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Job Title:Interdisciplinary Engineer/Scientist

Department:Department of the Navy

Agency:Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command

Job Announcement Number:SE1XXXX-03-587107NH202699RD

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$27,431.00 to $65,371.00 / Per Year


Friday, January 6, 2012 to Friday, January 20, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




10 vacancies - Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


As a civilian Department of the Navy employee, you won't just have a job; you'll make important contributions by supporting your Navy and Marine Corps military colleagues and serving our Nation. Our salaries are competitive with those of other civilian employers and our exceptional benefits programs are focused on your well-being both on and off the job, now and in the future. Consider the possibilities and find your Department of the Navy civilian career today!

This is a Re-Announcement for changes to the Qualifications section from original vacancy SE1XXXX-03-572507NH202760-D. All previous applicants MUST re-apply.

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WHO MAY APPLY: U.S. Citizens and Nationals (those who owe their Allegiances to the United States).


  • You must be a US Citizen or National.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service (see Other Information).
  • Additional vacancies may be filled by this announcement.
  • Relocation expenses MAY be authorized.


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  • Produces technical engineering reports on research conducted or on projects to which assigned
  • Applies advanced mathematical or statistical formulas or methods (for example: calculus, inferential statistics, partial differential equations, numerical analyses) to engineering projects and planning
  • Analyzes data and reports to determine the feasibility of equipment utilization
  • Composes technical reports and correspondence on a variety of engineering issues


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To qualify for this position, your resume must show sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position for which you are being considered. All qualification requirements, including completion of college degrees, must be met by June 30, 2012 . Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.

Basic Requirement for Engineering Series (0850/0854/0855/0896):

A) Degree in professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. OR

B) Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

  1. Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

  2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

    Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A.

    Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.

  3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.

  4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

Basic Requirement for Computer Science Series (1550):

Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.

Additional Requirement ND-03:

In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge skills and abilities to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered.  Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position.


In order to qualify for this position, your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-07  grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

  • Composing technical reports and correspondence on a variety of engineering issues
  • Using engineering drawings, technical manuals, and/or other technical materials in the performance of engineering work
  • Developing the design of computer hardware and software systems
  • Reviewing design proposals and specifications for adequacy




2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or a master's or equivalent graduate degree in professional engineering, computer science, or related field.  


As part of the application process, you must complete and submit an occupational questionnaire.   To preview this questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the skills required for this position, click the following link:   View Assessment Questions.


Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating and/or appointment eligibility.


For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you must submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned).   All qualification requirements, including completion of college degrees, must be met by June 30, 2012.  See OPM's General Policies for information on crediting education.


Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying for further information, visit:


40 hour work week is typical for this position

Selectee may be required to successfully complete a probationary period. Under the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Science Technology Reinvention Laboratory (SSC STRL) personnel system selectee will be required to successfully complete a three-year probationary period.  

A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

A secret security clearance is a requirement of this position. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a position offer or removal.   If you possess a security clearance, please indicate the level and termination date in your resume.

This position is covered under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) and requires additional education, training and experience.  Applicants should meet the DAWIA certification requirements for the applicable career field and be certified at the Level 1 within 24 months of appointment.

Travel required 1-5 nights per month.  

This position has promotion potential to the ND-04 grade.  If selected below the full performance level, incumbent may be noncompetitively promoted to the next higher grade level after meeting all regulatory requirements, and upon the recommendation of management.  Promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.


When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements listed in this announcement.   You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to the questionnaire, along with your supporting documentation to determine your level of knowledge, skill and ability related to the job requirements.


Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of the basic theories, concepts, principles and design fundamentals of professional engineering/scientist disciplines
  • Knowledge of higher mathematics and/or computer science
  • Ability to analyze technical material
  • Ability to prepare written technical material

You will be rated under Category Rating procedures based on the extent to which your experience meets the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities for the position and rated as shown below.   Additional points are not added for veterans' preference; however, preference is still applied. Applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories:


Best Qualified- Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed will above the minimum requirements for announced position.

