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Langley Research Center Chief Engineer for Johnson Space Center - NASA Engineering & Safety Center in Houston, Texas


The NASA Engineering & Safety Center (NESC) provides a central location to coordinate and conduct independent engineering and safety assessments for NASA's high-risk programs. It performs independent in-depth technical assessments; conducts independent engineering and safety and mission assurance trend analysis; conducts independent systems engineering analysis; facilitates or leads selected mishap investigations; and supports major programs or institutions in the resolution of technical issues.


The Chief Engineer for Johnson Space Center - NASA Engineering & Safety Center: - Is assigned to the NESC at Langley Research Center but resides at the program site at Johnson Space Center. - Provides the NESC with technical insight into NASA's programs. - Evaluates programs' technical decisions and rationale in order to notify the NESC when an independent assessment is warranted or requested by the respective programs or institutional engineering. - Depending on the size and breadth of a program, utilizes engineering support from other program sites. - Fosters regular, open communication with programs' Safety and Mission Assurance and Engineering communities. - Stays abreast of all issues and supports parent programs and/or institutions. - Serves as a non-voting member of his/her respective programs' technical review boards with authority to request action from the program/board. - Serves as a voting member of the NESC Review Board.


Conditions of Employment


To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must be a recognized subject matter expert with at least 1 year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-15 level. The incumbent must possess expert knowledge and experience sufficient to provide the NESC with in-depth technical insight into NASA's programs, to evaluate the programs' technical decisions and rationale, and to determine when an independent assessment is warranted. Additionally, the incumbent must possess senior-level leadership capabilities sufficient to lead and foster open communication. NASA programs include but are not limited to: International Space Station, Commercial Crew, Space Launch System, Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, James Webb Space Telescope, and Mars Exploration. Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Experience statements 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 meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you MUST address each Senior Level (SL) Evaluation Criteria separately not to exceed a total of ten (10) pages. If you fail to do so, your application will be rated ineligible. For the full definition of the SL Evaluation Criteria and Process please visit Please include your full name on all documents submitted. SL EVALUATION CRITERIA: 1. Education Level and Training 2. Technical Excellence and Contributions

a. Experience/Accomplishments

b. Technical and Strategic Problem Solving

c. Information Transfer 3. Awards and Recognition 4. Outside Professional Activities 5. Corporate Cooperation and Technical Leadership Skills


This position has a positive education requirement. To be eligible, you must clearly state in your resume the following: degree, major and/or minor, date degree awarded, and college/university. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in engineering, physical science, mathematics, life sciences, computer science, or other field of science. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs. These education credentials must be deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, click here.

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The selectee receives a temporary promotion and serves for a period of 3 to 5 years. Upon conclusion of the temporary promotion, the selectee will then return to an appropriate position at a grade level no lower than the grade previously held. This temporary promotion may be converted to a permanent appointment without further competition. This temporary promotion may be terminated at any time.