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Job Title:  Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Wake Turbulence
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Federal Aviation Administration
Job Announcement Number:  EXE-AVS-12-100-27430

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
Friday, August 03, 2012 to Friday, August 02, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Location Negotiable After Selection, United States
U.S. Citizens - All Sources


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Business Component: Aircraft Certification Services

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).


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The Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Wake Turbulence serves as the FAA's primary expert for all wake turbulence issues and emerging concerns in this area. He/she provides world-class professional and scientific guidance to senior leadership of the agency to define and advance new wake turbulence research and proposed flight operations in order to establish new operational standards that promote safe operation of aircraft. In this role, the incumbent provides expert technical guidance in all research and development programs in the field of wake turbulence, to include reliability, systems metrics, systems verification approaches, operating systems theory, and systems assurance techniques. The incumbent serves as a technical interface for wake turbulence issues between the FAA and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), industry organizations, and the international community. He/she works with Eurocontrol, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in determining international standards. The incumbent represents the FAA and is the point of contact for joint FAA/Eurocontrol wake turbulence research. The incumbent addresses external issues, including those raised by the Administrator or Congress, and provides expert testimony in wake turbulence litigation involving the FAA. The incumbent also represents the FAA by providing advisory services to other government agencies, professional and academic organizations, and industry on national and international issues involving wake turbulence.


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SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: This position requires advance education, or equivalent experience in the area of wake turbulence. Experience includes, but is not limited to the physical or engineering sciences, knowledge and participation in research activities involving wake turbulence, assessing the characteristics of wake effect on airframes to determine the severity of wake encounters, experience with technologies and tools to measure the location and persistence of aircraft wake, and experience in developing simulation test criteria to determine wake turbulence.

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.

Technical Requirements: Advanced knowledge of aerospace engineering and national and international recognition in the area of wake turbulence.

Demonstrated creativity and skill in applying the theories, concepts, and principles of wake turbulence technologies.

Evidence of high-quality professional stature as indicated by publication in open literature which advances knowledge in the field; membership and activity in professional and scientific societies; honors, awards and other recognition and leadership in national and international scientific communities.

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 field of wake turbulence.

Ability to serve as an effective national and international spokesperson for the FAA.

To preview the application questionnaire, click the following link: View Application Questionnaire


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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

  • 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.


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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 through electronic means OR hard copy form.

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: (



Shiree A. Womack
Phone: 202-267-3403
Agency Information:
Federal Aviation Administration
800 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC


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.

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