Research AST, Structural Materials, Research Materials Engineer
National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Hampton, VA

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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 involves engineering development, evaluation, selection, and application of advanced structural materials to aerospace systems such as aircraft and spacecraft structures and their power and propulsion systems.

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    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
  • This is a drug-testing designated position
  • Position subject to a pre-employment drug test

DUTIES: This is a research position engaged in professional scientific and engineering work which is systematic, critical, intensive investigation directed toward discovering, disseminating, and applying new or expanded knowledge in the materials discipline. Conducts empirical and theoretical investigations in nanocomposite design, processing and fabrication research studies that resolve critical problems that have previously prevented the advancement of net shape fabrication of multifunctional components using emerging nanomaterial systems. Plans, directs and coordinates research intended to ultimately advance existing nanocomposite fabrication technology.

The incumbent will originate and establish innovative methods to use emerging materials systems such as nanotubes and nanosheets in the design and fabrication of multifunctional aerospace structures. Scope of the work will include materials design, materials processing, materials characterization, fabrication technology, performance evaluation and integration of advanced structural components in aerospace systems. Develops original concepts in advanced technologies or equipment, new experimental techniques, special diagnostic equipment and novel processing and analytical procedures. Identifies alternative approaches or optimizes systems to develop the most cost effective technical solutions.

Serve as an expert in net shape fabrication of multifunctional structures for aerospace applications produced from nanomaterials.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: 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.

Demonstrated specialized experience in the processing of aerospace engineering polymers and composites, specifically composites fabricated with carbon based nanofillers such as carbon nanotubes and graphene sheets; the design and development of fused deposition modeling equipment to fabricate multifunctional material systems and components produced thereof for aerospace applications; knowledge to develop analytical models for nanocomposite fabrication and modeling; and knowledge in the characterization of multifunctional materials and systems produced from nanomaterial systems for aerospace applications.

Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in engineering, physical science, mathematics, life sciences, computer science, or other field of science. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position.

U.S. citizenship is required.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: 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.

BENEFITS: NASA offers excellent benefit programs and competitive salaries. To learn more about pay and benefits at NASA, click HERE .

OTHER 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.

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.

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Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

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