Goddard Association of Postdoctoral and Early Career Scholars

The information on this website was compiled by volunteers and does not represent the views of NASA or the Goddard administration. You should always check with your lab and/or adviser as some information may be out of date or not applicable to your situation.

Working at NASA Goddard

This page was put together with both new and old employees in-mind! Do you see something incorrect or missing? Let us know.


Many of NASA's internal websites are inaccessible unless you are on-campus or VPN'd into the network. If you run into a link that is taking you to a 404 or dead page, that may be the issue. If you are on the network and still run into problems then you may have found a dead link. We would appreciate it if you reported those using this form!

Goddard Internal Website

Goddard has its own internal website (must be on the NASA network to access). A lot of up-to-date, center-specific information can be found on it: internal.gsfc.nasa.gov.

Looking for a colleague's email or phone number? Try looking for them on this site.

Other Topics

Click on any of the topics below to learn more about them.

Welcome to NASA Goddard! We look forward to meeting you and hope you have a smooth transition into your new position.

NASA GSFC Official Orientation Page

Everyone's situation is different but starting a new position can be challenging in a lot of ways. Especially for those moving to the area from a different state or country. We are here to help! We recommend staying in touch and directing any questions or concerns to your adviser and/or lab chief as well as the primary contact for your contractor (if applicable). They will be able to provide the best advise for your specific situation. However, if you have any questions or would just like to chat with fellow early career folks then feel free to contact one of the NGAPS officers and we will try to help you directly or get you in contact with someone who can better answer your questions.

Goddard Nomenclature

  • Building numbers on the Goddard campus are based on when that building's construction started and has nothing to do with location. For example, B12 is right next to B36 (36 is just much newer).
  • Some buildings are attached to one another like the large fabrication buildings: 7, 10, 15, and 29.

Getting to Campus

  • There are four primary gates to get onto campus:
    • Main Gate - connects the front side of Goddard to Greenbelt Rd. Not too far from the I-495 ramp, good if you are headed to/from the South.
      • The Main gate is the only gate you can enter if you do not have a visitor or regular badge: Visit the badging office before coming onto campus.
    • North-West or "Explorer Road" Gate - connects the back side of Goddard to the Baltimore-Washington Pkwy with pretty easy access to I-495 if you are headed to/from the North.
    • North-East or "Hubble Road" Gate - connects the back side of Goddard to Soil Conservation Rd. This road eventually leads to the Baltimore-Washington Pkwy farther north than the previous gate. Ideal if headed to/from Laurel or Columbia Maryland.
    • South or "ICESAT Road" Gate - connects the front side of Goddard to Greenbelt Rd a few blocks east of the main gate. It is good if you are headed to/from Bowie, MD. The Goddard visitor's center is just outside this gate.
  • Check out the living @Goddard page for more info about getting around the DC area.

Goddard Campus Map

Campus Points of Interest

  • U.S. Post Office in Building 1. This is a small post office but you can send packages & letters and even buy stamps.
    • The Post Office is open Tuesday thru Thursday from 7:30 to 2:00 pm with a break for the staff from 10:00-10:15.
    • The Post Office accepts cash or checks ONLY – no credit or debit cards.
    • The Post Office keeps limited change on hand and therefore cannot accept $20 bills for purchases of $10 or less.
  • Barney & Bea Rec Center located behind the child development center (near Building 18).
    • The Main Hall can comfortably seat 100 and holds up to 300 for a standing event; our smaller Meeting room can seat 20-25.
    • Events at the Rec Center held Monday-Friday between 8:00-5:30 are at NO COST to the user; after-hours and weekend events require a nominal fee.
    • Interested in reserving the Rec Center? Just go to http://gewarcreservation.gsfc.nasa.gov (Goddard Network Only) to lock in your date.
  • Picnic Pavilion located behind the child development center (near Building 18).
    • The Pavilion has picnic tables that can comfortably seat at least 50 people and in early 2016 the Pavilion will be updated with both new tables and new charcoal grills.
    • Free of charge. Interested in reserving the Pavilion? Just go to http://gewarcreservation.gsfc.nasa.gov (Goddard Network Only) to lock in your date.
  • NASA Gift Stores - There is a gift shop in Building 1 and the Visitor's Center. NASA employees who show their badge receive a 20% discount. Find hours and other info here.

General Info

  • Vending Machine Issue? Check out how to report a malfunction or request a refund here.

