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Job Title:Computer Engineer, AST, Software Systems

Department:National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Agency:Goddard Space Flight Center

Job Announcement Number:GS13B0084

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$45,192.00 to $70,236.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, May 08, 2013 to Thursday, May 23, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0854-7/9

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Wallops Island, VAView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

This announcement is open to all qualified U.S citizens. This announcement combines a merit promotion and a competitive announcement in one advertisement. Applications will be accepted from status and non-status candidates. Status candidates, including NASA term employees eligible for conversion under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004, will be considered under merit promotion procedures. Non-status candidates will be considered under competitive procedures.

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.

The Wallops Systems Software Engineering Branch (Code 589) is searching for a motivated Computer Engineer with a background in Physics and/or Aerospace to work in the Mission Planning Lab (MPL) at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility with a variety of Project Scientists and other customers in the early stages of the planning, design, and development of suborbital missions. Strong communication skills are essential to work in the MPL.

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Please be sure to review your resume on the Resume Review page once you have transferred to the NASA site. Ensure that the correct copy of the resume you have selected has been transferred from your USAJOBS account. If you fail to validate the information in your resume, you may not be appropriately evaluated for this position. Also, please be sure to review and complete the Supplemental Information questions.

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 the 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, and major area of study). If you have received a degree in Computer Science, you MUST list all courses you have taken which meet the education requirements as stated in the qualification requirements section as well as the semester hours awarded. You MUST include the descriptive title, course code, and number of semester/quarter hours. (i.e., CMSC-435-Software Engineering, 3 Semester 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.

If you are an individual with a disability and have questions regarding the Federal special hiring authorities for individuals with disabilities or would like to request a reasonable accommodation for the application or hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager by email at gsfc-disability-programs@mail.nasa.gov. Goddard Space Flight Center offers a wide array of reasonable accommodations and programs for individuals with disabilities including onsite sign language interpreters, readers, and is a participating agency with the Computer Electronics Accommodations Program.

(NOTE: For additional information for job seekers with disabilities, please click on the following website, https://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp)

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.

Applicants are advised to include a list of coursework and current/final GPA in your resume.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Applicants must possess at least a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent

DUTIES:

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As an Aerospace Technologist (AST) specializing in Software Systems, the individual serves as a Computer Engineer in the Mission Planning Lab at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility (WFF). The engineer will provide computer engineering support to a variety of Project Scientists and other customers in the early stages of the planning, design, and development of suborbital missions including a variety of launch vehicles such as sounding rockets and balloons. The engineer participates on teams with flight projects, principal investigators, other Divisions and other appropriate organizations to develop systems for mission support. The work involves designing, developing, installing, testing, or evaluating data handling and computing systems for aerospace, aeronautical, space science and/or earth science vehicles, spacecraft or instruments, their support equipment or experiment systems (involving both the hardware and software) and data systems for acquiring, reducing, and computing data to meet end-to-end data systems needs.

Assists in the development or modification of conventional flight and/or ground system components. Assists senior 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. Assists in applying computer science methods and techniques to store, manipulate, transform, or present information from aerospace or science systems through information systems. Participates in exploring solutions to reduce mass, power, cost, and size of spacecraft avionics systems. Assists in the development or modification of conventional system components. Aids in the evaluation of test results and in assessing the operational readiness of hardware and software. Participates in the specifications, acceptance testing, and evaluation of systems components.

Analyzes and develops detailed logic, testing, and debugging procedures for computer system applications where specifications set forth features such as interface requirements, inputs, outputs, sequences, and edit criteria. Serves as a member of task groups that prepare the specification and design of components of new or revised application areas. Provides support and assists in designing, developing, testing, and implementing software for less complex programs, such as generating programming code for applications with established code maintenance protocols. Working from approved requirements, builds applications software, and translates, compiles, links, tests, and debugs programs according to detailed requirements. Submits completed applications software to the project leader. Uses basic programming languages to create applications and automate standard management and analysis functions. Provides post-implementation support, such as troubleshooting and correcting problems with program execution.

The incumbent is also a trainee intern in the Goddard Professional Intern Program (PIP). The incumbent will participate in training activities consisting of formal class work, on-the-job training, the Professional Lecture Series, and individualized activities designed to best meet the training needs of the intern. As a participant of the PIP, the incumbent is required to submit periodic reports on progress and plans and to give an oral presentation.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To Qualify at the 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 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 at the 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.

In addition to Basic Education Requirements, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

Specialized experience is defined as experience using advanced computer systems or applications such as MATLAB or Satellite Toolkit (STK) to design, analyze, test and evaluate systems with a variety of mass, power, and size requirements.


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:
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:

Announcement will be used for both internal and external applicants.

Internal (Status) candidates will be evaluated as follows:
Resumes will be rated by 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 - Tentative 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'sApplicant Guide..

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.

External (Non-Status) candidates will be evaluated as follows:
Same process as Internal (Status) candidates, with the additional procedures related to 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.


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.

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.


U.S. citizenship is required.

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.

Qualified NASA term employees who have term conversion eligibility under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004 will be referred and considered equally with other NASA permanent employees under internal competitive placement procedures.

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:

Talent Acquisistion Office
Phone: 301-286-3691
Email: GSFC-TAO@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:

GS13B0084

Control Number:

343099300