Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center AST, Structural Mechanics in Houston, Texas

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Houston, TX
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 11/29/2016 (8 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 12/8/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview
Summary

About the Agency

Serves as Loads and Dynamics Engineer in the Loads and Structural Dynamics Branch of the Structural Engineering Division, responsible for conducting vibro-acoustics, random vibration, and shock loads analysis and testing of complex dynamics problems involving aerospace systems interacting with flight environments (i.e. launch vehicle, spacecraft, payloads, subsystems, and extraterrestrial vehicles).

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.

Duties

Serves as Loads and Dynamics Engineer in the Loads and Structural Dynamics Branch of the Structural Engineering Division, responsible for conducting vibro-acoustics, random vibration, and shock loads analysis and testing of complex dynamics problems involving aerospace systems interacting with flight environments (i.e. launch vehicle, spacecraft, payloads, subsystems, and extraterrestrial vehicles).

Specifically:

  • Applies theoretical and experimental investigations into solving vibro-acoustics, random vibration, and shock loads and dynamics problems related to aerospace systems.

  • Serves as a vibro-acoustics, random vibration, and shock loads and dynamics technical expert and consultant to government agencies, industry, and academia.

  • Develops vibro-acoustics, random vibration, and shock environmental criteria or requirements via analysis or tests for structural design and certification.

  • Establishes system-oriented vibro-acoustics, random vibration, and shock loads analyses and trade studies for minimizing system impacts.

  • Performs vibro-acoustic analysis and develops environments; performs shock analysis and develops environments; and performs random vibration analysis and defines environments.

  • Determines the validity of data predictions developed during tests or analyses.

  • Provides technical advice on vibro-acoustics, random vibration, and shock loads and dynamics issues or problems; and develops analytical techniques to identify and evaluate findings.

  • Develops models, conducts standard modeling checks, model reductions, and generates data recovery items.

  • Evaluates modal, vibro-acoustics, random vibration, and shock testing requirements and criteria; and pre and post test data analysis and results.

  • Supports modal, vibro-acoustics, random vibration, and shock testing.

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement
  • Successful completion of a security investigation will be required
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
  • This is a drug-testing designated position
Qualifications

Applicant must have one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

Specialized experience is defined as professional working experience that included the following:

  • Working knowledge of advanced principles and practices in the field of vibro-acoustics, random vibration, and shock structural loads and dynamics, including methods and their derivation, application to aerospace system structural problems, space flight environments and loads relating to structural analysis, design, and certification.

  • Experience with conducting vibro-acoustics, random vibration, and shock loads analysis and testing of complex dynamics problems involving aerospace systems.

  • Working knowledge of developing and understanding vibro-acoustics, random vibration, and shock environments driven by aero and mechanical.

  • Working knowledge of math modeling, standard modeling checks, reduction of models (such as Finite Element Model - Super Elements, Craig-Bampton, Boundary Element Model, Statistical Energy Analysis, Hybrid), and development of data recovery items.

  • Ability to utilize disciplinary knowledge to determine the most feasible solutions to aerospace systems structure design problems within the limitations imposed by mission requirements and existing policies, practices, and design techniques.

  • Working knowledge of commercial analysis tools, such as NASTRAN, VA-One, WAVE6, IDEAS, FEMAP, PATRAN, MATLAB, PYTHON, MATHCAD, MATLAB.

  • Ability to apply concepts and principles of aerospace engineering; and the disciplines of vibro-acoustics, random vibration, and shock loads and dynamics related to the design, development, and testing of aerospace systems for all flight environments, utilizing experimental, computational, and flight testing techniques.

Highly desired for this position: Experience in conducting vibro-acoustics, random vibration; and shock loads analysis, testing, and environments definition.

Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in engineering, physical science, mathematics, life sciences, computer science, or other field of science.

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

You must indicate your major as well as your degree in order to receive full consideration.

Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional, accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment.

Most foreign education is not accredited by an accrediting body that is recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

U.S. citizenship is required.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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. 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.

BENEFITS

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Other Information

Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation. 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.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your resume.

NASA's Applicant Guide provides the information needed to assist you in determining whether or not you can claim 5 or 10 point veterans preference. You should not submit documents to prove your eligibility for veterans preference at this time. However, you must be prepared to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resources Office. Veterans preference will only be considered based on what is supported For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. 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.

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.

Fair Employment Opportunities for Applicants NASA Credit for National Service

Occasional travel may be required.

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.

The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

Salary Range: $95,343.00 to $123,951.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0861-13/

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: This announcement is open to all qualified U.S. citizens.

Control Number: 457660500

Job Announcement Number: JS17D0012