Air Force Personnel Center Interdisciplinary Computer Engineer, Computer Scientist, Electronics Engineer GS-0854/0855/1550-13 in Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts

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Summary

WHO MAY APPLY: Click here for more information on eligibility categories and the documentation requirements. You MUST have one or more listed eligibilities to be considered. Eligibility claims must be supported with required documentation submitted within each application package to be considered. Transfer and Reinstatement eligibles must provide their most current SF-50, AND SF-50 reflecting the highest grade held if different from your latest SF-50. Air Force is not responsible for erroneous eligibilities you list or fail to list

Internal Employees (Air Force Employee - Current Permanent Competitive Service Career/Career-Conditional Employee and Current Permanent AF DCIPS Employees with Reinstatement Rights to the Competitive Service)

Current Federal Employees (DoD Transfer - Army, Navy, DFAS, etc.--Excluding Air Force)

Former Federal Employees (Reinstatement)

Military Spouses - Appointment of Certain Military Spouse (EO 13473)

DoD Transfer (Army, Navy, DFAS, etc.--Excluding Air Force)

Former Overseas Employees

ICTAP (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program)

Federal Employees (Non-DoD Transfer - OPM, VA, Dept of Labor, etc.)

VEOA (Veterans Employment Opportunity Act)

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. For additional information, click here.

Position Summary:

The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a senior professional multidisciplinary engineer with project management, execution, and operational responsibility in assigned areas. Considered the technical expert for the organization in engineering assignments concerning systems, engineering; employee provides technical leadership and management to ensure project/program success. Work encompasses several phases of the development process in which the employee guides and evaluates the design and development activities of others.

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Responsibilities

This is an interdisciplinary position to be filled and classified to the series represented by a candidate that meets the qualifications of one of the listed series GS-854, GS-855 and GS-1550. The position will be classified upon selection of the most qualified candidate.

MAJOR DUTIES:

  • Functions as a senior technical expert engineering in systems development involving extremely complex communications-computer systems architectures for the AFNET.

  • Plans, organizes, and oversees all engineering tasks in support of contractual activities that acquire new or modified AFNET in accordance with DoD acquisition guidelines.

  • Advises program managers as to the progress of contractors in meeting program objectives.

  • Provides expert recommendations to establish, improve, and/or change directives, regulations, operating instructions, policies, processes, and procedures within the area of assigned responsibility.

  • Participates in and/or leads conferences, meetings, and demonstrations within the organization, other AF organizations, other DoD agencies, and private industry facilities to exchange technical and program information, to coordinate engineering project requirements, to provide project technical/budget/schedule status to make engineering commitments and decisions, and to make technical recommendations for assigned projects

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Work may require travel away from the normal duty station on military and commercial aircraft

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

Who May Apply
This job is open to…

All Federal Status Candidates listed under "Who May Apply" and ICTAP eligibles

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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0854 Computer Engineering

0855 Electronics Engineering

1550 Computer Science

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Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. citizenship required
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate security clearance
  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • PCS expenses if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations
  • Recruitment and/or relocation incentives may or may not be authorized
  • This posn may or may not require drug testing

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT/OTHER SIGNIFICANT FACTS:

Hanscom AFB is located in a high cost of living area.

  1. A Bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering, Computer Engineering or Computer Science is required, being generally focused on principles, applications, technologies of computing with an emphasis on data, data structures, user interferences, usability and test engineering.

  2. This position has been designated an acquisition position and is covered by the Acquisition Professional Development Program (APDP). The employee must meet, or be capable of meeting, Defense Acquisition Work Improvement Act (DAWIA) requirements applicable to the duties of the position.

  3. Employee is expected to meet Continuing Acquisition Education requirements.

  4. Employee must obtain and maintain an appropriate security clearance.

  5. Employee may be required to work overtime.

  6. This may or may not be a testing designated position. The incumbent may be subject to pre-employment drug testing as a condition of employment and participation in random drug testing.

  7. The work requires the employee to occasionally travel away from the normal duty station via military or commercial aircraft.

  8. This position meets the professional exemption criteria for the Fair Labor Standards Act (5 CFR 551.207).

Qualifications

Qualifications FOR COMPUTER SCIENTIST (1550):

BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor's degree (technical) with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.

Evaluation of Education: Applicants should have sufficient knowledge to understand the fundamental concepts and techniques of computer science. Courses designed to provide an introduction to computer science techniques and methodologies, to problems of system design, and other specialized fields are acceptable. Courses or experience in teaching elementary, business, or shop mathematics are not acceptable.

Qualifications FOR COMPUTER/ELECTRONICS ENGINEER (0854/0855):

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:All applicants must meet basic qualifications by one of the following methods:

A. Degree in Professional Engineering: a full four-year professional engineering curriculum leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in engineering in an accredited college or university. (NOTE: To be acceptable, the curriculum must: 1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; OR 2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.)

B. Professional registration: a current registration as a professional engineer by any state, Guam, Puerto Rico or District of Columbia.

C. Written test: successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training examination, or the written test required for professional registration which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.

D. Specified academic courses: successfully completed at least 60 semester or 90 quarter hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included courses specified in the basic requirement. The courses are fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in the basic requirements in paragraph A.

E. Related curriculum: successfully completed a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology and have at least one year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: At least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level is required. Specialized experience for each series:

GS- 0855: Specialized experience is analysis and specification of system requirements, the conceptual design or modernization of circuits, systems, computer and network systems, and the establishment of test requirements and validation procedures to measure performance quality and reliability.

GS-0854: Specialized experience is analysis and specification of system and functional requirements, the conceptual design or modernization of computer and network systems, and the preparation of specifications for contract work, the evaluation of contract work, and the establishment of test requirements and validation procedures to measure performance quality and reliability.

GS-1550: Specialized experience is conducting of preliminary investigations and analyses relating to computer systems integration; developing technical data and writing of formal specifications and the designing and implementation of computer models and simulations.

To view qualifying education requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=GS-PROF **

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Click on the following link to view occupational requirements for this position: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800/ ORhttps://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1500/computer-science-series-1550/

TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) Restrictions for GS Positions: TIG is applicable to all federal employees who have held a GS position in the last 52 weeks. Applicants must have served at least 52 weeks at the GS-12 or higher grade within the Federal Civil Service (or equivalent in an alternate pay system) to be considered for referral. The purpose of TIG restrictions is to prevent excessively rapid promotions in competitive service GS positions and to protect competitive principles.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE*:*Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.**

Additional information

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 80 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.

Incentives: Recruitment and/or retention incentives may or may not be used.

Current Federal Civilian employees may apply for temporary and term positions and if selected, a break in service of more than three (3) calendar days may be required prior to appointment to the position.

Temporary and Term Appointments: If you are selected for a temporary or term position, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition.

90-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 90-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 90 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.

EEO Statement: THE DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Selection will be made without regard to non-merit factors such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, age, politics, disability, or sexual orientation, which do not relate to successful performance of the duties of the position except where specifically authorized by law.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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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.

Your latest resume will be used to determine qualifications.

Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Your responses to the questionnaire may be compared to the documents you submit. The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

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Required Documents

*The following documents are required and must be provided by the closing date of the announcement. *

  • Online Application (Questionnaire)

  • Resume - If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., hour per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information may be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.

  • * *Transcripts - if qualifying based on education or positive education series

  • DD214 or "Certification" of service (Document must reflect character of service)

  • SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, if applicable

  • Veteran Administration Letter of Disability Rating, if applicable

  • Current Performance Appraisal, if applicable

VETERANS AND ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS: The appointing authorities for Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA), the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA), and 30 Percent or More Disabled Veterans, as well as all claims of veterans' preference for employment, require proof of active duty service. Proof of creditable active duty is usually demonstrated by submitting a DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, with your application. For active duty members who have not yet received a DD214, the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act (5 U.S.C., Chapter 21, Section 2108a) allows you to furnish a "certification" of your active service. A "certification" is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the "certification" is submitted. Agencies are required to accept, process, and grant tentative veterans' preference to those active duty service members who submit a certification along with their job application materials. The "certification" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin (if applicable), your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable). Your preference and/or appointment eligibility will be verified prior to appointment. If you are claiming veterans' preference for employment or are applying for consideration under the VRA, VEOA, or 30 Percent or More Disabled Veterans appointment authorities and fail to provide a DD214 or valid "certification" of service with your initial application, you will not be afforded veterans' preference and/or will be found ineligible for consideration. Military members may be appointed before the effective date of their military retirement/separation if member is on terminal leave.

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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Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

  • Benefits for federal employees
  • Healthcare insurance
  • Pay and leave

The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, click here for an overview of benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Your resume

  2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire

  3. Additional required documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package mustbe submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, click here for the required cover page. This Vacancy ID is 2010840. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

  2. OPM Form 1203FX must be provided to show your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Click here for the OPM Form 1203-FX., and

  3. Fax all required documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your OPM Form 1203-FX will be the cover page for your fax transmission.

*PLEASE NOTE: *The numbering on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire. Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire restarts with number one, so when entering your responses, please continue regardless of number sequence. This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible. Applicants are responsible for ensuring their responses are transferred accurately.

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Total Force Service Center
Phone

(800)525-0102

Email

TFSC1@MYPERSMAIL.AF.MIL

Address

Air Force Personnel Center 550 C Street W San Antonio, TX US

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Next steps

Once your application package is received an acknowledgement email will be sent.

If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility and qualifications for consideration. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you do not provide an email address, you are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in USAJOBS. Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you.

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

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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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/479442400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 09/14/2017 to 09/27/2017

Salary: $94,520 to $122,875 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 13

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type: Permanent