Interdisciplinary Engineer Scientist

Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
Nov 30, 2021
Dec 07, 2021
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time

  • Work is performed in the Cyber domain which includes the defense of friendly cyberspace to ensure timely availability, confidentiality, and integrity of mission important information.
  • Work also includes denying adversaries mission important information through offensive reverse engineering and vulnerability analysis of adversary systems.
  • Capability specialty areas within the Cyber domain include autonomic protection of cyberspace, cyberspace effects, cyberspace SA/SU, and SW and system accreditation and certification.
  • Technical specialty areas within the Cyber domain include software (SW) assurance and integrity; hardware (HW) assurance and integrity; cryptography, authentication and identity management.
  • Technical specialty areas also include cyber resilience; intrusion detection; cyber situational awareness (SA)/situational understanding (SU) and modeling and simulation; reverse engineering; and tool development.
  • Responsible for the development of advances in the state-of-the-art and creation of new or substantially improved end items in the form of equipment, systems, materials, processes, procedures and techniques.
  • The range of assignments involve the use of advanced techniques and the modification and extension of theories, precepts and practices of the field and related sciences and disciplines.
  • The range of assignments are of such breadth or intensity that they encompass several phases of the development process; or encompass an extensive development effort in broad programs of applied research and development.
  • Identifies the scope and extent of the investigation, analysis, and design, and defines the specific engineering requirements and design criteria.
  • Conducts studies and analyses to determine the feasibility of various advanced engineering approaches for future programs or to resolve major controversial problems in current programs.
  • The work frequently involves development of engineering concepts for which limited applied research and exploration has been previously accomplished.
  • Conducts studies on the feasibility of developing new products and/or theories pertaining to new applications of existing products. Guides and evaluates the design and development activities of contractors and others in achieving new products.
  • Represents the organization or agency in high-level conferences and meetings, communicating verbally and in writing to explain and interpret policies and requirements,, and in negotiating important issues.


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Pursuant to EO 14043, all Federal employees, regardless of duty location or work arrangement, must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 22, 2021, or before entrance on duty if after November 22, subject to exceptions as required by law.
  • If selected, the agency will provide information regarding what documentation is needed and how to request any legally required exceptions from this requirement.
  • Proof of vaccination will be required. To ensure compliance with this mandate, review the vaccination requirements, to include timelines for receiving required doses, at the following:
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a determination of eligibility for a Top Secret security clearance or access for the duration of employment. A pre-employment and recurring comprehensive background investigation is required.
  • This position is subject to a pre-employment screening, and random drug testing thereafter,
  • This position requires Level III certification in the acquisition career field of Engineering. Selectee must obtain certification within 24 months of entrance on duty.
  • This position has a Temporary Duty (TDY) or business travel requirement of 25% of the time.
  • This is a 6 year Renewable Term position scheduled to last 6 years IAW Federal Register Vol. 82, No. 178. This position may be extended, without limit, in up to six year increments.
  • Term employment is subject to an extended three year trial period for the Engineer and Scientist Occupational Family.


This position is being filled under the Direct Hire Authority (DHA) for Defense STRL Positions authorized by section 1108, NDAA for FY 2009 and section 1107, NDAA for FY 2014.

Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document .

Qualified candidates must meet the Basic Requirement for the Interdisciplinary Engineer or Computer Scientist position. In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement, applicants must have one year of specialized experience at the DB-02 (GS-11 grade level or higher equivalency).

For this position education is not permitted to be substituted for the lack of specialized experience.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as one year of experience equivalent to the DB-02 pay band (GS-11 grade level or higher equivalency) in the Federal Service which includes experience in one or more of the following areas: (1) Conducting analyses of scientific/engineering data to generate reports, identify trends and/or make recommendations for process improvement; (2) Performing applied research and development into new software and algorithms in the related to offensive and defensive cyber; (3) providing technical guidance within the Cyber domain to support mission requirements; (4) Evaluating engineering/computer science concepts to include engineering models/standards or test plans; (5) Development/design of engineering or computer science concepts supporting offensive and defensive cyber areas; (6) Performing research and development, modeling and simulation, testing and/or evaluation of Cyber-Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA) technologies; (7) Developing engineering concepts using Research and Development technology to improve applications and products; and (8) Participation as a collaborative member of a team or working group on an engineering/scientific program or project;

Basic Requirement for Engineer:
A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (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.


B. 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), 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) examination, or any other written test required for professional registration, by an engineering licensure board in the various
States, the District of Columbia, Guam, or 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 A above. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program.
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 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.


Basic Requirement for Computer Scientist:
Degree: Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.


FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show 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:

Additional information

  • This announcement uses the direct hire authority for Defense STRL Positions authorized by section 1108, NDAA for FY 2009 and section 1107, NDAA for FY 2014 to recruit and appoint qualified candidates to certain positions in the competitive service.
  • 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.
  • Extended trial period for the Engineer and Scientist Occupational Family is three years.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • This is a Career Program (CP 16) - Engineer and Scientist Non-Construction position.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.
  • Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within a designated time frame identified by the organization. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the agency's telework policy.
  • This is a Science and Technology Laboratory Personnel Demonstration Project position. The DB-03 pay band encompasses the GS-12 to GS-14 grade levels.
  • This position has an education requirement, therefore, Official college or university transcript (or copies) must be submitted to be considered eligible.
  • 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.