Highly Qualified- Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for announced position. 

Qualified - Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for announced position.


If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and/or experience your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities or you may be found ineligible/not qualified.


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Department of the Navy offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays and a 401K-type retirement plan.


This Position is subject to Department of Defense Priority Placement Program.


Military Spouse Preference (MSP):  If you are the spouse of an active duty military member, then you may be eligible for MSP.  To be eligible you:  (1) must have been married to your military sponsor prior to reporting to the new duty assignment; and, (2) must have accompanied your military sponsor on a Permanent Change in Station (PCS) move; and, (3) the position for which you are applying must be within the commuting area of your military sponsor's new permanent duty station.

MSP applies if you are ranked among the "best qualified" for this vacancy, and the list established from this announcement is used to fill the vacancy. To be rated "best qualified", MSP applicants must attain an eligibility rating on this examination of 80 or higher, not including points for veteran's preference.   MSP does not apply, however, when preference would violate statutes or regulations on veteran's preference or nepotism.  You must request MSP by submitting a copy of your military sponsor's PCS orders.


Veterans Information:   If you are claiming a 5-point preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, which includes character of service or a Statement of Service/Proof of Service, which includes service dates, nature of separation and character of service. You can access to your DD-214 here .

If you are claiming a 10-point preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, which includes character of service, your Disability Letter indicating the percentage of your disability and the SF-15 (Application for 10-point preference), which can be obtained here .   

NOTE : You will not receive veteran's preference for this announcement if you fail to provide any of the documents mentioned above.

Federal annuitant information:

Important information about employment of annuitants.


ICTAP Applicants:  ICTAP applicants must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection and must attain an eligibility rating on this examination of 85 or higher, not including points for veteran's preference.  


Selectee is required to participate in the Department of Defense direct deposit of pay program.

Males born after December 31, 1959 will be required to certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System. If you fail to do so, you will be required to certify that you did not knowingly and willfully fail to register. This requirement must be met before you can be appointed to this position.


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the More Information link under the application status for this position.


Do not email or send hard copy resumes/applications to the Contact Information or Agency Information listed in this vacancy announcement.  All resumes/applications received at the addresses listed in the Contact Information or Agency Information will be destroyed and will not be considered for this vacancy announcement.

** It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate.  HR will not modify answers/documents submitted by an applicant. **


The following documents are required for a complete application package (resume, assessment questionnaire and required documents listed below.  Copies are sufficient):

  • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).
  • Completed assessment questionnaire (part of the online application).
  • SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (for current or former Federal employees).  DOD employees can access their SF-50 at:  My Biz
  • ICTAP documentation (Copy of the RIF separation notice and SF-50, if applicable.  For additional information, click here: ICTAP Information).
  • Veterans’ Preference:  If you are claiming veteran’s preference, you MUST submit the appropriate documentation if applicable (DD-214 or statement of service,  VA letter, SF-15).  Failure to do so WILL result in the loss of veteran’s preference, and may impact your placement on the certificate.  For more veterans’ information click here: Veterans' Preference Information).
  • Military Sponsor's PCS Orders (if claiming military spouse preference-see Other Information section for further details)
  • Transcripts or Unofficial Transcripts (if qualifying based on education or a combination of education and experience). Degree Audits are not an acceptable substitute. If selected, an official/sealed transcript may be required prior to appointment.  
  • Reemployed Annuitants must submit an SF-50 documenting their retirement.

Failure to submit a complete application package (resume, assessment questionnaire, and all supporting documents ) by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Friday, January 20, 2012, may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration.  Please follow all instructions carefully as missing application information will not be requested. 

After you upload your documents using Application Manager, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.  

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire

3. Use the following Vacancy ID:  587107

4. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any required documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and demonstrated capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification based on the resume, as well as through verification of references as appropriate.  Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position



DON Employment Info Center EIC
Phone: (800)378-4559
Agency Information:
65236 SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  Best qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager.  If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.


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