The Crew Systems and Aviation Operations Branch within the Research Directorate is seeking an individual to serve as an Aerospace Engineer supporting research and development in the areas of intelligent flight systems and autonomous aviation operations for manned and unmanned systems and vehicles. The future air transportation system and the manned and unmanned vehicles that will operate within it will need to be operated increasingly more autonomously. The integration of man and machine within the cockpit will progress with greater levels of machine autonomy to accommodate the projected increases in air travel and air cargo, while also enabling on demand passenger travel and its increased flexibility.
In order to help shape the future of aerospace mobility, NASA research teams apply an interdisciplinary set of skills that includes traditional engineering, research and experimental methods, simulation, flight test, human factors, applied cognition, systems engineering, and other disciplines. This work involves participating in and/or leading a multidisciplinary research team to develop, implement, integrate, and test advanced technologies and operational concepts for manned and unmanned autonomous vehicle operations, machine autonomy, human-machine interface, human-machine integration, adaptive automation, and future flight deck and vehicle systems for both manned and unmanned air vehicles operating in the national airspace system.
This is a developmental position; selection may be made at any grade level. You may receive sequential non-competitive promotion(s) up to the full performance grade level of GS-13, when eligible and recommended by management. 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.
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Conducts systematic research in problem areas that are highly complex and of considerable scope. Problems are typically difficult to define, require unconventional or novel approaches, sophisticated research techniques, and/or present other features that are of more than average difficulty. The research problems are of such breadth that they must be approached through a series of complete and conceptually related research studies. Research studies result in a series of publications that answer important questions in the scientific field, account for previously unexplained phenomena, result in important changes in existing products, processes, or techniques, or are definitive of a specific topic area. Based on knowledge of the organization's priorities, identifies promising areas for initiating research efforts. May serve as a research team leader in a scientific field. Maintains a continuing assessment of the team’s progress in relation to the objectives of the research study as well as the overall goals of the organization. Develops solutions to problems encountered by the research team in data collection, monitoring, compilation, and analysis. Conceives and designs experiments in response to agency needs for data in specific scientific, technical, or health-related areas. Trains and provides technical direction to team members. Makes major contributions to the scientific community such as inventions or new designs and techniques that are of material significance in the solution of important applied problems. Conceives and formulates research ideas that are the basis for productive studies by other research scientists/engineers. The researcher has authored one or more publications of considerable interest and value to a scientific field as evidenced by favorable reviews, by citation in the work of others, or by presentations of papers to professional societies.
Participate in or lead an experiment-based multidisciplinary research team to design, implement, and integrate advanced flight deck technologies and procedures to improve efficiency and safety of the national airspace system. Apply knowledge of computer engineering and/or aviation operations to the design, development and validation of new operational concepts, procedures and flight deck tools. The incumbent may be called upon to apply knowledge and experience to develop concepts and procedures involving commercial flight operations, general aviation, unmanned aircraft systems, new/novel air vehicles, and/or space vehicles traveling through the National Airspace System. Apply experience in formal research methods to air traffic operations and airspace design problems. Work as a member of a team to proactively resolve difficult problems with n conflicting and inadequate guidelines and precedents. Incumbent is cognizant of Air Traffic Management (ATM) and ATM-related research problems and areas of research and has a working knowledge of current state of the art approaches in modeling and simulation. Conduct comprehensive reviews of technical research studies in relevant fields of study.
Serves as a technical expert, trouble-shooter, or consulting engineer, providing technical advice and guidance to the contractor in developing new procedures, equipment, systems, tools, or in performing the work required by the contract. Guides and evaluates contractor efforts and assesses technical progress in relation to the established schedule and resources allotted. Reviews plans, specifications, and cost estimates for technical adequacy. Reports progress and/or problems. Where deficiencies are noted, directs necessary changes, resolves controversial problems, assures conformance to plans and specifications, and furnishes other assistance as required.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals
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Job family (Series)
0861 Aerospace Engineering
Aircraft Design Engineers
Engineers, Aircraft Design
Engineers, Flight Test
Flight Test Engineers
Conditions of Employment
A one-year probationary period may be required.
Occasional travel may be required.
Position subject to pre-employment background investigation.
You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
To qualify at the GS-11 level, applicants must meet the Basic Education Requirement in addition to one of the following:
a. One year of specialized experience in an appropriate field at least equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to GS-9 level work in the Federal service; or
b. Completion of three full academic years of graduate education** in an appropriate field; or
c. An equivalent combination of experience and graduate education**; or
d. Completion of all requirements for a master's or equivalent degree** in an appropriate field.
Specialized experience includes: Experience with research methods and procedures; aerospace or related engineering principles and data reduction and analysis techniques and; demonstrated experience in air traffic operation and/or flight procedures and/or flight management systems.
To qualify at the GS-12 level, applicants must meet the Basic Education Requirement in addition to one of the following:
a. One year of professional experience in an appropriate field at least equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to GS-11 level work in the Federal service; or
b. Any combination of experience and graduate study**; or
c. Completion of all requirements for a doctoral degree** (Ph.D. or equivalent) in an appropriate field.
Specialized experience includes: Experience conducting research; computational and statistical techniques for modeling, and analyzing data collected and; demonstrated experience in air traffic operations and flight procedures such as, distributed air ground air traffic management, avionics systems, flight management systems, piloting, safety analysis techniques airborne separation techniques, automation systems and/or related function allocation issues.
To qualify at the GS-13 level, applicants must meet the Basic Education Requirement and have one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to GS-12 level work in the Federal service. There is no education substitution at this grade level.
Specialized experience includes: Experience conducting research, such as batch, Monte Carlo, and human in the loop simulation experimentation; computational and statistical techniques for modeling, and analyzing data collected and; demonstrated experience in air traffic operations and flight procedures such as, distributed air ground air traffic management, avionics systems, flight management systems, piloting, safety analysis techniques, airborne separation techniques, automation systems and/or related function allocation issues.
**Required college majors for applicants qualifying on the basis of undergraduate or graduate education only:**
Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Biomedical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering. Other majors will qualify if the major includes or is supplemented as follows: Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mathematics (Pure or Applied) (or other related field), if it includes or is supplemented by nine semester hours (or the equivalent) in machine design, mechanics, hydraulics, dynamics, thermodynamics, mechanical design or mechanical measurement.
Basic Education Requirement:
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Architecture, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science*, Earth and Planetary Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics (Pure or Applied), Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Meteorology, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Oceanography, Optical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Space Science, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering or other appropriate physical science or engineering field. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position. *Note: Curriculum must include 30 semester hours of course work in a combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 must be in any combination of statistics and mathematics which includes differential and integral calculus.
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.
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As identical vacancies are identified additional selections must be made.
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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
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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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