Senior Scientist, Space Situational Awareness (ST-0801/1301)

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United States Citizens Term Full Time
The mission of the United States Air Force is to _fly, fight_ and _win_...in air, space and cyberspace.
To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.
_POSITION_: Senior Scientist, Space Situational Awareness (ST-0801/1301)
_LOCATION_ : Directed Energy Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, NM
_SERIES & GRADE:_ SL-0801/1301-01
_S_ _ALARY_ : $145,100 - $167,000 per annum. ST members are eligible for bonuses and stipends in addition to annual salary. Recruitment/Relocation Bonus and Moving Expenses may be authorized. This is a Scientific or Professional (ST) position and is assigned a precedence priority code of DV-6 (equivalent to a Brigadier General) for protocol purposes.
_POSITION_ : 1) For non-government employees, this is a term appointment not to exceed 4 years. 2) For current government employees, this is a temporary promotion not to exceed 5 years. 3) See Section 4 "Additional Information" paragraphs I-J below.
_CONSIDERATION_ : Applications will be accepted from all qualified persons. Consideration will be extended without discrimination for any non-merit reason such as race, color, religion, gender, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, age, membership or non-membership in any employee organization, or disability.
U.S. Citizenship Required A Testing Designated Position, under the AF Civilian Drug Testing Program Must have or be able to obtain a TOP SECRET Security clearance Must file an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report Selected candidate will be subject to a one-year probationary period Active Duty Military Members must indicate retirement eligibility
1. BASIC DUTY SUMMARY: The Senior Scientist for Space Situational Awareness (SSA) serves as the principal
scientificauthority and independent researcher for creating data and deriving information from ground and space-based
sensors toprovide timely and accurate tracking and characterization of all objects in earth orbit. The incumbent is a
senior strategistwho initiates, technically plans, coordinates, evaluates, and guides research and development across five
pillars of SSA forobjects in near-earth and deep-space earth orbits: detect, track, and identification; characterization;
threat warning andassessment; data integration and exploitation; and protection and resiliency. The Senior Scientist for
SSA supports theDirectors and the Chief Scientists for AFRL's Directed Energy and Space Vehicles Directorates in
technical reviews andassessment of programs and new study areas, and interacts with other Air Force, government
agencies, and commercialentities to achieve exquisite knowledge of activities in, from, through, and to space. The
primary objectives are threefold. First is to advance the scientific understanding of methods to achieve substantially
improved SSA. The second objective isto develop technologies to enable SSA to support Air Force space superiority
operations in the air, space, and cyberspacedomains. Finally, the Senior Scientist for SSA coordinates the interactions
between AFRL's Directed Energy and SpaceVehicles Directorates and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).
2. QUALIFICATIONS: Eligibility will be based upon a clear showing the applicant has training, education and experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry-out the assignments of the position. Candidates must exemplify the corporate perspective, leadership vision, broad experience and character needed in the Civilian Senior Executive corps not only to satisfy the immediate vacancy, but future vacancies which will occur in a variety of organizations, functions and locations.
_Education Requirement:
For 0801, General Engineering Series:
a. A professional engineering degree from an accredited institution is required. 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. A combination of education and experience as required by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Acceptable combinations of education and experience can be found /.
For 1301, General Physical Science Series: a. Physical science, engineering, or mathematics degree that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
b. Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional /.
B . _ MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs) _ : A supplemental statement must be submitted separately addressing each TQ. TQs must provide specific examples that address relevant experience and accomplishments. Applicants must reflect superior technical qualifications demonstrated through leadership and management in the following:
(1)Demonstrated experience in initiating, technically planning, coordinating, evaluating, and guiding research and development across five pillars of SSA for objects in near-earth and deep-space earth orbits: detect, track, and identification; characterization; threat warning and assessment; data integration and exploitation; and protection and resiliency.
(2)In-depth knowledge of the research and development activities in more than one of the broad areas that contribute to SSA including ground- and space-based Radio Frequency (RF) and Electrical Optical (E-O) active and passive sensors, autonomous sensor networks, astrodynamics, physics-based high-fidelity modeling and simulation methods, space environments, space control options, and spacecraft propulsion.
