[ES_JOBS_NET] Research Physicist, Aerosol instrumentation, air quality and climate; NOAA, Boulder, CO

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Thu Oct 9 08:50:49 MDT 2014


*Research Physicist, ZP-1310-4 (DE/CR)*
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-Boulder, CO
About the Agency

This position is located in the Earth System Research Laboratory, 
Chemical Sciences Division, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research 
in Boulder, CO.

This position will be filled under the Department of Commerce 
Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS 
pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, 
pay plan and pay band.*The ZP-4 is equivalent to the GS-13/14 grade level*.

  * A one to three year probationary period may be required for this
    research position.
  * This position is not in the bargaining unit.

*NOTES:*This vacancy may be used to fill other Research Physicist*, 
ZP-1310-4*positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g., 
within the same geographical location, same grade/band requires the same 
qualifications as indicated in this vacancy announcement).


  * Occasional Travel
  * Occasional travel may be required for this position.


  * No


  * Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  * Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  * Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov)
  * Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  * Qualification requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.

*DUTIES:*Back to top The individual selected for this position will:

  * Develop instrumentation, perform aerosol measurements relevant to
    air quality and climate, including black carbon aerosol in the
    atmosphere and in the cryosphere, and including bioaerosol.
  * Analyze and evaluate atmospheric aerosol data and write key papers
    that improve our scientific understanding in multiple climate and
    air quality research areas.
  * Participate in the design, execution, and analysis that leads to
    communication in peer-reviewed journals of results from research
    studies of atmospheric aerosols relevant to air quality and climate.
  * Participate in atmospheric field experiments involving ESRL/CSD to
    investigate aerosol processes, including emissions, relating to air
    quality and climate.
  * Participate in and help lead/coordinate within ESRL/CSD the
    scientific discussions on future aerosol research directions to help
    management ensure that strategic research goals of NOAA and ESRL/CSD
    are met.
  * Interact with other agencies/academia/others to assemble the needed
    research expertise and plan/coordinate the science and management of
    atmospheric composition research, particularly research involving
    black carbon aerosol and bioaerosol, related to air quality and climate.
  * Prepare written and verbal summaries and other visual materials
    describing scientific research findings from research studies in
    atmospheric composition, particularly involving aerosols, related to
    air quality and climate that are relevant to policy/decision-maker
  * Prepare white papers describing mission objectives and plans for
    potential future atmospheric composition research projects,
    particularly those involving black carbon aerosol and bioaerosol,
    related to air quality and climate.

*QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:*Back to top Qualification requirements in 
vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel 
Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains 
federal qualifications standards. This handbook is available on OPM's 
website at: Qualification Standards

This position has a positive education requirement, transcripts must be 

Degree:*physics; or related degree that included at least 24 semester 
hours in physics.*


Combination of education and experience*-- courses equivalent to a major 
in physics totaling at least 24 semester hours, plus appropriate 
experience or additional education.*

*In either above, the courses must have included a fundamental course in 
general physics and, in addition, courses in any two of the following: 
electricity and magnetism, heat, light, mechanics, modern physics, and 

one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and 
responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. 
Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant 
with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to 
successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need 
not have been in the federal government.

**To qualify at the ZP-4 or GS-13/14 level:**Experience:
One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the 
ZP-3 (GS-12) of the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as:

  * Performing atmospheric physics research related to climate and air
  * Planning, coordinating and executing projects to improve our
    understanding of the impact of black carbon aerosol on climate and
    air quality.
  * Developing, performing, and analyzing measurments of black carbon
  * Preparing and delivering presentations and peer-reviewed scientific

*College Transcript:*If you are qualifying based on education, submit a 
copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing 
each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, 
etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must 
submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is 
equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume. You may submit 
an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the 
application process. If course content cannot be easily identified from 
the title of the course as listed on your transcript, you must submit an 
official course description from the college/university that reflects 
the content at the time the course was taken.

*Note:*Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion 
of degree, or college course work. An official college transcript will 
be required before you can report to duty.

*Your resume must document specialized experience and support your 
responses to the vacancy questions.*For information on the requirements 
for this position, please click on Physics Series .

*HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:*We will review your resume, optional cover 
letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum 
qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications 
stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, 
optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on 
the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple 
Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. 
These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." However, your 
resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the 
self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. Candidates 
placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the 
hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each 
category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the 
top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference 
eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be 
listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on 
the position and grade level of the job. For more information on 
category rating, please go to: Category Rating

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following 
competencies;*please do not provide a separate written response:*

  * Knowledge of characteristics of aerosols, including black carbon
    aerosol and bioaerosol, and impacts on air quality and/or climate.
  * Ability to conceive, design, and perform research to gather and
    analyze scientific data on black carbon aerosol and bioaerosol,
    related to air quality and climate.
  * Skill in writing scientific research papers related to atmospheric
    composition especially including aerosols, and its impact on air
    quality and climate, and in publishing them in peer-reviewed
    scientific journals.
  * Ability to design, build, and operate state-of-the-art atmospheric
    instrumentation that measures characteristics of aerosols in the
    atmosphere and on snow and/or ice, that are important to air quality
    and climate issues.
  * Skill in participating in interagency and inter-institutional
    research projects for studying atmospheric aerosols related to air
    quality and climate.
  * Skill in developing written and verbal communications for managers
    and for decision makers and stakeholders, that synthesize research
    plans and scientific findings on atmospheric composition especially
    including aerosols, related to air quality and climate.
  * Ability to provide effective verbal scientific briefings and
    presentations for other scientist on atmospheric composition
    research relating to aerosols and their impact on air quality and

*To preview questions please click here .*

*BENEFITS:*Back to top You can review our benefits at: 

*OTHER INFORMATION:*ICTAP candiddates will be eligible if it is 
determined that they exceeded the minimum qualifications for the 
position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information 
about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's 
Career Transition Resources website at: ICTAP

*ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
*1. A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for 
failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, or 
certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that 
you are eligible for disability retirement.
2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting 
your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty 
location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through 
RPL, etc.;
3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion 

NOAA participates in e-Verify. E-verify is an Internet based system 
operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership 
with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating 
employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their 
newly hired employees.

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