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Supervisory Computer Scientist

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  • Air Force Test Center

Come be a part of something big! Smart Minds, Cool Jobs and Awesome Rewards! Fueled by innovation, talent and ambition, the Air Force Civilian Service is seeking civilian professionals prepared to deploy war-winning capabilities on behalf of the United States Air Force.

The Air Force Test Center (AFTC) is where tomorrows Air Force is tested! Long considered the “Center of the Aerospace Testing Universe”, AFTC is truly where Air Force superiority begins. Home to many Aerospace establishments and records, AFTC remains the state-of-the-art leader in Aerospace testing, and provides the warfighter with cutting-edge technology. AFTC does not only celebrate its past, but we continue to lead from the front. Join our team today and make Aerospace history!

The Air Force Test Center is looking for a Full-Time Element Lead and Supervisor (NH-0855-03, NH-0854-03, NH-01550-03 or NH-0801-03) to work at the 96 Test Wing,96 Cyberspace Test Group, Detachment 1, 48 Cyberspace Test Squadron (Det 1, 48 CTS/CCEL) at Edwards Air Force Base in Edwards, CA.

NO 6-MONTH WAIT! Recently retired and/or retiring from MILITARY service ARE eligible for immediate appointment for AFTC positions. The 180-day waiting period has been waived for AFTC to hire recently retired and/or retiring service members.

Full-time Air Force Civilian Service employees enjoy the below benefits, and more!
• Paid Time-Off:
o 11 Federal Holidays off per year
o Vacation time (Annual Leave) accumulates based on length of employment. Starts at 13 days (104 hours) per year and up to 26 days (208 hours) per year.
o 13 sick days per year (104 hours)
• Various Medical, Dental & Vision packages to choose from for entire family.
• Retirement:
o Pension: Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)
o 401K: Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) available with up to 5% agency matching.
• Flexible work schedules and shift work may be available (depends on position)
• Employee assistance Programs
• Health and Wellness resources
• Tuition Assistance & Professional Development opportunities
• Many career enhancement and promotion opportunities

To learn more about our benefits, check out the following link:

• This position MAY be eligible for a recruitment/relocation incentive. Specifics will be discussed with the Selecting Official.

Telework Information:
• Eligible for situational telework only, including Emergency and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) prescribed “Unscheduled Telework.”

Travel Requirements:
• Up to 25% Travel possible

This position has a typical 2024 salary range of $101,121 - $156,323 (includes locality).

Announcement Closes: 10 July 2024 at 11:59 pm (EST)

Position specific skills and experience desired in a potential candidate:
• 3-5 years of experience in supervising and leading a small group
• 1-2 years of experience managing a laboratory in the development and research of new technology and field solutions to meet internal requirements is highly desired.
• 2 years of experience implementing software or hardware to augment tools and equipment used in testing weapons systems is highly desired.

In this position you will serve as the element lead and supervisor of the Cyber Contested Environment Laboratory performing professional scientific/engineering work in support of projects/programs pertaining to the developmental test and evaluation of Department of Defense (DOD) and commercial Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR), weapon systems, offensive and defensive avionics system and related support systems. Focusing on all cybersecurity test and acquisition activities in the Detachment and across the Squadron.

Major Duties:
• Exercises supervisory personnel management responsibilities. Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets, and adjusts short/long-term priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work. Assigns work to subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and requirements of assignments, and the capabilities of employees.
• Identifies developmental and training needs of employees, providing or arranging for needed development and training. Finds ways to improve production or increase the quality of the work directed. Providing planning, directing, organizing, and exercising control over nonsupervisory employees.
• The incumbent works with the test teams to assure an integrated approach to test activities. This includes the identification and appropriation of test requirements and resources including modeling and simulation capabilities, system integration Laboratory support, flight and ground instrumentation support, data analysis systems, ground based test facilities, integration of weapon systems and subsystems including command, control communications, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (C5ISR), offensive and defensive avionics systems and related support systems test.
• Serves as a consultant and expert in electronics engineering, computer engineering or computer science work involved in the application of advanced theories, concepts, and principles related to development or sustainment of systems.

• U.S. Citizenship
• Obtain & maintain Security clearance.
• This is a designated Drug Testing Position.
• At least 2 years’ experience as Electrical/Electronic Engineer, Computer Scientist or Computer Engineer required.
• Defense Acquisition Work Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification (Level ll) - must be able to obtain certification within 1-2 years of assignment.
• Knowledge of professional concepts, principles, techniques, and practices of specialized multiple engineering disciplines.
• Knowledge of flight and laboratory air vehicle test conduct, coordination and supervision, data analysis/evaluation and applicable flight test truth sources, modeling and simulation, technical report preparation, and administrative aspects of flight test programs.
• Ability to plan and organize work and coordinate/communicate effectively with a broad range of personnel both orally and in writing and to use modern computer software applications in support of communications and presentations.
• Ability to research, analyze, interpret, and apply rules, regulations, and procedures to a variety of situations and to recommend timely and economical solutions.

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Equal Opportunity Employer. U.S. citizenship required. Must be of legal working age.

Air Force Test Center is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, and is dedicated to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. We recognize diversity encompasses many parts of one’s identity including but not limited to race, color, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, genetic information, disability status, and veteran status. AFTC encourages ALL candidates to apply as our employees’ points of view are key to our success.

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