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    Technical Analyst with STEM PhD

    National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
    Chantilly, VA 20151
    Full-time, Part-time
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    Job Description

    Job Description

    Do you enjoy designing, creating, and exploring possibilities? Are you a recently graduated or a candidate for a STEM PhD looking for an exciting challenge?  Does designing complex and innovative overhead reconnaissance systems interest you?  Does a career with an “out of this world” mission sound intriguing? 

    If so, the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is looking for you!

    The NRO seeks recently graduated or early career STEM Doctorate degree professionals (GG-11 to GG-12)  to serve as Technical Analysts.  NRO will select multiple motivated, highly qualified individuals to engage in the NRO mission by applying creative solutions to complex technical and operational problems.  Selectees will have the following responsibilities:

    • Prepare, provide, and evaluate conventional plans, designs, design specifications, and related documentation determining and/or executing actions for a wide range of assignments involving a combination of complex features.
    • Provide advice to senior colleagues and/or management officials responsible for broad program operations.
    • Research trends and patterns; develop new methods and criteria; propose new policies and practices; conduct technical analysis and field laboratory work to achieve products or services.
    • Evaluate the value and applicability of new or improved technology, strategies, trends, or applications.
    • Assess project and program effectiveness interacting with NRO-user community with respect to system and/or operational requirements.
    • Provide expertise and advice on program planning and policy-making functions covering a broad range of engineering and scientific program and plans. Develop and advise on and implement critical projects and/or segments of NRO programs, projects, or activities.
    • Initiate and conduct thorough and comprehensive analytical studies or other complex studies involving varied subject matters. Studies vary in complexity based on scenario and the number of analytical models employed. Define the problem, formulate scope, establish objectives, formulate methodologies, coordinate research contributions of others and identify significant findings. Produce insightful findings, alternative courses of action, solutions to critical problems, etc., which have significant impact in changing or improving practical and/or theoretical concept development to future special operations.
    • Conduct systemic exploration of problems and analysis of alternatives. Present trend analysis data ascertaining potential problem areas. Define the problems involved, formulate concepts in addressing these problems, and review and evaluate the final outcomes of the study. Identify and clarify major factors and issues of the study. Establish the objectives and approach; formulate methodologies; and plans, advise on and coordinate study activities.
    • Plan, execute and report on original studies or ongoing studies requiring a fresh approach to resolve new problems, modifying and adapting standard procedures, methods and techniques to address problems.
    • Plan, coordinate, implement, test, and conduct projects, serving as an advisor to other scientists or engineers.
    • Perform scientific and technical evaluation, correlation, synthesis and presentation or important data in a complex field making significant technical and scientific recommendations and decisions.

    Qualification Requirements

    This position requires Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) Doctorate degree which falls in the 0801, 1301, or 1501 OPM occupational series.  Degree areas are outlined below:

    For the 0801 Series:

    Degree: Professional Engineering. 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.

    For the 1301 Series:

    Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.

    For the 1501 Series:

    Degree: Mathematics, statistics, or actuarial science. The degree must be in a major field of study (at least at the baccalaureate level) that is appropriate for the position.
     

    Application Review and Notification

    NRO will evaluate your online application to ensure it demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, experience, and any mandatory education, certification, and/or license requirements to successfully perform the duties of the advertised position.

    Interviews

    Applicants selected for an interview will be notified via the email provided in the application.

    Note: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for/respond to a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.


    Additional Information about Working for NRO Cadre


    Basic Eligibility for a position with NRO:

    • U.S. Citizenship is required
    • You must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI security clearance
    • You will be subject to pre-employment and periodic drug testing
    • You will be subject to pre-employment and periodic polygraph examinations

    DCIPS Coverage
    These positions are a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 USC 1601.  To learn more about the DCIPS graded structure, please visit: https://dcips.defense.gov/Human-Resources/Compensation/.
     

    Hiring Incentives
    The NRO may offer hiring incentives and other entitlements at management’s discretion.


    Trial Period
    All new DCIPS employees will be required to serve a 2-year trial period.


    Veterans’ Preference
    DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans’ Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Vol 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement.  If you are a veteran claiming veterans’ preference, as defined by section 2108 of Title 5 USC, you must submit documents verifying your eligibility with your application package.


    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  
     

    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.

    Privacy Act Notice

    Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): We use this information to determine qualifications for employment. This is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.


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    Posting ID: 599672004Posted: 2021-01-17