The Suborbital and Special Orbital projects Directorate, Aircraft Office (Code 830), is currently seeking a highly skilled individual for a Research Pilot position. In this position, you will serve as an Aerospace Engineer/Research Pilot. You will plan and evaluate test parameters, while also reporting on new sensor installations on NASA-owned and non-NASA-owned aircrafts. This position also provides day-to-day oversight of the Wallops Flight Facility Airfield.
Serves as a Research Pilot, responsible for piloting an aircraft and UAS used in research, development, and test programs.
Participate with project engineers and scientists responsible for the development, design, testing, evaluation, and reporting on new aircraft concepts and new advanced aircraft systems.
Pilot one-of-a-kind or highly modified research and development aircraft and advanced simulators in conjunction with research and test projects.
Develop and conduct qualitative and quantitative test plans to evaluate modified aircraft/UAS stability, control, and performance.
Conduct reduced gravity research and test projects; provide consultation and technical inputs in support of research efforts, offer engineering expertise from the special vantage point of the pilot.
Recommend engineering solutions to analyzing and evaluating test results and preparing sections of research reports.
Serve as instructor pilot and/or flight examiner on initial checkout flights, standardization check flights, and instrument check flights for those required to maintain proficiency.
Perform functional check flights following aircraft maintenance and modifications.
Provide world-wide, deployed support to Earth Science / Airborne Science missions; provide real-time aircraft support to manned / unmanned space flight missions.
Investigate critical flight regimes created by structural modifications to the aircraft to accommodate science new piloting techniques to compensate for abnormal flight characteristics created by structural changes to the aircraft.
Work directly with the principal investigators, project scientists, flight test engineers and balances derived specific project requirements with aircraft/ UAS operational capabilities and risk analysis.
Research and analyze problems, issues, or project requirements. Provide expert analysis and advice on complex program issues and project activities.
Collect relevant information from many varied sources, some of which are difficult to access. Devise operational support plans and schedules.
Make authoritative recommendations. Plan, oversee, and accomplish special projects. Conceive and implement new initiatives to strengthen, facilitate, and integrate projects.
Undertake or participate in special projects, ongoing analysis, investigations and initiatives that have high priority for high level management.
Oversee aircraft operations at the Wallops Flight Facility Airfield.
25% or less - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties
Job family (Series)
0861 Aerospace Engineering
Conditions of Employment
A one-year probationary period may be required
Drug designated position subject to pre-employment and random drug testing.
This position requires the incumbent have the following current License and/or Certification: FAA, ATP or a pilot and instrument rating from the armed services.
This position requires the incumbent to have successfully completed a Class 1 Flight Physical.
Successful completion of a security investigation will be required
Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement
In addition to the Basic Education Requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-13), which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.
To qualify for the GS-14:
One year of specialized experience is defined as experience piloting aircraft in a military or commercial flight operations program; experience conducting aircraft modification and/or aircraft performance evaluation activities; experience in aircraft and / or airfield operations management.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS AT ALL GRADE LEVELS:
Minimum eligibility requirements:
You must state all required qualifications below in your resume to be considered, if the requirements for this position cannot not be determined based on the information in your resume you will be disqualified:
Minimum eligibility requirements are based on possession of the appropriate Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), ATP pilot certificates and/or appropriate military ratings, meeting the applicable flight hour requirements, and possession of the knowledge and skills required for the positions.
Resume must show flight experience in the following listed items below to include documentation to show possession of the knowledge and skills required for the work by meeting certain minimum flight hour requirements in manned aircraft, including recency of flight experience as follows:
1. 1500 hours of Total Flight Time
2. 250 hours Pilot-In-Command
3. 75 hours of Night Flying
4. 100 hours Flying Time within the last 12 months
FLYING TIME IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS - Up to one-half of the flight hours may be waived provided the individual's total background reflects the ability to perform the duties of the position safely. For positions flying both helicopters and airplanes, at least one-fourth of the total hours must be in either category of aircraft.
NOTE*** Candidates establishing eligibility based on military flight experience must provide official orders, forms, or logbooks showing their status as a rated military pilot when requested.
At the time of initial appointment, candidates for all pilot positions must possess a current first class medical certificate in accordance with FAA regulations or NASA equivalent.
All applicants are encouraged to apply a Human Resources Specialist will review to determine if qualifications are met.
In order to qualify for this position you must meet Basic Education Requirement
Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree with a major in either a) engineering from a college or university that has ABET accredited engineering programs or b) Physical Science, Mathematics, Life Science, Computer Science*, Other fields of science.
- 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.
Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position.
When there is a positive education requirement, or you are using education to qualify as a substitution for experience, official transcripts may be required at the time of selection to verify that you meet the educational requirement or substitution.
All degree(s) must have been awarded from colleges or universities that are accredited by recognized accrediting organizations. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, go to http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. Engineering degrees must have been awarded from a college or university school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). To find out if a degree meets this requirement, go to http://www.abet.org.
All degrees must have been received in the year of, or any year subsequent to the original date of accreditation.
If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements; ABET accreditation will apply to engineering degrees. Applicants must show 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:
Applicants MUST list the following REQUIRED information on submitted resume to assist with determining if the basic education requirements for this position have been met. If the required information is not provided you will be disqualified from consideration:
- College/University Name
- Degree/Level Attained
- Completion date
- GPA (optional)
The accreditation, type of degree, and course work taken will determine if the basic education requirement is met.
If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must:
Indicate your 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.
Be well qualified for this position to receive consideration. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for NASA's definition of well qualified.
Be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP if you are selected for the position. This includes copies of your agency notice, most recent Performance Rating and most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) noting current position, grade level, and duty location.
This position is announced under Direct Hire authority. Recruitment for this position will follow guidelines established by the Office of Personnel Management for use of Direct Hire authority.
As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.
You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
At NASA each organization is free to establish telework procedures that are compatible with mission requirements, while offering employees some options for work/life balance. Specific telework request will need to be approved by the immediate supervisor.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
This position is announced under Direct Hire authority. A Human Resources Specialist will review your resume to determine if you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements as listed in 'Requirements'.
CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be assessed using NASA STARS, an automated system 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 point 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.
For the purpose of the CTAP and ICTAP, candidates rated in the top quality (90 pt.) category are considered well-qualified.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
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 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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