Technical Fellow, Environmental Control and Life Support
US National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Sandusky County, OH
THIS VACANCY NOW CLOSES ON 10/28/2019. The NASA Technical Fellows Program was established to recognize technical excellence and technical leadership in the Agency. NASA Technical Fellows are members of the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) and provide Agency-wide leadership for their respective disciplines in support of the Office of the Chief Engineer (OCE). The Technical Fellow is a role model for junior engineers and provides stewardship for their respective discipline in the Agency.

Serves as the senior technical expert in Environmental Control and Life Support (ECLS) in support of the OCE and the NESC.
Performs Environmental Control and Life Support to design and develop active thermal control, life support, and fluid systems for human and robotic spacecraft/aircraft and systems providing same functions for human spacesuits.
Responsible for establishing a technical team that will consist of the Agency's best experts in the ECLS discipline, augmented by industry, national laboratories, university and federal experts as required.
Collaborates with other eminent researchers and engineers from academia and other research or operations centers on tasks and in conducting and sponsoring ECLS advancing work.
Communicates engineering findings through NASA publications, scientific & engineering journals, tutorial seminars & courses as part of the NESC Academy & at universities; and as an invited presenter at national and international meetings/conferences.
Provides the technical leadership of the NESC technical resources in order to perform independent technical reviews and is a national/international expert in the ECLS discipline.
Ensures lessons learned are identified and incorporated into the standards process and is available to disposition major and/or complex waivers and deviations in the ECLS discipline.
Serves as an Agency resource on fundamental engineering theory and operational experience in the ECLS. The incumbent frequently leads teams, always providing the theoretical foundation for the task.
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


Conditions of Employment
Occasional travel may be required.
Position subject to random drug testing.
Successful completion of a security investigation will be required.
Position subject to a pre-employment drug test
Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement
Candidates must possess expert knowledge and at least 3 years of specialized experience in Environmental Control and Life Support including thermal control, life support, and fluid systems for human and robotic spacecraft/aircraft and systems providing same functions for human spacesuits. At least 1 year of this experience must have been in planning and executing difficult programs of national significance or planning and executing specialized programs that show outstanding attainments in the field of research or consultation. At least 1 year of the specialized experience must be at least equivalent to experience at the GS-15 level.

This position requires an engineering degree, preferably an advanced degree from an accredited college or university.

Additional information
The initial appointment will be for 3 years, with the possibility of extending for up to another 2 years, and may be converted to permanent without further competition. All qualified candidates will be referred to a panel of subject matter experts for further evaluation against the NASA SL or ST Evaluation Criteria as stated in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. Experience in these criteria MUST be addressed within the NASA-provided online form. Refer to the How to Apply section for complete instructions.

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.

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.

U.S. citizenship is required.

Qualified NASA term employees who have term conversion eligibility under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004 will be referred and considered equally with other NASA permanent employees under internal competitive placement procedures.

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

All candidates will be referred to a panel of subject matter experts for further evaluation against the NASA ST Evaluation Criteria as stated in the NASA ST Evaluation Criteria section below. Experience in these criteria MUST be addressed within the NASA-provided online form. Refer to the How to Apply section for complete instructions. We strongly recommend you complete your answers to these five criteria off-line in a text document in advance of beginning the application process, so that you can insert them into the electronic form. Incomplete applications are not saved.

NASA ST Evaluation Criteria

1. Education Level and Training. In addition to degree information, please include your pattern of continuing development to maintain currency and level of skills.

2. Technical Excellence and Contributions. Please include a. through c. below in your response. Include the impact on key Center and relevant NASA/Agency and national programs.
a. Experience/Accomplishments
b. Technical Problem Solving
c. Publications and Information Transfer

3. Awards and Recognition. This criterion includes recognition of your accomplishments by peers in the broad scientific and/or engineering community and customers.

4. Outside Professional Activities.

5. Corporate Cooperation and Technical Leadership Skills. Included in this criterion are leadership skills in directing or participating in technical team activities, as well as coordinating those activities within and outside the Center. Also included are coaching/mentoring and diversity and inclusion.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

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.


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.

Review our benefits

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.