(3)Proven strong analytical skills capable of analyzing and interpreting results and reports on work accomplished in relation to relevance as evidenced by publications in scientific journals, conference papers, and in-house reports.
(4) Ability to present and defend independent positions at the highest levels of government.
A. _SENIOR PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS_ : Supplemental statement addressing the following:
(1) _Contributions:_ AAchievements that impacted the organizations mission and contributed to knowledge
advancements in the field of space situational awareness.
(2) _Leadership:_ Recognized leader in application of space situational awareness technology practices, as evidenced by personal impact to and enhancement of the organization's capability and scope.
(3) _Professional Stature:_ Recognized standing as indicated by memberships and activity in professional organizations and/or within the larger DoD/Industry professional community. This includes citations, honors, awards, patents, and publications and other forms of recognition, such as requests for professional consultation, which indicate acceptance by peer group as an authoritative source in the field .
B. _DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS_ : The following will be used to help rate and rank eligible candidates:
(1) The ideal candidate will possess an advanced degree, ideally a Ph.D. or similar degree in an appropriate
scientific discipline.
(2) Fellowship or similar senior standing in scientific professional society.
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RATING AND RANKING METHODS: Applications will be evaluated against the qualifications requirements. Failure to meet any one of the Mandatory, Technical or Executive Core Qualifications standards will eliminate a candidate from further consideration. Candidates will be evaluated for this position by a screening panel composed of a diverse mix of senior executives and/or general officers selected for organizational and/or functional backgrounds relevant to this position. The panel discusses each application and reaches consensus as to the Best Qualified, Qualified or Not Qualified candidates. Only the Best Qualified candidates will be interviewed. The panel will then make a recommendation of those Best Qualified candidates who should be referred to the selecting official, in priority order. Final selection is contingent upon SecAF approval.
HOW TO APPLY : The following are the instructions to submit applications:
To be considered, AF/DPS must RECEIVE a complete Application Package via email by 11:59 PM (EST) of the CLOSING DATE of this vacancy announcement.
- Send an e-mail with the two attachments of the Application Package Requirements to:usaf.pentagon.af-a1.mbx.af-dps- @ with subject line: "Your Last Name: AF/DPS 14-49"
All Applications will be accepted via electronic format only.
Label the MSWord document file for Attachment 1 using the applicant's Last name and "Qualifications Documents" (e.g., "Jones Qualifications Documents").
Label the scanned document file for Attachment 2 using applicant's Last name and the "Supporting Documents" (e.g., "Jones Supporting Documents").
DO NOT submit any additional documents or attachments . Extraneous materials such as: position descriptions, diplomas, award certificates, promotion recommendation forms (PRFs), or letters of recommendation will not be considered or forwarded for review.
Confirmation of receipt will be provided via e-mail within 3 days of receiving an application. If you do not receive confirmation of receipt, please call the AF/DPS office.
(Limit 4 pages)
APPLICATION/RESUME: Including the following information in your resume:
Job Information: Announcement number (AF/DPS 14-49) and title of the position.
Personal Information: Full name, mailing address (with Zip Code), day and evening phone numbers (with area code) and complete e-mail address where you would like to receive correspondence regarding your application. PLEASE DO _NOT_ INCLUDE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
Country of Citizenship:
Current Security Clearance:
Salary: Please state your current salary.
_Federal Civilian_ : State highest grade held and date of promotion (e.g., GS-15/June 2006).
_Active-Duty/Retired Military:_ State highest rank held, date of promotion and date of retirement or date eligible to retire (e.g., Colonel/June 2006/August 2013).
Education: Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degree received. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, you may refer to the following U.S. Department of Education website:
Work Experience: Give the following information for your paid and non-paid work experience related to the job for which you are applying: (Do not send job descriptions.)
Starting and ending dates (month and year)
Job title (for government position, include civilian series and grade or military rank)
Employer's name and address
Supervisor's name and phone number. Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor
Hours per week
Number of employees supervised and/or scope of responsibility of employees led
Duties and accomplishments (summarized in one paragraph) Focus on relevant and recent experience and accomplishments within the last 10 years.
