the addresses listed below; paper-based documents sent through postal mail (hard-copies) will not be accepted.  Note:  Self-nomination packages that do not include the three (3) mandatory elements listed above will not receive further consideration by NASA.

Please submit the nomination as a single package containing the cover email and both required attachments electronically to the specific email identified for the science subcommittee of interest:

Astrophysics Subcommittee (APS)aps-execsec@hq.nasa.gov
Earth Science Subcommittee (ESS)
ess-execsec@hq.nasa.gov
Heliophysics Subcommittee (HPS)– hps-execsec@hq.nasa.gov
Planetary Protection Subcommittee (PPS)– pps-execsec@hq.nasa.gov
Planetary Science Subcommittee (PSS)– pss-execsec@hq.nasa.gov

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:  To obtain further information on NASA’s science advisory subcommittees, please visit the NAC Science Committee’s subcommittee web site.

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