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10/21/2015
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JOB SUMMARY:
About the Agency

Provide support for aerospace vehicle simulation, encompassing research, conception, specification, analysis, planning, development, design, installation, test, modification, operation, maintenance, and use of simulation systems hardware, associated operating systems, and the interfaces between that hardware and external systems.

KEY REQUIREMENTS Successful completion of a security investigation will be required Position subject to pre-employment and random drug testing This is a drug-testing designated position Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement Occasional travel may be required

DUTIES: Back to top *****Duties described below are at the GS-11 level*****

Plan and conduct conventional design work on projects with difficult or unusual components. Review existing guidelines, and established methods and techniques. Work closely with project managers, research engineers, hardware engineers, managers, and others to incorporate design requirements. Responsible for design development of electronic components in a critical laboratory or specialization area. Participate in review of design criteria, specifications, plans, and procedures. Conduct troubleshooting. Modify existing general-purpose tools to enhance productivity in implementation, testing, or maintenance.

Serve as an engineer on projects involving conventional tests using established criteria that require significant modification of standard practices or adaptation of instrumentation to obtain valid results. Perform development engineering analysis to ensure proper operation of the hardware, equipment, or system. Conduct component level valuations, analyzes design specifications and drawings, and recommends changes to enable proper functioning of the system or equipment.

Provide subject matter expertise and technical leadership

Determine specification practicability for conventional projects. Review statement of work or other binding specification or acquisition performance standards. Identify unforeseen outside influences or physical or environmental obstructions, and products, labor, or materials availability in areas such as standard flight systems repair projects or the repair of measurement and instrumentation systems. Perform additional data systems and analysis work.

Identify and investigate complex problems and conflicts in assigned area of responsibility involving project requirements, objectives, interfaces, or schedules. Develop and outline approaches and plan for resolution of problems compatible with assigned area of responsibility and project objectives, such as repair of flight systems or measurement and instrumentation systems. Perform additional data systems and analysis work.

Discuss technical problems, or approach and analysis at organization-wide meetings or conferences. Conduct site visits to other government establishments, universities, or industrial companies to obtain technical information related to assignments in areas such as navigation, communication, measurement, and/or instrumentation systems. Perform additional data systems and analysis work.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement listed below under Education, a qualified candidate's application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service.

At the GS-7 level:

One year of appropriate professional experience at least equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal Service, which equipped the applicant with the competencies required to perform successfully the duties of the position. Examples of specialized experience at the GS-5 level would include: conducting theoretical investigations in the field of system identification by building mathematical models that mimic the behavior of a physical system based on experimental data to conduct aerospace research. Work requires experience using computer architecture, hardware description languages, and operating systems concepts to advise and assist others in the operation of electronic equipment involved in test operations; experience maintain electronic circuitry, power supplies and distribution, and electronic data collection.; OR

* One full academic year of graduate level education in an appropriate field, or any equivalent combination of experience and graduate study; or
* 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.
* 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
* Successful completion of a five year program of study of at least 160 semester hours; or
* A professional engineering degree and up to 12 months experience as a technician or technologist equivalent to at least the GS-5 level; or
* Successful completion of all requirements for two bachelor's degrees, one in an appropriate field of science or engineering; or
* 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
* Honors or elective positions indicating leadership other than scholastic, provide that academic standing was in upper half of graduating class; or
* Patterns of courses which have unusual preparatory value or direct relatedness to the advertised position.

All applicants will be rated on the following competencies: Computer Systems and Engineering, Electrical Circuits Engineering, Simulation Systems and Software Engineering

At the GS-9 level:

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. Examples of specialized experience at the GS-7 level would include: experience using electrical, electronics, and computer engineering. Work requires experience using computer architecture, hardware description languages, and simulation techniques, and operating systems concepts to advise and assist others in the operation and maintenance of electronic equipment involved in test operations and in test methodology; plan and design electronic circuitry, power supplies and distribution, electronic data collection.; OR

* Completion of all requirements for a master's or equivalent graduate degree in an appropriate field; or
* Two full academic years of graduate education in an appropriate field; or
* An equivalent combination of experience and graduate study.

All applicants will be rated on the following competencies:Computer Systems and Engineering, Electrical Circuits Engineering, Communication, Simulation Systems and Software Engineering

At the GS-11 level:

One year of professional experience in an appropriate field at least equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to GS-9 level work in the Federal service within or closely related to the aerospace technology specialty for which application is made. Examples of specialized experience at the GS-9 level would include: experience using electrical, electronics, and computer engineering and of systems-level programming principles and practices on aircraft systems. In addition, work requires experience using computer architecture, logic design, hardware description languages, communications, networking, subsystem interfaces, modeling and simulation techniques, and operating systems concepts to advise and assist others in the installation, operation, and maintenance of electronic equipment involved in test operations and in test methodology; plan and design electronic circuitry, power supplies and distribution, electronic data collection; OR

* Completion of all requirements for a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) in an appropriate field; or
* Completion of three full academic years of graduate education in an appropriate field; or
* An equivalent combination of experience and graduate education.

All applicants will be rated on the following competencies: Computer Systems and Engineering, Electrical Circuits Engineering, Software Engineering, Simulation Systems, Employee & Team Leadership, and Communication
Communication

Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in engineering, physical science, mathematics, life sciences, computer science, or other field of science. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position.

Required college majors for applicants qualifying on the basis of graduate or undergraduate education only: Computer Engineering. Other majors will qualify if the major includes or is supplemented as follows: 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.

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.

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) expenses is not authorized, however, a relocation incentive may be considered

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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: NASA uses 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 - Tentatively 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's Applicant Guide .

Information for 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.

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

BENEFITS: Back to top
You can review our benefits at:
http://nasajobs.nasa.gov/benefits/benefits.htm

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.

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.

Fair Employment Opportunities for Applicants

NASA Credit for National Service

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individuals employment experience will be used only to determine the persons qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individuals personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

HOW TO APPLY: Back to top 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 approximately 32,000 characters including spaces. NASA does not accept resumes uploaded to USAJOBS from a second source or 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.

If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume and supplemental questions to:

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
4200 Rideout Road
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: Brian Bennett

Email: brian.j.bennett@nasa.gov

Agency Information:
NASA's Resume Operations Center
4200 Rideout Road, 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.

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 'Received'. If your status is 'Application Status Not Available', 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.

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About National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The NASA Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) contracts provide for issuance of delivery orders that will specify data associated with system testing and integration, launch, in-space maneuvers, braking burns, lunar landing and other enhanced capabilities. Knowledge acquired from this data will be applied to the development of lander systems necessary to execute human and robotic missions to the moon, near-Earth asteroids or other solar system destinations. They will contribute to NASA's efforts to enable affordable and sustainable space exploration.