AST, Data Systems,Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center,11-08-2018,USA Gov


Apply now


  • Open & closing dates

    11/08/2018 to 11/15/2018

  • Service


  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 9

  • Salary

    $57,777 to $75,112 per year

  • Appointment type

    Recent Graduates

  • Work schedule



1 vacancy in the following location:


    Houston, TX

    1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed


Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

This job is open to


    Recent graduates

    Individuals who have graduated from an accredited educational institute or certificate program within the last 2 years or 6 years for Veterans.

Clarification from the agency

Individuals who have graduated from an accredited educational insitution within the last two years.

Veterans who were unable to apply for Pathways Recent Graduate jobs due to active military service are eligible for two years after release or discharge from active duty, up to six years after completing degree requirements.



Announcement number


Control number


  • Help



    NASA’s Recent Graduates program provides an opportunity for you to gain experience in the Federal civil service at the beginning of your career. If selected, you will be placed in a dynamic, one-year career development program, and provided with a mentor and an individual training plan that may include specialized training, formal rotational assignments, and other developmental activities. If you successfully complete the program, you may be converted to a term or permanent position.

    Learn more about this agency


    This position is part of the NASA Pathways Recent Graduate Program which is a formal training program. You may be required to perform rotational assignments in various organizations.

    Serves as a Junior Systems Engineer with responsibility for supporting the development, operations and sustainment of Mission Systems within the Mission Systems Division (MSD) of the Flight Operations Directorate (FOD). These Mission Systems include Mission Control Center Systems (MCCS) and/or Training Systems (TS) in support of the International Space Station (ISS) and other human aerospace development and operations programs. The position develops, assists in the analysis, and assists in the implementation of data handling, computer systems, and/or hardware to enable Flight Controllers and/or Flight Operations instructors to perform safe and reliable Human Spaceflight and aviation missions.


    -Develops Mission Systems requirements and operations concepts/capabilities in support of NASA Human Spaceflight missions for the International Space Station (ISS), ISS visiting vehicles, NASA-controlled commercial crew vehicles, NASA Exploration Programs, and future NASA programs.

    -Supports the development of command and control and/or training simulation hardware and software systems to support Astronaut operations/training and flight controller operations/training.

    -Develops and sustains state of the art ground systems to support human spacecraft operations to include command, telemetry, tracking, and video systems supporting Mission Control Center Systems and/or Training Systems.

    -Participates in engineering assessments and trade-off studies of new concepts and potential requirements to determine operation suitability in terms of the current Mission Systems capability and capacity, as well as sound operational practices and principles.

    -Work environment involves significant team engagement and working collaboratively with peers and customers to create solutions to critical capabilities for Human Spaceflight.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel – Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0854 Computer Engineering

    Similar jobs

    • Computer Hardware Engineers
    • Engineers, Computer Hardware
  • Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen or national
    • Be at least 16 years of age at the time of appointment
    • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
    • You will serve a trial period for the duration of the Recent Graduate appointment.
    • You will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.


    The following major(s) are preferred: Computer Science or Computer Engineering

    To qualify for the GS-9 level, in addition to the basic educational requirement, you must meet one of the criteria listed under educational qualifications.


    A bachelor’s degree in one of the preferred fields with at least 1 year of specialized experience.

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

    Specialized experience is defined as professional working experience that included the following:

    -Knowledge of human spaceflight command and control systems and/or training simulation systems design, development, and operations.
    -Knowledge of principles and practices of systems engineering and systems development of computer, data handling, and communications systems.
    -Knowledge of the functional operations of human spacecraft systems including their capabilities, limitations, control systems, and the applicable astronaut procedures and control.
    -Knowledge of state of the art human spacecraft operations of voice, command and control, telemetry, tracking, and video systems.
    -General interpersonal communications skills in both written and oral forms enabling positive and productive interaction with team members, external organizations, and stakeholders.
    -Knowledge of operational concepts, plans, and procedures for developing spacecraft communications hardware and software systems, for analyzing integrated spacecraft systems, and for supporting mission, spacecraft, and ground systems design activities.

    Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Experiences copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.


    To qualify for the GS-9 level, you must have a Masters degree


    A Bachelors degree with at least 1 year of specialized experience.

    Basic Education Requirement: A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major study in Computer Science or Computer Engineering.

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

    You must indicate your major as well as your degree in order to receive full consideration for this position.

    If you are using education completed outside of the U.S. to meet the qualifications for this position, you must have it evaluated by a credential evaluation service to determine if it is comparable to education from accredited U.S. institutions. If you are selected, you must provide a written evaluation of your foreign education to the human resources office. If you do not provide the written evaluation, you may be found unqualified for the position.

    Additional information

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

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

    If you successfully complete the program, you may be converted to a term or permanent position. Eligibility for conversion does not guarantee that NASA will offer conversion. At NASA, term appointments last from one to six years. If a Recent Graduate appointee is converted to a term appointment, they may later be converted to a permanent appointment without competing. The Recent Graduate may be converted to a AST, Data Systems position with promotion potential to the GS-13 level.

    The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

    Read more

    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 preferred areas of study described above.

    If you meet the eligibility requirements and minimum qualifications, you will be further evaluated based on the major studies listed under ‘Education.’ As a result, applicants will be placed in one of two categories (Qualified or Best Qualified) in accordance with NASA’s Category Rating-Like Process. The Category Rating-Like Process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed at the top of the highest category, except when the position being filled is professional or scientific at the GS-09 grade level or higher. For a list of professional or scientific occupational series, click here

    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.

    Read more

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Applicable

    Drug test required


  • 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.

  • 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. Learn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    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.

  • How to Apply

    Before you begin the application process, please read the vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. Failure to submit a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration. Your application must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.

    You may begin the process of submitting your resume by clicking on the ‘Apply Online’ link. In order to be considered, you must submit a resume using the resume builder available on the USAJobs site. NASA does not accept uploaded resumes created outside of the USAJobs resume builder process. Additionally, NASA does not accept documents attached through the USAJobs’ document attachment feature.

    Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be transferred to a NASA website and asked to complete a short series of NASA-specific questions. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application package and receive consideration. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application. If you successfully apply, USAJobs will show your application status as ‘resume received – complete’ (if your status is ‘Application Started’, you have not successfully applied.) Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.

    If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume to:
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    4200 Rideout Road
    Resume Operations Center/Mailstop: 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.

    Read more

    Agency contact information

    Susan J. Anderson





    NASA’s Resume Operations Center
    4200 Rideout Road, Mailstop HS50
    Marshall Space Flight Center,

    Learn more about this agency

    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 upon 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.

    Read more

  • Fair & Transparent

    The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

    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.

    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

    Read more

    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 process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants 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.

    Read more

    Legal and regulatory guidance

    • Financial suitability
    • Social security number request
    • Privacy Act
    • Signature and false statements
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period

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