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NASA Seeking Possible U.S. Contributions to ESA’s Athena Mission Focal Plane Instruments
The NASA Astrophysics Division, Science Mission Directorate, requests information about potential U.S. contributions to the focal plane instruments of the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Athena mission. The Athena focal plane instrumentation is expected to consist of two cameras, an X-ray Integral Field Unit (calorimeter), X-IFU, and a Wide Field Imager, WFI. The U.S. contributions may consist of instrument subsystems (hardware contributions) or contributions to the instrument calibration, data processing, software, or modeling of the instrument response (development contributions). While possible contributions may not be limited to these items, all contributions must support the development of these instruments. NASA is interested in contributions that enhance the science return of the mission and that utilize unique U.S. expertise. Responses are due: February 2, 2015.
This information will be used to inform NASA’s program planning, including consideration of whether to competitively solicit NASA-funded U.S. contributions to the Athena focal plane instruments. A response to this Request for Information is requested so that NASA’s program planning can be informed using all relevant information.

The response to this RFI will be in the form of a PDF document that is uploaded through NASA’s NSPIRES system by February 2, 2015. The response should not exceed three pages in length. For further details see the PDF at the NSPIRES web page for
or the FBO posting for this call.

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Seeking Discipline Scientists In Astrophysics at NASA HQ

NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) seeks one or more experienced scientists to fill visiting scientist positions within the Astrophysics Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC. These are two-year positions, extendible to six years, are filled by scientists who take leave from their home institution. Positions are available in the following science areas: physics of the cosmos (exploring the fundamental physics of the universe and the extremes of space-time); cosmic origins (the origins and evolution of stars, galaxies, and cosmic structure); exoplanet exploration (the search for and characterization of extra-solar planetary systems and potentially habitable environments around other stars); and in astrophysics research and technology programs that cut across these science areas.

Visiting scientists participate in the management of the Astrophysics Division research awards programs and in the planning, development, and management of NASA missions. They serve as Discipline Scientists to develop research solicitations, conduct scientific peer reviews, recommend highly rated proposals for selection, and serve as Program Scientists for NASA space missions. Visiting scientists play a leadership role in developing budgets and program plans, in designing and participating in E/PO activities, and in long-range strategic plans to define the future NASA astrophysics program. They can make a difference in the execution of the overall SMD science mission, and are expected to demonstrate a high degree of initiative in doing so.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in astronomy or physics, plus relevant experience in instrumental, observational, or theoretical research. They should be familiar with NASA grants programs, and be able to communicate effectively with the scientific community, educators, and the media. Visiting scientists are normally funded via an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) agreement with their home institution, which requires current employment with a US institution for at least 90 days.

Positions are available beginning in April 2015, though the starting date is negotiable. Interested scientists are encouraged to talk to NASA HQ staff at the AAS meeting in Seattle. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae and cover letter by January 31, 2015 to Stefan Immler at Please contact Stefan Immler at 202-358-0615 for answers to questions.

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