Technical Fellow, Loads and Dynamics
The NASA Technical Fellows Program was established to recognize technical excellence and technical leadership in the Agency. NASA Technical Fellows are members of the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) and provide Agency-wide leadership for their respective disciplines in support of the Office of the Chief Engineer (OCE).
Duty location may be at any one of the 10 NASA Centers listed in the "Other Information" section below.
Final duty assignment will be made at the discretion of the selecting official.
This is a permanent position assigned to the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC), however, the selectee receives a temporary promotion/appointment and serves for a period of 2 to 5 years. Upon conclusion of the temporary promotion, the selectee will then return to an appropriate position at the parent or other NASA Center at a grade level no lower than the grade previously held. This temporary promotion or term appointment may be converted to a permanent appointment without further competition.
Please refer to the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section for additional application instructions.
Candidates must possess expert knowledge and at least 3 years of specialized experience in a wide range of structural analysis sub-disciplines. These disciplines include the fields of static structural analysis and dynamic structural analysis and loads. At least 1 year of this experience must have been in planning and executing difficult programs of national significance or planning and executing specialized programs that show outstanding attainments in the field of research or consultation. At least 1 year of the specialized experience must be at least equivalent to experience at the GS-15 level.
Candidates must possess an engineering degree, preferably an advanced degree from an accredited engineering curriculum at an accredited college or university in a closely related engineering discipline.
U.S. citizenship is required.
The NASA Technical Fellows (TF) Program was established to recognize technical excellence and technical leadership in the Agency. Technical Fellows are members of the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) and provide Agency-wide leadership for their respective disciplines in support of the Office of the Chief Engineer (OCE). The TF is a role model for junior engineers and provides capability leadership and stewardship of his/her respective discipline for the Agency.
The Loads and Dynamics Technical Fellow provides expertise in a wide range of structural analysis sub-disciplines. These disciplines include the fields of static structural analysis (includes all aspects of strength and stiffness analysis, including, but not limited to, linear and non-linear structural behavior, integrated thermal mechanical structural analysis, optomechanical analysis, tribology and nonlinear contacts mechanics, joint analysis (adhesive and mechanical), analytical determination of stress intensity factors, calculations for factor and margin of safety, and review of hardware models, and development of independent models as necessary with emphasis on assumptions and boundary conditions) and dynamic structural analysis and loads (analytical tasks and dynamic simulations may address, but are not limited to, vibroacoustic (random vibration and acoustic), model analysis, coupled loads, frequency analysis, vibration isolation and suppression, shock, aeroelastic effects (deformation, divergence, flutter), dynamic simulation and predictions for proximity and system operations, such as separation, docking, and deployment, and review of hardware models, and development of independent models as necessary with emphasis on assumptions and boundary conditions). The Technical Fellow will also be involved in model correlation and failure prediction efforts associated with structural testing (as it relates to model correlation; stress/strain, load and thermoelastic strain development; failure modes and resulting margin of safety for the element in the test).
The incumbent serves as the senior technical expert in the discipline in support of the Office of the Chief Engineer and the NESC. Provides the technical leadership of the NESC technical resources in order to perform independent technical reviews and is a national/international expert in the discipline. The incumbent is responsible for establishing a Technical Discipline Team (TDT) that will consist of the Agency's best experts in the particular discipline, augmented by industry, national laboratories, university and Department of Defense experts as required. While the incumbent reports full-time to the Director, NESC, the remaining TDT resources are matrixed through formal task agreements with each NASA Center, and/or contracted through support services contracts held by the NESC. These TDTs will be called into action depending on the skills required for a particular independent technical assessment. If an independent assessment involves a single discipline, the incumbent will lead the assessment. The incumbent will act as a capability leader for his/her discipline and maintain a Capability Leadership Team (CLT) with members drawn from the Centers. The incumbent will meet periodically with the CLT to assess the health and strategic direction of the discipline, provide input and guidance to the Centers for decisions that impact the discipline, and periodically report the state of his or her discipline to the leadership of the Agency.
The incumbent will periodically report the state of his or her discipline to the leadership of the Agency. The incumbent will assemble a living catalogue of critical skills and facilities available for their discipline. The incumbent ensures that consistency is maintained with creation and maintenance of Agency-level standards and specifications, including "core" standards. The incumbent ensures lessons learned are identified and incorporated into the standards process. In addition, the incumbent is available to disposition major and/or complex waivers and deviations in his/her discipline. The incumbent serves as a voting member of the NESC Review Board.