Physical Science Student Trainee (Pathways Program)

Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Sep 19, 2017
Sep 19, 2017
Full Time
About the Position:

The US Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) is a leading Department of Defense Agency with the focus on developing new Electro-Optics and Countermine technology to support our US Army Soldier. The mission of NVESD's scientists and engineers are to advance sensors research that provide our Soldiers enhanced situational awareness in various environments.

The Science and Technology Division of US Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) operates various laboratories, testing and evaluation facilities, and highly specialized equipment to conduct applied research into new novel based material science, state-of-art infrared focal plane arrays, low light level sensors, lasers and laser components, displays/ optics, signal and image processing techniques and the research and development of counter explosive hazard detection and neutralization technologies.







Who May Apply:


Current Department of Army Pathways Interns (MUST attach SF-50 to application)



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Occasional travel - Business travel up to 10%

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • Secret security clearance may be required
  • Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

    • 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.
    • One year trial/probationary period may be required.
    • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
    • Secret security clearance may be required.
    • To be eligible for this position, individual must have been accepted for enrollment or be enrolled and seeking a degree in a qualifying educational institution on a full or half time basis.
    • Must be in good academic standing with a cumulative 2.5 grade point average.
    • Must sign a Pathways participant agreement.
    • Position may be extended or converted without further competition.

    Minimum qualifications for the GS-07: Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education; or eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision and completion of a bachelor's degree. 

    One academic year of  graduate education is the number of credit hours determined by the college, university or school to represent 1 year of full-time study.   

    You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities)in the following areas:

      Knowledge of Basic Engineering Principles
      Knowledge of Computer Systems
      Skill in Written and Oral Communication
      Knowledge of high performance low light level imaging sensors

    Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at -  and

    Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume. 

    • 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.
    • You may claim military spouse preference, see the information in the Military Spouse Preference Under Delegated Examining Procedures information sheet.
    • Applicants must comply with the Exceptional Family Member Program requirements as outlined in the DoD Instruction 1315.19 at
    • U.S. citizens overseas under ordinarily resident status are not eligible for appointment under the Status of Forces Agreement.
    • Locality pay does not apply in the overseas area.
    • On this overseas accompanied tour, medical and DoDDS special education services may not be available in the immediate location of this position.
    • In the overseas areas, access for civilian employees and their families to military medical and dental treatment facilities is on a space-available and reimbursable basis only. Medical care may be provided by host nation providers. The availability and level of care at host nation medical facilities will vary by location.
    • Movement overseas may require you to initiate a change in your health benefits plan to ensure coverage.
    • Pay retention may be offered to successful applicants for positions at overseas locations. For this provision to apply to employees already overseas, the selected individual would have to require a permanent change of station move and would have to be selected as a result of a recruitment effort that had been extended outside of the overseas command involved.
    • US Applicants contemplating employment in overseas locations are advised that any temporary absences from the US to an overseas location (for vacations, TDY, or short visits, etc.) after applying for a position while in the US will automatically alter an applicant's LQA eligibility.  Physical presence in the US from the time of application until and including the date of acceptance of the job offer is required.
    • For positions in a foreign country, that country's laws or international agreements may have a direct impact on the ability of an employee's same sex domestic partner or spouse to accompany the employee and receive certain benefits. If you believe you may be affected by these laws and agreements, you should familiarize yourself with relevant information before applying for or accepting this position.
    • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

    Basis for Rating: Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

    • Best Qualified. Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
    • Highly Qualified. Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
    • Qualified. Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for the announced position.


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