This position is in the Structural Acoustics Branch within the Research Directorate at NASA Langley Research Center. As a research team member, the incumbent plans and conducts analytical, numerical and experimental research to develop scientific understanding of the potential impact of sonic booms from future commercial supersonic aircraft.Learn more about this agency
The full performance level of this position is to the GS-13 level. Position may be filled at either the GS-11, 12 or 13 level. If selected at the lower level, and selectee may be noncompetitively promoted to the GS-12 or 13 when qualified and recommended by management.
More than one selection may be made from this announcement if similar work is identified.
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The Structural Acoustics Branch is seeking to fill a research position in flight vehicle acoustics. As a member of the Sonic Boom Community Response Team, the successful candidate will participate in the development of experimental and numerical methods to estimate the noise dose experienced by residents of overflown communities. This includes supporting ongoing efforts to define and quantify variability in the noise dose due to vehicle flight conditions, atmospheric conditions, reflection and diffraction from buildings, and sound transmission through buildings. The incumbent may also contribute to the application of psychoacoustic test methods to design and conduct social surveys to estimate community response to boom events. The incumbent is expected to participate in computational, laboratory, and flight-test studies supporting the team’s work, and serve as a technical expert and interface with researchers in industry, universities, NASA, and other government agencies.
The incumbent participates in the development of overall research plans and objectives and has full responsibility for the performance of specific research within this overall project plans, including the budget, generating milestones, and carrying out research to satisfy those milestones. The incumbent interfaces with researchers within his or her competency and with other centers, agencies, industries, and universities in pursuit of this objective.
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Conditions Of Employment
- Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
- A one-year probationary period may be required
- Applicants must possess at least a Bachelor's Degree
- Relocation Expenses will NOT be Authorized under this announcement
U.S. citizenship is required.
QualificationsGS-11: In addition to the Basic Education Requirement, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
(a) One year of professional experience in acoustics, signal processing applied to acoustics, and/or numerical methods applied to acoustics at least equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to GS-9 level work in the Federal service within or closely related to the aerospace technology specialty for which application is made; or
(b) Completion of three full academic years of graduate education in an appropriate field; or
(c) An equivalent combination of experience and graduate education; or
(d) Completion of all requirements for a master's or equivalent degree in an appropriate field.
GS-12: In addition to the Basic Education Requirement, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
(a) One year of professional experience in acoustics, signal processing applied to acoustics, and/or numerical methods applied to acoustics at least equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to GS-11 level work in the Federal service within or closely related to the aerospace technology specialty for which application is made; or
(b) An equivalent combination of experience and graduate study; or
(c) Completion of all requirements for a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) in an appropriate field.
GS-13: Applicant must have one year of specialized experience demonstrating specific knowledge of acoustics, signal processing applied to acoustics, and/or numerical methods applied to acoustics. This includes the investigation of the fundamental phenomena of noise generation, propagation of sound through the atmosphere, and the effects of noise on personnel and structures, equivalent to the GS-12 level, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above. Familiarity with experimental measurement methods and psychoacoustic testing methods is desirable.
Required college majors for applicants qualifying on the basis of undergraduate or graduate education (GS-11 and GS-12) only:
Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Astrophysics, Electrical Engineering (except power), Electronics Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics. Other appropriate physical or computer science, mathematics or engineering fields are qualifying if the major includes or is supplemented by at least 12 semester hours of appropriate physical science or engineering courses including nine semester hours of physics, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics or gas dynamics.
Basic education requirement (combine with appropriate grade level AST qualification statement) Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Architecture, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science*, Life Science, Earth and Planetary Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics (Pure or Applied), Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Meteorology, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Oceanography, Optical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Space Science, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering or other appropriate physical science or engineering field. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position.
*Note: Curriculum must include 30 semester hours of course work in a combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science that provided in-depth knowledge of the following: (1) theoretical foundations and practical applications of computer science, including digital computer system architecture and system software organization, the representation and transformation of information structures and the theoretical models for such representations and transformations; and (2) essential mathematical and statistical techniques. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 must be in any combination of statistics and mathematics which includes differential and integral calculus.
Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.
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. In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your resume.
NASA's Applicant Guide provides the information needed to assist you in determining whether or not you can claim 5 or 10 point veterans preference. You should not submit documents to prove your eligibility for veterans preference at this time. However, you must be prepared to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resources Office. Veterans preference will only be considered based on what is supported For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.
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NASA Credit for National Service
The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.
How You Will Be Evaluated
NASA uses an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from your resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Based on the competencies you match, you are placed in one of three categories identified as 90, 80, or 70 pt. quality categories, which are defined as:
90 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and has experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.
80 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.
70 pt. Category - Fails to meet criteria described in the 80 pt. category.
Additional application guidance is available in NASA's Applicant Guide.
Information for Veterans: The Category Rating Process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed at the top of the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.
For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality category are considered well-qualified
Background checks and security clearance
NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide. Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
This vacancy is being filled through NASA STARS, an automated Staffing and Recruitment System. NASA partners with USAJOBS in providing a seamless application process. Before you begin the application process, please read the vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. You may begin the process of submitting your resume by clicking on the 'Apply Online' link. In order to be considered, you must submit a resume completed on the USAJOBS site. When completing your USAJOBS resume, please remember that NASA limits resumes to approximately 32,000 characters including spaces. NASA does not accept resumes uploaded to USAJOBS from a second source or documents attached through USAJOBS' document attachment feature. Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be asked to complete a short series of additional questions. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application package and receive consideration. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application. You may edit a previously-submitted application, if the announcement is still open. If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume and supplemental questions to:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
4200 Rideout Road
Resume Operations Center/Mailstop: HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812.
DO NOT submit your resume directly to the Center advertising this vacancy. Mailed resumes must be received by the close of business on the closing date of the announcement. Hard copy resumes requirements are provided at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements. If you are a first time applicant, we recommend that you review NASA's Applicant Guide to ensure that you are providing a complete resume. Failure to submit the supplemental data and a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration for positions in which you are interested. All applications must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
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LaTarsha R. Wideman
4200 Rideout Road, Mailstop HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812
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