National Aeronautics and Space Administration Student Trainee (Engineering) - NASA Pathways Intern Employment Program in Cleveland, Ohio

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Summary

This position is in NASA’s Pathways Intern Program which provides students with the opportunity to explore NASA careers and gain meaningful developmental work experience. This position is for an Engineering Student Trainee in the Communications and Intelligent Systems Division of the Advanced High Frequency Branch at the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC).

The Advanced High Frequency Branch conducts research and development in the areas of Radio Frequency (RF) devices and circuits including antennas, high power and low noise amplifiers, and RF propagation for aerospace communications. Includes development, test and characterization of RF devices and components such as solid state power amplifiers, power combiners, RF communication circuits for bio-medical applications, semiconductor and superconducting receivers and ferroelectric devices, at microwave, mm-wave and THz frequencies. Develops technologies in support of the next generation space communications architecture, such as superconducting quantum interference filter (SQIF) receivers and Ka-band multi-access antenna arrays. Facilities include planar and cylindrical near-field, far-field and compact antenna ranges, microwave/millimeter-wave device and circuit characterization laboratory, and RF propagation laboratory.

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Responsibilities

The student will design, develop, and test antennas including phased arrays, Radio Frequency (RF) mixed-signal, and hybrid RF/Optical circuits and RF components such as solid state power amplifiers to address the needs of emerging aerospace communication technology areas for future NASA missions. Design, simulation, and modeling of components and devices pertinent to the aforementioned communication technologies will be performed using various electromagnetic simulations tools such as HFSS and Microwave Studio, while the experimental, testing and verification work will be performed using state of the art RF and RF/Optical instrumentation and characterization systems including antenna ranges.

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Who May Apply
This job is open to…

U.S. citizens and nationals who are enrolled students or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis in accredited educational institutions.

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0899 Engineering And Architecture Student Trainee

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Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • Be at least 16 years of age at the time of appointment.
  • Enrolled/accepted in an accredited educational institution.
  • Pursuing a degree with a minimum of 30 semester hours completed.
  • Maintain enrollement at least half time as defined by the institution.
  • Have and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.9 on a 4.0 scale.

  • Available to work at least 640 hours prior to completion of degree.

  • Required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.

  • Have at least one year remaining before completing degree requirements.

  • Expected to start no earlier than December 2017. Applicants who indicate a graduation date prior to December 2018 will be found ineligible.

Qualifications

Starting GS grade levels are determined by education level:

GS-4: Enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program and have completed at least 30 semester hours or at least 45 quarter hours of undergraduate education.

GS-5: Enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program and have completed at least 60 semester hours or at least 90 quarter hours of undergraduate education.

GS-6: Enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program and have completed 90 or more semester hours or 135 or more quarter hours of undergraduate education.

GS-7: Accepted into a master’s or juris doctor program OR in the first year of a master’s or juris doctor program.

GS-9: Completed one academic year of a master’s or juris doctor program OR accepted into a doctorate program OR in the first year of a doctorate program.

GS-11: Completed one year of doctorate-level study.

Education

To be eligible for this position, you must be pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering or Electronics Engineering at an accredited educational institution. Degrees in engineering technology are not qualifying for this position. Engineering degrees must be from a college or university school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum. To find out if a degree meets this requirement, go to http://www.abet.org.

Additional information

You must meet eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

You will only be considered for the highest grade for which you qualify.

Interns may be promoted to higher grades based on the amount of education completed and acceptable performance, however, promotions are not guaranteed.

You will be expected to comply with Center Pathway policies located at: www.grc.nasa.gov/pathways/.

You will serve a trial period for the duration of the Intern appointment.

Interns may work schedules not to exceed 1,040 hours per year (part-time or full-time on an intermittent basis). The supervisor and Intern will agree on a formally-arranged schedule of school and work rotations. A rotation is a defined period of work or school study, usually a semester, a summer, or a quarter in length.

Although this vacancy announcement is advertised for multiple grade levels, it is not intended to convey any implication nor expectation that positions will be filled at all grade levels.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional positions within 90 days of the closing date of the announcement.

Interns may be considered for conversion to a term or permanent appointment within 120 days of completion of degree requirements provided they:

  • Successfully completed an academic course of study with a GPA of at least 2.9 (on a 4.0 scale);

  • Complete a minimum of 640 hours of work experience before completing degree requirements;

  • Meet the qualification requirements for the position to which they are converted; and

  • Maintain acceptable performance.

* Eligibility for conversion does not guarantee that NASA will offer conversion.* At NASA, term appointments last from one to six years. If an Intern is converted to a term appointment, they may later be converted to a permanent appointment without competing.

The intern may be converted to an Electronics Engineer with full performance to the GS-13.

The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

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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.

We will review your application, including your answers to the NASA-specific questions, to ensure that you meet eligibility requirements and minimum qualifications. Candidates may be further evaluated based on required areas of study described above.

Veterans' preference applies in the hiring process. In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans' preference when you apply. Veteran's 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. For more information about Veterans' Preference, please visit this link.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Not Applicable

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Required Documents

NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the NASA supplemental questions. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans' preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). 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.

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.

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  • Healthcare insurance
  • Pay and leave

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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

Before you begin the application process, please read this vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. We encourage you to provide a complete description of your educational achievements and include both paid and non-paid work in the experience portion of your resume. If you submit a resume that does not contain the required information, you may lose consideration. Your application must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.

To begin the application process, click on the “Apply” link. In order to be considered, you must submit a resume completed on the USAJOBS site. When completing your USAJOBS resume, please remember that NASA limits resumes to 32,000 characters, including spaces. You will NOT be allowed to complete the application process if your resume is too long or if your resume was uploaded to USAJOBS from another source. Also, NASA does not accept documents attached through USAJOBS’ document attachment feature.

Once you submit your resume, you will be transferred to a NASA website to complete a short series of questions. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application process. If you successfully apply, you will receive a confirmation email from NASA. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. You may edit a previously-submitted application, if the announcement is still open.

If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume to: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Resume Operations Center, Mail stop: HS50, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812. Do NOT submit your resume directly to the Center advertising this vacancy. Mailed resumes must be received by the close of business on the closing date of the announcement. Hard copy resume requirements are provided at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements.

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Agency contact information
Taylor Lewis
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taylor.lewis@nasa.gov

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NASA's Resume Operations Center 4200 Rideout Road, Mailstop HS50 Marshall Space Flight Center, AL US

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Next steps

If you are found qualified, you may be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends up on the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official. If you are selected, you will be notified by phone or email with a tentative job offer pending verification that you meet all eligibility and qualification requirements. An official, written firm job offer will only be issued once all requirements have been verified.

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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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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/478916100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 09/11/2017 to 09/29/2017

Salary: $30,543 to $62,643 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 4 - 11

Work schedule: Part-Time - Part Time

Appointment type: Internships