John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field Research Aerospace Engineer (Research AST, Heat Transfer) in Cleveland, Ohio

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

The position is located within the Fluid and Cryogenics Systems Branch (LTF0) in the Propulsion Division (LT00) in the Research and Engineering Directorate (L000). The incumbent serves as a Research Aerospace Engineer and as the technical lead for the Cryogenic Fluid Management (CFM) core competency. Applications include launch vehicles, aerospace vehicles, depots, planetary exploration. The incumbent conducts and leads research work (including the technical aspect of other researchers) to develop and test/apply cryogenic fluids management to the advanced vehicle propulsion work that is critical for the future of the planned exploration missions.

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This is a bargaining unit position.

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made from this announcement.


Coordinates the efforts of leading researchers at other NASA Centers, industry and academia to provide the agency with a robust and expanding database of cryogenic fluid behavior; including microgravity.

Evaluates emerging cryogenic/fluid and thermal management technologies and advocate their incorporation into ground based or flight experiments for improved performance goals, reduced weight, and operational complexity.

Performs computational modeling to improve performance and reliability of spacecraft systems and components.

Plans and directs cryogenic fluid management experimentation.

Leads a team of agency experts to define the content and scope of research and technology development in the cryogenic fluid management technical area.

Determines appropriate facilities and expertise (within and external to the agency) and required funding and advocates to the programs for funding.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Agency Employees Only: Current NASA Glenn Research Center federal employees and NASA federal employees on long-term rotational assignments to the NASA Engineering and Safety Center or the NASA Safety Center. Please see Job Requirements Section for more information.

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Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must meet all qualification requirements by announcement close date
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • Must have one year time-in-grade at the GS-13 by announcement close date

Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

For GS-14 consideration, specialized experience at the GS-13 grade level is defined as:

Demonstrated experience in the research and development, both experimental and analytical, of specific Cryogenic Fluid Management (CFM) technologies: including both active and passive thermal control systems.

Demonstrated experience advocating and planning CFM roadmap activities with Center Program/Project Management Representatives.

Demonstrated experience with advanced modeling techniques along with a basic knowledge of applicable disciplines, including (but not limited to) fluid physics; thermal control; heat transfer, and cryogenic fluid management.

Demonstrated experience leading multi-disciplinary engineering and research teams.

* In order to qualify for this position you must meet Basic Education Requirement*

Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree with a major in either a) engineering from a college or university that has ABET accredited engineering programs or b) Physical Science, Mathematics, Life Science, Computer Science, Other fields of science.

Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position.

The degree must have been received in the year of, or any year subsequent to the original date of accreditation. To find out if a school has an ABET accreditation, go to ABET accredited schools

Applicants must list their majors, related coursework, and GPA.

ABET accreditation requirement applies to foreign education. Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to the education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. If selected, a written evaluation of any foreign education must be provided to the Human Resources official making the offer. Please indicate in your resume that you have had your foreign education formally evaluated. Failure to provide this evaluation will result in your being found unqualified for the position.

This opportunity is open to current NASA Glenn Research Center federal employees serving on one of the following appointments: career, career-conditional, VRA, Schedule A appointment for individuals with disabilities, or NASA term appointment that provides eligibility to convert to a permanent appointment. NASA employees on long-term rotational assignments to the NASA Engineering and Safety Center or the NASA Safety Center may also apply.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Candidates for NASA positions are evaluated using our automated staffing and recruitment system, NASA STARS, which compares your skills and experience as described in your resume with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be a highly qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official. If you are a current federal employee and are contacted for an interview, you may be asked to provide a copy of your most recent performance appraisal narrative summary. At NASA, we pride ourselves on efficient and timely recruitment actions, and you can normally expect to learn the outcome of the selection process in a fairly short period of time. In addition, to ensure that you can measure progress for yourself, NASA provides you with regularly updated information on the status of the vacancy announcement.


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Other Information

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified. Federal employees seeking CTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

Qualified NASA term employees who have term conversion eligibility under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004 will be referred and considered equally with other NASA permanent employees under internal competitive placement procedures.

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Fair Employment Opportunities for Applicants NASA Credit for National Service

The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-17 to 2017-07-31

Salary: $105,508 to $137,161 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 14

Series: 0861 Aerospace Engineering

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: GR17C0078

Control number: 474358700