Who May Apply: US Citizens
In order to qualify, you must meet the education requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document
Specialized Experience for Embedded Hardware and Processing Branch:
To qualify at the DB-04/GS-15 Equivalent: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must have 1 year of specialized experience at the DB-03 pay band or GS-13 equivalent in the Federal Service. Candidate should possess knowledge and significant expertise in one or more of the following: 1) Designing and/or implementing modern computer architectures, processors, FPGA and various platform implementations to host real-time image processing and machine learning based algorithms; 2) Using statistics and probability theory to support data and hardware performance analysis; 3) Programming experience supporting algorithm optimization on multiple hardware processing types and platforms; 4) Hardware description languages (e.g. VHDL, Verilog), 5) Development processes, and/or integrated development environments (IDE) to support complex, heterogenous real-time FPGA, CPU, GPU, DSP or ASIC processing implementations; 6) Circuit card assembly (CCA) design, analysis and layout; 7) Leading complex applied research and advanced technology development projects. 8) Identifying courses of action to solve technical and strategic
problems. Experience presenting briefings at the Division (or O5/O6) and senior leader (SES or General Officer) level.
Specialized Experience The Signal and Image Processing Branch:
To qualify at the DB-04/GS-15 Equivalent: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must have 1 year of specialized experience at the DB-03 pay band or GS-13 equivalent in the Federal Service. Candidate should possess knowledge and significant expertise in one or more of the following: Candidate should possess knowledge and significant expertise in one or more of the following: 1) Training ML based algorithms on image processing problems; 2) augmenting and creating new signal/image processing and complex AI/ML approaches to provide object detection and tracking in full motion video; 3) Using ML tools/environments (e.g. TensorFlow, PyTorch, Anaconda, Singa) or creating new tools; 4) Planning and collecting large-scale data sets used to train ML models; 5) Analyzing the results from processing large data sets using relevant precision and recall metrics; 6) Using different machine learning network models and in optimizing machine learning models to run faster using open source libraries. 7) Leading complex applied research and advanced technology development projects. 8) Identifying courses of action to solve technical and strategic problems. 9) Presenting briefings at the Division (or O5/O6) and senior leader (SES) or General Officer.
If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show 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 given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Basic Education Requirement for an Engineer (800 Series):
A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); OR (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or 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.
B. Combination of Education and Experience: College-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
1. Professional registration or licensure - Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
2. Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, or any other written test required for professional registration, by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
3. Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in A above. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program.
4. Related curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions.
To view the OPM education requirement for the Engineering (800 Series) go to: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf
Basic Education Requirement for a Computer Scientist (1550 series):
Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in computer science or bachelor's degree (or higher degree) with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus.
To view the OPM education requirement for the Computer Science (1550 series) go to: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1500/computer-science-series-1550/
Basic Requirements for Physical Science (1301):
Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Basic Requirements for Physics (1310):
Degree: physics; or related degree that included at least 24 semester hours in physics.
Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in physics totaling at least 24 semester hours, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Mathematics Series (1520):
Degree: mathematics; or the equivalent of a major that included at least 24 semester hours in mathematics.
Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in mathematics (including at least 24 semester hours in mathematics), as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.