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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Aerospace Engineer

Department:National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Agency:Dryden Flight Research Center

Job Announcement Number:DF13D0021

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$44,176.00 to $68,702.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 to Wednesday, February 20, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0861-7/9

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Edwards AFB, CAView 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.Are you thinking about the future? At NASA, we make the future happen. Become a part of the NASA team - and develop job skills that could take you farther than you ever imagined. Start your career by building a bright future for yourself at NASA, recognized as one of the best places to work in the Federal government. The opportunities are "out of this world!"

This position involves the study of theoretical and experimental models of aerospace and/or aeronautical research and development problems and development of corresponding digital computer software. The work may also include determination of specifications of digital computer systems to be programmed for simulation and analysis projects utilizing theoretical models.

Amended to extend closing date due to system outage.

Successful completion of a security investigation leading to a secret (or top secret) clearance will be required.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Applicants must meet all qualification reqmnts by announcement closing date
  • Position subject to a pre-employment drug test
  • Position subject to random drug testing
  • This is a drug-testing designated position

DUTIES:

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Duties are described at the GS-9 level.

Assists in the development or modification of conventional theoretical simulation system components. Follows existing guidelines and established methods and techniques to assist higher-grade engineers in the review and evaluation of procedures used for testing qualification, specialty hardware and software, and associated data systems. Aids in the evaluation of test results and in assessing the operational readiness of hardware and software. Participates in the development of test, and checkout documentation requirements such as the creation of test procedures, problem reports, and troubleshooting plans, under general supervision. Coordinates and collaborates with others such as project managers, research engineers, hardware engineers, managers, pilots, and others on standard design or simulation requirements. Participates in the specifications, acceptance testing, and evaluation of systems components. Monitors adherence to established procedures, specifications, and requirements. Participates in the resolution of technical problems and controversies. Performs additional data systems and analysis work.

Serves as a project engineer for projects of limited scope, such as those that require minor adaptation of existing methods and techniques.

Assists in managing, coordinating, and supporting the design, test, evaluation, manufacturing, and delivery of flight, ground, data or software systems and related hardware or equipment. Assists in studies of flight data systems, simulation analysis systems, and the establishment of specifications for systems and subsystems.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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For GS 7 level - Applicants must meet one of the following requirements in addition to the Basic Education Requirement:
a. One year of appropriate professional experience at least equivalent to the GS-5 grade level; or
b. One full academic year of graduate level education in an appropriate field, or any equivalent combination of experience and graduate study; or
c. Completion of all requirements for a bachelor's degree which meets one of the following SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS STANDARDS:
1. Standing in the upper third of college class or major subdivision at time of application; or
2. Grade point average of 2.9 of a possible of 4.0 or its equivalent for all courses completed at time of application or during last two years of undergraduate curriculum; or
3. Grade point average of 3.5 of a possible 4.0 or equivalent for all courses completed in a qualifying major field of study at time of application or during last two years of undergraduate curriculum; or
4. Election to membership in a national honorary society (other than freshman society) that meets the requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies.
d. Twelve months of student trainee experience that includes at least one work period equivalent to GS-5 or at least 15 months of appropriate student trainee experience which includes one work period equivalent to the GS-4; or
e. Successful completion of a five year program of study of at least 160 semester hours; or
f. A professional engineering degree and up to 12 months experience as a technician or technologist equivalent to at least the GS-5 level; or
g. Successful completion of all requirements for two bachelor's degrees, one in an approprate field of science or engineering; or
h. Six months aggregate of specialized experience or training, including three months gained after the junior year in a sub-professional, semiprofessional or technician status; or
i. Honors or elective positions indicating leadership other than scholastic, provided that academic standing was in upper half of graduating class; or
j. Patterns of courses which have unusual preparatory value or direct relatedness to the advertised position.

Examples of GS 5 level professional experience are analysis of aerospace/aeronautic data. Modeling of aerospace/aeronautical problems. Computer program design.


For GS 9 level - Applicants must meet one of the following requirements in addition to the Basic Education Requirement:
a. One year of professional experience in an appropriate field at least equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to GS-7 in the Federal service within or closely related to the specialty for which application was made; or
b. Completion of all requirements for a master's or equivalent graduate degree in an appropriate field; or
c. Two full academic years of graduate education in an appropriate field; or
d. An equivalent combination of experience and graduate study.

Examples of GS 7 level professional experience are computer software development, simulation and analysis projects in areas such as simulation systems or major aircraft systems such as propulsion, aerodynamics, controls, structures, instrumentation, and/or flight systems. Recent programming experience in FORTRAN, C, C++, and JAVA programming languages. Experience with a variety of UNIX operating systems such as Solaris, Linux, and VxWorks.


Required college majors for applicants qualifying on the basis of undergraduate or graduate education only:
Computer Engineering. Other majors will qualify if the major includes or is supplemented as follows:

a. Computer Science and Pure Mathematics are fully qualifying for Data Analysis, Modeling and Theoretical Simulation Techniques positions without further course requirements. For Data Systems, Hardware Systems and Software Systems positions, Computer Science and Pure Mathematics are qualifying if the major includes or is supplemented by 12 semester hours (or the equivalent) in appropriate Physical Science or Engineering courses and includes or is supplemented by at least two courses shown under "b.2."

b. Applied Mathematics is qualifying if includes or is supplemented by at least two of the following courses: 1. For Data Analysis, Modeling and Theoretical Simulation Techniques: numerical methods (or numerical analysis); linear algebra, theory of equations, differential equations, mathematical statistics (if six semester hour course), operating systems, theory of computation, computer networks, programming languages, data structures, data base management, computer graphics, compiler construction, computer architecture, software engineering. 2. For Data Systems, Hardware Systems and Software Systems: electronics, electrical networks, solid-state physics (for transistors, tapes, etc.), optics (for simulation), electricity and magnetism, computer organization, logic design, control systems, communication theory. c. Other appropriate physical science and engineering majors are qualifying if the major includes or is supplemented by six semester hours (or the equivalent) in Mathematics beyond Basic Calculus and includes or is supplemented by at least two courses shown above under "b."

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.

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.

U.S. citizenship is required.

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.

Identification of promotion potential in this position does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher level duties.

Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.

Any individual selected for this position must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

Occasional travel may be required.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by announcement closing date.

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:

Sandra Evans
Email: sandra.s.evans@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:

DF13D0021

Control Number:

337571400