NASA Sponsor Information on On-boarding
When new CRESST scientist or students are brought to GSFC to begin work with a sponsor, the CRESST II organization is responsible for establishing the task, confirming costs and verifying start/arrival dates with the sponsor. CRESST II will negotiate salaries, prepare formal employment offers, apply for foreign national visas, organize travel and/or relocation when authorized, and coordinate GSFC physical and IT access.
After the offer has been accepted, the sponsor must obtain office space and provide a computer (as needed). If the computer is a laptop to be used off-site, please provide the CRESST II office with the Equipment Control Number (ECN) for the Government Funded Equipment (GFE). We become responsible for the property control.
Extra Steps Required for Foreign National Hires:
If the new CRESST II employee is a Foreign National (FN), the sponsor will need to provide specific information on what access will be required for the individual to accomplish his/her work tasks. After review, CRESST II will input this in the IDMAX system. Please review the job description and determine what buildings, computer hardware/software and logical systems the employee will need to access. CRESST II central will contact the sponsor with a FN access questionnaire to assist in the completion of the IDMAX application.
CRESST II personnel with foreign national citizenships, approved for facility access, are generally issued a limited-access badge by GSFC. Limited access badge holders must be escorted outside of the hours of 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday by a PIV-badged staff member, who also hold a valid Foreign National Escort Badge. Questions about limited access badges should be directed to the Science Support Manager.
The FN must upload their documents to IDMAX in a timely manner. Lead times are considerably longer for FN hires, so please plan accordingly. From the time the sponsor contacts CRESST II until the new employee arrives, it generally takes 4-8 weeks for US nationals/US permanent residents and at least 2-3 months for foreign nationals.
NASA Post-Doctoral Program Fellow Transfers to CRESST II
Not infrequently, CRESST II receives requests to employ scientists after their NPP fellowships expire. While relatively straightforward, these transfers take some time to process – so that there is no gap in their support. Contact the Program Manager well ahead of the NPP expiry date to begin the process. For foreign national NPPs, consult transfer timeline to understand the needed lead times and steps involved.