Computer Engineer

Washington, Washington, D.C, United States

Full Time

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NASA

Defence & Space

Company Type: Government Agency                                 

    • Summary

      This is an entry-level Computer Engineer(AST, Data Systems) position being filled at the GS-09 or GS-11 grade level. Responsibilities include assisting Senior Software Engineers in the research, development, design, test and evaluation of software systems for new and existing projects. This position is in the Software Engineering Division, Science Data Systems Branch and will include developing science data pipelines, virtual computing, and/or image processing in support of projects like WFIRST

      Responsibilities

        • Develops software systems (ground, flight, science, technologies) to meet specific mission and security requirements which include network and software applications.
        • Operates and maintains custom developed, modified and/or acquired software systems in performing operational tasks supporting Mission requirements.
        • Assists senior engineers with ensuring the development and operation of software systems meets the schedule and budget constraints.
        • Participates in formulating design, specifications, interfaces, requirements, testing, and documentation for hardware and/or software systems.
        • Uses standard or conventional approaches to define, prototype, develop, modify, test, and integrate software, data systems, computer hardware systems, or simulators.
        • Develops and/or modifies system components using detailed specifications and adapting existing techniques, methods, criteria and precedents.
        • Tests, validates, and/or verifies that integrated software systems meet requirements and specifications.
        • Evaluates software problems and anomalies, identifies resolution alternatives, and/or implements solutions.

      Travel Required

      Occasional travel – Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties

      Supervisory status

      No

      Promotion Potential

      13

    • Job family (Series)
    • Requirements

      Conditions of Employment

        • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation

      Qualifications

      In additional to Basic Education Requirement, applicant must meet the following requirements:

      GS-09

    • 1 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. Specialized experience is defined as experience using computer languages and their applications in basic coding/programming software and data systems; and experience modifying the design, and testing of software systems.
    • Completion of all requirements for a master’s or equivalent graduate degree in an appropriate field.
    • Completion of 2 full academic years of graduate education in an appropriate field.
    • An equivalent combination of experience and graduate study as discussed in 1 and 2 above.
    • GS-11

 

    • 1 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. Specialized experience is defined as experience in software development, software engineering, programming languages, operating systems and engineering practices and principles as they apply to the development and operation of aerospace, aeronautical, space science and/or earth science vehicles, spacecraft and/or instruments.
    • For non-research positions, completion of all requirements for a doctoral degree (i.e.,Ph.D. or equivalent) in an appropriate field.
    • Completion of 3 full academic years of graduate education in an appropriate field.
    • An equivalent combination of experience and graduate education as discussed in 1 and 2 above.
    • 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

 

    • 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.

 

    • How You Will Be Evaluated

 

    • You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Quality Categories, Which Are Defined As

    • 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.

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

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

 

    • Drug test required

 

    No

  • 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

    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

    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

    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.

    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

    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 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 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. 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 successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as ‘Received’. If your status is ‘Unavailable’, 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 and supplemental questions to:
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    4200 Rideout Road
    Resume Operations Center/Mailstop: HS50
    Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812

    Hard Copy Resumes Requirements Are Provided At

    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.

    If you are a first time applicant, we recommend that you review NASA’s

    Agency contact information

    NASA Staffing Services

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    Email

    Address

    NASA’s Resume Operations Center
    4200 Rideout Road, Mailstop HS50
    Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812
    US

    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.

    Comments

    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.

    AS IDENTICAL VACANCIES ARE IDENTIFIED, ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS MAY BE MADE.

  • 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.

    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 process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants 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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Posted: October 20, 2019