NASA’s Planetary Science Division is seeking a highly experienced planetary science expert to serve as its Chief Scientist to represent the Planetary Data Ecosystem (PDE). The Planetary Data Ecosystem defines the broad community of planetary scientists, engineers, mission specialists, data providers, data users and planetary science educators who have interests in planetary missions and their data. The selected Chief Scientist will have a strong background in planetary science and serve as the liaison between the PDE and NASA’s Planetary Data System (PDS). The Chief Scientist will report to the PDS Program Scientist at NASA HQ.

The solicitation is open to the public. This virtual position will be served mostly remotely, will be part time and funded at approximately 0.2 FTE, depending on the details of funding arrangements. The position will be a temporary assignment, not to exceed three years, ending (at the latest) in Fall 2024.

Candidates wishing to apply for this position should send their nomination package to Dr. Timothy P. McClanahan at The due date for applications is October 29, 2021 COBEST. Position details and nomination package requirements are described here: