Open & closing dates
01/21/2022 to 01/27/2022
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 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
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
To qualify for GS-11, you must have:
a) One year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in one or more of the following areas:
- hardware experience with cryogenic systems, with superconducting or unconventional conductor materials, wires, cables, coils or machines, and/or with electrical circuits and electric machines;
- experimental characterization of electrical and mechanical properties of superconducting or unconventional conductor wires and coils;
- analysis, conceptual design, and/or construction of cryogenic systems;
- and/or analysis, conceptual design, and/or testing of high power electromechanical systems.
b) Completed all requirements for a master’s or equivalent graduate degree in an appropriate field
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
d) Have an equivalent combination of experience and graduate study as discussed in a) and b) above
e) Expect to have an equivalent combination of experience and graduate study as discussed in a) and b) 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 (GS-7 through GS-11 and GS-12 research):
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.
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.