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Computer Engineer/Electronics Engineer/Computer Scientist

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Department of Defense
United States Citizens Permanent Full Time Who May Apply: All U.S. Citizens
This position is located at Joint Interoperability Testing Command-JTE3.
JITC has highly skilled and motivated computer scientists, electrical engineers, operations research analysts, information technology specialists, and program/management analysts. In a highly collaborative environment where all stakeholders work together, you will engage in a wide variety of activities in direct support of the warfighter including design of experiment-based information technology acceptance and functional testing, interoperability certification, operational testing, and security certification and accreditation. These efforts will support the full information technology agile life cycle development; from concept development through system retirement. As a JITC team member, you will provide technical information technology testing/quality assurance expertise and leadership to our government and industry customers by designing agile life cycle development testing programs that add technical rigor while implementing best practices in order to accelerate fielding information technology capabilities to our warfighters. DISA provides secure and reliable communications and computing support that enable the President and our military forces to communicate globally through voice, video, and data transmission. DISA is a leader within the Federal Government in implementing "people programs" and offers a broad range of quality-of-life and training programs. Go to / for more information.
U.S. Citizenship or National
Review and analysis of IT system technical and operational requirements documentation to determine test objectives; report as to the testability of those requirements; and use in the development of test and evaluation plans.
Prepares estimates and uses available information management tools to track, manage and report budget execution and other project metrics indicating past, present and anticipated project schedule and quality performance.
Leads and works with cross-functional teams comprised of civilian, military and contractor personnel in the accomplishment of tasks and projects supporting the organizational mission.
Leads determination of the necessary test resources and environment for data collection, reduction, analysis, and management strategies to include adjudication of T&E; results.
Establishes priorities, milestones, and objectives of test project/program, and manages test project/program schedule and resources.
Prepares and briefs technical plans, reports, papers and presentations.
Provides expert T&E; advice and recommendations in support of acquisition decisions to Warfighters, as well as to joint and inter-agency acquisition communities.
Basic Requirement:
For the GS-854 and GS-855 Professional Engineering Series:
Degree: professional engineering. 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.
OR
Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
_Professional registration _
_Written Test_
_Specified academic courses _
_Related curriculum_ - With this criteria, applicants also need verification of employment from a supervisor stating you have performed professional engineering duties.
For more detailed information on the above criteria, please go to the Qualification Standards
For the GS-1550 Computer Science Series: Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor's degree 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 institution. In addition to meeting the basic requirement, qualified applicants must possess: One year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of the next lower grade within the federal service, which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position, is required.
Specialized experience at the GS-12 is defined as experience planning, coordinating, managing, executing, and reporting tests of Information Technology (IT) Systems applying sound project management and systems engineering principles.
Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Education is not substitutable for specialized experience for this grade level.
Background or Security Investigation: The individual selected will be subject to an investigation in conjunction with granting of a security clearance prior to appointment. Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance . For more information about receiving and maintaining a security clearance, please click here.
The person selected for this position must complete an OGE Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment pursuant to 5 CFR 2634.903(b) (DoD 5500.7).
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures. We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully.
Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Eligible candidates will then be placed for selection consideration into 3 categories as described below:
1. _Qualified Category_. Meets the minimum qualifications and demonstrates minimum experience and/or training only based on responses to occupational questionnaire.
2. _Highly Qualified Category_. Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates full-performance level experience based on responses to occupational questionnaire.
3. _Best Qualified Category_. Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates experience as an expert in the field or recognized as a senior specialist, team lead, etc.
The Assessment Questionnaire takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and collects information on your education, training and experience related to the following critical competencies:
Knowledge of IT systems Testing and Evaluation (T&E;) methodology.
Knowledge of the latest developments in IT delivering new and innovative capabilities and methodologies applicable to various categories of tests.
Knowledge of program and personnel management, cost estimation, and budget development and execution.
Knowledge and ability to determine which tests are to be performed and present viability of the test approach and the verification and validation of required test facilities and instrumentation.
IMPORTANT NOTE - YOU MUST FOLLOW ALL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY. ERRORS OR OMISSIONS MAY AFFECT YOUR RATING.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents below.
