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Manager, Sr. Scientist (Data Science) (Internal) in Mountain View, CA at Universities Space Research Association

Date Posted: 3/19/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

USRA is seeking a Data Science Group Lead who will oversee their assigned technical group.  The Group Lead is responsible for technical performance of assigned research projects, as well as staffing and career development for technical staff assigned to the group.  The primary funding source for the group’s projects is NASA’s Ames Research Center, and additional funding sources may include research organizations from other government organizations, industry, and academia.  The Group Lead is responsible for continued execution of existing research projects, as well as pursuits for new projects that position the group to continue to grow the impact of its research and development activities over the long-term.

Position Summary:

The Data Science Group Lead will work in a collaborative team along with other scientists and engineers, to directly perform research and development and lead a group in research and development for both scientific and technical advancement.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Satisfy USRA's non-profit mission my making a distinctive impact through scientific and technical accomplishments in the assigned projects.
    • Directly perform, and publish, research at the highest standards.
    • Engage academic, industrial, and government research communities in collaborative research through activities such as seminars and other talks, workshops, and conferences.
    • Expand awareness of the group’s research results and capabilities through participation in relevant research communities, professional societies, and industry associations.
    • Maintain an awareness of funding opportunities, and seek and obtain funding to ensure continued growth of the impact of the group’s research efforts.
  • Lead and supervise the group in ways that are consistent with USRA’s mission and core values
    • Oversight: Oversee the portfolio of funded projects assigned to the group including NASA task orders, USRA funded projects, and externally funded awards.
    • Reporting: Develop monthly, quarterly and annual progress reports with task leads, communicating task progress against milestones/schedules, and reviewing and providing analysis for monthly financial variance reports.
    • Task Order Management: Support developing responses to new or modified tasks: Evaluate requirements, identify skills required, risks/mitigation, develop task plan, budget, subcontracts or other resources as required.
    • Relationship Management: Manage relationships with project sponsors (e.g., task requesters), including a minimum monthly check-in for each project and communication regarding any new tasks or task modifications.
    • Human Resources: Coordinate with Human Resources for recruitment and hiring activities associated with the group, including support for writing position descriptions, conducting applicant interviews and making job offers.
    • Timesheet Oversight: Review timesheets, expense authorizations and expense reports of personnel in the group; ensuring compliance with USRA policies and procedure.
    • Performance Reviews and Professional Development: Conduct performance reviews and support professional development for assigned personnel, including support of career path planning and rewards and recognitions.
    • Compliance: Support compliance with USRA and contract specific requirements by group members, including travel requirements, and publication requirements.
    • Collaborations: Enhance the group’s technical leadership by facilitating innovative pursuits among the group’s staff.
  • Work effectively with others including functional staff for day-to-day operations and efforts to improve operational excellence.
  • Support strategic planning and annual metrics reporting including analyzing and anticipating relevant technology trends and their implications, and for program development including efforts to broaden and strengthen the NASA relationship and to diversify the sponsor/customer base.
  • Act safely, ethically and in compliance with all laws and regulations and USRA policies and procedures including protecting NASA and USRA intellectual property, complying with ITAR/EAR rules, and completing all required training as scheduled.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Ensure the protection intellectual property including submitting new technology disclosures and supporting patent applications
  • Ensure export control compliance related to ITAR/EAR regulations
  • Support efforts by USRA Management to ensure that USRA conducts its business operations in an effective, cost-competitive, and professional manner
  • Complete all trainings as scheduled
  • Other job related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications


  • Ph.D. in a relevant domain required.


  • At least 5 years of post-doctoral research experience in the relevant domain with international publications.

Licenses, Certifications:

  • n/a

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills, and experience interacting with the media.
  • Familiarity with federal contracts and cooperative agreements.
  • Understanding of government, academic, and industrial research environments.
  • Have an impeccable reputation for excellence, integrity, and accountability.
  • Model USRA’s core values:
    • Passion (for science, technology and education);
    • Partnerships (with universities, governments, and the private sector); and
    • Professionalism (through excellence, accountability, and respect for others).

Working Conditions:

Work will be performed in an office or computer lab environment.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; talk or hear.  Keyboarding for large time spans each day will be a significant part of this position. The employee may need to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. 


Employee must be willing and able to travel. Position may require domestic and international business travel.

Applicants should apply to the posting at . Additional information on USRA can be found at

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


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