Aerospace Engineer (AST, Fluid Mechanics)
US National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Edwards AFB, CA
Duties
Summary
Clarification for Education Requirements.

The Aerodynamics and Propulsion Branch at Armstrong Flight Research Center is currently seeking interested applicants with expertise and experience in fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, and aeroacoustics, including atmospheric flight test involving aircraft noise.

Responsibilities
Participates in Working Groups at the agency level in the development of comprehensive systems, engineering guidelines, and directives in areas such as fluid and flight mechanics, aerodynamics, and aircraft acoustics.
Conducts and coordinates theoretical and experimental investigations into fluid dynamic, aerodynamic, and acoustic problems applicable to aerospace systems and vehicles. See Responsibility Number 3 for an inclusive but not exhaustive list of focuses.
Includes external aircraft noise and sonic booms, the investigation of the fundamental phenomena of noise generation, the transmission of noise through gases, liquids, and structures, and the effects of noise on personnel, structures, and communities
Establishes test methods and data acquisition to ensure consistent results and to permit a continuous evaluation and improvement of techniques, including acoustical measurement techniques.
Serves as a technical expert in fluid and flight mechanics, aerodynamics, and aircraft acoustics, and consults with other government agencies, the industry, and academia.
Applies expert knowledge of professional aerospace engineering and scientific concepts, methods and procedures to analyze and define the requirements of multi-phase projects.
Participates in the development of requirements with customers, analyzes, design criteria, cost estimates, validates requirements, schedules, & feasibility of projects such as fluid and flight mechanics, aerodynamics, & aircraft acoustics.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Job family (Series)
0861 Aerospace Engineering

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Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
A one-year probationary period may be required
Applicants must possess at least a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent
Occasional travel may be required
Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement
This is a drug-testing designated position
Position subject to a pre-employment drug test
Successful completion of a security investigation will be required
Qualifications
In addition to the Basic Education Requirement, Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

Specialized Experience is defined for GS-12 as demonstrated by applying aeroacoustics and fluid mechanics expertise to predictive analysis of aircraft noise generation and propagation. Applies aeroacoustics and fluid mechanics expertise to analysis of aircraft noise from flight and/or ground experiments/tests. Provides guidance on planning and execution of experiments involving measurement of aircraft noise and sonic booms, the investigation of the fundamental phenomena of noise generation, the transmission of noise through gases, liquids, and complex structures, and the effects of noise on personnel, structures, and communities. Has knowledge of measurement technologies for aircraft noise.

For GS-13: Applies significant aeroacoustics and fluid mechanics expertise to predictive analysis of aircraft noise generation and propagation. Applies significant aeroacoustics and fluid mechanics expertise to analysis of aircraft noise from flight and/or ground experiments/tests. Provides expert guidance on planning and execution of experiments involving measurement of aircraft noise and sonic booms, the investigation of the fundamental phenomena of noise generation, the transmission of noise through gases, liquids, and complex structures, and the effects of noise on personnel, structures, and communities. Has expert knowledge of measurement technologies for aircraft noise.

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
As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.

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.

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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

Drug test required
Yes

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.

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.

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
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