Washington D.C.
Jul 10, 2017
Jul 18, 2017
Full Time

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THIS IS AN EXPEDITED HIRING AUTHORITY ANNOUNCEMENT. Subsection 1705(h) of title 10, United States Code (U.S.C.), as amended by Section 831 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (NDAA 2010), provides that the Secretary of Defense may designate any category of acquisition positions within the Department of Defense as positions for which there exists a shortage of candidates or there is a critical hiring need to recruit and appoint qualified persons directly to positions so designated. This announcement is open to accept resumes from candidates interested in helping the Department of the Navy meet our mission requirements for the acquisition of systems, equipment and facilities.

This position is located in the Weapons Systems Safety Directorate, Combat Systems Branch of Naval Ordnance Safety and Security Activity (NOSSA). You will serve as an expert and project leader in state-of-the-art weapon systems software safety and its application to weapon systems development, acquisition and/or application of theories, principles, pratical concepts, processes, and methods related to weapon systems and software safety. This is an Interdisciplinary position and may be filled with the following titles & series:

·         General Engineer (0801)

·         Computer Engineer (0854)

·         Physical Scientist (1301)

·         Mathematician (1520)

·         Computer Scientist (1550)

This position is in the Acquisition Demonstration project, salary range shown is equivalent to the GS-14 and GS-15.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel is dependent upon position description and availability of funding.

  • Yes
  • Relocation incentives as described in 5 USC 5753 may be authorized in accordance with applicable command policy and available command funding.

  • You must be a US Citizen.
  • Males must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.
  • Selectee must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Selectee may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
  • Selectee is required to participate in the direct deposit pay program.
  • See Other Information section for additional requirements.
  • In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience.

    Applicants must meet the following positive education qualifications requirements of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Standards Manual:


    Have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a professional engineering degree. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) 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 (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.-OR- Have a 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 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: (a) Professional registration; (b) evidence of having passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination; (c) Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified above; or (d) 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.

    BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT FOR General Physical Science Series, 1301

    Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics. -OR- Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT FOR Mathematics Series, 1520

    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. The total course work in either must have included differential and integral calculus and, in addition, four advanced mathematics courses requiring calculus or equivalent mathematics courses as a prerequisite.

    BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT FOR Computer Science Series, 1550

    Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science.

    In addition to the Basic Education Requirement, your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower pay band grade (NH-03) or in another pay system at the GS-13 grade level or equivalent in the Federal service or in the private or public sector. Specialized experience must demonstrate the following: As a professional engineer, scientist or mathematician managing the development of system networks (i.e. weapons, combat, fire control, shipboard architectures, or weapons subsystems) to improve operational performance. 

    Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management web site: Professional and Scientific Positions:

    This position is covered under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) and requires additional education, training and experience. This position has been identified as Engineering at Level III.  If you possess DAWIA Certification, please indicate your Certification Level and Career Field information in your resume.  Applicants not certified may still apply and be selected, but must achieve certification within 24 months of appointment.  Certification requirements may be viewed at

    You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

    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.

    As part of the application process, you must complete and submit an occupational questionnaire. To preview this questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the required skills for this position, click the following link: View Assessment Questions

    Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating and/or appointment eligibility.

    For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you must submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume. See OPM's General Policies for information on crediting education.

    Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying for further information, visit:

    All qualifications and requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement and clearly documented in your resume.

    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.

    Must be able to obtain an interim and/or final (e.g., confidential/secret/top secret, etc.) security clearance prior to entrance on duty AND must be able to maintain the required level of clearance while employed in the subject position.  Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal.

    Successful completion of a pre-employment drug test is required. A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the applicant fails to report to the scheduled drug test appointment. Incumbents of drug testing designated positions will be subject to random testing. Drug test results will be provided to the employing activity/command.

    Recruitment incentives may or may not be authorized

    Active duty military members MAY apply under this announcement. If selected, appointment eligibility requirements must be met prior to the effective date of appointment.

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    Duties for this position may include but are not limited to:

    ·   Identifying, developing, and implementing recommendations/solutions for problems, risks, and application of weapons and software systems safety engineering to systems architectures, weapon subsystems, warfare capabilities and risk assessment.

    ·   Serving as an advisor to provide scientific, technical, and professional guidance concerning unusual or critical problems affecting the application of weapons and software safety to significant and future weapons programs and warfare capabilities.

    ·   Educating and influencing technical stakeholders of future potential weapon safety impacts to the fleet from advanced warfighting capabilities, combat system advancements and security engineering impacts to safety significant functions.

    ·   Application of weapons and software safety engineering requirements as balanced within the total systems engineering process.

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