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Assume a role in the design as well as the execution of research, contributing significantly to the development of research proposals and funding successes.Become a key contributor in development of next generation high power density components, including synthesis and characterization of novel materials that are electrically insulating, lightweight, thermally conductive, and mechanically robust.Expected to become a key technical contributor to multiple high-level programs that develop advanced electrical components for Hybrid Electric Aircraft, such as electric motors, transmission cables, and energy storage / power modules.Expected to engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by NASA.Expected to engage in the dissemination of the results of the research via conference presentations and publications in top quality journals.Requires ability to model structure-property relationships and thermal/electric/mechanical properties of high power density electrical materials and components.The combination of material science expertise and data analytics knowledge will be a key competency for this position where new materials are identified using smart analytics/computational modeling.This position is primarily to address the need in developing advanced materials and processing capabilities for implementation of electrical engineering concepts, components and systems.Duties described above 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.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Supervisory status
Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • This position is open to U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.SPosition subject to pre-employment background investigationYou must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcementThis position requires a 1 year trial period


In addition to the basic education requirement (shown below), you must 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.

Vacant research positions may be filled at one of several grade levels depending upon the scientific impact of the person selected. A review may be required to determine the appropriate grade level of the position and supplemental materials may be required from the selectee. Please keep this in mind when indicating the lowest grade you will accept.

To qualify for GS-12, you must have:
a) One year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level includes previous experience in synthesis, testing, characterization and computational modeling of high-power electrical components such as megawatt electric motors, high voltage power cables, "Beyond Li ion" battery cells and high power density fuel cells; fundamental understanding of metals, intermetallics, ceramics, polymers, nanostructured materials, bio-materials, composites and coatings; performing research and technology development in the engineering applications of such materials to advanced aerospace systems; assessment of durability and response of non-metallic materials to environmental conditions, composition, manufacturing processes, and applied forces; understanding the capabilities of organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical chemistry and their application to a wide variety of research, development, failure analysis, and operational systems, or topics, principles, and practices of chemical engineering.
b) Completed all requirements for a doctoral degree (i.e., Ph.D. or equivalent) in an appropriate field.

To qualify for GS-13, you must have one year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level developing electrified components for high power density, electric propulsion and mechanical / thermal management systems; possess electrified materials modeling background and is comfortable with both electrical engineering and materials selection concepts; excellent record in research, and are ready to thrive in a dynamic, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team; research and technology development in the engineering applications of such materials to advanced aerospace systems; proven track record evidenced by publications in top quality journals and presentations at conferences; capabilities to analyze, evaluate, and test non-metallics and analyze the nature, behavior, and physical characteristics of non-metals and their constituents, including mechanisms and effects by which materials react to stresses, environments, and processes; and understanding the capabilities of organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical chemistry and their application to a wide variety of research, development, failure analysis, and operational systems, or topics, principles, and practices of chemical engineering.

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 graduate education only:
Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering.
Other majors will qualify if the major includes or is supplemented as follows: Ceramics or Ceramics Engineering (with 12 semester hours in refractory ceramics, cermets or protective coatings); Civil Engineering, Computer Science, or Geology (with 12 semester hours in strength of materials, structures, thermodynamics, and/or basic static and dynamics); Metallurgy or Metallurgical Engineering (with 12 semester hours in physical or adaptive metallurgy, high temperature metals and alloys, cermets); Mathematics or Nuclear Engineering (with nine semester hours in physics, structures, materials or other appropriate courses). Other appropriate physical science or engineering fields may qualify with appropriate supplemental courses.


You must have successfully completed a bachelor's or graduate degree with a major in either a) engineering from a college or university that has ABET accredited engineering programs or b) Physical Science, Mathematics, Life Science, Computer Science*, or other field of physical science.
*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.

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

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Degrees must have been received in the year of, or any year subsequent to the original date of accreditation.

Engineering degrees earned outside the United States: Engineering degrees earned outside the Unites States must be recognized by a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA), often known as accords. These are non-governmental agreements among organizations that accredit academic degree programs. MRAs recognize the substantial equivalence of mature accreditation systems and programs accredited by signatory organizations within their jurisdictions. For a listing of Signatories, please visit,

Science and other related degrees earned within the United States: Science and other related degrees must have been awarded from colleges or universities that are accredited by recognized accrediting organizations. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, go to

Science and other related degrees earned outside the United States: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs. These education credentials must be deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: