Aerospace Engineer, AST, Aerospace Vehicle Design and Mission Analysis

Hampton, Virginia
Nov 30, 2021
Dec 07, 2021
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time

  • Duties described below are at the full-performance level. Duties assigned at a lower grade level will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity; duties will be commensurate with the grade of selected employee.
  • Serves as part of a systems analysis team as a vehicle configuration specialist to conduct studies of advanced vehicle configurations, novel operations (such as urban/regional air mobility), and their impacts on the future air transportation system.
  • Supports systems analysis, mission analysis, and technology assessment for the entire size/speed range of advanced atmospheric missions, vehicle concepts, advanced airspace concepts, and aeronautical technologies.
  • Supports the development/integration of new and unique tools and methods for analysis of novel air transportation missions, vehicle configurations, and airspace concepts.
  • Explores integrated vehicle/transportation system concepts that synergistically combine future air transportation concepts of operation (such as advanced air mobility) with unconventional vehicle concepts (such as autonomous aircraft).
  • Utilizes Multi-disciplinary Design, Analysis, and Optimization (MDAO) tools/techniques to design and optimize advanced aerospace concepts for figures of merit such as total energy consumption, lifecycle environmental impact, and economic viability.
  • Delivers products such as design requirements, feasibility assessments, mission analysis, transportation system analysis, environmental impacts, technology trade studies and sensitivities, cost-benefits analysis, and portfolio analysis.
  • Integrates various study and analysis results into comprehensive technical briefings, reports, and technical papers.


Conditions of Employment

  • This position is open to U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
  • You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement
  • If selected, you will be required to complete a financial disclosure statement.
  • This position may require a one year trial period.
  • Applications will be considered from candidates who meet the education qualification requirements by June 30, 2022. All other qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
  • Please see the "Additional Information" section for important information about COVID-19 vaccination requirements for federal employees.


In addition to the basic education requirement (shown below), you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

To qualify for GS-09, you must have:
a) One year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level: assisting a team of engineers involved in the analysis of engineering methods and procedures; or experience that demonstrates application of aerospace or related engineering principles and analytical methods relating to atmospheric vehicles and/or systems;
b) Completed all requirements for a master's or equivalent graduate degree in an appropriate field by June 30, 2022.
c) Completed 2 full academic years of graduate education in an appropriate field by June 30, 2022.
d) Have an equivalent combination of experience and graduate study as discussed in a), b) and c) above by June 30, 2022.

To qualify for GS-11, you must have:
a) You must have one year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level: conducting engineering analysis and/or assessments of methods and procedures; or experience that demonstrates application of aerospace or related engineering principles sufficient to accomplish test, analysis, and technical problem solving on atmospheric vehicles and/or systems; and providing technical written and oral guidance on various study and analysis results;
b) Completed all requirements for a doctoral degree (i.e., Ph.D. or equivalent) in an appropriate field by June 30. 2022.
c) Completed 3 full academic years of graduate education in an appropriate field by June 30, 2022.
d) Have an equivalent combination of experience and graduate study as discussed in a), b) and c) above by June 30, 2022.

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.

Required college majors for applicants qualifying on the basis of graduate or higher education only:

Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Astrophysics, Electrical Engineering (except power), Electronics Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics.

Other appropriate physical or computer science, mathematics or engineering fields are qualifying if the major includes or is supplemented by at least 12 semester hours (or the equivalent) of appropriate physical science or engineering courses including nine semester hours (or the equivalent) of physics, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics or gas dynamics.


You must have successfully completed a bachelor's or graduate degree with a major in either a) engineering from a college or university that has ABET accredited engineering programs or b) Physical Science, Mathematics, Life Science, Computer Science*, or other field of physical science.
*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.

Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position.

To find out if a school has an ABET accreditation, go to

Degrees must have been received in the year of, or any year subsequent to the original date of accreditation.

Engineering degrees earned outside the United States: Engineering degrees earned outside the Unites States must be recognized by a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA), often known as accords. These are non-governmental agreements among organizations that accredit academic degree programs. MRAs recognize the substantial equivalence of mature accreditation systems and programs accredited by signatory organizations within their jurisdictions. For a listing of Signatories, please visit,

Science and other related degrees earned within the United States: Science and other related degrees must have been awarded from colleges or universities that are accredited by recognized accrediting organizations. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, go to .

Science and other related degrees earned outside the United States: 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. These education credentials must be 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

As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. We will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement.

Due to COVID-19, NASA 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 30 days. 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.

Additional selections may be made for similar positions across NASA within the local commuting area(s) of the location(s) identified in this announcement . By applying, you agree to have your application shared with interested selecting official(s) within NASA. CTAP/ICTAP will be cleared for any additional selection from this announcement.

Under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004, individuals appointed under this announcement may be converted to permanent appointment, either non-competitively or through internal agency competitive placement procedures. Conversion is not guaranteed, and is contingent on the employee meeting all legal requirements. For more information, see:

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.

Applicants may apply who are enrolled in a qualifying degree program and are expected to complete their degree program by June 30, 2022.

If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must:
- Indicate your eligibility when applying for a position. The questionnaire asks you to identify your ICTAP/CTAP eligibility.
-Be well qualified for this position to receive consideration. Candidates rated in the 'Best Qualified' category are considered well-qualified. Please see 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for more information.
-Submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP as indicated in 'Required Documents'

For additional information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, click here - https://