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Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
Closing date
Oct 11, 2023

  • Serves as an engineer/scientist in the positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) capability specialty area with a focus on frequency and timing.
  • Serves as a team member with responsibility for a portion of the team projects.
  • Prepares development and test plans defining requirements, objectives to be obtained and standards of performance.
  • Prepares contract documentation defining requirements, objectives to be obtained and standards of performance.
  • Establishes and monitors the scientific and development initiatives for projects assigned which include exploratory, advanced, or full-scale development programs of timing technologies.
  • Perform software application development and software systems engineering and integration.
  • Design, analysis, and test of digital, analog, and complex electronics and electronic circuit designs.
  • Lead efforts to test complex systems including developing and executing test plans in lab and/or field-testing events.
  • Develop electronic designs electronic assemblies to interface with and support systems development. Develop new or improve techniques, processes, and equipment related to timing systems.
  • Conduct testing, characterization and evaluation of components and systems to verify quality, functionality and performance of designed products, validating collected test data against program requirements and provide feedback.
  • Conducts studies and analyses to determine the feasibility of various advanced engineering approaches for future programs or to resolve major controversial problems in current programs.
  • Conducts studies on the feasibility of developing new products and/or theories pertaining to new applications of existing products. Guides and evaluates the design and development activities of personnel in achieving new products.
  • Applies a wide range of engineering and scientific principles and theories to project performance and operating characteristics. Explores and evaluates proposals that satisfy program and mission objectives.
  • Reviews and assesses the overall progress of the development efforts to resolve technical difficulties.
  • Represents the organization or agency in high-level conferences and meetings, communicating verbally and in writing to explain and interpret policies and requirements, and in negotiating important issues.
  • Conducts and prepares briefings to a wide range of internal and external leaders as well as customers to convey the needed scope of the project, technically and programmatically.
  • Conducts hands on demos in the lab as required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • TDY up to 25%
  • Three-year probationary period may be required under the demonstration project for the Engineers and Scientists Occupational Family unless the appointee has previously met the requirements as described in 5 CFR Part 315.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • This is an Army Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Workforce position. Selecteemust meet position requirements for Engineering and Technical Management certification within 60months as of entrance on duty.
  • This position requires the incumbent be able to obtain and maintain a determination of eligibility for a Secret security clearance or access for the duration of employment. A background investigation and credit check are required.
  • This is a Term position scheduled to last 6 years. A term position may be extended to a maximum of six years depending upon the needs of management.


Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experence requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document .

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade or band is required. It is defined as one year of specialized experience equivalent to the DB-02 pay band (GS-11 equivalent grade level or higher) in the Federal Service which includes: 1) Providing technical engineering guidance to customers, subordinates, or peers; 2) Experience planning/directing programs or projects; 3) Analyzing engineering/scientific data for use in program/project improvement and/or troubleshooting; and 4) Technical design and development and/or technical support to customers in the positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) or radio frequency (RF) communications domains (examples include but are not inclusive: design, development, integration, characterization and testing of antennas, sensors, software, and/or systems, and/or generating customer project proposals, scheduling, executing, and providing oversight to rendering of services such as system/sensor design, development, analysis, testing and reporting.

Basic Requirement for Engineer:
A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (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.


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:
1. 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.
2. 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, or Puerto Rico.
3. 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 A above. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program.
4. 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 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.


Basic Requirement for Computer Scientist:
Degree: 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.

This position has a positive education requirement and requires proof of education for eligibility. If the selectee is not already in the 0800 or 1500 series transcripts MUST be submitted prior to the action becoming effective. Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website:
    • 0800 series: all-prfessional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf (
    • 1500 series: Computer Science Series 1550 (


FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Additional information

    This announcement uses the STRL direct hire authority to recruit and appoint qualified candidates to certain positions in the competitive service.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Three-year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
  • This is a(n) 16 - Engineering and Scientists Career Field position.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.

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