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Department:Department of the Navy

Agency:Naval Sea Systems Command

Job Announcement Number:NW408XX-00-11257244G835035S

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$120,749.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, June 10, 2014 to Thursday, July 10, 2014




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Naval Business Center, Philadelphia, PA View Map


All groups of qualified individuals - Actual salary may vary depending on the scope and the complexity of the qualifications and current compensation of the selectee.


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This position is in the Scientific and Professional (ST) criteria.  The ST members are involved in the performance of high-level research and development in the physical, biological, medical, or engineering sciences, or a closely-related field.   ST members are expected to possess a graduate degree, significant research experience, and a national or international reputation in their field.  ST positions are in the competitive service.

This position is a Senior Technologist in the Machinery Research and Engineering Department of the Carderock Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center with supervision provided by the Division Technical Director of the Carderock Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center.  The primary mission of this department is to provide technology development, acquisition support and life cycle management for machinery systems and equipment which are vital to enabling Navy ships to meet performance and mission requirements for mobility, crew systems support and combat system interface.


  • 25% or Greater
  • Up to 10 days of travel per month may be required.


  • Yes
  • PCS/Relocation expenses, if authorized, will be in accordance with the Joint Travel Regulations.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen


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This position serves as the technical expert in naval power architectures technologies.   The selectee will carry out personal scientific research and provide advisory services in his/her specialized field(s): fundamental scientific knowledge that can be applied to naval power architectures technologies, with the potential to transition this new scientific knowledge to future research and development efforts that could impact current and future design of submarines, surface ships and unmanned surface vehicles to ensure that the U.S. Navy maintains naval superiority over emergent threats.  The duties of the position focus on the development of fundamental scientific knowledge that has the potential to be applied to naval power architectures technologies, which in turn would have the potential to increase naval forces’ freedom of action by meeting the current and future needs for naval power for both manned and unmanned platforms.  The selectee is personally responsible for initiation, technical direction and participation in the creation of new theoretical concepts, the development of advanced mathematical models, and the judicious use of simulations and experimentation in a broad range of high level advanced fundamental scientific investigations for naval power architecture.  This position requires specialization in the development of advanced mathematical models, the use of simulations, and the performance of experiments to advance the fundamental scientific knowledge which have the potential to be applied to naval power architectures technologies including: resilient power networks to increase efficiency and power density; new theoretical approaches to improve power conversion, switching, distribution, and control; new topologies for energy storage power system architectures that integrate seamlessly in the power network; and, new theoretical approaches that can be applied to high energy pulse power, including switching and control.


The role of the selectee is to personally conduct broad-based fundamental scientific research endeavors in naval power architectures that create new concepts, develop advanced mathematical models, and use of simulations and experimentation; facilitate the application of modeling, simulation, and experimentation to advance fundamental scientific knowledge in naval power architectures technologies used in naval engineering applications; guide and promote collaboration teams within the Navy and/or other related organizations;  and interact with intra-Division research teams, Systems Command sponsors, academia, and other scientific professionals.  The selectee will provide scientific oversight and collaborative guidance in the field and recommend directions and opportunities for future fundamental scientific research and the exploration of the potential application to naval power architectures technologies to groups within the department, other related organizations within the Division, the Navy and other Government agencies. 


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These factors are required, and must be addressed for the incumbent to perform the duties of the position.  The mandatory technical qualifications must be met to be rated eligible for this position.


The Office of Personnel Management has identified the following minimum educational requirements for this position:

Successful completion of a professional engineering degree from an ABET-accredited college or university.  –or- Successful completion of a degree with curriculum in differential and integral calculus, with additional courses in five of the following seven areas of engineering science of physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics; or electronics. –or- Combination of education and experience that is equivalent to a professional engineering degree. Professional Engineering Registration to demonstrate the adequacy of education and experience. –or- Combination of education and experience that is equivalent to a professional engineering degree. Successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, which demonstrates the adequacy of education and experience. –or- Successful completion of a degree with at least 60 semester hours of courses in  physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, and in professional engineering curriculum (as described above). –or- Successful completion of a degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, (e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology) and at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.


Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management web sites: 

0801/0850 series:



The applicant is to provide a separate narrative statement to each of the following technical qualifications which describes fully, but concisely, how his/her experience supports each of the following qualifications.  Each technical qualification narrative should not exceed 2 pages.  Failure to address these specific qualifications in a separate narrative statement will eliminate you from consideration:

1. International reputation in the fundamental scientific knowledge related to naval power architectures technology, which includes: resilient power networks to increase efficiency and power density; new theoretical approaches to improve power conversion, switching, distribution, and control; new topologies for energy storage power system architectures that integrate seamlessly into the power network; and new theoretical approaches that can be applied to high energy pulse power, including switching and control.


