As a Research Aerospace Engineer in the Configuration Aerodynamics Branch, participates in aeronautics and space research, the study of fluid mechanics, and technology development related to experimental and computational applied aerodynamics.
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This is a research position engaged in professional scientific and engineering work which is systematic, critical, intensive investigation directed toward discovering, disseminating, and applying new or expanded knowledge in a professional discipline. Research includes experimental, computational, empirical, and theoretical investigations conducting research or studying the flow of fluids about bodies and through passages, nozzles, etc., and the related forces, or physical processes involved.
The purpose of the work is to improve the methodology for calculating the flow of fluids around aircraft and launch vehicles and their components. Duties may also include monitoring contractual activities in support of in-house work. The work includes a particular focus on the development of advanced configuration and component concepts for all classes of fixed wing and aerospace vehicles from subsonic to supersonic speeds and the development and application of advanced experimental and computational tools for use in design and assessment of advanced configuration and component concepts in support of the Agency, the Department of Defense, and the aerospace industry.
Research studies result in a series of publications that answer important questions in the scientific field, account for previously unexplained phenomena, result in important changes in existing products, processes, or techniques, or are definitive of a specific topic area. Based on knowledge of the organization's priorities, identifies promising areas for initiating research efforts.
Serves as a research team leader in a scientific field. Maintains a continuing assessment of the team's progress in relation to the objectives of the research study as well as the overall goals of the organization.
Develops solutions to problems encountered by the research team in data collection, monitoring, compilation, and analysis. Designs experiments in response to agency needs for data in specific scientific and technical areas. Trains and provides technical direction to team members.
Makes major contributions to the scientific community such as inventions or new designs and techniques that are of material significance in the solution of important applied problems. Conceives and formulates research ideas that are the basis for productive studies by other research scientists/engineers. The researcher has authored one or more publications of considerable interest and value to a scientific field as evidenced by favorable reviews, by citation in the work of others, or by presentations of papers to professional societies.
Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
A one-year probationary period may be required
Occasional travel may be required
Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
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.
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You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
In addition to the *Basic Education Requirement, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
a. One year of specialized experience in an appropriate field at least equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to GS-11 level work in the Federal service within or closely related to the aerospace technology specialty for which application is made. Examples of specialized experience are: applying a wide range of aerospace engineering concepts, principles, and methods applicable to varied and complex problems, projects, or studies that include diverse aerospace engineering; modifying standard practices, adapting precedents, and making significant departures from existing approaches and techniques; delivering quality work products in the area of applied experimental and computational aerodynamics; and working with large subsonic, transonic or supersonic wind tunnels; or
b. Any combination of experience and graduate study; or
c. Completion of all requirements for a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) in an appropriate field.
In addition to the *Basic Education Requirement, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-12 level work, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above. Examples of specialized experience are: applying a wide range of aerospace engineering concepts, principles, and methods applicable to varied and complex problems, projects, or studies that include diverse aerospace engineering; modifying standard practices, adapting precedents, and making significant departures from existing approaches and techniques; delivering quality work products in the area of applied experimental and computational aerodynamics; working with large subsonic, transonic or supersonic wind tunnels; and leading research teams.
Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Experiences copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.
*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.
Required college majors for applicants qualifying on the basis of undergraduate or graduate 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.
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