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  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:DF13D0027

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 $80,995.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, April 22, 2013 to Wednesday, May 01, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0861-7/11

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:

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!"

The work involves researching, developing, designing, testing control systems for aerospace vehicles and may involve similar work for navigation and guidance systems.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Successful completion of a security investigation will be required
  • Position subject to a pre-employment drug test
  • Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement
  • This is a drug-testing designated position
  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by appointment date

DUTIES:

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Duties described below are at the GS-11 level:

Typical tasks include: flight control design and analysis, simulation model development and validation, flying qualities evaluation, specification and review of requirements, hardware in the loop testing, failure modes and effects testing, piloted simulation, verification and validation testing, research instrumentation planning, and flight data analysis. Participation in research flights may include control room staffing, crew briefs, flight test point card reviews, design reviews, preparation of charts for reviews, flight readiness reviews, data analysis, report writing of research conduct, post-flight debriefs, and participation in management reviews. Duties may also include monitoring contractors engaged in this work.

Formulate linear and non-linear models of vehicles and subsystems for use in stability analysis programs and in real-time batch simulations. Conduct analytic and simulation studies of vehicle system characteristics to improve models, criteria, or design methods. Design, specify, and validate advanced digital and analog control systems for unconventional vehicles.

Assist with research experiments that will advance the state-of-the-art in vehicle dynamics analysis, control law methods, and flight test techniques in areas such as fluid and flight mechanics. Interpret flight results and modify models and prediction simulation requirements for manned and remotely piloted vehicles.

Provide technical, mechanical, and operational support for unusual or unprecedented aerospace experimental or research testing. Facilitate and coordinate the operation, modification, scheduled maintenance, problem diagnosis, calibration, and repair of research support systems and subsystems.

Collect, organize, and tabulate necessary data for technical projects, writing technical reports. Determine methods of data collection and analysis necessary to carry out extremely complex engineering and/or design calculations for new designs or the conversion of existing designs. Perform investigations and trade-offs involving cost, weight distribution, space and access, and technical considerations necessary to determine arrangements.


Duties at GS-09 and GS-7 level are similar to those of the above duties except the incumbent performs duties with more supervisory assistance and monitoring


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for the GS-7 level, applicants must meet one of the following requirements in addition to the Basic Education Requirement:

a. One year of appropriate specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-5 grade level. Specialized experience is defined as: conducting design and analysis of control systems using classical or/and modern control theory; preforming modeling and analysis of dynamic systems.; 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 appropriate 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, provide 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.


To qualify for the GS-9 level, applicants must meet one of the following requirements in addition to the Basic Education Requirement:

a. One year of specialized 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 Specialized experience is defined as: applying computer simulations to aerospace vehicles, design and analysis of control systems using classical or/and modern control theory; preforming modeling and analysis of dynamic systems.; 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.


To qualify for the GS-11 level, applicants must meet one of the following requirements in addition to the Basic Education Requirement:

(a) One year of specialized 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. Specialized experience is defined as: applying computer simulations to aerospace vehicles, design and analysis of control systems using classical or/and modern control theory; preforming modeling and analysis of dynamic system; preforming integration, verification, validation and test of control systems.; 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.

All applicants will be rated on the following competencies: Vehicle Control Design and Analysis, Guidance Design and Analysis, Aerodynamics, Structural Dynamics, Mathematical Modeling & Analysis, Flight Dynamics, Test Engineering


Applicants must possess at least a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent

Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, 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

Required college majors for applicants qualifying on the basis of undergraduate or graduate education 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 (or the equivalent) of appropriate physical science or engineering courses including nine semester hours (or the equivalent) of physics, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics or gas dynamics.

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

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.

Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.

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.

Occasional travel may be required.

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:

Brian Bennett
Email: brian.j.bennett@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:

DF13D0027

Control Number:

342093300