National Aeronautics and Space Administration Supervisory Aerospace Engineer, AST, Fluid Mechanics in Hampton, Virginia

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Incumbent will lead the Computational Aerosciences Branch and influence Agency missions by conceiving, advocating, planning, implementing, and assuring the quality of branch technical products and capabilities. The branch performs research in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and computational aeroacoustics with applications in all speed regimes, from subsonic to hypersonic flight. The branch works to improve the fundamental understanding of physics associated with the fluid mechanics (e.g., transition and turbulence) and noise generation for complex aerospace systems. Research is carried out to develop new physics-based prediction methods and extensions of existing methods for the analysis and design of complex three-dimensional configurations, including verification, validation and use of massively parallel computing. Of particular interest is research for development of advanced techniques and models for the prediction and control of turbulent flows, with an emphasis on the high Reynolds number flows encountered on full-scale aircraft configurations. Objectives of the research conducted in the branch include: to advance the state-of-the art of CFD for efficiency, accuracy and robustness; flow control; efficient design of aerospace vehicles; methods for airframe noise prediction and control of noise sources. Research is accomplished through the formulation, conduct, analysis, correlation, documentation, and dissemination of results from various research studies.

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Serves as the branch head for the Computational Aerosciences Branch. Performs first line supervision including, but not limited to, defining jobs, selecting employees and assigning work, monitoring and evaluating work performance, recommending promotions and awards, approving credit, comp, overtime, and employee travel, and providing equal opportunity in all human capital programs. Directs and manages budget and resource planning activities. Analyzes and plans long-range resource requirements, scheduling, budgeting and program allocations. Integrates program schedule requirements and resource directives. Represents NASA Langley at inter-agency meetings and chairs and participates in boards, panels, and committees.

The incumbent is responsible for furthering the goals of equal employment opportunity and diversity by taking positive steps to support the accomplishment of affirmative action objectives and by adhering to nondiscriminatory employment practices in all areas under his/her supervision.

Exercises recognized technical leadership in fluid and flight mechanics, outstanding creativeness and exceptional scientific and engineering judgment to prove or disprove the feasibility of ideas and devices. May initiate, participate, or lead in the review of technology trends, business opportunities, position papers, state-of-the-art assessments, peer reviews and benchmarking of organizational capability. The position will review verified and validated high fidelity computational fluid dynamics simulations of high Reynolds number, turbulent, viscous flows using Navier Stokes equations on complex configurations. Provides final expert opinion on the design of fluid and flight mechanics projects characterized by constantly changing physical environment or similar variables and unknowns.

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Who May Apply
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Agency Employees Only: Current NASA civil service employees on career, career conditional, non-competitive, and NASA term appointments with conversion eligibility.

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Conditions of Employment
  • A one year supervisory probationary period may be required.
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • This is a drug-testing designated position
  • Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement
  • Successful completion of a security investigation will be required

You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

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. If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'Received'. If your status is 'Application Status Not Available', you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.


Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Specialized experience includes: working with computational simulations to aircraft performance prediction, including steady and unsteady, separated, vortical flows across the Mach number range for both design and off design conditions including aeroelastics and aeroacoustics as well as, managing research and technology programs or projects associated with computational fluid dynamics of aerospace vehicles and computational aerocoustics.


Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science*, Earth and Planetary Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics (Pure or Applied), Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Meteorology, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Oceanography, Optical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Space Science, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering or other appropriate physical science or engineering field. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position. *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.

Additional information

Current Federal employees must meet time in grade and three months after competitive appointment restrictions by the closing date of the announcement.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

Qualified NASA term employees who have term conversion eligibility under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004 will be referred and considered equally with other NASA permanent employees under internal competitive placement procedures.

Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Resumes will be rated by an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from the candidate's resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Candidates will be evaluated on the competencies they possess that are directly related to the duties of the job, as described in the announcement. Candidates should refer to NASA's Applicant Guide for assistance in developing a complete resume, as NASA will not accept separate KSA statements.

Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality levels based on the degree to which their competencies meet the duties required. A human resources specialist will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality level are considered well-qualified.

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Required Documents

NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide. Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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.

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How to Apply

This vacancy is being filled through NASA STARS, an automated Staffing and Recruitment System. NASA partners with USAJOBS in providing a seamless application process. Before you begin the application process, please read the vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. You may begin the process of submitting your resume by clicking on the 'Apply Online' link. In order to be considered, you must submit a resume completed on the USAJOBS site. When completing your USAJOBS resume, please remember that NASA limits resumes to approximately 32,000 characters including spaces. NASA does not accept resumes uploaded to USAJOBS from a second source or documents attached through USAJOBS' document attachment feature. Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be asked to complete a short series of additional questions. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application package and receive consideration. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application. You may edit a previously-submitted application, if the announcement is still open. If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume and supplemental questions to: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 4200 Rideout Road Resume Operations Center/Mailstop: HS50 Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812.

DO NOT submit your resume directly to the Center advertising this vacancy. Mailed resumes must be received by the close of business on the closing date of the announcement. Hard copy resumes requirements are provided at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements. If you are a first time applicant, we recommend that you review NASA's Applicant Guide to ensure that you are providing a complete resume. Failure to submit the supplemental data and a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration for positions in which you are interested. All applications must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.

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Next steps

Candidates for NASA positions are evaluated using our automated staffing and recruitment system, NASA STARS, which compares your skills and experience as described in your resume with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be a highly qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official. If you are a current federal employee and are contacted for an interview, you may be asked to provide a copy of your most recent performance appraisal narrative summary. At NASA, we pride ourselves on efficient and timely recruitment actions, and you can normally expect to learn the outcome of the selection process in a fairly short period of time. In addition, to ensure that you can measure progress for yourself, NASA provides you with regularly updated information on the status of the vacancy announcement.

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/13/2018 to 03/27/2018

Salary: $121,280 to $157,663 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 15

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent