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Job Title:Research Aerospace Engineer, AST Aerospace Flight Systems

Department:National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Agency:Langley Research Center

Job Announcement Number:LA13D0001

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, November 15, 2012 to Monday, December 17, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0861-11/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - This is a 4 year Term appointment. May be extended for an additional 2 years, not to exceed 6 years.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
Hampton, VAView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

This announcement is open to all qualified U.S. citizens.

JOB SUMMARY:

NASA, the world's leader in space and aeronautics is always seeking outstanding scientists, engineers, and other talented professionals to carry forward the great discovery process that its mission demands. Creativity. Ambition. Teamwork. A sense of daring. And a probing mind. That's what it takes to join NASA, one of the best places to work in the Federal Government.

Serves as a Research Aerospace Engineer performing research in the areas of aviation operations, flight deck systems, and crew interactions for all vehicle classes in support of large and complex programs/projects.

This is a Term appointment not to exceed 4 years. May be extended an additional 2 years.

To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-Specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to a NASA website. If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as "resume received". If your status is "application started", you have not successfully applied. Do not rely only on the USAJOBS status to confirm successful application; only an email from NASA confirms successful application.

This is a developmental position; management may select at any grade level. If selected at a lower grade level you will be eligible for non-competitive promotion(s) to the target grade level of GS-13 when eligible and recommended by management.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required.
  • Occasional travel may be required.

DUTIES:

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Serves as Research Aerospace Engineer performing research in the areas of aviation operations, flight deck systems, modeling of air traffic systems, and crew interactions for all aircraft classes in support of large and complex programs/projects. There is a need to apply an interdisciplinary set of skills that includes traditional engineering, formal experimental methods and human-system interaction. The fundamental goal is to produce quality research products that meet high technical standards and business needs of the user/customer, as well as meeting cost and schedule constraints. This work involves participation in a multidisciplinary research team to develop, implement, and integrate advanced flight deck technologies and new concepts of air traffic management (ATM) to address the capacity and safety needs of the national airspace system. Knowledge of distributed systems, autonomous systems, and advanced air traffic concepts and technologies is required to understand and address the intricate research problems facing the NextGen air traffic system.

Conducts systematic research in problem areas that are highly complex and of considerable scope. Problems are typically difficult to define, require unconventional or novel approaches, sophisticated research techniques, and/or present other features that are of more than average difficulty. The research problems are of such breadth that they must be approached through a series of complete and conceptually related research studies. Research studies result in a series of publications that answer important questions in the scientific field, account for previously unexplained phenomena, result in important changes in existing products, processes, or techniques, or are definitive of a specific topic area. Based on knowledge of the organization's priorities, identifies promising areas for initiating research efforts. May serve as a research study team leader in a scientific field. Maintains a continuing assessment of the team's progress in relation to the objectives of the research study as well as the overall goals of the organization. Develops solutions to problems encountered by the research team in data collection, monitoring, compilation, and analysis. Conceives and designs experiments in response to agency needs for data in specific scientific, technical, or health-related areas. Trains and provides technical direction to team members. Makes major contributions to the scientific community such as inventions or new designs and techniques that are of material significance in the solution of important applied problems. Conceives and formulates research ideas that are the basis for productive studies by other research scientists/engineers. The researcher has authored one or more publications of considerable interest and value to a scientific field as evidenced by favorable reviews, by citation in the work of others, or by presentations of papers to professional societies.

