ENGINEER/SCIENTIST

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington Navy Yard, D.C
Posted
Aug 05, 2022
Closes
Aug 11, 2022
Function
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Hours
Full Time
Duties

  • You will report directly to the Science and Technology Competency Director and will manage and or engage in research and development in science and engineering.
  • You will provide authoritative technical direction on Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) in unmanned systems for a myriad of operational scenarios.
  • You will serve as the central technical point of contact for Intelligent Autonomous Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Systems (IAISR) systems.
  • You will focus on integrating autonomy, directly informing the Naval Tactical Grid, and enabling Overmatch capability of integrated manned and unmanned forces.
  • You will advance command and control (C2) for autonomous technology to continually optimize human / systems interaction, and to ensure Autonomous Technology (AT) viability.
  • You will focus on advancing and exploiting emergent communications capabilities through seawater and air-sea interfaces.
  • You will provide technical leadership and guidance to the engineering and scientific competencies at NIWC Atlantic.


Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • Must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.
  • New employees to the Department of the Navy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit e-verify.gov
  • Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Per the preliminary nationwide injunction on E.O. 14043, COVID-19 vaccinations will not be implemented or enforced. For more information on vaccine status and workplace safety protocol requirements see Additional Information below.
  • You will be required to obtain and maintain an interim and/or final security clearance prior to entrance on duty. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal.
  • FOR the 1550 Series: This position is designated as a Cyber IT/Cybersecurity Workforce position. You must obtain and maintain the credentials as described in SECNAV M-5239.2 for specialty area 901 Master level within 12 months of appointment.
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment drug test (including marijuana) is required. A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if you fail to report to the drug test appointment or fail the test. You will be subject to random testing.
  • This position may require travel from normal duty station to CONUS and OCONUS and may include remote or isolated sites. You must be able to travel on military and commercial aircraft for extended periods of time.
  • You will be required to complete ethics orientation within three months of appointment and submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-278e, within 30 days of appointment.


Qualifications

The applicant is to provide a separate narrative statement which describes fully, but concisely, how his/her experience supports each of the following Mandatory Technical Qualifications. Each technical qualification narrative should not exceed 2 pages. Failure to address these specific qualifications in a separate narrative statement will eliminate you from consideration:

1. Demonstrated knowledge gained through at least five years of significant specialized experience in, or closely related to, a specific
scientific or technical field. At least one year of this experience must have been in planning and executing difficult, highly technical
programs of national significance or planning and executing specialized programs that show outstanding advancements in research
and development in the areas of unmanned systems and sensors, autonomy, tactical data links, or resilient command and control and
communications.

2. Demonstrated technical expertise, supported by a CV documenting discovery, invention and/or engineering in the form of patents,
peer reviewed publications, conference proceedings or significant capability delivery, across the targeted scientific fields of
autonomy, tactical data links or resilient command and control and communications. Possesses technical skills honed through high
level basic and applied research, modeling and simulation, experimental development, and/or systems and software engineering
experience.

3. Ability to lead research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) in the complex fields of autonomy, tactical data links or
resilient command and control and communication systems to deliver technology that will advance capability and improve
Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), cyber or space systems in
the conduct of Naval Information Warfare (IW).

4. Ability to build and lead strategic partnerships, alliances and coalitions in a resource constrained environment. Proven experience
in providing strategic focus and vision that influenced the direction of a technical domain. Highly effective and experienced
communicator with an ability to convey ideas and issues clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, resulting in motivating
people to unified and focused action.

5. Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, including projects with elevated risk, and/or high visibility and projects with
aggressive execution timelines.

Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management website:
https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=GS-PROF
and
08XX Professional Engineering Series
1310 Physics Series
1520 Mathematics Series
1550 Computer Science Series

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.

Education

Applicants must meet the following Basic Requirements of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Standards Manual:

For 0801 Engineering Series:
A. Degree:
Engineering. Successful completion of a bachelor's or higher engineering degree from an accredited college or university. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET ; or (2) 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. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.
-or-
B. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying 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:
(I) Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions; or
(II) Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico; or
(III) Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A; or
(IV) Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all inclusive.)

OR

For 1310 Physics Series
Degree: physics; or related degree that included at least 24 semester hours in physics.
or

Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in physics totaling at least 24 semester hours, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
OR

For 1520 Mathematics Series:
Basic Requirements:
Degree: mathematics; or the equivalent of a major that included at least 24 semester hours in mathematics.

or

Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in mathematics (including at least 24 semester hours in mathematics), as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

OR

For 1550 Computer Sciences Series:
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.

An advanced degree of Master's or Ph.D. in one of the educational fields listed above is highly desirable.

Additional information

COVID VACCINATION INFORMATION: To comply with the recent preliminary nationwide injunction on Executive Order 14043, Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees, the Department of the Navy is not taking any action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. New hires will need to provide their vaccination status as well as comply with workplace safety protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

Senior Scientific Technical Manager (SSTM) positions are positions which exceed the ND-05 (GS-15) level. SSTMs provide a continuity of technical leadership and oversight that is needed to ensure long term stewardship of an organization's technical capabilities. Typically, applicants for SSTM positions are expected to have a graduate degree, significant research or development experience, and a national or international reputation in his/her field and are recognized throughout the applicable community as a renowned expert. SSTM positions are in the competitive service.

This announcement is being used to recruit qualified individuals, under the STRL Direct Hire Authority, authorized by Section 1108 of the NDAA for FY 2009 for qualified candidates possessing an advanced degree to scientific and engineering positions, and Federal Register Notice (FRN), Volume 79 Number 144, dated 28 July 2014. An advanced degree is a Master's or higher degree from an accredited college or university in a field of scientific or engineering study directly related to the duties of the position to be filled.

This announcement is also being used to recruit qualified individuals under the STRL Direct Hire Authority, authorized by Section 1107 of the NDAA for FY 2014 for qualified candidates who possess a Bachelors' degree to scientific and engineering positions.

The Rule of Three, Veteran's Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to the Direct Hire process.

This position is not covered by the Department of Defense Priority Placement Program.

Additional vacancies may be filled by this announcement.

A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

If you are unable to apply online and request information about the Alternate Application process, please see the How To Apply section of this vacancy announcement.

Certain incentives (such as Recruitment, Relocation or Student Loan Repayment) may be authorized to eligible selectees.

A relocation incentive is generally a single payment intended to offset some of the relocation costs experienced by the selectee. A relocation incentive may be authorized.

This position is eligible for part time, substantial or ad-hoc telework at the discretion of management.

Federal annuitant information: The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at: http://www.secnav.navy.mil/donhr/Documents/CivilianJobs/FedCivAnnuitants.pdf

Veteran's preference does not apply when selecting individuals under the specific hiring authority addressed in the Summary section of this announcement. However, if you claim veteran's preference, you will be required to submit supporting documentation with your application as described in the Required Documents section below.