1. Click 'Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
2. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
3. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
4. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position. Return to an incomplete application by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 1275451. Fax your documents to .
You are highly encouraged to establish a USAJOBS account and submit your application package online so that you can receive status updates. If you cannot apply online:
1. Click to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
PLEASE NOTE: When completing the 1203-FX, be sure to select only one response for each question. Selecting more than one response for a question may result in your application package being rated ineligible.
You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. R sum , you are encouraged to choose only ONE method of submitting your resume. (HR will review the resume that the system date stamps as the latest one received and this may not be the resume which best reflects your qualfications for the job and may result in an ineligible rating.) You may submit your resume by: attaching it within your USAJOBS account; uploading it within your Application Manager account; OR faxing it.
2. Complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other Supporting Documents
The following supporting documents are ONLY required if applicable to your personal qualifications or status. They must be received by the closing date of the announcement or at the time of application if applying to an announcement with an extended closing date.
1. Transcripts and/or Certifications : You must submit documentation to substantiate any claim of education. Please submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses, grades earned. To be creditable, education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .
2. Veterans Preference : If you are claiming veteran's preference, you MUST submit the appropriate documentation. Failure to do so WILL result in the loss of veteran's preference, and will possibly impact your placement on the certificate. For more veterans' information please click here.
10-Point Veterans' Preference: You MUST submit a signed SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof as required by the SF-15. Click here for a copy of the SF-15.
5-Point Veterans' Preference: You MUST submit a copy of your DD-214 which includes Character of Service (usually Member-4 copy). If you are currently active duty, you may submit written documentation (certification) from your branch of service certifying that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed. The certification should also include when your terminal leave will begin, your rank and dates of active duty service.
3. Military Spouse Preference : Copy of spousal travel orders providing eligibility.
4. ICTAP Eligibles : A copy of the RIF separation notice and SF50 if available.
5. Cover Letter : You may submit a cover letter which will be forwarded to the selecting official with your resume. Your cover letter will not be used to verify your qualifications or eligibility.
WARNING: Failure to submit a complete application package including any required documentation by 11:59 PM (EST) Monday, December 15, 2014, or at the time of application for announcements with an extended closing date, may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration. To verify that your application is complete, log into your USJOBS account, select Application Status and More Information. The Details page will display the status of your application. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.
The occupational questionnaire and the resume that you submit will be used to assess your qualifications for the job, and to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
Application of Veterans Preference: The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligible's who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Qualified) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied.
All information included in the resume and Occupational Questionnaire is subject to review and verification. HR will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. Applicants meeting the minimum requirements will be further evaluated by information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have misrepresented your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position and, if you're already an employee, you may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal service.
These benefits generally apply if you are selected for a permanent or term appointment:
The Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program has many plans to choose from, all at very reasonable rates, which can be paid from pre-tax income.
The Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) is one of the premier retirement programs in the Nation. The program features three components: a retirement pension; the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP, an employee controlled investment program); and social security.
Federal Employee Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) offers numerous life insurance policy options covering federal employees and dependents.
Selections are subject to restrictions resulting from DoD Program for Stability of Civilian Employment.
A one year probationary or trial period may be required.
This is a Drug Testing position.
We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of the closing date.
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Priority Consideration: If you are a displaced Federal Civil Service employee, and have a minimum score of 85, you may be entitled to receive special priority selection under the ICTAP. For more information on ICTAP, click here ICTAP Guidance. NOTE: If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are NOT ICTAP eligible.
Retired Civil Service Employee: Employment of retired Federal employees receiving an annuity is subject to the requirements of the Department of Defense (DoD) policy guidance. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at .)
This is an INTERDISCIPLINARY POSITION classifiable in any one of the following classes: Computer Engineer, GS-0854, Electronics Engineer, GS-0855, or Computer Scientist, GS-1550. The nature of the work is such that persons with the appropriate qualifications and skills from any of these career fields may be considered equally well qualified to perform the work. Final classification of the position will be determined by the qualifications of the person selected to fill the position.
It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

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