Chief of the Ocean Ecology Laboratory

The Earth Sciences Division, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland is seeking qualified candidates for a career civil service position in ocean ecology and biogeochemistry research as the Chief of the Ocean Ecology Laboratory. The Ocean Ecology Laboratory conducts research on ocean ecosystems and the interactions between Earth’s chemical cycles and life. The Laboratory also manages “ocean color” data from NASA satellite sensors. Sediment, dissolved chemicals, and marine microorganisms called phytoplankton affect the colors of sunlight reflected off the ocean, providing a way to monitor ocean ecosystems from orbit. In addition to supervisory functions, the successful candidate will serve as an expert consultant in planning, monitoring, and administering ocean ecology projects of national or international significance. Specifically, he or she will provide expertise and oversight for the development and testing of advanced ocean color sensors, e.g., the Ocean Radiometer for Carbon Assessment (ORCA) instrument; scientific expertise with respect to the Visible/Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument on JPSS and ocean related areas of NASA’s developing Carbon Monitoring system; serving as consultant and scientific lead for ocean color issues related to NASA’s PACE mission and the ACE and GEOCAPE decadal survey missions; and providing leadership in the planning and collection of mission validation field data and associated campaigns.

Candidates having experience with NASA Earth Observing System (EOS) and Decadal Survey Satellite Missions and familiarity with related research activities at the Earth Sciences Division-Ocean Ecology Laboratory ( are highly desirable. A Ph.D. degree or equivalent training and experience in ocean biological science or a related science discipline is preferred.

This advertisement is intended to provide an opportunity for interested persons to have discussions with the NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Division concerning NASA’s goals and the candidate’s interests. A subsequent job application process will be conducted using the USAJOBS application process (

Interested candidates should respond by submitting their current vita including research interests via email ( by January 11, 2013. For additional questions, please contact Dr. David Adamec, Deputy Director for Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center at the same email address.



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