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;
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.
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.