Staff Scientist - Military veterans preferred

Kellogg Brown & Root (


  full-time   employee

Mountain View
United States


Staff Scientist

As NASA prepares to send humans to the moon and beyond, we need to build a better understanding of how spaceflight affects living systems. The Rodent Research Project at NASA’s Ames Research Center (ARC) provides mouse habitats and food that allow researchers to study and answer these fundamental questions aboard the International Space Station.

KBR is looking for a qualified candidate to join our team to support the Rodent Research Project Scientist in the research, review, evaluation, and formulation of requirements changes to the Rodent Research hardware, software, and/or food bar technical baselines, as well as help execute the development and delivery of rodent food and determine impacts of changes in nutrients of the food. Responsibilities include supporting the Project Scientist with the: creation of presentations and participation in meetings with stakeholders, fellow researchers, and technical experts in applicable fields, and writing of papers for publication. Tasks also include providing support to the Rodent Food Lead by: identifying and validating new rodent food vendors in coordination with the Rodent Research Project Scientist and NASA Chief Veterinarian in order to improve shelf life, reduce rodent food costs, and mitigate risks of microbial contamination of the food.

The successful candidate may be tasked with any of the following:

  • Performing analysis and interpretation of data and writing test reports and documents
  • Conducting appropriate literature searches; summarizing and performing interpretation of findings clearly and concisely and in a timely manner.
  • Conducting lab work effectively by maintaining accurate records of experiments and analyses performed.
  • Designing and performing basic experimental tests with rodents and/or rodent hardware
  • Performing collaboration with engineers and technicians to assess impacts of rodent hardware changes (with supervision from Project Scientist). Translating basic scientific concepts to non-scientists either in written or oral form.
  • Implementing recommendations and requirements to achieve and maintain AAALAC accreditation
  • Actively participating in team meetings, as well as meetings with stakeholders and collaborators
  • Contributing to the overall activities and objectives of the science team and Project as required.
  • Reviewing animal food related Statement of Work (SOW) documents
  • Providing reviews and input to rodent food inventory and quantities of rodent food to be ordered
  • Supporting coordination and negotiations with Food Production Vendors and reviewing procurements
  • Performing process engineering with food bar vendors
  • Serving as Science and Technical monitor for food bar productions at Vendor
  • Coordinating Nutrient Analysis, including shipping samples, receiving, reviewing, and approving results
  • Reviewing and approving irradiation results
  • Providing training in aseptic technique
  • Supervising or participating in Food Bar Kit builds
  • Coordinating analytical testing as needed
  • Performing inspections of food storage areas

Required Education/Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in a science discipline (i.e. Biology, Life Sciences, Physiology) and 3+ years of relevant experience, or a master's degree in an applicable science discipline.

Required Skills/Training:

  • Outstanding technical writing skills
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, coordinate tasks with others, and meet multiple deadlines
  • Self-motivated, team-player; Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Laboratory work experience
  • Extensive knowledge of in vivo rodent research models and rodent handling
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience working with aseptic techniques
  • Basic computer skills. e.g., MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint or their equivalents

Desired Education, Experience, Skills or Tr a ining:

  • Experience or background in rodent/animal science
  • Experience or background in animal nutrition or murine food chemistry
  • Experience with Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
  • Experience with space flight bioscience projects involving rodents, and/or International Space Station Missions
  • Project Management or Project Coordination experience
  • Master's degree in an applicable science discipline with professional experience

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