Goddard Space Flight Center Operations Research Analyst in Greenbelt, Maryland

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

The Flight Projects Directorate, Resource Analysis Office (Code 405), is seeking an entry-level candidate to serve as an Operations Research Analyst. As an Operations Research Analyst, you will conduct analytical studies to provide Goddard Space Flight Center management with cost and workforce estimates on proposed and ongoing Flight Projects.


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As an Operations Research Analyst, you will provide Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) with cost and workforce estimates on proposed and ongoing flight projects. This will include: building mathematical models which predict the cost of (a) unmanned satellite subsystems, such as structures, communications, data handling, and power; (b) unmanned satellite payloads; (c) ground data handling systems; and (d) civil service manpower; developing an historical cost database after selecting the parameters and technical data from which models will be developed; and performing sensitivity analyses of the effects of the technical variables on costs and analyze and evaluate the results.

In addition, you will develop cost estimates based on mathematical cost models; review project programmatic and technical parameters; considers the effects on cost of the project design inheritance, complexity, size, advance of the state-of-the-art, number of flights and major alteration in current management practice; and carry out studies for the purposes of data collection and analysis in order to develop comprehensive and up-to-date models.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Applicants must possess at least a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent
  • Must have received qualifying degree within 2 years of appointment date
  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
  • Occasional travel is required

This position is announced under the NASA Distinguished Scholar (DS) Appointing Authority. All candidates, including veterans and CTAP/ICTAP eligibles, must meet the DS qualification requirements, including the requirement to have received the qualifying degree within two years of the date of appointment or conversion. Because the DS program includes specific grade point average (GPA) criteria, candidates must include GPA information in the Education section of their resume. Candidates who fail to do so will be found ineligible.

All candidates for Distinguished Scholar appointments qualify on the basis of education. Candidates must meet the required grade level criteria and must have received the qualifying degree from an accredited university within two years of the date of appointment.

For the GS-7 grade level, applicants must have a bachelor's degree, and must have achieved a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) and a GPA of 3.5 or higher for courses in the field of study required to qualify for the position.

To receive consideration, your resume MUST contain your complete degree information (i.e., type of degree received, year degree received, and major area of study). In addition to providing your degree information on your resume, you MUST list all courses you have taken which meet the education requirements for the 1515 series as well as the semester hours awarded. You MUST include the course code, descriptive title, and number of semester, quarter or classroom hours (e.g., MATH220, Elementary Calculus I, 3 Semester hours). If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will be required to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.

Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree in operations research; or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.

U.S. citizenship is required.

Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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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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Fair Employment Opportunities for Applicants NASA Credit for National ServiceIndividuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) will receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must meet basic qualifications and eligibility requirements.

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; 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/ICTAP. 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.

Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.

In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your resume. NASA's Applicant Guide provides the information needed to assist you in determining whether or not you can claim 5 or 10 point veterans preference. You should not submit documents to prove your eligibility for veterans preference at this time. However, you must be prepared to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resources Office. Veterans 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. 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.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

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The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/472293600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Salary Range: $44,941.00 to $58,428.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-1515-7/7

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals

Control Number: 472293600

Job Announcement Number: GS17G0001