This position is in NASA's Pathways Intern Program that provides students with the opportunity to explore NASA careers and gain meaningful developmental work experience.Learn more about this agency
This job announcement will be considered closed at 11 pm Central on either the date that 75 applications are received or the closing date listed above; which ever occurs first.
- Test/analyze potentially hazardous materials, components, & systems including Composite Pressure Systems, Critical Systems and Materials Flight Acceptance, Hypervelocity Impacts, Oxygen Systems, Propellants & Aerospace Fluids, and Propulsion Systems.
- Perform materials properties determination, materials compatibility and toxicity analyses, detonation studies, flight article outgassing characterization, systems analysis, orbital debris impact simulation testing, and propellant characterization.
- Assess material or component compatibility and use, develop test methods, understand material-fluid interaction, and assess hazards associated with a given materials use in hazardous environments.
Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U. S. citizen or national
- Enrolled/accepted in an accredited educational institution
- Pursuing a bachelor's degree or higher
- Maintain enrollment at least half time as defined by the institution
- Have and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.9 on a 4.0 scale
- Applicants must have an expected graduation date of no earlier than one calendar year from this closing date of this announcement
- You will be expected to start on August 17, 2020 or January 19, 2021
QualificationsStarting GS grade levels are determined by education level:
- For GS-4: Completion of 1 academic year of post-high school study (30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours).
- For GS-5: Completion of 2 academic years of post-high school study leading to a bachelor's or higher degree (60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours).
- For GS-6: Completion of 3 academic years of post-high school study leading to a bachelor's or higher degree (90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours).
- For GS-7: Completion of 4 academic years of study (or all the requirements) for a bachelor's degree and accepted into a master's program.
- For GS-9: Completion of 1 academic year of master's level education or acceptance into a Doctoral program.
- For GS-11: Completion of 1 year of Doctoral level study.
You must be enrolled and pursuing a bachelor's degree or higher in Aerospace or Aeronautical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, Physics, Industrial Engineering, or Biomedical Engineering.
Degrees in engineering technology are not qualifying for this position.
Engineering degrees must be from a college or university school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum. To find out if a degree meets this requirement, go to http://www.abet.org
Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional, accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment.
Position location will be in White Sands, New Mexico, but selectees may rotate to Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Pay will be set at the Step 1 of the General Schedule for the qualifying grade. Special rate tables may apply for graduate students.
This position is part of the NASA Pathways Intern Program which is a formal training program.
The NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) Pathways Intern Employment Program (IEP) provides students with the opportunity to explore NASA careers and gain meaningful developmental work experience. This program follows the Cooperative Education (Co-op) Model, which is a work/study program in which you can gain valuable work experience while completing your degree requirements.
In our program, you will alternate between terms at school and paid employment at JSC. The unique aspect of JSC's IEP is that each work tour, you will rotate into a new functional area. This job will help you gain invaluable work experience in several different areas before graduation.
To learn more about the program, visit our website at http://pathways.jsc.nasa.gov. And to hear from students about their experiences in our Program visit us on Facebook at:
You may be required to perform rotational assignments in various organizations. Additionally, this position requires you to work a specific schedule such as one semester at school followed by one semester at NASA.
You must meet eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
You will only be considered for the highest grade for which you qualify.
Interns may be promoted to higher grades based on the amount of education completed, student trainee work experience, and acceptable performance. However, promotions are not guaranteed.
You will serve a trial period for the duration of the Intern appointment.
Interns may be considered for conversion to a term or permanent appointment within 120 days of completion of degree requirements provided they:
-Successfully completed an academic course of study with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.9 (on a 4.0 scale)
- Complete a minimum of 640 hours of work experience before completing degree requirements;
- Meet the qualification requirements for the position to which they are converted; and
- Maintain acceptable performance.
The Intern may be converted to a term or permanent position with promotion potential to the GS-13 level. Eligibility for conversion does not guarantee that NASA will offer conversion to a term or perm job. Promotion is not guaranteed.
The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.
PLEASE TAKE CARE IN PREPARING AND SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION. When completing the Supplemental Questions, please pay close attention to the selections and inputs you are making. Entries regarding your eligibility made in error cannot be modified after the application is submitted and you will lose consideration if you are determined to be ineligible based on the answers to the questionnaire.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your resume and your answers to NASA-specific questions to ensure that you meet eligibility requirements and minimum qualifications. Your answers to the NASA-specific questions supplement your resume. Please be sure that your answers and your resume are accurate, as NASA is not authorized to alter them. If the information in your resume differs from your answers to the questions, we will use your answers to the questions to determine your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position.
If you meet the eligibility requirements and minimum qualifications, you will be further evaluated based on the required majors listed under 'Education.'
Veterans' preference applies in the hiring process. In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans' preference when you apply. Veteran's preference will only be granted based on what is supported by the documentation you provide. For more information about Veterans' Preference, please visit this link.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
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 a short series of NASA-specific questions. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. 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 and your answers to the NASA-specific questions. For example, we will ask you to provide academic transcripts. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we will ask you to submit proof of veterans' preference (DD214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus the proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the requested documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw the job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
Before you begin the application process, please read this vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. We encourage you to provide a complete description of your educational achievements and include both paid and non-paid work in the experience portion of your resume. If you submit a resume that does not contain the required information, you may lose consideration.
This job announcement will be considered closed at 11 pm Central time on either the date that 75 applications are received or the closing date listed above; which ever occurs first.
Once 75 applications are received, all applications in excess of 75 which were submitted by 11 pm Central time that day will not be given consideration. If you edit your resume and resubmit your application to USAJobs, you risk being outside the cutoff as the system considers it a new application.
To begin the application process, click on the 'Apply' 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 32,000 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 another source. Also, NASA does not accept documents attached through USAJOBS' document attachment feature.
Once you submit your resume, you will be transferred to a NASA website to complete a short series of questions. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application process. If you successfully apply, you will receive a confirmation email from NASA. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. You may edit a previously-submitted application, if the announcement is still open.
If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume to: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Resume Operations Center, Mail stop: 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 resume requirements are at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements.
Agency contact information
NASA Staffing Services
AddressNASA's Resume Operations Center
4200 Rideout Road, Mailstop HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812
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 up on the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official. If you are selected, you will be notified by phone or email with a tentative job offer pending verification that you meet all eligbility and qualification requirements. An official, written firm job offer will only be issued once all requirements have been verified.
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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/557872200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.