Director of the Lunar and Planetary Institute

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Science
City: Columbia
State/Province: MD
Country: USA
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: USRA
Application Due Date: Sunday, May 01 2016
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USRA is an independent, nonprofit research corporation where the combined efforts of in-house talent and university-based expertise merge to advance space science and technology. USRA works across disciplines including biomedicine, planetary science, astrophysics, and engineering and integrates those competencies into applications ranging from fundamental research to facility management and operations. USRA engages the creativity and authoritative expertise of the research community to develop and deliver sophisticated, forward-looking solutions to Federal agencies and other customers – on schedule and within budget.

Universities Space Research Association is seeking a Director of the Lunar and Planetary Institute program in Houston, TX. This position will provide scientific leadership and management of the program to maintain it as a premier research center in support of the NASA strategic goals in planetary science and exploration of the solar system. This position will identify new opportunities to leverage funding, strengthen, and broaden the funding for research at the LPI. The position will also partner with NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) to advance the center Lunar and Planetary Science goals. Provide local oversight of the institutional functions associated with the USRA owned facility in Houston.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervise and provide technical and management guidance to any LPI outreach program (including educational outreach)  that exists or becomes available.
  • Provide general oversight over the institutional function of USRA Houston (administrative and facilities), and provide supervision of the USRA Houston Business Manager.
  • Meet all the obligations and commitments in the Cooperative Agreement with NASA. Contact each NASA customer on a routine basis to see where USRA might be of further service and to assure the continued success of current obligations.
  • Maintain a presence in the appropriate research fields, which should include maintenance of an active research program with ongoing publication and funding activities.
  • Develop and maintain a high profile with the NASA customer and US academic institutions (e.g., the National Academies) through participation on and leadership of review and advisory panels.
  • Identify and pursue new initiatives within the scope of the LPI Cooperative Agreement and in consultation with appropriate stakeholders.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Ph.D. in one of the following fields: geosciences, planetary sciences, physics, astronomy or associated fields, plus at least 10 years experience past the Ph.D. level required.
  • Must have at least 5 years of proven management experience.


All interested candidates must apply directly on our website at


USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity