Lead Engineering Technician (Chemical/biological analysis)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Wallops Island, Virginia
Posted
Oct 24, 2020
Closes
Oct 27, 2020
Function
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Range and Mission Management Office, Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Wallops Flight Facility (WFF), at Wallops Island, VA, is seeking a skilled individual to serve as a chemistry lab manager and Team Lead for lab technicians performing chemical analysis activities directly supporting mission requirements.
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Responsibilities

  • As Team Lead, identify, distribute, and balancing workload; monitor and report on status and progress of work; report on team work accomplishments, problems, and work processes and recommend corrective actions as needed.
  • Arrange for team member training; serve as coach and facilitator in coordinating team initiatives, policy implementation, and consensus building.
  • Lead and coordinate lab management and day-to-day activities of the chemical and biological laboratories conducting sample analysis to verify cleanliness and purity of commodities supporting launch vehicles and spacecraft.
  • Develop and maintain a Quality Assurance program to meet NASA and specific mission requirements and to maintain American Industrial Hygiene Association certification.
  • Ensure compliance with all appropriate NASA GSFC laboratory standards. Maintain lab equipment calibration and certification.
  • Provide technical expertise on the use of the Gas Chromatography (GC) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy for analysis. Create new processes and procedures in support of customer requirements.
  • Oversee operation of International Space Station (ISS) environmental simulator for ground control samples.
  • Conduct sample analysis on aviation fuel and Aviator's Breathing Oxygen (ABO) in support of the WFF airfield. Participate in Air Force ABO Correlation Program.
  • Attend meetings with customers in support of the commercial resupply services contract to the ISS.
  • Implement corrective actions and address deficiencies identified during audits and lab inspections.
  • Provide financial analysis of lab functions to ensure NASA is being appropriately reimbursed for support of partner and SA activities.
  • Explore opportunities for lab growth, both in number of customers and in expanding into new capabilities where there is sufficient demand to support the expansion.
  • Communicate effectively with diverse technical science teams in various Agencies, Universities, and Companies. Interface with science teams conducting research on the International Space Station to support prelaunch science lab requirements.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • This position is open to U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S
  • A one-year trial period may be required
  • Position subject to a pre-employment drug test
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
  • Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement


Qualifications

You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-12), which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

Specialized experience includes performing duties such as managing a chemical or biological laboratory; analysis of lab functions to ensure appropriate funding and work alignment; providing technical expertise in GC or FTIR; developing new analytical methods, processes or procedures for sample analysis; coordinating and communicating with external entities providing services; leading audit or inspection preparation and guiding implementation of corrective actions.

Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Experience statements copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.

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Education

There are no education requirements for this position.

Additional information

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.

You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your resume.

NASA's Applicant Guide provides the information needed to assist you in determining whether or not you can claim 5 or 10 point veterans preference. You should not submit documents to prove your eligibility for veterans preference at this time. However, you must be prepared to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resources Office. Veterans preference will only be considered based on what is supported For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.

Fair Employment Opportunities for Applicants
NASA Credit for National Service

This appointment may be extended beyond the initial appointment date, for a period not to exceed a total of six years.

Current Federal civilian employees may apply for this position. If selected, a break in service of at least 4 calendar days may be required prior to appointment to this position.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

NASA uses an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from your resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Based on the competencies you match, you are placed in one of three categories identified as 90, 80, or 70 pt. quality categories, which are defined as:

90 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and has experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

80 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

70 pt. Category - Fails to meet criteria described in the 80 pt. category.

Additional application guidance is available in NASA's Applicant Guide .

Information for Veterans : The Category Rating Process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed at the top of the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.

For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality category are considered well-qualified

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
Yes

Required Documents

NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide . Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to the NASA web site. If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'Received'. If your status is 'Application Status Not Available', you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.