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Analyst, OSIRIS-REx Science Operations Planning

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Position Information

Title Analyst, OSIRIS-REx Science Operations Planning
Department Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (0413)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft departed Earth September 8, 2016 and will arrive at the carbonaceous asteroid Bennu in 2018. We will conduct nearly a year of remote sensing science to select a suitable site from which to obtain a minimum of 60 grams of sample from the asteroid’s surface. The science instruments include; a camera suite (OCAMS), a Visible and IR Spectrometer (OVIRS), a Thermal Emission Spectrometer (OTES), and a Laser Altimeter (OLA). After the site has been selected, we will perform sample collection and stowage for a safe return to Earth. The spacecraft will begin its return to Earth in early 2021, landing at the Utah Test and Training range in 2023.

The University of Arizona, LPL, located in Tucson, AZ is responsible for the design, development, test and implementation of the OSIRIS-REx Science Processing and Operations Center to support the instrument operations and science data processing.

The OSIRIS-REx Science Operations Planner supports the Science Operations Planning Group (SOPG) with analysis of proposed science observations and supports the Science Operations Team with downlink activities.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Work with Science Operations Working Group to define and design science observation sequence plans to achieve specific data sets.
  • Support Mission Instrument Scientist and SOPG in the formulation, analysis and coordination of new observation activities.
  • Work with mission partners to integrate and optimize individual science observation sequence plans into a coherent observation campaign.
  • Produce visualizations of science observation activities to the SOPG.
  • Maintain an internal configuration management of all work done.
  • Update planned science activities based upon latest knowledge, both strategically and tactically.
  • Support weekly and daily Downlink briefings and provide strategies for operational re-plans.
  • Participate in Operations Training exercises.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications
  • A Bachelors or higher degree in an appropriate field and three years working with ground or spacecraft science instrument observation planning and data analysis
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Demonstrated experience with either spacecraft or ground based science instrument operations
  • Experience with tools used in instrument command sequence development and validation
  • Must be U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident (Federal regulations require that the incumbent be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident to be ITAR/EAR compliant)
Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous work in developing concept of operations for space missions.
  • Knowledge of NASA requirements, ground systems architecture and related processes.
  • Experience with data analysis software such as IDL and MatLab.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of OSIRIS-REx mission plan and operational process flow.
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating technically with external teams.
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40-50
Job Category Computer, Engineering and Technical
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A22191
Number of Vacancies Multiple
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Rosie Munoz (

Open Date 11/30/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 12/15/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
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  2. * Federal regulations require that the applicant be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident to be ITAR/EAR compliant. Are you a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Upon higher, will you have a Bachelors or higher degree in an appropriate field and three years working with ground or spacecraft science instrument observation planning and data analysis?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents