Computer engineer, ast-software systems

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
This announcement is open to all qualified U.S. citizens. 4-Year Term Appointment ANNOUNCEMENT AMENDED TO ADD INFORMATION IN THE "OTHER INFORMATION" SECTION.
NASA, the world''s leader in space and aeronautics is always seeking outstanding scientists, engineers, and other talented professionals to carry forward the great discovery process that its mission demands. Creativity. Ambition. Teamwork. A sense of daring. And a probing mind. That''s what it takes to join NASA, one of the best places to work in the Federal Government.
This position serves as a Computer Engineer in the Flight Software Systems Branch (FSSB), within the Engineering Directorate. The branch provides the design, development, integration, test, and the delivery of software systems (both flight and ground) for advanced space systems, atmospheric flight vehicles, science instruments, and ground support systems. Responsibilities include involvement in activities in all phases of the project software life cycle.
This work involves participation in a multidisciplinary research team to develop, implement, integrate, and test advanced technologies and new concepts for tele-operated and autonomous robotic software systems, and autonomous and hybrid (autonomous/conventional) software systems, for manned and unmanned vehicle applications for earth-based and space-based flight environments. Methods include aspects of machine learning, robotics, statistics and knowledge-based interpretation.
This is a Term appointment not to exceed 4 years and may be extended beyond the initial appointment date, for a period not to exceed a total of 6 years. Under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004, individuals appointed under this announcement may be converted to permanent appointment, either non-competitively or through internal agency competitive procedures.
Vacancy may be filled at the GS-12 or GS-13 level. If selected at the GS-12 level, the employee may be non-competitively promoted when qualified and recommended by management. The full performance level of this position is to the GS-13.
Position subject to pre-employment background investigation Occasional travel may be required Applicants must possess at least a Bachelor''s Degree Relocation expenses will NOT be authorized under this announcement A one-year trial period may be required. Full Time As a Computer Engineer, the incumbent develops and reviews software requirements and operational concepts, system interfaces, and schedule and resource estimates. Uses knowledge and experience in software engineering, software architecture and design methods, computer languages and operating systems, computer systems and sensors, and application of software engineering tools and COTS software in the development of software systems.
Specialized knowledge in areas critical to machine learning for autonomous systems is desired. Other areas of knowledge such as human-machine interaction, computer vision and image processing techniques, and robust decision making under uncertainty in an aerospace context is helpful.
Designs and develops a wide range of advanced aerospace data, software and/or hardware systems that span a broad spectrum of engineering functions, and support various branch operations and missions of significant impact in areas where data is unknown. Manages, plans and leads system design, development, fabrication, testing and simulation, delivery, and integration. Monitors compliance with overall performance specifications, as dictated by project objectives. Serves as a Branch consultant on special projects, feasibility studies, or committees. Reviews and evaluates progress, quality and quantity of work performed.
Required college majors for applicants qualifying on the basis of undergraduate or graduate education only:
Computer Engineering. Other majors will qualify if the major includes or is supplemented as follows: a. Computer Science and Pure Mathematics are fully qualifying for Data Analysis, Modeling and Theoretical Simulation Techniques positions without further course requirements. For Data Systems, Hardware Systems and Software Systems positions, Computer Science and Pure Mathematics are qualifying if the major includes or is supplemented by 12 semester hours (or the equivalent) in appropriate Physical Science or Engineering courses and includes or is supplemented by at least two courses shown under "b.2." b. Applied Mathematics is qualifying if includes or is supplemented by at least two of the following courses: 1. For Data Analysis, Modeling and Theoretical Simulation Techniques: numerical methods (or numerical analysis); linear algebra, theory of equations, differential equations, mathematical statistics (if six semester hour course), operating systems, theory of computation, computer networks, programming languages, data structures, data base management, computer graphics, compiler construction, computer architecture, software engineering. 2. For Data Systems, Hardware Systems and Software Systems: electronics, electrical networks, solid-state physics (for transistors, tapes, etc.), optics (for simulation), electricity and magnetism, computer organization, logic design, control systems, communication theory. c. Other appropriate physical science and engineering majors are qualifying if the major includes or is supplemented by six semester hours (or the equivalent) in Mathematics beyond Basic Calculus and includes or is supplemented by at least two courses shown above under "b."
U.S. citizenship is required. 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. Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above. Specialized experience includes but not limited to:
GS-12: Specialized experience is applying a wide range of software engineering concepts, principles, and methods to varied and complex problems, projects, or studies. Must have experience in designing, developing, testing, or operating software systems for use in flight and ground data systems.
GS-13: In addition to the above, specialized experience in multi-disciplinary research program objectives and physical sciences research techniques to predict future requirements for IT capabilities. Experience in the design and configuration of large-scale computer and software systems and their software operating systems. This vacancy is being filled through NASA STARS, an automated Staffing and Recruitment System. NASA partners with USAJOBS in providing a seamless application process. Please read the vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. 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 the equivalent of approximately SIX typed pages, or approximately 22,000 characters including spaces. You will NOT be allowed to complete the application process if your resume is too long or if your resume was uploaded to USAJobs from a second source. Additionally, NASA does not accept documents attached through USAJobs'' document attachment feature.
Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be asked to complete a short series of additional 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.
You may edit a previously-submitted application, if the announcement is still open. For more information, see the Applicant Guide.
If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume and supplemental questions to: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), 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 resumes requirements are provided at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements.
If you are a first time applicant, we recommend that you review NASA''s Applicant Guide to ensure that you are providing a complete resume. Failure to submit the supplemental data and a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration for positions in which you are interested.
All applications must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement. 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. 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. 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.
U.S. citizenship is required. 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.
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.
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 a NASA web site. 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.
The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

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