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Research Aerospace Engineer Assistant Aerothermodynamics

Company name
NASA Langley Research Center Office of Chief Counsel

Salary
$61,218.00 to $113,428.00

Location
Hampton, VA

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Open & closing dates

02/12/2018

to

02/26/2018

Salary

$61,218 to $113,428 per year

Pay scale & grade

GS 11 - 13

Work schedule

Full-Time

Appointment type

Permanent

Location

1 vacancy in the following location:

Hampton, VA

1 vacancy

This job is open to

The public

U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.

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Announcement number

LA18D0004

Control number

490935300

Duties

Duties

Summary

The Aerothermodynamics Branch within the Research Directorate (RD) is seeking an individual to serve as an Aerothermodynamicist performing research in the use and development of experimental and/or computational methods to determine heat transfer, aerodynamics, viscous interactions effects, and non-continuum flow effects. In addition, this position also includes research in the use and development of methods to acquire and analyze aeroheating and aerodynamics on flight vehicles during vehicle operations and tests.

This position may be filled at the GS-11, GS-12 or GS-13 level. If you are selected at the lower grade level(s) you may receive a one-time, non-competitive promotion(s) to the target 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.

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.

Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job announcement into your resume, may result in you being removed from consideration for this position.

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Responsibilities

The incumbent will serve as an Aerothermodynamicist performing research in areas including experimental studies of external and internal flows, validations of computational fluid dynamic codes, and the application of new experimental measurement methods, and computational studies of algorithm development for high-energy, high-speed viscous Navier-Stokes codes, atomic and molecular radiation, non-equilibrium chemical kinetics, transport phenomena, turbulence modeling, and implementation of models in simulation software. Research results are to be published in the technical literature and should answer important questions in the scientific field, account for previously unexplained phenomena, or change existing products/processes.

The incumbent will apply aerothermodynamic knowledge to the assessment, optimization and benchmarking of the nation’s space access, trans-atmospheric and planetary entry vehicle concepts. Using their sub-discipline area of research expertise, the incumbent addresses aerothermodynamic vehicle system problems, typically of an advanced and complex nature. The incumbent researches the unique flowfield and surface interactions associated with a prescribed vehicle configuration. Results are reported to project management in a timely manner through presentations, technical interchange meetings and engineering reports, and when possible are documented through technical publication. Furthermore, it is expected that the conclusions and observations gained by the applied research are used to advance the state-of-the-art in the incumbent’s research specialty sub-discipline area.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job family (Series)

0861 Aerospace Engineering

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Requirements

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

A one-year probationary period may be required.

Occasional travel may be required.

Position subject to a pre-employment drug test.

Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement.

Successful completion of a security investigation will be required.

U.S. citizenship is required.

Qualifications

To qualify at the GS-11 level applicants must meet one of the following in addition to the Basic Education Requirement:

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, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above; 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 high-energy Navier-Stokes computational fluid dynamics codes; modern programming methodologies; grid/mesh generation; and algorithm architectures. Experience with the solution of complex, Navier-Stokes fluids/heating codes on computing mainframes or clusters is necessary along with the ability to communicate and visualize results using conventional post-processing software. Experience with high-speed fluid dynamics, aeroheating, flow visualization experimental methods, test design, model fabrication processes, and application of computational methods. Experience with hypersonic wind tunnel testing is also necessary along with the ability to process tunnel results using data analysis software.

To qualify at the GS-12 level applicants must meet one of the following in addition to the Basic Education Requirement:

a. One year of specialized experience in an appropriate field at least equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to GS-11 level work in the Federal service, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above; or

b. Completion of all requirements for a doctoral degree** (Ph.D. or equivalent) in an appropriate field; or

c. Any combination of experience and graduate study**.

Specialized experience includes: Experience with high-energy Navier-Stokes computational fluid dynamics codes; modern programming methodologies; team software development (build processes, version control, etc.); grid/mesh generation; and algorithm architectures. Experience with the solution of complex, Navier-Stokes fluids/heating codes on computing mainframes or clusters is necessary along with the ability to communicate and visualize results using conventional post-processing software. Experience with high-speed fluid dynamics, aeroheating, flow visualization experimental methods, test design, model fabrication processes, application of computational methods, and extrapolation to flight theory. Experience with hypersonic wind tunnel testing is necessary along with the ability to process tunnel results using data analysis software.

To qualify at the GS-13 level applicants must have one year of specialized experience in an appropriate field at least equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to GS-12 level work in the Federal service, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above. There is no education substitution for experience at this grade level.

Specialized experience includes: Experience with high-energy Navier-Stokes computational fluid dynamics codes; modern programming methodologies; team software development (build processes, version control, etc.); grid/mesh generation; and algorithm architectures. Experience with the solution of complex, Navier-Stokes fluids/heating codes on computing mainframes or clusters is necessary along with the ability to communicate and visualize results using conventional post-processing software. Experience with high-speed fluid dynamics, aeroheating, flow visualization experimental methods, test design, model fabrication processes, application of computational methods, and extrapolation to flight theory. Experience with hypersonic wind tunnel testing is necessary along with the ability to process tunnel results using data analysis software. Experience with flight instrumentation experimental methods, flight test design, and application of computational methods to flight. Experience with hypersonic flight testing operations is necessary along with the ability to process flight results using data analysis software.

**Required college majors for applicants qualifying on the basis of undergraduate or graduate education only:**

Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Astrophysics, Electrical Engineering (except power), Electronics Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics. Other appropriate physical or computer science, mathematics or engineering fields are qualifying if the major includes or is supplemented by at least 12 semester hours (or the equivalent) of appropriate physical science or engineering courses including nine semester hours (or the equivalent) of physics, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics or gas dynamics.

Education

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.

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

As identical vacancies are identified additional selections may be made.

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

Secret

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.

Benefits

Benefits

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

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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

How to Apply

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.

Agency contact information

J. Kennedy

Phone

757-864-2558

Email

larc-dl-larc-jobs@mail.nasa.gov

Address

NASA's Resume Operations Center

4200 Rideout Road, Mailstop HS50

Marshall Space Flight Center, AL

US

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Next steps

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.

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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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Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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