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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Aerospace Engineer, AST, Aerospace Vehicle Design & Mission Analysis

Department:National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Agency:Langley Research Center

Job Announcement Number:LA13D0033

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$54,028.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, April 26, 2013 to Friday, May 10, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0861-9/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

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:

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 is located in the System Analysis and Concept Directorate's Space Mission Analysis Branch, and serves as a systems architecture specialist supporting general analysis for all space vehicle systems, and specific detailed analysis in the discipline area for vehicle performance and mission analysis.

Position may be filled at the GS-9, GS-11, or GS-12 level. The full performance level for this position is GS-13. If selected at the lower level, employee may be non-competitively promoted to the next grade when qualified and recommended by management.

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 web site. If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'resume received - complete.' If your status is 'Application Started,' you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Relocation expenses will not be authorized
  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement
  • Successful completion of a security investigation will be required

DUTIES:

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The Space Mission Analysis Branch performs systems analysis, mission analysis and technology assessment for human and robotic space missions. The degree of analysis ranges from the conceptual level to the support of flight projects. Capabilities exist in a number of analysis discipline areas, including conceptual design, sizing and performance, propulsion, power, communications and tracking, crew systems, configuration and mass properties, mission operations, safety and risk assessment, and affordability. This position is intended to support general analysis for all space vehicle systems, and specific detailed analysis in the discipline area for vehicle performance and mission analysis.

This position involves research, analytical, and experimental investigations of the force and motion mechanics of vehicles in various atmospheric, planetary, celestial and space environments, and space flight regimes. The work also includes conducting studies, analysis, and evaluations to assess mission feasibility, configuration optimization, and vehicle performance. The incumbent serves as a team member that investigates and defines feasible design and mission concepts for performing human and robotic space missions within cost, schedule, and risk budgets allocated for the mission while meeting the overall mission objectives. Products are typically used to enable Agency decision-makers to make informed technical, programmatic and budgetary decisions.

Conducts analyses and/or assessments; computational and statistical techniques for modeling, and analyzes results from those models for predicting performance of space system elements and architectures; and conducts analyses/assessments of large complex studies defining flight performance envelops, flight systems requirements, and flight/phase/systems compatibility assessments.

Applies knowledge of orbital, fluid, and flight mechanics, and guidance and control to the performance assessments of space transportation systems. Defines performance requirements for space transportation systems and performs feasibility studies of space systems and architectures.

Defines and develops specific math models and computer logic associated with vehicle, guidance, navigation, and control system simulations. Defines and develops math models of space system architectures to explore and optimize architecture-level design space.

Conducts the design, sizing, and performance assessment of large and/or complex concept designs for specialized mission architectures. Conducts assessments of mission classes for capability baselines, options for capability evolution, and gap analyses between current state of the art and required capabilities.

Develops data reduction, analysis, and visualization software for use in aerospace, aeronautical, and/or science research development. Identifies and resolves performance and specification compliance issues. Develops procedures and methods for receiving, editing and converting aerospace and/or science data to quantities and forms that can be analyzed and reported.

Plans and conducts interdisciplinary studies and investigations that require the innovative application of complex analysis procedures. Evaluates, modifies, and improves existing analysis technologies including methods, concepts, and procedures.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for the GS-9 Applicants must meet one of the following requirements in addition to the Basic Education Requirement:
a. One year of professional 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; Examples of specialized experience include: demonstrated experience with engineering analysis methods and procedures; aerospace or related engineering principles and analytical methods relating to human and robotic space vehicles and/or 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 Applicants must meet one of the following requirements in addition to the Basic Education Requirement:
(a) One year of professional 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; Examples of specialized experience include: demonstrated experience with engineering analysis methods and procedures; aerospace or related engineering principles and analytical methods; and demonstrated experience in analyzing, understanding, and predicting performance of human and robotic space vehicles and/or 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.

For the GS-12 level: Examples of specialized professional experience include: demonstrated experience in conducting engineering analyses and/or assessments; computational and statistical techniques for modeling, and analyzing results from those models; and demonstrated experience in most of the following: Space architecture performance and the impact of the space vehicles ability to satisfy mission requirements and constraints, trade studies and sensitivity analysis, and unique tools and methods to support analyses; conducting assessments of space mission classes for capability baselines, options for capability evolution, and gap analyses between current state of the art and required capabilities, and experience demonstrating the ability to develop and execute human exploration integrated architecture closure frameworks.


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, 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.

FOREIGN EDUCATION
Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to the education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. A written evaluation of any foreign education must be provided with your application in response to this vacancy announcement or be received by the closing date of this announcement. For a listing of services that can perform this evaluation, see the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website at http://www.naces.org/memebers.htm. Failure to provide this evaluation will result in your being found unqualified for the position.

PLEASE NOTE: If your foreign education has already been accepted by an accredited U.S. educational institution as part of a degree program with that institution, you do not need to provide an evaluation of foreign education but must submit a copy of the transcripts listing the degree from the U.S. accredited institution that accepted your foreign education if you are selected.

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.

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:

B. Ketcham
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:

LA13D0033

Control Number:

342417500