On-Campus Options

  • Cafe hours can be found here. Nutritional facts and weekly menus can be found here.
  • Building 21 Main Cafeteria (Monday - Friday; 7am - 2:30pm). Lots of seating.
  • Building 1 Food Court (Monday - Friday; Hours vary): Subway, Starbucks, Hana Noodles & Sushi, ILC Mexican grill. Lots of seating.
  • Building 33 Grab & Go Cafe (Monday - Friday; 7:30am - 2:30pm. Limited seating.
  • Building 34 Grab & Go Cafe (Monday - Friday; 7:30am - 2:30pm. Limited seating.
  • IL Creations offers catering for events, find out more info at the bottom of this page.

Off-Campus Options

  • Check out this map for some recommendations of local restaurants.

GSFC Library

GSFC is broken up into codes that generally follow the format XYZ. Where X = Directorate level, Y = Division level, Z = Laboratory level. Occasionally there will be an additional decimal like 0.O, this usually represents a special office (generally Admin & Support).

Overall Division Structure

  • Code 600 - Sciences and Exploration Directorate - Org Chart
    • Code 610 - Earth Sciences Division - Org Chart
    • Code 660 - Astrophysics Science Division - Org Chart
    • Code 670 - Heliophysics Science Division - Org Chart
    • Code 690 - Solar System Exploration Division - Org Chart

The above listings were made with code 600 staff in mind. Goddard also has several other directorates (full listing).

  • Code 100 - Office of Goddard Space Flight Center's Director
    • Code 110 - Human Resources Office
    • Code 120 - Equal Opportunity Programs Office
    • Code 130 - Office of Communications
    • Code 140 - Office of Chief Counsel
    • Code 150 - Office of Chief Financial Officer
    • Code 160 - Office of Education
  • Code 200 - Management Operations
  • Code 300 - Safety & Mission Assurance
  • Code 400 - Flight Projects
  • Code 500 - Applied Engineering & Technology
  • Code 600 - Sciences & Exploration
  • Code 700 - Information Technology & Communications
  • Code 800 - Suborbital & Special Orbital Projects

Below is the contact information for 660 and 690's IT help desks. Other divisions may have their own resources, but feel free to contact these folks and ask to be directed to the correct department.

When contacting the help desk, in order to expedite the process, please include your name, code, operating system, machine name, and description of the issue you are having. Also include any relevant software and any troubleshooting steps you may have already tried.

Solar System Exploration Division (Code 690) IT Help Desk

Astrophysics (Code 660) IT Help Desk

Mailing List Management

Want to join or manage a new or existing mailing list? This site may help: lists.nasa.gov/protected/lists.html (internal/vpn site).

Approved NASA Tools and Software

The approved NASA tools website: https://approvedtools.nasa.gov/ (internal/vpn site), is a quick way to look up if a piece of software is approved to be used on the NASA network or NASA computers. For example, if you go to that site and look up "chat" you will learn about various software aproved to use for instant messaging like Microsoft Teams.

Diversity and Inclusion Calendar (Internal Link).

Map of Unisex Restrooms from 2021.

LGBTQ+ Support and Networking

Cooperative agreements (Co-ops) are formal agreements between lead organizations and NASA. Each agreement usually has one lead organization and then several partner organizations. Each agreement outlines the science topical areas where the agreement is to operate. Transitioning means that a cooperative agreement will hire you as an employee, but your adviser will be required to allocate funds to pay your salary.

Some examples of code 600 agreements include:

If you feel like transitioning to a cooperative agreement is the next step after your NPP, you should discuss co-op options with your adviser at the end of the 1st year in the NPP program. Your advisor must have funding to apply to the cooperative agreement in order to support the contract.

During your transition, allow plenty of time to resolve any unforeseen issues. A US citizen can take a couple of months, 60 days or much sooner depending upon the employment process for the cooperative agreement. A foreign national can take 100 business days or more.

NASA Postdoctoral Program fellows are not limited to cooperative agreements after the second year. For example, you can stay on as 3rd year NPP fellows or look for employment in the academic community. Talk to your adviser about what might be best for you.

Unofficial Mentors

Code 690 has unofficial mentors that can act as an additional sounding board for any post-doc or early career questions. These folks are former post-docs and early-career scientists so they may offer a different perspective than your normal adviser. You are also more than welcome to contact any of the NGAPS officers if you think that we may be of any help. Our contact info can be found on the about us page.