NASA – Mechanical Engineer, AST Mechanical Components (GS 7-9)

Open & closing dates

 01/21/2022 to 01/27/2022

Summary

NASA Glenn Research Center is seeking a research engineer to help enable reduced carbon and/or carbon-free electrified air transportation by developing partially and fully superconducting electric machines for electrified aircraft propulsion. You will focus on conceptual design, simulation, development, and test of superconducting machines and their respective subcomponents, including electrical characterization of candidate motor/generator windings under DC and AC currents and magnetic fields.

Duties

  • 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.
  • Design and conduct experiments to electrically characterize superconductor candidates for stator windings under DC and AC currents and magnetic fields.
  • Research and develop partially and fully superconducting electric machines for electrified aircraft propulsion.
  • Conceptualize machine and/or cryogenic system designs; simulate the multi-physics response of the designs; develop, build, and test superconducting coils, subcomponents, and machines.
  • Analyze data, results and findings and document research in archival publications and presentations.
  • Monitor and guide NASA-supported academic and industry projects on superconducting technologies and systems

Requirements

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
  • Applications will be considered from candidates who meet the education qualification requirements by the end of summer semester/quarter 2022. All other qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
  • If selected, your start date will be set after all requirements have been met and verified.
  • Please see the “Additional Information” section for important information about COVID-19 vaccination requirements for federal employees.
  • If selected, you will be required to complete a financial disclosure statement

Qualifications

In addition to the Basic Education Requirement (in the Education section below), to qualify for this position you must meet the requirements below and 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-07, you must have:

a) One year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level:

  • studying or assisting in aerospace related research, development design, or hardware/analysis experience in one or more of the following areas: cryogenic systems, superconducting materials, unconventional conductors, electric machines, and/or electromechanical systems.

OR

b) Completed 1 full academic year of graduate study in an appropriate field
OR
c) Expect to complete 1 full academic year of graduate study in an appropriate field by the end of summer semester/quarter 2022
OR
d) Any combination of experience and graduate study in an appropriate field
OR
e) Expect to have any combination of experience and graduate study in an appropriate field by the end of summer semester/quarter 2022
OR
f) You may also qualify at the GS-07 level by meeting one of these Special Provisions by the end of summer semester/quarter 2022:

  1. Are in the upper third of your class, based on completed college work at the time of filing an application.
  2. Have an average of 2.9 or better on a 4.0 scale for either all completed college work at the time of application or all college courses completed during the last 2 years of the undergraduate curriculum.
  3. Achieved a grade average of B+ (3.5 on a 4.0 scale) or better in the major field of study where such field is fully qualifying. This is either the average of all completed college work in the major field of study at the time of application or the average of all college courses completed in the major field of study during the last 2 years of the undergraduate curriculum.
  4. Elected to membership in one of the national honorary scholastic societies meeting the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies (other than freshman honor societies). These honor societies are listed at ACHS.
  5. Completed 12 months of student trainee experience that includes at least one work period equivalent to the GS-5, or at least 15 months of appropriate student trainee experience which includes one work period equivalent to the GS-04 level. One work period is 2 months or 320 hours.
  6. For engineering positions, successfully completed a 5-year program of study, or at least 160 semester hours, leading to a bachelor’s degree.
  7. For engineering positions, have a professional engineering degree, and up to 12 months of experience gained as a technician or technologist equivalent to the GS-5 or higher level.
  8. Successfully completed all requirements for two bachelor’s degrees, one in an appropriate field of science or engineering.
  9. Have six months of directly related/specialized experience or training, including 3 months gained after the junior year of college. This experience may have been obtained on a part-time or intermittent basis and may have been paid or unpaid.
  10. Received honors or elective positions indicating superior leadership outside of your academic setting. Additionally, your academic standing must have been in the upper half of the graduating class.
  11. Have pattern of completing courses that include unusual preparatory value or direct relation to the particular aerospace specialty for which you are being considered.
  12. Have creative research aptitude or special talent for NASA scientific or engineering work. This must be shown by evidence obtained and documented by NASA in certifications from college professors or officials, or standardized questionnaires, or similar techniques.

To qualify for GS-09, you must have:

a) One year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in one or more of the following areas:

  • hardware experience with superconducting or unconventional conductor materials, wires, cables, coils or machines, and/or with electrical circuits and electric machines;
  • participating in experimental characterization of electrical and mechanical properties of superconducting or unconventional conductor wires and coils;
  • and/or analysis, conceptual design, and/or testing of electromechanical systems.

OR
b) Completed all requirements for a master’s or equivalent graduate degree in an appropriate field
OR
c) Expect to complete all requirements for a master’s or equivalent graduate degree in an appropriate field by the end of summer semester/quarter 2022
OR
d) Completed 2 full academic years of graduate education in an appropriate field
OR
e) Expect to complete 2 full academic years of graduate education in an appropriate field by the end of summer semester/quarter 2022
OR
f) Have an equivalent combination of experience and graduate study as discussed above
OR
g) Expect to have an equivalent combination of experience and graduate study as discussed above by the end of summer semester/quarter 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 undergraduate or graduate education only:

Code 720 Propulsion: Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Astronautics, Chemistry, Applied Mechanics, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics.

Other majors will qualify if the major includes or is supplemented as follows: Electronics Engineering, Applied Mathematics (or other field), if the major includes or is supplemented by one course in thermodynamics, nuclear physics, rocket propulsion fundamentals, gas dynamics or modem or molecular physics; Astronautical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Pure Mathematics (or other related field), if includes or is supplemented by nine semester hours (or the equivalent) in physics, thermodynamics, chemistry or closely related fields.

Education

Basic Education Requirement: You must have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree with a major in a) engineering from a college or university that has at least one ABET accredited engineering program or b) Physical Science, Mathematics, Life Science, Computer Science*, or other field of physical science.

Additional information

This position is also being announced at the GS-11 grade level, see announcement # GRC-22-DE-11352676-RW.
For the full job posting and applications please see https://www.usajobs.gov/job/632164500