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This position is in the NASA's Pathways Intern Program which provides students with the opportunity to explore NASA careers and gain meaningful work experience. This position is in the Low-Gravity Exploration Technology Branch located in the Propulsion Division of the Research and Engineering Directorate at the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC). The Branch conducts research in low-gravity combustion phenomena to support spacecraft fire safety and fundamental combustion research.


  • Your typical responsibilities in the Low Gravity Exploration Technology Branch may include:
  • Tasks in the area of fundamental microgravity combustion to conduct research related to improved fuel efficiency for terrestrial systems.
  • Low-gravity study of the transport and combustion processes that occur in supercritical conditions in engines.
  • Tasks in the area of microgravity combustion/spacecraft fire safety to conduct research related to ensuring the safety of current and future spacecraft.
  • Conduct ground-based laboratory testing or computer modeling in support of space flight experiments on the International Space Station or suborbital spacecraft.

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U. S. citizen or national.
  • Enrolled/accepted in an accredited educational institution.
  • Pursuing a master's degree or PhD.
  • Maintain enrollment at least half time as defined by the institution.
  • Have and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.9 on a 4.0 scale
  • You will be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.
  • You will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.
  • Available to work at least 640 hours prior to completion of degree.
  • The position is expected to start no later than December 7, 2020. The selecting official would like the student to begin as soon as possible but no later than December 7, 2020.
  • You must have at least one calendar year remaining prior to graduation by the start date of your appointment. Indicate an expected completion date if you were selected for this position.
  • Candidates who indicate an expected completion date less than one calendar year from their available start date will be found ineligible. The answers you provide in the NASA Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to make this determination.
  • You must meet eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


The starting GS grade level you qualify for is based on education. You will be considered for the highest grade for which you qualify.

GS-7: Accepted into a master's program OR in the first year of a master's degree program.

GS-9: Completed one academic year of a master's program OR accepted into a doctorate program OR in the first year of a doctorate program.

GS-11: Completed one year of doctorate-level study.


The following majors are required: Aerospace Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.

To be eligible for this position, you must be pursuing a degree in engineering, physical science, or safety science at an accredited educational institution. Degrees in engineering technology are not qualifying for this position. Engineering degrees must be from a college or university school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum. To find out if a degree meets this requirement, go to