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National Transportation Safety Board
Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States (hybrid)
4 days ago


Interested in solving mysteries? Curious about the infamous “black boxes” on vehicles? This is a rare opening for a hands-on engineer/computer scientist located in Washington D.C. at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Work in a state-of-the-art laboratory extracting and analyzing data from recorders from aircraft, trains, marine vessels, and highway vehicles. Launch to the scene of accidents to handle critical recorder device recoveries.  Here’s your chance to use your technical skills to improve transportation safety. You can help save lives!

Duties include:

  • Examines and recovers data from vehicle recorders (also known as "black boxes") from transportation accidents using digital forensic and engineering methods.
  • Assures technical quality and capability of the division's laboratories and related lab systems.
  • Recovers data and prepares reports to achieve maximum use of information for accident prevention and to achieve Safety Board objectives.
  • Develops and maintains professional contact with peers across the technical community, for knowledge exchange, technical advocacy, and obtaining expert advice and opinion specifically tailored to agency's needs.
  • Participates in transportation safety investigations by recovering data and preparing reports to achieve maximum use of information for accident prevention and to achieve NTSB objectives.
  • Performs vehicle recorder investigations as a Group Chairperson in a technically competent and thorough manner with supervision and mentoring from more senior NTSB staff.
  • Operates and assists with the division's laboratories and develops new methods and technologies.
  • Applies knowledge to support and develop products essential to the proper functioning of the Division, such as Board Member Project requests, Notice of proposed Rulemakings (NPRMs), Congressional testimony, and investigative alerts/bulletins.
  • Participates in technical meetings and conferences, through papers, speeches, and committee memberships.

This position is located in the NTSB’s Office of Research & Engineering, Vehicle Recorder Division, which provides expertise in extracting and validating data from recording devices recovered from vehicles involved in transportation accidents and/or incidents.

This position in located in Washington, D.C. and is not a remote position. This position is eligible for some telework based on current agency policy.

The NTSB is an independent U.S. Federal agency responsible for investigating significant accidents in the various modes of transportation-aviation, railroad, highway, marine, and pipeline. The NTSB determines the probable cause of each accident investigated and issues safety recommendations to prevent future accidents.

Public Application Link:

Current/Previous Federal Employees:

NOTE:  U.S. Citizenship is required.

The job announcement closes on June 22, 2023.

For more information, contact the NTSB Human Resources Division at:


Please see vacancy announcement in the links above.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 69397324
  • Workplace Type: Hybrid
  • Location:
    Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States
  • Company Name For Job: National Transportation Safety Board
  • Position Title: Interdisciplinary Engineer/Computer Scientist for Vehicle Recorders
  • Industry: Government/Civil Service
  • Job Function: Engineering and Physical Science
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Required Travel: 10-25%
  • Salary: 78,592.00 - 145,617.00 (Yearly Salary)

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