Research Computer Engineer, AST, Data Systems

Date posted:
Monday, August 14, 2017
NASA Langley
Hampton, VA

About the Agency

This position may be filled at either grade level. If you are selected at the GS-12 level you may receive a one-time, non-competitive promotion to the target grade of GS-13 when eligible and recommended by management. Identification of promotion potential in this position does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher level duties.

The Durability, Damage Tolerance and Reliability Branch within the Research Directorate (RD), is seeking an individual to serve as a Research Computer Engineer. The incumbent will be responsible for the development of computational tools and methods for advanced structural materials simulations to assist in developing novel materials and study damage processes at multiple length scales in structural materials, including computational investigations of materials subjected to static, cyclic, and impact loads under representative flight environments.

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Serves as a member of a group that develops software and algorithms for the advancement of scientific knowledge and understanding of damage mechanics in polymer matrix composites and metallic materials, structural analysis, and health assessment. The incumbent will develop highly specialized libraries and applications in a research setting to solve problems related to the physics and mechanics of solids and develop methods for data visualization. The incumbent will work with other computer experts within NASA to advance core high-performance computing capability and to effectively utilize emerging computational tools.

The incumbent will work in close collaboration with a group of engineers, materials scientists, physicists, and mathematicians performing code planning, development, and maintenance. Robust codes will be developed and continually customized and maintained to exploit emerging computational and algorithmic paradigms and high performance computing architectures. Develops methods for multi-scale surrogate approaches to modeling and the inherent stochastic nature of material behavior. Develops new paradigms for the collection and integration of test, analysis and sensor data to enable higher fidelity study of the performance of complex aerospace vehicles and components in their operative environments. Understanding of data life cycle, and the importance of designing a generic code architecture is vital.

The incumbent will be expected to develop state of the art software and algorithms for advanced computational materials predictions; develop data-driven, machine learning approaches to experimental/simulation data analytics; develop computational models to predict fundamental deformation mechanisms in materials at operative length scales; advance and apply computational methodologies that exploit emerging computing paradigms; communicate research results through formal technical publications and presentations at national conferences, symposia, and workshops; write important publications; be active in professional societies and take a leading role in society committee activities.
Supervisory Status

Promotion Potential

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
A one-year probationary period may be required.
Occasional travel may be required.
Position subject to pre-employment background investigation.
To qualify at the GS-12 level applicants must meet one of the following in addition to the Basic Education Requirement:

a. One year of specialized experience in an appropriate field at least equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to GS-11 level work in the Federal service; or
b. Any combination of experience and graduate study**; or
c. Completion of all requirements for a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) in an appropriate field**.

Specialized experience includes: Experience in developing advanced algorithms for application in solid mechanics; developing highly parallel computational codes for engineering applications; object oriented programing; and high performance computing systems.

To qualify at the GS-13 level applicants must meet the Basic Education Requirement and have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level work in the Federal service, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above. There is no option to combine education and experience in order to qualify at the GS-13 level.

Specialized experience includes: Experience in developing advanced algorithms for application in solid mechanics; developing highly parallel computational codes for engineering applications; object oriented programing; high performance computing systems; developing surrogate models for improved computational efficiency; and developing computational materials codes for the prediction of mechanical properties of engineering materials.


A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Architecture, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science*, Earth and Planetary Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics (Pure or Applied), Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Meteorology, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Oceanography, Optical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Space Science, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering or other appropriate physical science or engineering field. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position. *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.

Required college majors for applicants qualifying on the basis of undergraduate or graduate education only**:

Computer Engineering. Other majors will qualify if the major includes or is supplemented as follows: a. Computer Science and Pure Mathematics are fully qualifying for Data Analysis, Modeling and Theoretical Simulation Techniques positions without further course requirements. For Data Systems, Hardware Systems and Software Systems positions, Computer Science and Pure Mathematics are qualifying if the major includes or is supplemented by 12 semester hours (or the equivalent) in appropriate Physical Science or Engineering courses and includes or is supplemented by at least two courses shown under "b.2." b. Applied Mathematics is qualifying if includes or is supplemented by at least two of the following courses: 1. For Data Analysis, Modeling and Theoretical Simulation Techniques: numerical methods (or numerical analysis); linear algebra, theory of equations, differential equations, mathematical statistics (if six semester hour course), operating systems, theory of computation, computer networks, programming languages, data structures, data base management, computer graphics, compiler construction, computer architecture, software engineering. 2. For Data Systems, Hardware Systems and Software Systems: electronics, electrical networks, solid-state physics (for transistors, tapes, etc.), optics (for simulation), electricity and magnetism, computer organization, logic design, control systems, communication theory. c. Other appropriate physical science and engineering majors are qualifying if the major includes or is supplemented by six semester hours (or the equivalent) in Mathematics beyond Basic Calculus and includes or is supplemented by at least two courses shown above under "b."

U.S. citizenship is required.