NASA Chief Technologist

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NASA Chief Technologist

  • Post Date:July 12, 2022
  • Views 89
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  • Experience 3 Years
    Gender Both
    Qualification Bachelor Degree
  • Salary $135,468 - $194,126 per year
    Number of Opportunities 1
    Location Washington, DC
Job Description

Clarification from the agency

Notice of opportunity for receipt of applications for Scientific and Professional (ST) position.


The NASA Chief Technologist is responsible for expanding the current awareness and understanding of technology capabilities in one or more emerging fields of relevant to NASA, technology scouting, facilitating technology evaluation and development efforts, and supporting policy development to ensure appropriate technologies are considered/adopted across the Agency. The NASA Chief Technologist is responsible for overseeing the research and development of Agency- and sector-wide technology strategies in emerging areas and will guide the coordination, integration, and infusion of relevant technology investments across the Agency.

Specifically, the NASA Chief Technologist will:

Serve as the Administrator’s primary advisor on emerging technology and technology policy issues by researching and evaluating technology capabilities, needs, and trends both inside and outside NASA. Research will involve comprehensive exploration of technology advancements, including those in the commercial sector, related to NASA’s programs and gaps in knowledge relative to those emerging fields.

Bolster NASA’s technology capabilities in an emerging field by developing and implementing a strategy to make progress and conducting focused research studies on select technologies.

Bring outside and emerging commercial views, technologies, and innovations into NASA by:

  • Monitoring the technology forefront to track experimental, emerging, and foundational technologies as they pertain to NASA’s programs and missions.
  • Maintaining a broad awareness of technology issues and advancements to help understand the strengths and weaknesses within the technology community.
  • Conducting and/or orchestrating technology demonstrations and pilot projects involving emerging and experimental technology products, processes, and techniques.
  • Proactively engaging with internal and external stakeholders, including overlooked technology communities, to understand and integrate a wide diversity of perspectives as part of NASA’s future planning.

Advocate for the use of NASA-developed technologies by outside entities.

Build partnerships across NASA and externally by serving as the NASA technology point of entry/contact with other government Agencies and the commercial aerospace industry.

Represent NASA before a wide range of external audiences.


Conditions of Employment

  • The individual selected will be required to file an ‘Executive Branch Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
  • Successful completion of a background investigation commensurate with the risk and sensitivity level of the position.
  • Successful completion of pre-employment and random drug screening may be required.
  • Must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • Please see the Additional Information section for important information about COVID-19.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI Security Clearance.


Candidates must possess expert knowledge and at least 3 years of directly related specialized experience in research and development, advocacy, and/or implementation of cutting-edge technology related to one or more emerging technology areas (e.g. Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Cybersecurity, or Digital Transformation). At least 1 year of this experience must include demonstrated technology research and development leadership equivalent to the GS-15 level and involve planning and executing difficult programs of national significance or planning and executing specialized programs that show outstanding attainments in the field of research or consultation.

Demonstrated technology research and development leadership in the private sector and/or academia is preferred.

Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Experience statements copied from a position description, vacancy announcement, or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.

To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you MUST address each Scientific or Professional (ST) Evaluation Criteria separately not to exceed a total of ten (10) pages. If you fail to do so, your application will be rated ineligible. Please cite experience directly related to the specialized experience requirements (outlined above) when addressing the ST evaluation criteria #2 (Technical Excellence and Contributions) and ST evaluation criteria #5 (Corporate Cooperation and Technical Leadership Skills). For the full definition of the ST Evaluation Criteria and Process please click herePlease include your full name on all documents submitted.


1. Education Level and Training

2. Technical Excellence and Contributions
a. Experience/Accomplishments
b. Technical and Strategic Problem Solving
c. Publications and Information Transfer

3. Awards and Recognition

4. Outside Professional Activities

5. Corporate Cooperation and Technical Leadership Skills


This position has a positive education requirement. To be eligible, you must clearly state in your resume the following: degree, major and/or minor, and college/university.

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major study in engineering, physical science, mathematics, life sciences, computer science, or other field of science.

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. These education credentials must be deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, click here.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

All qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. You will be evaluated based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Applicants that meet minimum eligibility requirements outlined in the Qualifications and Education (if applicable) sections of the vacancy announcement will be referred to a panel of subject matter experts for further evaluation. The panel reviews the resumes and responses to the ST evaluation criteria as related to the specialized experience for this position. The panel evaluates the candidates’ experience against each ST criterion. Candidates may receive an interview for further evaluation and/or be asked to provide a list of references. The panel will make a recommendation to the appropriate approving authority.

Required Documents

You must provide a complete application package. If you do not provide all required information, you will not be considered for this position. Only provide the following:

1. Resume showing relevant work experience (start/end dates stated in month/year, description of duties), applicable education at a minimum, and your contact information. For current or previous Federal employees, it should also include the Pay Plan, Series and Grade for each work experience entry. Limit your resume to 10 pages. If more than 10 pages are submitted, only the first 10 pages will be reviewed to determine your eligibility/qualifications.

2. ST Evaluation Criteria narrative responses. Limit your responses to 10 pages. If more than 10 pages are submitted, only the first 10 pages will be reviewed to determine your eligibility/qualifications.

You may be asked to provide additional documentation to support your eligibility and the information provided in your application package. For example, we may request transcripts, SF-50s, etc. Therefore, we encourage you to have these documents prepared and ready when requested by the agency. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section.

A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
  • Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
  • You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.