COMPUTER SCIENTIST or COMPUTER ENGINEER
Department of the Air Force - Texas

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The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win …in air, space and cyberspace. To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power . That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do .

IF APPLICABLE : Military service member's "Statement of Service" will be accepted up to 120 days prior to separation date IF a terminal leave form or DD214 cannot be provided. The "Statement of Service" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin, your rank, dates of active duty service, the Type of Discharge and Character of Service (i.e. honorable).

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship Required

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid

Pre-employment and random drug-testing position

This is a critical-sensitive position

DUTIES:
This is a GG-13 position in the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). The GG-13 duties for the "Professional" work category are at the "Full Performance" work level and are equivalent to those at the GS-13 level. The selectee's salary will be set within the grade equivalent to a GS/GG grade based on the selectee's qualifications in relation to the job.

***Salary Ranges shown do not include locality***

This position is located at AF LIFE CYCLE MGT CTR, JBSA LACKLAND AFB TX

This is an interdisciplinary position (or inter-occupational position) and may be filled as any of the following:

GG-1550-13, Computer Scientist

GG-0854-13, Computer Engineer

MAJOR DUTIES: COMPUTER SCIENTIST or COMPUTER ENGINEER

  • Responsible for accomplishing duties inherent to the development and sustainment of cryptologic information systems, INFOSEC systems and high assurance system; in most instances, the development and sustainment processes will require the incumbent to lead a team of computer engineers, computer scientists and or computer programmers
  • Assists the customer in developing requirements; review the customer’s operational requirements in the areas of information security (INFOSEC), communications security (COMSEC) and information warfare (IW), then translate them into system requirements which can later be used by a developer to derive specifications
  • Analyzes software requirements from the customer, assesses the criticality, the level of effort, security implications, and technical feasibility of these customers requirements; based upon these assessments, provides findings to the customer for validation
  • Designs and implements validated customer requirements and designs solutions to meet validated requirements; includes validating designs, coding, prototyping, documenting and unit testing
  • Provides technical directions/consultation to work team members and other software experts either during the sustainment phase or acquisition phase; minimum technical areas which the incumbent must be able to provide directions and consultation are: Computer security, data communication protocols, software life cycle support, and current state of the art in computer science such as software metrics, code validation, etc
  • Trains or assists in training team members; training involvement will be a combination of conducting the training, preparing the training material, preparing the training plan or locating the training source
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel Systems (DCIPS) position implemented under Section 504, Title V of Public Law 99-569, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1987, as codified in Sec 1601, Chap 83 of Title 10 United States Code which sets forth Air Force policies and procedures for DCIPS. This position is in the Excepted Service.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS for GG-1550-13, Computer Scientist: Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS for GG-0854-13, Computer Engineer: P rofessional engineering degree. The curriculum must be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum or include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. OR C ombination of experience and education that is college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: (1) Professional registration; current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico, (2) Written test; evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico, (3) Specified academic courses; successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included courses specified in the basic requirements or (4) Related curriculum; successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

AND IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE BASIC REQUIREMENT, APPLICANTS MUST ALSO POSSESS THE FOLLOWING.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:
Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, the specialized experience must have been at the GG-12 grade level or equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service. The employing agency is responsible for defining the specialized experience based on the requirements of the position being filled. Examples of creditable experience may include : Experience in software development process; as requirements mandate the system assigned be re-engineered and/or re-designed. Software sustainment process; rapid prototyping and incremental development, requirements analysis, design, quality, configuration management and testing. Acquisition policies; provides assistance to IPTs to transition a system in various stages of completeness.

OR

To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link:

http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-prof.asp

AND

Click on the following link to view occupational requirements for this position:

http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/iors/gs1500/1550.asp

http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs0800/0800.htm

NOTE: This position has a positive education requirement. If transcripts are not

provided, your resume MUST list the appropriate academic field (e.g. biology, mechanical engineering, economics, sociology, etc.) and all courses you have taken (including those failed), which appear to satisfy the qualification

requirements of the position for which you are applying. List graduate and

undergraduate courses separately. Include the descriptive title and course

code, completion date, grade, number of semester, quarter or classroom hours

(for education completed at business, secretarial, technical school or military schools) and graduate and undergraduate classes.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

1. Knowledge of software engineering, applications programming, system test and evaluation, operating systems such as Unix, database design network modeling and simulation, and computer security models is required.

2. Knowledge of the software development process; knowledge will be required when working with developers during the development phase and when customer requirements mandate the system assigned be re-engineered and/or re-designed.

3. Knowledge and understanding of software development to be able to analyze various software development approaches.

4. Knowledge of the software sustainment process ( rapid prototyping and incremental development, requirements analysis, design, quality, configuration management and testing).

5. Knowledge of acquisition policies; understanding of DoD computer communication systems acquisition standards and handbooks addressing Mission-Critical Computer Resources Software Support, Software Development Documentation, Defense System Software Quality, Configuration Management, Systems Engineering, Specification Practices, and Technical Reviews and Audits.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE : Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT :
1. Must be able to acquire and retain a Top Secret (TS) clearance with Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access in order to fully perform the duties and responsibilities of this position.

2. Must understand the theoretical and practical foundations of computer science, including computer software, computer hardware, communication networks, communication protocols, and computer security principles.

3. At least 3 years professional experience as a fully functional computer, electronics, communications engineer or computer scientist is desired. The incumbent must have extensive experience in configuration management, software engineering, hardware engineering, computer systems engineering, communications engineering or software development.

4. An understanding of high assurance systems and validation methodologies is desired.

5. May be required to perform frequent TDY travel both CONUS and OCONUS, and may be required to travel by military or commercial aircraft in the performance of these TDY duties.

6. This position is Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering (SPRDE), Level II and incumbent must meet appropriate certification requirements IAW the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) no later than 24 month after accepting this position if hired as 0854 series.

7. This position is Information Technology, Level II and incumbent must meet appropriate certification requirements IAW the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) no later than 24 months after accepting this position if hired as 1550 series.

8. This position is designated as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Air Force Civilian Drug Testing Program.

Your latest resume will be used to determine your qualifications.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
To determine if you are qualified for this position, your resume will be reviewed and compared to your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Applicants, who disqualify themselves, will not be evaluated further.

BENEFITS:
Benefits of Working for the Federal Government - Click here for an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

OTHER INFORMATION:
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. For additional information, click here .

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants) : Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.

Incentives : Recruitment and/or retention incentives may or may not be used.

90-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 90-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 90 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.

DIRECT DEPOSIT : All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

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The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win...in air, space and cyberspace. To achieve that mission, the Air Force...