Research Aerospace Engineer (Propulsion Flow Dynamics)

US National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Cleveland, OH

The Turbomachinery and Turboelectric Systems Branch at the NASA Glenn Research Center is looking for innovative, highly motivated research engineers to work in a team environment and tackle the technical barriers to enable advanced vehicle configurations where the propulsion system is highly integrated with the aircraft. Apply your knowledge in aerodynamics, thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid mechanic principles to help develop these complex highly-integrated propulsion systems.

We are working on hybrid propulsion systems where an electrical motor or generator is coupled to the gas turbine, high Mach turbine engine development for supersonic and/or hypersonic applications, and component research to improve the thermal efficiency and safety of the gas turbine for large and small aircraft.

At the GS-11 level, major duties include:
  • Performing research, analytical and/or computational in nature in turbomachinery and heat transfer for the purposes of understanding and designing compressor and turbine systems
  • Supporting a team of senior research engineers on projects developing tools and models improving turbomachinery and heat transfer understanding and design of efficient systems or subsystems.
  • Performing analysis of complex flows using a variety of compressor and turbine analysis and design tools, supporting experiments in test facilities.
  • Performing analysis to ensure proper operation and structural integrity of test hardware, equipment or system.
  • Conducting component level valuations, analyzing design specifications and drawings, and recommending changes to enable proper functioning of the system or equipment.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
0861 Aerospace Engineering

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Conditions of Employment
A one-year probationary period may be required.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by appointment date.
Position subject to pre-employment background investigation.
Financial disclosure statement is required.
This is a bargaining unit position.

Please note: The salary for the selectee will be set at the Step 1 of the GS grade and is nonnegotiable unless Highest Previous Rate rules apply (GS-11 Step 1 Salary of $63,717).

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made from this 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.

In order to qualify for this position you must meet Basic Education Requirement

You must have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree with a major in either a) engineering from a college or university that has ABET accredited engineering programs or b) Physical Science, Mathematics, Life Science, Computer Science, Other fields of science.

Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position.

The degree must have been received in the year of, or any year subsequent to the original date of accreditation.

To find out if a school has an ABET accreditation, go to
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You must list your majors, related coursework, and GPA.

Additional Qualification Requirements :
In addition to meeting the Basic Education Requirements you must also meet additional qualification requirements:

Additional Qualifications for the GS-11:
1. Have one year of professional, directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service in one or more of the following aerospace areas:

(a) Experience conducting turbomachinery component tests; cascade testing or rotating rig tests for fans, compressors, and/or turbines; or

(b) Experience acquiring advanced unsteady aero & thermal/heat transfer measurements in turbomachinery (e.g. hotwire/hot film probes, high response probes and sensors, surface statics, Pressure Sensitive Paint (PSP), Temperature Sensitive Paint (TSP), and/or optical methods such as Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) and the like); or

(c) Experience developing, enhancing, and/or using analysis codes to predict the flow field in a turbomachine to assess performance and operability; or

(d) Experience developing, enhancing, and/or using thermal analysis codes to enable thermal management of motors/ generators and to assess performance of heat exchangers, heat pipes, and other advanced thermal management devices.


2. Completed all requirements for a doctoral degree (i.e., Ph.D. or equivalent) in an appropriate field.


3. Completed 3 full academic years of graduate education in an appropriate field.


4. For research positions only, completed all requirements for a master's or equivalent graduate degree in an appropriate field.


5. Have an equivalent combination of experience and graduate education as discussed in 1, 2 and 3 above.
Required college majors for applicants qualifying on the basis of undergraduate or graduate education only:

Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Astronautics, Chemistry, Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics.

Other majors will qualify if the major includes or is supplemented as follows: Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Applied Mathematics (or other field), if the major includes or is supplemented by one course in thermodynamics, nuclear physics, rocket propulsion fundamentals, gas dynamics or modem or molecular physics; Astronautical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Pure Mathematics (or other related field), if includes or is supplemented by nine semester hours (or the equivalent) in physics, thermodynamics, chemistry or closely related fields.

ABET accreditation requirement applies to foreign education. Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to the education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. If selected, a written evaluation of any foreign education must be provided to the Human Resources official making the offer. Please indicate in your resume that you have had your foreign education formally evaluated. Failure to provide this evaluation will result in your being found unqualified for the position.

Additional 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.

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.

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

The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

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

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Not Applicable

Drug test required

Required Documents

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.

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.


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