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Astronaut Candidate

SALARY RANGE: 59,493.00 – 130,257.00 USD per year
OPEN PERIOD: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 to Tuesday, July 01, 2008
SERIES & GRADE: GS-0801-11/14
POSITION INFORMATION: Full-Time Permanent appointment
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 15
DUTY LOCATIONS:   Few vacancies – Houston
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: This announcement is open to all qualified U.S
citizens.

JOB SUMMARY: NASA, the world’s leader in space and aeronautics is
always seeking outstanding scientists, engineers, and other talented
professionals to carry forward the great discovery process that its
mission demands. Creativity. Ambition. Teamwork. A sense of daring.
And a probing mind. That’s what it takes to join NASA, one of the best
places to work in the Federal Government.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has a need
for Astronaut Candidates to support the International Space Station
(ISS) Program.

NASA uses the USAJobs resume as the basic application document. NASA
limits resumes to the equivalent of about six typed pages, or
approximately 22,000 characters (including spaces). You cannot
complete the application process if your USAJobs resume is too long.
More information about the NASA application process is also available
under the “How to Apply” section of this announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS:

* Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
* U.S. citizenship is required
* This is a drug-testing designated position
* Frequent travel may be required
* Selectee must pass a pre-employment medical examination

http://www.nasajobs.nasa.gov/astronauts/content/broch00.htm

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces the
opportunity to apply for the position of Astronaut Candidate to
support the International Space Station (ISS) Program.

Persons from both the civilian sector and the military services will
be considered. All positions are located at the Lyndon B. Johnson
Space Center in Houston, Texas, and will involve a training and
evaluation program lasting approximately 2 years.

NOTE: The medical standards for the Astronaut Candidate Program were
recently updated and now allow certain corrective surgeries for visual
acuity. See the new standards in the Basic Qualifications Requirements
section.

International Space Station Program Description Return to TOC

The ISS is the largest international scientific and technological
endeavor ever undertaken. The ISS is a permanent laboratory in a realm
where gravity, temperature, and pressure can be manipulated for a
variety of scientific and engineering pursuits that are impossible in
ground-based laboratories. The ISS is a test bed for the technologies
for the future as we learn more about living and working in space.
Aboard the international laboratory, crews conduct medical research in
space; develop new materials and processes to benefit industries on
Earth; and accelerate breakthroughs in technology and engineering that
will have immediate, practical applications for life on Earth.

When completed, the ISS will be 356 feet across and 290 feet long, and
it will weigh about 940,000 pounds. Six people can live on the ISS.
The ISS is forging and maintaining new partnerships with the other
space faring nations of the world; and satisfying humanity’s need to
explore.

Constellation Program Description Return to TOC

The Nation’s next major human space flight program is the
Constellation Program.  From the first short flights of the Mercury
Program to the long-duration missions of the ISS Program, NASA has
refined its understanding of the challenges associated with human
exploration of the cosmos.

NASA’s Constellation Program is currently developing spacecraft and
launch systems for a new generation of explorers that will go back to
the moon, Mars, and beyond.  Initial flights of the new Orion
spacecraft will be to the ISS in low-Earth orbit, but by 2020 will
support the development of an outpost on the moon.  Early lunar
missions will be about a week long, but eventually stays on the lunar
surface are expected to last about 6 months, similar in length to
current ISS missions.

Orion will be capable of carrying crews of up to six people to the ISS
and remaining docked to the station for 6 months as a crew return
vehicle if needed.  For lunar missions, Orion will carry four
astronauts all the way to the lunar surface and back.  The capsule
will be capable of orbiting the moon untended for up to 6 months and
will be capable of returning home with the crew at any time.

Astronaut Responsibilities Return to TOC

Astronauts are involved in all aspects of assembly and on-orbit
operations of the ISS  This includes extravehicular activities (EVA),
robotics operations using the remote manipulator system, experiment
operations, and onboard maintenance tasks.  Astronauts are required to
have a detailed knowledge of the ISS systems, as well as detailed
knowledge of the operational characteristics, mission requirements and
objectives, and supporting systems and equipment for each experiment
on their assigned missions.

Long-duration missions aboard the ISS generally last from 3 to 6
months.  Training for long duration missions is very arduous and takes
approximately 2 to 3 years.  This training requires extensive travel,
including long periods away in other countries training with our
International partners.  Travel to and from the ISS will be by Space
Shuttle until its retirement in 2010.  Following the Shuttle
retirement, all trips to and from the ISS will be aboard the Russian
Soyuz vehicle.  Consequently, astronauts must meet the Soyuz size
requirements, as indicated below.

Basic Qualification Requirements Return to TOC

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements before
submitting an application.

Applicants may meet the minimum requirements in one of two ways:

Astronaut Candidate (Non-Piloting background)

1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in engineering,
biological science, physical science, or mathematics.  Quality of
academic preparation is important.  Degree must be followed by at
least 3 years of related, progressively responsible, professional
experience.  An advanced degree is desirable and may be substituted
for experience as follows: master’s degree = 1 year of experience,
doctoral degree = 3 years of experience.  Teaching experience,
including experience at the K – 12 levels, is considered to be
qualifying experience for the Astronaut Candidate position; therefore,
educators are encouraged to apply.
2. Ability to pass the NASA long-duration space flight physical,
which includes the following specific requirements:

Distant visual acuity: Must be correctable to 20/20, each eye

(NOTE:  For those applicants under final consideration,
additional visual screening will be performed to include the following
standards:  refractive error (distant vision)-cycloplegic refractive
error must be between +5.50 and -5.50 diopters in any meridian.
Astigmatism may require up to 3.00 diopters of cylinder correction.
Anisometropia of up to 3.50 diopters.  You are not required to provide
this information with your initial application.  We will request it
later if needed.)

