Interdisciplinary Physical Scientist/General Engineer

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Posted
Oct 28, 2021
Closes
Nov 04, 2021
Function
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Hours
Full Time
Duties

This position is being filled under DoD Modified Direct Hire Authority, Section 1109; PL, 116-92, dated 12/20/2019 .

As a Interdisciplinary Physical Scientist/General Engineer at the GS-0801/1301-13/14 some of your typical work assignments may include:
  • Provides technical oversight and consultation to plan, organize, direct, and evaluate materials science and other weapons effects modeling and simulation technology R&D projects/programs.
  • Orchestrates fundamental research, testing, applied research and technical demonstrations to advance the state of the art in phenomenology, mechanistic modeling, and first principal's high fidelity computational methods for weapons effects modeling and simulation (M&S).
  • Performs technical reviews and studies to advance M&S technology to predict blast, overpressure, structural integrity and other associated weapons effects on WMD containers, equipment, buildings / facilities and the degradation of the contents or inhabitants of each.
  • Serves as a national-level technical expert in developing and demonstrating operational capabilities fundamental to detecting and defeating WMD targets.
  • Drives Agency development and establishment of new/novel programs and approaches to advance M&S technology to predict weapons effects on WMD containers, equipment, buildings and other structures and the associated degradation of the contents or inhabitants of each.
  • Serves as a national-level subject matter expert in weapons effects phenomenology providing authoritative scientific oversight to the implementation of advanced codes and bomb damage assessment (BDA) for target damage and collateral effects into the Integrated Munitions Effects Assessment (IMEA) software. In this capacity, formulates new theories and concepts for detection phenomenology, agent fate and transport, and the development of weapons effects and associated vulnerabilities.
  • Serves as a technical authority on structural, civil, and mechanical engineering and computational mechanics research activities. This includes but is not limited to structural dynamics, equipment response, theoretical and experimental mechanics, construction materials, and response of systems to weapon effects.
  • Performs as a subject matter expert on weapons effects, uses judgment and ingenuity to interpret new standards and codes like the Unified Facilities Criterion (UFC) on progressive collapse of buildings.
  • Establishes and chairs program/project review teams and conducts comprehensive technical reviews of all ADMB and weapons effects programs for presentation to senior DoD officials. Reviews include assessment and status of current and projected technologies, threats, and requirement trends.


Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Occasional Travel
  • Work Schedule: Full-time
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Overtime: Occasionally
  • Tour of Duty: Flexible
  • Recruitment Incentives: Authorized
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Financial Disclosure: Not Required
  • Telework Eligibility: This position is telework eligible
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a TOP SECRET/SCI security clearance.
  • Must consent to and pass pre-employment drug testing and be subject to periodic random drug testing thereafter.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a valid passport.
  • Travel in the performance of temporary assignments may be required up to 25% of duty time.
  • This is an Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (ATL) Workforce position in the Science and Technology Manager career field.
  • The incumbent will be required to become certified, Level II in the applicable career field within 24 months, unless a Position Requirements Waiver is approved to extend the 24 months.
  • COVID19: All Federal Employees must be fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021. Please see, additional information.


Qualifications

You may qualify at the GS 14 , if you fulfill the following qualifications:

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the 13 grade level in the Federal service as listed below:
  • Experience initiating and managing fundamental research, applied research and technical demonstrations to advance the state-of-the-art in modeling and simulation including: advancements in phenomenology, mechanistic modeling, and first-principles high-fidelity computational methods.
  • Experience in overseeing and managing the application of advanced engineering, chemistry, and physics theories, standards, and methods to understand and predict weapons effects on containers, equipment, buildings and other structures.
  • Experience initiating and overseeing field and laboratory experiments at a range of scales and complexities to address long-standing and difficult problems.
  • Experience in serving as the technical or engineering manager for a research and development program and briefing senior leaders, other Agencies, and Combatant Command Requirement Managers on technical status of program efforts.
You may qualify at the GS 13, if you fulfill the following qualifications:

B. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the 12 grade level in the Federal service as listed below:
  • Experience conducting fundamental research, applied research and technical demonstrations to advance the state-of-the-art in modeling and simulation including: advancements in phenomenology, mechanistic modeling, and first-principles high-fidelity computational methods.
  • Experience in applying advanced engineering, chemistry, and physics theories, standards, and methods to understand and predict weapons effects on containers, equipment, buildings and other structures.
  • Experience conducting field and laboratory experiments at a range of scales and complexities to address long-standing and difficult problems.
  • Experience in serving as the technical expert for a research and development program and supporting efforts to brief senior leaders, other Agencies, and Combatant Command Requirement Managers on technical status of program efforts.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (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. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

In addition to meeting qualifications, your application package must reflect the applicable experience to meet the Individual Occupational Requirements for the 0801/1301, series as listed below:

For the 1301 series 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.

For the 0801 series Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; 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 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 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: 1. Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1 , or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions. 2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. 3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A. 4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all inclusive.)

Education

Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims.

All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: Foreign Education

Additional information

Other Notes:
COVID19 - All Federal Employees must be fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021. Proof of vaccination will be required. To ensure compliance with this mandate, please review the vaccination requirements, to include timelines for receiving required doses, at the following: https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/faq/vaccinations/

ACQUISITION POSITION: This position requires Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Workforce position in the Science and Technology Manager career field, Level II Certification prior to hiring is not essential but must be accomplished within 24 months after entry into this position.

This position DOES NOT meet criteria for re-employed annuitant. The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at:
http://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/140025/1400.25-V300.pdf

All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: This program applies to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; Well qualified is defined as possessing the type and quality of experience that exceeds the positions minimum qualifications. and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. For more information:
https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx

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