Department of the Navy Dahlgren, VA
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This is a public notice flyer to notify interested applicants of anticipated vacancies. Applications will not be accepted through this flyer. Interested applicants must follow the directions in the "How to Apply" section of this flyer to be considered. There may or may not be actual vacancies filled from this flyer. Notice of Result letters will not be sent to applicants who respond to this flyer.

The Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) mission is to provide research, development, test and evaluation, analysis, systems engineering, integration and certification of complex naval warfare systems. Dahlgren has provided incomparable software expertise to the Navy in the area of ballistic missiles. This includes both planning and fire control systems.

The Nuclear Command and Control Systems Development Branch has an immediate need for computer scientists to join our team and provide programming expertise.

The selectee for this position will serve as an Engineer/Scientist in the Strategic & Computing Systems Department, Strategic Systems Design & Implementation Division, Nuclear Command & Control Systems Development Branch of (Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren).

THIS IS A DIRECT HIRE ANNOUNCEMENT. Sections 1122 (a)(1) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 authorize the Secretary of Defense to recruit and appoint qualified candidates directly into certain scientific and engineering positions within the Department of Defense. Competitive rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to the Direct Hire process.

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* You will research, design, implement and test in a highly agile and collaborative environment to provide quality software to be used in a networked environment by our warfighters.

* You will be developing software for a large software system.

* You will developing software using an agile process (such as scrum).

* You will work with multiple organizations consisting of contractors, government, and other technical specialists.

* You will apply analysis and problem solving techniques to perform professional scientific/engineering work.

* You will plan and track work assignments to meet project goals.

* You will ensure software design and coding techniques are applicable to the project assigned.

* You will be using software development for high level object oriented computer science programming languages.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

0801 General Engineering

1301 General Physical Science

1520 Mathematics

1550 Computer Science

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* Must be a US Citizen.

* Must be determined suitable for federal employment.

* Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.

* New employees to the Department of the Navy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit

* You will be required to obtain and maintain an interim and/or final security clearance prior to entrance on duty. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal.

* This position is covered under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA). You must be certified as a Career Field ENG-Engineering (S) Level I. Certification is required within 24 months of appointment.

* Successful completion of a pre-employment drug test (including marijuana) is required. A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if you fail to report to the drug test appointment or pass the test. You will be subject to random testing.


Applicants must meet the following positive education qualifications requirements of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Standards Manual:

0801-Professional Engineering Series - Degree: I have successfully completed a bachelor's or higher engineering degree from an accredited college or university. 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. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.

0801-Professional Engineering Series - Substitution of Education/Experience: I have a combination of college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: (I) Professional Registration: Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g. State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for position that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration; or (II) Written Test: Successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico; or (III) Specified academic courses: Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A (response above); or (IV) Related curriculum: Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least one year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (Note: Please see the Qualifications & Education sections of this announcement for a link to the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Individual Occupational Requirements. OPM guidance indicates that there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience. This training plan or experience must be well documented and provided at time of application.)

1301-Physical Science Series: I have a degree in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that includes 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics; or, I have a combination of education and experience in one of the above majors that includes at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

1520-Mathematics Series: I have a degree in mathematics or the equivalent of a major that included at least 24 semester hours in mathematics; or, I have a combination of education and experience demonstrated by courses equivalent to a major in mathematics (including at least 24 semester hours in mathematics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

1550-Computer Science Series: I have a degree in computer science or degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of my 30 semester hours were in a combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus.

In addition to the Basic Requirements for this position, Your resume must also demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the ND-03 (GS-9/11 equivalent) grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience must demonstrate the following: As a professional engineer or scientist leading development and integration programs/projects for agile software.

Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management website:

Individual Occupational Requirements for 0800 series:

Individual Occupational Requirements for 1301:

Individual Occupational Requirements for 1520:

Individual Occupational Requirements for 1550:

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.


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