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Job Title:  NASA's Pathways Program Recent Graduate, Research Computer Scientist
Department:  National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Agency:  Langley Research Center
Job Announcement Number:  LA13P0045

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$68,809.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 to Friday, October 11, 2013
Full Time - Recent Graduates
1 vacancy in the following location:
Hampton, VAView Map
Current students from education institutions interested in paid opportunities with Federal agencies or recent Graduates from qualifying institutions within two years of degree or certification (Veterans precluded by their military service obligation, will have up to six years to apply) or Presidential Management Fellowships for individuals who have received a qualifying advanced degree within the preceding two years. See


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!"

NASA's Recent Graduates program provides an opportunity for individuals to gain experience in Federal civil service positions at the beginning of their careers. Participants are placed in a dynamic, one-year career development program which may include specialized training, formal rotational assignments, and other developmental activities. Participants who successfully complete the program may be converted to term or permanent positions.

This position will have the exciting opportunity to conduct research in the Safety-Critical Avionics Systems branch of the Research Directorate here at NASA Langley.

To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA-specific questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to a NASA website. 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.

Announcement has been extended to 10/11/13 due to government furlough.


  • Must have received a PhD within the timespan in Who May Be Considered
  • Relocation expenses may be paid consistent with NASA's policy.
  • Position is Excepted Service-Excluded from the Career Transition Program.
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by appointment date


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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.
This position will have the opportunity to conduct research to develop formal verification methods for the analysis, design and implementation of advanced air and space related safety-critical systems. The researcher will evaluate existing formal verification technology to determine the extent to which they can be applied to the analysis of safety-critical aerospace systems of interest to NASA. As part of a team he or she will develop and integrate innovative formal techniques and verification tools for the analysis, design and implementation of advanced digital systems and next generation operational concepts. The outcome of this research is expected to produce professional publications and/or formal presentations to professional societies. Duties require an understanding of mathematical logic, discrete and continuous mathematics, and formal methods in computer science.


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1) Be a U.S. citizen;
2) Be at least 16 years of age at the time of appointment; and
3) Have completed degree requirements within the last two years. If you are a veteran and did not complete degree requirements within the last two years, you must have been discharged or released from active duty military service within the last six years to be eligible.

Must have completed all the requirements for a doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent) in computer science or computer engineering. Completion of all the requirements of PhD within 9 months of application is acceptable.
SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: To determine the highest qualified candidates a selective placement factor will be used. This position requires the incumbent to publish his/her professional research in computer science in professional scientific or engineering journals, therfore documentation of published research is a selective placement factor. Qualified candidates must list their publications in their resume to meet this factor. Invitations to present findings at professional conferences are considered equivalent to publications. Peer-reviewed publications should be annotated and publications listed in chronological order.

U.S. EDUCATION: Institutions located within the United States that have attained accreditation are listed on the U.S. Department of Education's website. To verify your institutions accreditation, please assess this website A complete listing of all institutions, including those located outside of U.S. territories, may be found in Accredited Institutions of Post-Secondary Education, a handbook published annually by the American Council on Education (ACE).

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been givenfor the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

1) Recent Graduates will enter a formal training program with a mentor and execute an Individual Development Plan outlining training requirements and program expectations.
2) Recent Graduates will receive at least 40 hours of formal training directly linked to their employment field.
3) Recent Graduates serve a trial period for the duration of their excepted service appointment.
4) Recent Graduates will be required to sign a Pathways Recent Graduate Participant Agreement.
****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 or 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. ****


Candidates will be assessed on basic eligibility requirements and meeting the selective placement factor. NASA Pathways candidates will meet the qualification requirements consistent with the OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. Where appropriate, candidates will be required to meet NASA's Aeronautics, Scientific, and Technical (AST) qualification standards for the position(s) for which they are applying. Veterans' preference applies to all selections made under the Pathways authority in accordance with Part 302 of 5 CFR. Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements need not be further evaluated; however, if no further evaluation is done, qualified veterans have absolute preference.


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NASA offers excellent benefit programs and competitive salaries. To learn more about pay and benefits at NASA, visit the NASA Jobs website:


Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation. 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. To verify your Selective Service registration, click here

Your USAJobs account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASAposition, 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.

The selectee will be required to sign a Pathways Recent Graduate Participant Agreement.

The selectee will serve a trial period for the duration of the Recent Graduate appointment


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Applications will be accepted through NASA's automated Staffing and Recruiting System (STARS). 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.


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. 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.


Kathlyn Baker
Phone: 757-864-2550
Agency Information:
NASA's Resume Operations Center
Mailstop HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL


After applying, if you are found qualified, you may be referred to the Selecting Official for further consideration. Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the Selecting Official. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration
must be considered and selected before other candidates.)

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