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The Computer Scientist provides technical leadership for highly complex and challenging system engineering activities and processes for the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) Information Technology (IT) architecture platforms. Works as a part of the ASIAS team under the minimal direction of the AISAS program manager, this team member plans, designs, integrates, and... continuously improves advanced analytical tools for the ASIAS platform.

Applies experience and expert knowledge of machine learning, large language models, artificial intelligence principles/techniques, and big data environment/challenges to perform critical tasks requiring the development of new concepts, systems, or innovative approaches. Has knowledge and experience migrating from legacy systems to new systems to realize new technical capabilities. Utilizes various processes, tools, and techniques to improve system performance and meet evolving sponsor requirements. Coordinates the collection, processing and analysis of multiple sources and varieties of data (digital, text and other) at scale to support the production of safety products by safety analysts and decision-makers for aviation regulators, operators, and industry experts. Develops requirements to solve technical system issues and to meet sponsor requirements.

Applies expert knowledge of mathematical, statistical sciences and computer science methods and techniques to store, manipulate, transform, and present information electronically. Utilizes new technologies and methodologies to develop new concepts, systems, or innovative approaches. Performs data management and analysis to minimize errors in the data. Uses computational statistics in the development and use of computer algorithms to provide numerical solutions to complex problems.

Performs system design, documentation, integration, interfaces development, testing, and user acceptance necessary to coordinate the technical development, implementation, and improvement of current and next generation safety data analytical systems. Possesses an understanding of the FAA’s enterprise information management platform to access numerous stored aviation data sources and for enhancing the coordination of technical activities. Leads program activities/initiatives to reach objectives for producing high-quality safety analyses and metrics that effectively address systemic aviation risks. Creates and implements data visualization tools, analytical solutions, and web portals to identify trends and compile data. Develops plans, techniques, and policies to address current or anticipated problems and issues. Works with senior management to identify and jointly solve problems.

Contacts are internal and external. Represents the FAA as the primary technical authority for the program with agency, government, and industry. Formulates and recommends organizational positions on major projects/policies/issues to the Program Manager and AVP management. Prepares, reviews, and may approve organizational reports or policies for internal and external distribution. Develops briefings to convey strategic vision or policies to internal and external audiences.

Uses knowledge of industry topics such as information technology, aviation safety, and technical analytics to provides expert guidance and instruction internally and externally to address diverse, complex issues which may cross multiple projects/programs or functional/technical areas. Uses the Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) data processing to develop, manage, and improve safety metrics, measurements, and analyses. Works with collaboratively with stakeholders to identify and solve problems. Engages in procurement planning activities as requested by the ASIAS Program Manager.


Conditions of Employment
• US Citizenship is required.
• Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
• This position has a positive education requirement. Transcript(s) required.


To view the complete OPM qualification standard for the Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Computer Science 1550, please refer to:

Basic Requirements

Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.

To qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV J, FG/GS 14. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

Specialized experience includes: Experience applying machine learning and artificial intelligence principles, as well as migrating technical capabilities from legacy system to a new system. Experience using data visualization and analytical tools, and web portals to identify trends and compile data.

Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Writing Sample: Candidates who are invited to interview for this position will be required to provide a writing sample upon interview scheduling. Candidates will be informed of the writing sample topics, requirements, and deadline at the time of scheduling. The writing sample is a mandatory requirement for the interview and candidates who do not meet this requirement will not receive further consideration. Please note, the writing sample is not due as part of the initial application process and is only required by candidates who are extended an invitation to interview.


This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcripts(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcement to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or fax it to fax number provided in the announcement (please include announcement number on each page).

Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.

Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website:

Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited U.S. educational institution in terms of equivalence to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included, otherwise your foreign education will not be considered.

Make sure your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications and answers to the job questionnaire.

Additional information

We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.

Position may be subject to a background investigation.

A one-year probationary period may be required.

The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.

The U.S. Department of Transportation strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation. As such, DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome. If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family.

Leave Enhancement: FAA organizations may offer enhanced annual leave accrual to newly appointed or reappointed employees. In order to receive consideration for such a benefit, applicants' prior non-Federal service or active duty uniformed service must directly relate to the duties of the position to which appointed. Granting enhanced annual leave is at the sole discretion of the hiring organization, and granting such benefit is not an entitlement nor guaranteed to any newly hired employee.

Applications will be accepted from any U.S. citizen. On-the-Spot will be used to fill this position. The 'Rule of Three', Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to this vacancy.

As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA, in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or priority grouping and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

This is a bargaining unit position. This position is represented by AFSCME Local 1653.

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• A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered
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