Electronics Engineer, AST, Electronic Instrumentation Systems

Washington D.C.
Aug 09, 2017
Aug 25, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The Applied Engineering & Technology Directorate (AETD), Mission Engineering & Systems Analysis Division, Components & Hardware Systems Branch (Code 596) is seeking an Electronics Engineer serve as a Senior Components and Hardware Systems Engineering Expert with an emphasis on RF, microwave, and millimeter wave engineering.

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  • Applicants must possess at least a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • In addition to the Basic Education Requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-13), which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

    Specialized experience is defined as experience conceiving, designing and testing state-of-the-art spacecraft control systems and guidance sensors, their supporting ground systems, and the development of new technology GNandC components; and experience serving as a technical expert on projects or programs.

    To receive consideration, your resume MUST contain your complete degree information (i.e., type of degree-received, year degree received, and major area of study). If you have received a degree in Computer Science, you MUST list all courses you have taken which meet the education requirements as stated in the qualification requirements section as well as the semester hours awarded. You MUST include the descriptive title, course code, and number of semester/quarter hours. (i.e., CMSC-435-Software Engineering, 3 Semester hours) If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. Please note that degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.

    Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Architecture, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science*, Earth and Planetary Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics (Pure or Applied), Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Meteorology, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Oceanography, Optical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Space Science, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering or other appropriate physical science or engineering field. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position. *Note: Curriculum must include 30 semester hours of course work in a combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 must be in any combination of statistics and mathematics which includes differential and integral calculus.

    This opportunity is open to current GSFC employees currently serving on one of the following appointment types: career, career-conditional, VRA, Schedule A appointment for individuals with disabilities, or NASA term appointment that provides eligibility to convert to a career or career conditional appointment. Current NSSC Purchasing Agents formerly assigned to GSFC and NASA employees on long-term rotational assignments to the NASA Engineering and Safety Center or the NASA Safety Center may also apply.

    Not Applicable


    As an Electronics Engineer specializing in Electronic Instrumentation Systems, you will serve as a Senior Components and Hardware Systems Engineering Expert in the GNandC Components and Hardware systems Branch with an emphasis on RF, microwave, and millimeter wave engineering. The Branch provides, maintains, and manages the component test facilities for both conventional and advanced components to validate their performance while also providing and maintaining an inventory of components. Duties may also include monitoring contractors engaged in this work. You will review possible sources for component production, evaluate technical proposals and make recommendations for contractor selection to the designated selection official. Responsible for directing the detailed design, manufacturing and testing of various flight components, and must represent the project in review of these components and component systems to the appropriate review boards. Responsible for the preparation of component and system specifications for the design, fabrication, testing and integration of attitude sensors and actuators. Coordinate component related activities with in-house and out-of-house technical support.

    As a senior Components and Hardware Systems Engineering Expert, you will be primarily concerned with leading the implementation, planning, design, and development of attitude and guidance components and hardware systems for GSFC programs. This especially includes components and systems that require RF, microwave, and/or millimeter wave engineering. Provide expertise in systems that use RF engineering and build RF, microwave, and millimeter wave transmitters and receivers; provide the branch, GSFC, and NASA with GNandC component expertise through designs, mentoring, and consultation on and review of other people's work. You will serve the branch, GSFC, and NASA as a consultant on difficult GNandC component problems; will also lead the conception, design, and development of specialized test facilities for the calibration and evaluation of spacecraft GNandC components. The type of components includes, but is not limited to, earth, sun, and star, the design of navigation crosslinks, magnetometers, laser detectors, planet tracker, microprocessors/micro-controllers and others required for particular missions. As a Senior CandH Sys. Engineering Expert, you will be a technical leader in the Branch's Component technology program, including possessing and applying GNandC systems knowledge to advise the Branch management in charting the technology course of the Branch. You will perform the appropriate electrical and performance analyses of each component to ensure compliance with mission requirements. You will serve as an expert advisor to the Agency and other government personnel, as well as contractor and potential contractor personnel regarding the Customer's GNandC Component and Hardware System related engineering plans and activities; is responsible for representing GSFC as a senior expert in reviews, inter-center panel meetings and working group meetings as the GNandC Component and Hardware Systems representatives.

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