Other Qualifications :
Job-related training courses (title and year)
Job-related skills, for example, other languages and computer software/hardware
Job-related certificates and licenses (current only)
Job-related honors, awards and special accomplishments, for example, publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking and performance awards (give dates but do not send documents unless requested).
Publications : Provide a list of publications you have authored. Provide title, date and any co-authors, clearly indicate if you are the first author and state the impact of any publication on the community. References: Provide the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three individuals who can comment on your qualifications for this position. Please do not list supervisors already listed above.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR THE APPLICATION PACKAGE: To receive full consideration, each applicant must submit the following:
_Attachment 1 (Qualifications Documents):_ Items (A.-D.) must be submitted as one single, consolidated MS Word document in the order shown below. The Qualifications Documents must be formatted using Times New Roman, size 12 font, with 1-inch margins and should not exceed a total of 16 pages. Do not use/list a Social Security Number on any of the Attachment 1 Qualifications Documents.
A. Resume (Limit 4 pages).
B. Mandatory Technical Qualifications Statement addressing each of the TQs (Limit 8 pages).
C. Senior Professional Qualifications briefly addressing all 3 factors (Limit 3 pages).
D. Desirable Qualifications Statement briefly addressing each factor (Limit 1 page).
_Attachment 2 (Supporting Documents):_ Items (E.-J.) must be submitted as one single, consolidated attachment in the order shown below (e.g., scanned document using PDF format).
E. (Required): Most recent Performance Appraisal or Performance Report.
F. (Required): Most recent Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50, noting your current position, grade level and salary level (applies only to current or former civilian government employee).
G. (Required): College transcript(s) (copy is acceptable) which demonstrates the acceptable combinations of education and experience as noted by OPM and required for this occupational series: /.
H. (Required): Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306 -- Form available at
I. (Optional): Race and National Origin Identification, SF-181 -- Form available at
J. (Optional): Self-Identification of Handicap, SF-256 -- Form available at
Once your application package is received an acknowledgement email will be sent to you within 3 days of receiving your package. If you do not receive a response, contact our office at (DSN: 225).
The Air Force Senior Executive Management Office will notify candidates within 30-45 days of the announcement Closing Date by one of the following methods:
Telephone and/or email notification of scheduled interview date/time if candidate has been rated Best Qualified Or email notification to advise the candidate was not rated among the Best Qualified, thus not referred for interview.
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A. U.S. CITIZENSHIP. You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
B. EXECUTIVE PERSONNEL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT (Standard Form 278). Selected candidate must file this report in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
C. TOP SECRET SECURITY CLEARANCE . This position has been designated Critical-Sensitive and the selectee must have or be able to obtain a TOP SECRET clearance.
D. DRUG TESTING POSITION. This position is designated as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Air Force Civilian Drug Testing Program. Position requires the incumbent sign a Drug Testing letter (Condition of Employment for all Civilian Senior Executive (CSE) Positions identified as Critical under the Drug Abuse Testing Program) and pass urinalysis testing prior to appointment. This position also requires random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564, dated 14 Sep 86.
E. TRAVEL. Position requires travel under conditions specified in the DoD Joint Travel Regulations. Incumbent is expected to travel on short notice.
F. VETERANS' PREFERENCE. Veterans' preference is generally not applicable to the CSE.
G. PROBATIONARY PERIOD. An individual's initial SL career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a 1-year probationary period.
H. POST-GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS. This position may be subject to the post-government employment restrictions of Sections 207(a) and (f) of Title 18, United States Code.
I. ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY MEMBERS. On resume, indicate when you are eligible for retirement. If selected at the Screening Panel for an interview, Active Duty Military Members will be required to provide verification of retirement/separation or start of terminal leave date is within 120 days of the closing date of this announcement before attending the interview.
AF/DPS CONTACT INFORMATION: Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to Patricia Barfield at patricia.l.barfield2. (DSN 260) or the DPS office at usaf.pentagon.af-a1.mbx.af-dps- (DSN 225).
_This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable
accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please notify this office. The decision on
granting reasonable accommodations will be on a case-by-case basis._

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