National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) is the national source for air, space, and cyberspace intelligence. By working with us, you’ll help discover and characterize the capabilities, limitations, and vulnerabilities of our nation’s enemies. As a NASIC employee, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of experts, working together to solve technical challenges. This position is within the National Air & Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) (HAF/A2), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
This announcement will be open 1 – 28 February 2021
Salary: $ 67,736 - $ 82,302 per year
You must be a US citizen to be eligible for a position at NASIC, and you must be able/willing to obtain/maintain a Top Secret security clearance. A non-disclosure agreement must be signed upon hire.
- The primary purpose of this position is to provide professional scientific knowledge in performance of work requiring the application of engineering, mathematics, statistical analysis, modeling/simulation, and/or other scientific principles, methods, and techniques. Applies computer engineering, electric or electronic engineering, or computer science knowledge in the planning, research, design, development, test, evaluation, integration, acquisition, dissemination, sustainment, modification, and/or exploitation of complex electronic systems to support the organization's mission objectives.
- Applies aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, electronic engineering or computer science knowledge in analysis and assessment of foreign research, design, development, test, evaluation, integration, acquisition, dissemination, sustainment, modification, and/or exploitation of complex electronic systems to support the organization's mission objectives. Performs complete studies of limited scope or portions of larger projects, modifying/adapting techniques to fit situations, some requiring innovative approaches and intelligence analysis and production tradecraft. Works under the guidance of senior analyst(s), to formulate, plan, direct, and carry to completion a variety of analyses and/or works as a team member on specific problems of major studies. Establishes assumptions, measures effectiveness of approaches, and evaluates available alternatives.
- With assistance, utilizes scientific inquiry in the development of models/simulations and/or computer programs to evaluate and predict the ability to support assigned projects, studies, or problems. Diagnoses problems using a comprehensive knowledge of scientific techniques ( e.g., data collection and analysis procedures). Participates in problem definition and refinement. Utilizes mathematical and statistical techniques, theory, and knowledge to develop solutions to problems.
- Develops or adapts existing models to accomplish analyses and evaluates algorithms and other logic. Utilizes recognized methods and applies existing models when applicable to develop solutions. For specific taskings, devises new methods of problem solving, working in areas where there is a lack of applicable precedents. Work may require providing preliminary scientific analyses on large and complex projects; or developing portions of broad projects, and using or adapting complex modeling techniques to meet project objectives or solve problems.
- Performs studies/evaluations on an individual basis or as a team member responsible for completing defined portions of an overall work effort. Serves as a consultant making technical recommendations to other organizations, commands, and/or agencies. Promotes interchange of information on mission requirements, capabilities, deficiencies, and technology applications.
- Analyzes problems revealed by prior studies and advises higher officials of the feasibility of different approaches which provide a basis for action or the solution to a specific problem. Evaluates various alternatives for meeting program/project objectives or for resolving difficult problems; and provides recommendation on best alternative(s) to supervisor and/or senior engineers. Receives guidance from more experienced scientists and/or engineers on highly complex problems. Leads and/or participates in teams working various stages of projects.
- Attends meetings, conferences, briefings, and seminars related to program planning, advanced technologies, and support system concepts. Represents the organization during visits with government and industry representatives. Coordinates the contributions of professionals and specialists, notes problems that arise, and resolves differences. Prepares and presents briefings on the study's progress and results. Prepares technical reports and/or documents progress and results of each study. Makes presentations at various scientific and technical meetings. Keeps well informed on rapidly changing technology, evaluating its possible impact on organization missions. Protects classified material. Demonstrates sound security practices for ensuring the safeguarding of classified information.
1. Professional knowledge of the concepts, principles, theories and practices involved in computer/electrical/electronics/aerospace engineering or computer science to perform studies, modify standard practices, and/or resolve issues related to the analysis and predictive assessment of complex foreign electrical/software systems capable of counterspace cyber attacks.
2. Knowledge of security procedures to maintain control of classified material.
3. Understanding of agency, AF, Department of Defense (DoD), and national-level doctrine, regulations, policies, guidelines, requirements, and initiatives related to assigned program(s) and/or project(s).
4. Skill in applying analytical and evaluative techniques and intelligence analysis and production tradecraft to identify, investigate, and resolve complex issues or problems.
5. Ability to foresee the impact of changing technology.
6. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, in order to produce highly technical reports, position papers, and briefings which are appropriate for the intended audience; and to maintain good working relationships.
EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION QUALIFICATION, and FOREIGN EDUCATION QUALIFICATION: Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standards; for additional information refer to the General Schedule (GS) qualifications link: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=List-by-Occupational-Series
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship Required
- All new DCIPS employees are required to complete a two-year DCIPS trial period.
- Position is designated special-sensitive and incumbent must be able to obtain and retain a TOP SECRET (TS) security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI). A non-disclosure agreement must be signed.
- PCS expenses, if authorized, will be paid per IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations
- Recruitment incentives may be authorized
- This position is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
- Must be registered for Selective Service, see Legal and Regulatory Guide
- Drug Testing: This position has been designated by the Air Force as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Air Force Civilian Testing Program. Employee must pass initial and periodic drug testing.
- Shift work and emergency overtime may be required
- Employee must maintain current certifications
- Disclosure of Political Appointments
- The employee may be required to travel in military and/or commercial aircraft to perform temporary duty assignments.
- The work is primarily sedentary. Items carried typically include briefcases, notebooks, working papers, references, data print outs, and suitcases. A moderate amount of standing and walking is required in getting to and from meetings and
- The workspace is adequately heated, lighted, and ventilated. There is occasional noise from office equipment, such as printers, fax machines, and telephones. The employee is required to perform in varying office and meeting environments.
- The incumbent observes normal safety precautions when working in and travelling away from the work site.
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE
This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel Systems (DCIPS) position. Work Category is Professional and Work Level is Entry. For more information regarding DCIPS, including Veteran’s Preference, please visit https://dcips.defense.gov/. If claiming Veteran’s Preference, please provide the DD214. If not provided, then Veteran’s Preference will not be considered.
How you will be evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. Link to GS Qualifications for additional information: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=List-by-Occupational-Series
Tax Law Impact PCS:
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