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Job Title:  Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Flight Loads/Aeroelasticity
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Federal Aviation Administration
Job Announcement Number:  EXE-AVS-11-100-22145

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$114,600.00 to $168,500.00 / Per Year
Thursday, September 13, 2012 to Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Location Negotiable After Selection, United States
All Sources


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About the FAA         Employment Information

Amendment Date: 09/13/2012
Amendment Note: This announcement has been extended. There is only one position available.

Business Component: Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety

Sample of Duties: NOTE: Applicants who previously applied to AWA-AVS-2010-100-10417 do not need to reapply to be considered. The Federal Aviation Administration seeks a wo...
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Additional Salary Information: Newly appointed federal employees are eligible only for first duty assignment relocation expenses as outlined in FAA travel regulations.

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) - In accordance with applicable FAA Travel regulations, full relocation benefits will be paid (actual expenses).


  • U.S. Citizen



Applicants who previously applied to AWA-AVS-2010-100-10417 do not need to reapply to be considered.

The Federal Aviation Administration seeks a world-class expert in the structural loads industry. This position is critical to maintaining a high level of aviation safety and retaining U.S. leadership in the development and implementation of technical standards for new technologies. The Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor (CSTA) for Flight Loads/Aeroelasticity is the FAA's recognized expert for structural loads on fixed wing airplanes and he/she defines and advances new technologies in flight and ground loads to establish leadership in the field. The incumbent is responsible for providing expert scientific and technical advice and guidance in all research and development programs in structural loads analysis methods, data development techniques, results validation, computational fluid dynamics methods, wind tunnel and flight test measurement, calibration, and data analysis techniques. The CSTA for Flight Loads/Aeroelasticity provides varied professional, scientific, and expert consultation and assistance to the FAA, other governmental bodies, private industry, and foreign nations on flight loads/aeroelasticity and its application through participation in local, national, and international technical associations and industry meetings and committee activities. He/she must apply expertise to propel the Aircraft Certification Service toward meeting the FAA goal to provide a safe and efficient global aerospace system that contributes to national security and the promotion of U.S. aerospace safety.


MANDATORY BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Professional degree or a combination of education and experience. See the following link for specific requirements

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Possession of a graduate degree is expected in the physical or engineering sciences with concentration in aerospace engineering, aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, flight dynamics, thermodynamics and flight structure. Experience must have been sufficiently specialized to insure adequate familiarity in structural loads analysis methods, data development techniques, results validation, computational fluid dynamics methods, wind tunnel and flight test measurement, calibration, and data analysis techniques.

Technical Requirements

1. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with multidisciplinary subject matter specialists in the development of new theoretical concepts or synthesized phenomena leading toward new technical approaches in the flight loads/aeroelasticity area.
2. Ability to serve as an effective spokesperson for the organization, both nationally and internationally.
3. Advanced knowledge in the field of flight loads/aeroelasticity and research and recognized as an expert in the national and international aviation research arena.
4. High quality of professional competence and stature in the profession as indicated by publication in open literature which advances knowledge in the field; memberships and activity in professional and scientific societies; honors, awards, and other recognition and leadership in national and international scientific communities.
5. Demonstrated high degree of creativity and skill in the application of flight loads/aeroelasticity theories, concepts and principles.

We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.


Application packages will be evaluated against the criteria outlined in the technical requirements described for the position. In addition to submitting a resume, applicants should address each of the technical requirements individually, describing work accomplishments that relate to each requirement.


FAA Employees enjoy competitive salaries and standard Federal employment benefits: Health Insurance: Employees may enroll in one of several health plans offered to Federal employees. Life Insurance: Low-cost term group life insurance is available. Holidays and Leave: Executives and senior professionals/chief scientists are paid for 10 Federal holidays and earn 13 days of sick leave and 26 days of annual leave each year. Retirement: Employees new to Federal Service are enrolled in a three-tier system that includes Social Security, a basic pension plan, and the Thrift Savings Plan (the Federal government's version of 401k).


Travel may be required.
Position may be subject to a background investigation.
A one-year probationary period may be required.
As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.
Direct deposit of pay is required.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay, COLA, Citizenship, Financial Disclosure

  • Once your application is in 'Submitted' status, you may receive employment consideration for 12 months from the date of the submission of your application or until a new vacancy announcement for the register is established, whichever comes first. To extend the period of eligibility for an additional 12 months, you must access your application, review and/or update responses to the questionnaire and 'Submit' your application. Please note, each time that you re-submit your application to the vacancy announcement, it overwrites your original submission and extends consideration of your application for twelve months from the date of the most recent submission.
  • Submitting an updated application allows you the opportunity to provide the most up-to-date information concerning your education, training, and experience. It also assures that selecting officials receive the most current information.
  • Your application must be in a 'Submitted' status in order to be referred. Only applications in a 'Submitted' status at the time a referral list is generated will be eligible for referral. Referral lists can be created anytime after the announcement has opened.


Application packages should include:
1.A resume or OF-612
2.An attachment addressing each of the Technical Requirements; and
3.OMB Form 3046-0046; Demographic Information on Applicants ( (PDF)
These documents may be sent in hard copy form OR through electronic means.

You must submit your application so that it will be received by the closing date of the announcement.

HARD COPY OPTION: Submit your application package to:

Federal Aviation Administration
Executive Resources Staff (AHP-20)
800 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 523
Washington, DC 20591

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION OPTION: Email your application package to: (

The subject line must reference both the announcement number and applicant's name(e.g.,AWA -AXXX-2009-2-55555-John Smith)
Applications must be submitted in Word (or Word compatible) or PDF format
Forms are located at: (

Applications must be received by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement in order to receive consideration for the position. The resume, narrative addressing the requirements listed in this announcement and the OMB Form 3046-0046; Demographic Information on Applicants (PDF) may be submitted through electronic means or in hard copy form.

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION OPTION: Email your application package to:
  • The subject line must reference both the announcement number and applicant's name (e.g.,AWA-AHR-2009-2-55555-John Smith)
  • Applications must be submitted in Word (or Word compatible) or PDF format

HARD COPY OPTION: Submit your application package to the Servicing HR Office listed above.

*Collection of Applicant Pool Information: The FAA requests that you voluntarily complete the requested forms to assist the agency in evaluating and improving recruitment and outreach efforts to publicize job opportunities and encourage in employment applications from a broad applicant pool. We are collecting information from applicants on race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, disability status, veterans preference status, and how you learned about the vacancy. Providing this information is completely voluntarily and will not affect the processing of your application or consideration for employment. Prior to the review of your application materials, these demographic forms will be separated from your application along with any personal identifiers.

The collected information will help us to better understand the applicant pool for FAA jobs. The nature of the information received is confidential. This information will be maintained under conditions that ensure only summary data for all applicants are reported and that no individual applicant's data is provided to selecting officials. This information becomes a part of a Privacy Act System of Records as identified in 5 CFR 55a, and any disclosure of this record or information contained in this record is in accordance with routine uses found in OPM/GOVT-7, Applicant Race, Sex, National Origin, and Disability Status Records.



Shiree Womack
Phone: 202-267-3403
Fax: 202-267-5748
Agency Information:
Federal Aviation Administration
800 Independence Ave
Room 523 East
Washington, DC
Fax: 202-267-5748


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified of the outcome.

FAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors. DOT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Additional information on reasonable accommodations procedures or on EEO Programs is available on or by contacting the local FAA Civil Rights Office.

Control Number: 2395552
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