Near visual acuity: Must be correctable to 20/20, each eye

The refractive surgical procedures of the eye, PRK and LASIK,
are now allowed, providing at least 1 year has passed since the date
of the procedure with no permanent adverse after effects.  For those
applicants under final consideration, an operative report on the
surgical procedure will be requested.

Blood pressure not to exceed 140/90 measured in a sitting position

Standing height between 62 and 75 inches

Astronaut Candidate (Piloting background)

1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in engineering,
biological science, physical science or mathematics.  An advanced
degree is desirable.  Quality of academic preparation is important.

2. At least 1,000 hours pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft.
Flight test experience is highly desirable.

3. Ability to pass the NASA  long-duration space flight physical
which includes the following specific requirements:

Distant visual acuity: Must be correctable to 20/20, each eye

(NOTE:  For those applicants under final consideration,
additional visual screening will be performed to include the following
standards:  refractive error (distant vision)-cycloplegic refractive
error must be between +3.50 and -4.00 diopters in any meridian.
Astigmatism may require up to 2.00 diopters of cylinder correction.
Anisometropia of up to 2.50 diopters.  You are not required to provide
this information with your initial application.  We will request it
later if needed.)

Near visual acuity:  Must be correctable to 20/20 each eye

The refractive surgical procedures of the eye, PRK and LASIK,
are now allowed, providing at least 1 year has passed since the date
of the procedure with no permanent adverse after effects.  For those
applicants under final consideration, an operative report on the
surgical procedure will be requested.

Blood pressure not to exceed 140/90 measured in a sitting
position

Standing height between 62 and 75 inches

Notes on Academic Requirements Return to TOC

Applicants for the Astronaut Candidate Program must meet the basic
education requirements for NASA engineering and scientific positions –
specifically: successful completion of standard professional
curriculum in an accredited college or university leading to at least
a bachelor’s degree with major study in an appropriate field of
engineering, biological science, physical science, or mathematics. The
following degree fields, while related to engineering and the
sciences, are not considered qualifyi:

*- 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.
Citizenship Requirements Return to TOC

Applicants for the Astronaut Candidate Program must be citizens of the
United States.
Application Procedures  Return to TOC

* Civilian
Applications can only be submitted through the Office of
Personnel Management’s USAJOBS site http://www.usajobs.gov

* Active Duty Military
Active duty military personnel must submit applications through
the Office of Personnel Management’s USAJOBS Web site http://www.usajobs.gov
and to their respective military service. Contact your military
service for additional application procedures.

Selection Return to TOC

Following the preliminary screening of applications, additional
information may be requested from some applicants, and individuals
listed in the application as supervisors and references may be
contacted.  Applicants who are being considered as finalists for
interview may be required to obtain a flight physical.

A week-long process of personal interviews, medical screening, and
orientation will be required for both civilian and military applicants
under final consideration.  Further interviews and a complete medical
evaluation will be conducted prior to selection.  Once final
selections have been made, all applicants will be notified of the
outcome of the process.  Complete background investigations will be
performed on those selected.
General Program Requirements Return to TOC

Selected applicants will be designated Astronaut Candidates and will
be assigned to the Astronaut Office at the Johnson Space Center,
Houston, Texas.  The astronaut candidates will undergo a training and
evaluation period lasting approximately 2 years, during which time
they will participate in the basic Astronaut Candidate training
program, which is designated to develop the knowledge and skills
required for formal mission training upon selection for a flight.
Astronaut Candidates (Piloting background) will maintain proficiency
in NASA aircraft during their candidate period.

As part of the Astronaut Candidate training program, Astronaut
Candidates are required to complete military water survival before
beginning their flying syllabus, and become SCUBA qualified to prepare
them for the EVA training.  Consequently, all Astronaut Candidates
will be required to pass a swimming test during their first month of
training.  They must swim 3 lengths of a 25-M pool without stopping,
and then swim 3 lengths of the pool in a flight suit and tennis
shoes.  There is no time limit.  They must also tread water
continuously for 10 minutes.

Applicants should be aware that selection as an Astronaut Candidate
does not ensure selection as an astronaut.  Final selection as an
astronaut will depend upon satisfactory completion of the training and
evaluation period.  Civilian candidates who successfully complete the
training and evaluation and are selected as astronauts will become
permanent Federal employees and will be expected to remain with NASA
for a period of at least 5 years.  Civilian candidates who are not
selected as astronauts may be placed in other positions within NASA,
depending upon Agency requirements and labor constraints at that
time.  Successful military candidates will be detailed to NASA for a
specified tour of duty.

NASA has an affirmative action program goal of having qualified
minorities and women among those selected as Astronaut Candidates.
Therefore, qualified minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

For additional information about the Astronaut Candidate Program,
please go to the Astronaut Selection site http://www.nasajobs.nasa.gov/astronauts
.

Pay and Benefits Return to TOC

* Civilian
Salaries for civilian Astronaut Candidates are based on the
Federal Government’s General Schedule pay scales for grades GS-11
through GS-14, and are set in accordance with each individual’s
academic achievements and experience.

* Military
Selected military personnel will be detailed to the Johnson
Space Center but will remain in an active duty status for pay,
benefits, leave, and other similar military matters.
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/home/index.html