Serves as an expert on issues related to RF propagation, Electromagnetic Compatibility/Interference (EMC/EMI), and potential hazards associated with human Radio Frequency (RF) exposure. Provides technical analyses to advise and guide industry in the development of RF test procedures in support of equipment authorization compliance with significant impact on both the US market and on industry innovation for the telecommunication sector. Provides subject matter expert knowledge to support Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) management on decisions involving complex and specialized RF engineering issues that pertain to various aspects of equipment authorization for telecommunication devices. Evaluates spectrum utilization, management and co-existence for RF wireless devices involving both commercial and government operations. Assists in the preparation of official documents, such as policy statements, bulletins, contributions to the Knowledge Database (KDB) online inquiry system and KDB guidance publications. Develops and recommends novel solutions for RF testing of next-generation wireless telecommunications devices. Performs other duties as assigned.RequirementsConditions of Employment
- Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
- US Citizenship.
- May serve a one year probationary period (if applicable)
- Suitable for employment as determined by a background investigation.
- If selected, a financial disclosure statement may be required.
- Current/former federal employees must provide SF-50 verifying grade/status
- Current FCC employees must provide SF-50 verifying grade & status.
- Education-Transcripts Required
Please note your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the vacancy questions. Your resume is an integral part of the process for determining if you meet the basic qualifications of the position and determining if you are to be among the best qualified.ALL CURRENT/FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AND CURRENT FCC EMPLOYEES MUST provide a legible Personnel Action, SF-50, that verifies your status and highest permanently held grade. If an SF-50 is not submitted, the application will be rated as ineligible. CURRENT FCC EMPLOYEES-To request a copy of your SF-50 please send an email to PersonnelRecordsRequest@fcc.gov Qualifications
Applicants must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Current Federal employees asking to be considered under Merit Promotion procedures
must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Candidates must meet all of the specialized experience requirements outlined below in order to be deemed as qualified. Specialized Experience
Specialized experience for the GS-13: For this position, applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service performing the following tasks:
- Performing engineering analysis and studies for evaluation of telecommunications devices in compliance with the FCC's EMC and RF exposure rules.
- Performing technical evaluation of telecommunications technologies in radio frequency propagation, spectrum engineering and RF exposure.
- Conducting engineering studies on EMC and RF Exposure related technologies.
- Researching various information sources to obtain data on radio frequency technologies, practices, problems, and developments.
Specialized experience for the GS-14: For this position, applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service performing the following tasks:
- Performing complex engineering analysis and studies for evaluation of telecommunications devices in compliance with the FCC's EMC and RF exposure rules.
- Providing expert advice on issues related to telecommunications technologies in radio frequency propagation, spectrum engineering and RF exposure.
- Developing technical publications on EMC and RF exposure to provide industry with guidance and measurement procedures related to equipment authorization of RF devices.
- Conducting complex engineering studies on EMC and RF Exposure related technologies.
- Interpreting and applying technical and policy judgments contained in government rules and regulations, industry standards, and international agreements regarding RF equipment and services.
You will be evaluated for this position on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs):
- Knowledge of RF and telecommunication engineering, with particular emphasis on electromagnetic field fundamentals and propagation, EMC laboratory measurements and instrumentation, antenna design and performance evaluation, human RF exposure analysis and measurement techniques, dynamic spectrum management procedures.
- Knowledge of EMC laboratory testing and RF computational/analytical techniques.
- Knowledge of wireless systems EMC measurement techniques and Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) for human RF exposure compliance of RF devices.
- Ability to prepare test reports and technical literature which involve interpretation of studies and experimental results related to assessing compliance to FCC rules.
- Ability to effectively and concisely communicate technical matters, both orally and in writing, to audiences with different backgrounds.
PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: 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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.Education
Degree Professional Engineering. To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link:
If you are qualifying based on positive education, please provide a copy of your college transcript. The transcript may be unofficial or photocopy at time of application, but MUST provide the original if selected.
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to receive credit towards qualifications. Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html
All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment.Additional information
EEO Policy Statement
Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement
Legal and Regulatory Guidance Other:
- Before hiring, an agency will ask you to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. The agency will also ask you to sign and certify the accuracy of all the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be fined or jailed. If you are a male over age 18 who was born after December 31, 1959, you must have registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) to be eligible for a Federal job.
- If applicable, you will be required to serve a trial period of one year.
- In order for you to be employed at the FCC, there are certain Commission and Federal laws governing the financial interests of you and members of your immediate family. If selected for the position, you must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position.
*NOTE-This position is in the bargaining unit. The exclusive representative is NTEU Chapter 209.