National Aeronautics and Space Administration Electronics Engineer, AST Electronic Instrumentation Systems in Hampton, Virginia
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NASA's Recent Graduates program provides an opportunity for individuals to gain experience in Federal civil service positions at the beginning of their careers. Participants are placed in a dynamic, one-year career development program which may include specialized training, formal rotational assignments, and other developmental activities. Participants who successfully complete the program may be converted to term or permanent positions.
Recent Graduates will enter a formal training program, be provided a mentor, and execute an Individual Development Plan outlining training requirements and program expectations.
This position is located in the Electronic Systems Branch of the Engineering Directorate at NASA Langley Research Center. As part of a planned career development, works with and assists senior engineers to develop familiarity with the design work for electronic measurement and instrumentation systems or other ground systems progressing to more advanced electronic circuit designs that require application of state of the art components. At the GS-11 level, you'll be the one who is responsible for laying out a plan of action that includes estimates on the type of effort, cost, facilities, and schedule involved for the task.
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This position is part of the NASA Pathways Recent Graduate Program which is a formal training program. You may be required to perform rotational assignments in various organizations.
You will provide electronics design and development efforts on aerospace projects to produce new avionics and instrumentation systems or equipment. Projects may include lab demonstrations, aero-based instruments, field campaigns and space flight instruments. Such projects may require analog, power systems, digital, computer, control and instrumentation designs that are characterized by low noise requirements, high speed processing, and complex interfaces under stringent aero and space environmental conditions. The work involves analyzing, designing, testing and conducting performance validation of electronic instrumentation systems used for detecting, recording , measuring, or controlling physical conditions, phenomena, and environments encountered in aeronautical and aerospace research and development programs. Duties may also include monitoring contractors engaged in this work.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
Individuals who have graduated from an accredited educational institution within the last two years or are within 9 months of completing a degree program at an accredited educational institution. Veterans who were unable to apply for Pathways Recent Graduates jobs due to active military service are eligible for two years after release or discharge from active duty, up to six years after completing degree requirements.
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Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. citizen or national
- Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
- Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by appointment date
- Occasional travel may be required
You will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.
Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire noncitizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.
To be eligible for this position, you must: Be a U.S. citizen; be at least 16 years of age at the time of appointment; and, have completed degree requirements within the last two years. If you were unable to apply for Pathways Recent Graduate jobs due to active duty military service, you are eligible for two years after your release or discharge for active duty, up to six years after completing degree requirements.
Basic Requirement for Electronics Engineer may be found at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf
In addition to basic requirement above, to qualify you must also meet the following qualification requirements:
GS-9 – 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. In addition to the basic education requirements, applicants must possess one of the following:
(1) One year of professional experience (i.e., experience gained after completion of qualifying degree program in an appropriate field at least equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to GS-7 level work in the Federal service, OR (2) Completion of all requirements for a master’s or equivalent graduate degree in an appropriate field, OR (3) Completion of 2 full academic years of graduate education in an appropriate field, OR (4) An equivalent combination of experience and graduate education study as discussed in 1&2 above.
Specialized experience for the GS-9 includes one year of experience which includes assisting in the design and development of electronics engineering devices, equipment or systems using established criteria or specifications; or, assisting in the inspection and evaluation of electronics engineering projects and resources; or, identifying electronics engineering problems and recommending corrective action.
GS-11 – Completion of all requirements for a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) in an appropriate field; or three full academic years of graduate education in an appropriate field. In addition to the basic education requirements, applicants must possess one of the following:
(1) One year of professional experience in an appropriate field that is at least equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to GS-9 level work in the Federal service, OR (2) Completion of all requirements for a doctoral degree (i.e., Ph.D. or equivalent) in an appropriate field, OR (3) Completion of 3 full academic years of graduate education in an appropriate field, OR (4) An equivalent combination of experience and graduate education as discussed in 1 and 2 above.
Specialized experience for the GS-11 includes one year of experience which includes leading in the design and development of electronics engineering devices, equipment or systems using and adapting established criteria or specifications; or leading in the inspection and evaluation of electronics engineering projects and resources; or troubleshooting and correcting electronics engineering problems.
The following major(s) are preferred: Electronic Engineering or Majors which combine electronic engineering with another specialty such as, but not limited to, Electronics and Computer Engineering.
Degrees in engineering must be from a college/university accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Degrees from ABET accredited colleges or universities must have been received in the year of or any year subsequent to the original date of accreditation. Degrees in other acceptable majors need only be from colleges or universities accredited by recognized accrediting organizations.
U.S. EDUCATION: Institutions located within the United States that have attained accreditation are listed on the U.S. Department of Education's website. To verify your institutions accreditation, please assess this website http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx. A complete listing of all institutions, including those located outside of U.S. territories, may be found in Accredited Institutions of Post-Secondary Education, a handbook published annually by the American Council on Education (ACE).
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that 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
You must meet eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
You may be promoted to higher grades; however, promotions are not guaranteed.
You will be required to sign a Pathways Recent Graduate Participant Agreement.
You will serve a trial period for the duration of the Recent Graduate appointment.
Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, who are 18 but not yet 26 years old, must be registered with the selective service system (or have an exemption) to be eligible for federal employment. For additional information or to register, click here
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This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional positions within 90 days of the close date.
The full performance level of the position that the Pathways participant could potentially convert to in the competitive service is GS-13. Once converted, the employee may only be noncompetitively promoted up to the full performance level stated in this vacancy announcement.
Starting salaries: GS-9 - $57,015.00 GS-11: $61,907.00
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.
We will review your application, including your answers to the NASA-specific questions, to ensure that you meet eligibility requirements and minimum qualifications. Candidates may be further evaluated based on preferred areas of study described above.
Veterans' preference applies in the hiring process. In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans' preference when you apply. Veteran's 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. For more information about Veterans' Preference, please visit this link.
Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or removal after hiring.
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- Required Documents
NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for 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 NASA supplemental questions. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. 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. 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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How to Apply
Before you begin the application process, please read the vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. Failure to submit a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration. Your application must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
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 using the resume builder available on the USAJobs site. NASA does not accept uploaded resumes created outside of the USAJobs resume builder process. Additionally, NASA does not accept documents attached through the USAJobs' document attachment feature.
Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be transferred to a NASA website and asked to complete a short series of NASA-specific 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. If you successfully apply, USAJobs will show your application status as 'resume received - complete' (if your status is 'Application Started', 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.
If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume 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 resume requirements are provided at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements.
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NASA's Resume Operations Center 4200 Rideout Road, Mailstop HS50 Marshall Space Flight Center, AL US
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/493800700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 03/14/2018 to 04/18/2018
Salary: $57,015 to $79,586 per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 9 - 11
Work schedule: Full-Time
Appointment type: Recent Graduates