NextGen Concept and Procedure Development:
Participate in or lead an experiment-based multidisciplinary research team to design, implement, and integrate advanced flight deck technologies and procedures to improve efficiency and safety of the national airspace system. Apply knowledge of computer engineering and/or aviation operations to the design, development and validation of new NextGen concepts, procedures and flight deck tools. The incumbent may be called upon to apply knowledge and experience to develop concepts and procedures involving commercial flight operations, general aviation, unmanned aircraft systems, and/or space vehicles traveling through the National Airspace System. Apply experience in formal research methods to air traffic operations and airspace design problems. Work as a member of a team to proactively resolve difficult problems with often conflicting and inadequate guidelines and precedents. Incumbent is cognizant of ATM and ATM related research problems and areas of research and has a working knowledge of current state of the art approaches in modeling and simulation. Conduct comprehensive reviews of technical research studies in relevant fields of study.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must have on year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

To qualify at the GS-13 specialized experience includes, demonstrated experience in conducting research, such as batch, Monte Carlo, and human in the loop simulation experimentation; computational and statistical techniques for modeling, and analyzing data collected; and demonstrated experience in air traffic operations and flight procedures such as, distributed air ground air traffic management, airborne separation techniques, automation systems and/or related function allocation issues.

To qualify at the GS-12 specialized experience includes, demonstrated experience in conducting research; computational and statistical techniques for modeling, and analyzing data collected; and demonstrated experience in air traffic operations and flight procedures such as, distributed air ground air traffic management, airborne separation techniques, automation systems and/or related function allocation issues.

To qualify at the GS-11 specialized experience includes, demonstrated experience with research methods and procedures; aerospace or related engineering principles and data reduction and analysis techniques; demonstrated experience in air traffic operation and/or flight procedures.

In addition to the Basic Education Requirement, applicants applying at the GS-11 level must meet one of the following requirements:
(a) One year of professional experience in an appropriate field 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 all requirements for a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) in an appropriate field; or
(c) Completion of three full academic years of graduate education in an appropriate field; or
(d) An equivalent combination of experience and graduate education; or
(e) Completion of all requirements for a master's or equivalent degree in an appropriate field.

In addition to the Basic Education Requirement, applicants applying at the GS-12 level must meet one of the following requirements:
a. One year of professional experience in an appropriate field 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. Any combination of experience and graduate study; or c. Completion of all requirements for a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) in an appropriate field.


Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in engineering, physical science, mathematics, life sciences, computer science, or other field of science. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position.

Required college majors for applicants qualifying on the basis of undergraduate or graduate education only:
Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Biomedical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering. Other majors will qualify if the major includes or is supplemented as follows: Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mathematics (Pure or Applied) (or other related field), if it includes or is supplemented by nine semester hours (or the equivalent) in machine design, mechanics, hydraulics, dynamics, thermodynamics, mechanical design or mechanical measurement.

U.S. citizenship is required.

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.


BENEFITS:

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NASA offers excellent benefit programs and competitive salaries. To learn more about pay and benefits at NASA, click HERE.

OTHER INFORMATION:

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.

U.S. citizenship is required. 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.

Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.This appointment may be extended beyond the initial appointment date, for a period not to exceed a total of six years.

Under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004, individuals appointed under this announcement may be converted to permanent appointment, either non-competitively or through internal agency competitive placement procedures. Conversion is not guaranteed, and term conversion eligibility is contingent on the employee meeting all legal requirements.

This appointment may be extended beyond the initial appointment date, for a period not to exceed a total of six years.

HOW TO APPLY:

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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 the equivalent of approximately SIX typed pages, or approximately 22,000 characters including spaces. You will NOT be allowed to complete the application process if your resume is too long or if your resume was uploaded to USAJobs from a second source. Additionally, NASA does not accept 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. For more information, see the Applicant Guide.

If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume and supplemental questions to: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), 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.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

J. Kennedy
Phone: 757-864-2558
Email: larc-dl-larc-jobs@mail.nasa.gov
Agency Information:
NASA's Resume Operations Center
Mailstop HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL
35812
US

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Candidates for NASA positions are evaluated using our automated staffing and recruitment system, NASA STARS, which compares your skills and experience as described in your resume with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be a highly qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official.

At NASA, we pride ourselves on efficient and timely recruitment actions, and you can normally expect to learn the outcome of the selection process in a fairly short period of time. In addition, to ensure that you can measure progress for yourself, NASA provides you with regularly updated information on the status of the vacancy announcement.

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Job Announcement Number:

LA13D0001

Control Number:

331322500