2. Proven ability to propose, develop and conduct individual research in the development of mathematical models and simulations which can applied to theoretical and experimental research in the areas of naval power architectures technologies which would have the potential for application in current and future designs of submarines, surface ships and unmanned vehicles to ensure that the U.S. Navy maintains superiority over emergent threats. 


3. Demonstrated competence in leading science and technology programs acquired through personal planning, managing and executing significant science and technology programs/projects in naval power architectures technologies.


4. Ability to consult, explain, advocate, and communicate highly complex issues relating to naval power architectures technologies and fundamental scientific concepts to a wide range of technical, scientific, academic, executive and flag level audiences.

This position has positive education requirements, you must submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned).   See OPM's General Policies for information on crediting education.


Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying for further information, visit:



Selected candidate will be subject to a one-year probationary period unless required probationary period has been served.  Selectee may also be subject to a records review prior to being appointed to this position.


Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.


Selectee will be required to complete and submit an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-278, prior to entering the position and annually thereafter.


All candidates will be screened against the above listed minimum qualifications required. Candidates considered basically qualified will be further reviewed by a panel of subject matter experts from both within and outside the government on the degree to which they possess each of the knowledge, abilities and personal attributes listed above.  The panel will make their selection recommendation for consideration by the Navy Science and Technology Personnel Review Board (NST PRB) who will recommend via the Chief of Naval Research the best qualified candidate(s) to the official authorized to make the selection.  Filling of this position is subject to availability of a position allocation.


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The Department of the Navy offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays and a 401K-type retirement plan.


Male applicants born after Dec. 31, 1959 must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service law (see


Selectee is required to participate in the Department of Defense direct deposit of pay program.


Federal annuitant information:

The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants.  Policy information may be found at:


Filling of this position is not subject to the provisions of the DOD Priority Placement Program (PPP).


Please click here to download a copy of the Background Survey Questionnaire form to include in your application package.


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes: 
- Complete Resume.
- Complete Assessment Questionnaire. View Occupational Questionnaire.

- Other supporting documentation as required.  Please see the "REQUIRED DOCUMENTS" section and review the applicant checklist link to determine if there are other documents you are required to submit. 


Failure to submit a complete application (resume, assessment questionnaire, and all supporting documents) by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Thursday, July 10, 2014, may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration.  Please follow all instructions carefully as missing application information will not be requested. 


If more than one resume is received, only the last resume submitted will be reviewed.

If you upload your documents, do not fax the same documents.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account: select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.  


If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents follow the directions located at: 


This Vacancy ID is 1125724.


Do not email or send hard copy resumes/applications to the Contact Information or Agency Information listed in this vacancy announcement.  All resumes/applications received at the addresses listed in the Contact Information or Agency Information will be destroyed and will not be considered for this vacancy announcement.


1. Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional): You must submit a resume, the format is at the discretion of the applicant.  Your resume should also include the following:


·         Full name, mailing and email addresses, day and evening telephone numbers (Do not include your SSN on your resume)

·         Country of citizenship

·         Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type of degree received. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education:

·         Information about your paid and nonpaid work experiences related to this position including: job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, duration of employment, and salary

·         You may also include information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments

2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire (part of the online application).


3. A separate narrative statement to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications.  Each Mandatory Technical Qualification listed above must be addressed separately.  In order to receive further consideration for this vacancy, this information must be attached as supporting documentation, as outlined in the How to Apply section of this announcement.

4. Current or former Federal employees must provide a copy of a recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which indicates Federal status, grade, tenure, and type of service.  DOD employees can access their SF-50 at:  My Biz

5. You must submit a copy of your college transcripts or an appropriate course listing.  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  If selected, an official/sealed transcript will be required prior to appointment.

*You are highly encouraged to upload/save all your documents in your USAJOBS resume builder account: You only have to upload/save documents once and you can to apply to jobs quickly at the click of a button.


*For instructions on how to upload/save documents please review this link: How do I upload/save documents?


**It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that all information in their resume and documents, whether uploaded or faxed, are received, legible, and accurate.  HR will not modify answers/documents submitted by an applicant.   Missing application information will not be requested.**


Jennifer M. Schiller
Phone: (360)315-8094
TDD: 858-577-5723
Agency Information:
65540 Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock
5001 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA


Our evaluation will be based on the information you provide. You should expect that we will verify performance, suitability and security information and take that information into account in making employment offers. You will be notified of the outcome after final approval of the selectee.

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