Job Overview


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.

This Aerospace Engineer (AST Aerospace Flight Systems) position will be filled under the NASA Pathways Recent Graduate Program. The work involves research and development of opto-mechanical design solutions for advancement of remote sensing technologies with application to science instrument and space exploration systems. Utilizing an understanding of optical systems and mechanical design the incumbent will define operational requirements, perform trade studies, develop mechanical designs integrating optical components and assemblies, perform analyses, and evaluate optical-mechanical systems associated with aerospace and aeronautical flight systems, vehicles and payloads.

The position will be filled either at the GS-7, GS-9 or the GS-11 levels with promotion potential to GS-13. Your application must indicate the lowest grade you will accept. Salary range for GS-7 begins at $44,176; GS-9 begins at $54,028 and salary for GS-11 begins at $57,408.

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.

****To receive consideration, your resume MUST contain your complete degree information (i.e., type of degree received, year degree received, G.P.A, and major area of study).You MUST include the descriptive title, and number of semester/quarter hours. If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. Please note that degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.


The Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government.

-This is a one year appointment in the excepted service which may lead, at the agency's discretion, to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service.
-Recent Graduates will enter a formal training program with a mentor and execute an Individual Development Plan outlining training requirements and program expectations.
-Recent Graduates must receive at least 40 hours of formal training directly linked to their employment field.
-Recent Graduates serve a trial period for the duration of their excepted service appointment.
-Recent Graduates will be required to sign a Pathways Recent Graduate Participant Agreement.