[ES_JOBS_NET] Physical Scientist (Satellite Systems and Weather Forecasting), NOAA, Boulder, CO
christin at ucar.edu
Tue Mar 3 08:20:24 MST 2015
*Job Title:*Physical Scientist
*Department:*Department Of Commerce
*Agency:*National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
*Job Announcement Number:*PH-15-RCS-1333676
$89,580.00 to $137,613.00 / Per Year
Monday, March 2, 2015 to Friday, March 13, 2015
SERIES & GRADE:
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Boulder, COView Map <https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/395622100#>
WHO MAY APPLY:
US Citizens and Status Candidates
*Science, Service, and Stewardship *
This position is located in the,
*Oceanic and Atmospheric ResearchDivision* of the National Ocean and
*Who May Apply:* U.S. Citizens and Nationals, and merit promotion
You are eligible under merit promotion procedures, if you meet one of
the following criteria:
• Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in
the competitive service.
• Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointment in the
excepted service and under an Interchange Agreement.
• Former Federal status employees with reinstatement eligibility based
on previous Federal service.
• Displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection
consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and the
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).
• Veterans eligible for the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act
(VEOA), who are preference eligible or who have been separated under
honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service.
• Individuals with disabilities under Schedule A hiring authority -
Refer to "Other Information" section for eligibility details.
• Applicants entitled to non-competitive appointment authorities or
special hiring authorities, e.g., Peace Corps; Americorps VISTA, Boren
Fellows; military spouse preference; and applicants who previously held,
or currently hold, this grade with the same promotion potential ofZP-04
or higher(SF-50(s) must show proof of this), etc.
Additional vacancies may be filled through this vacancy announcement if
they become available.
* Occasional Travel
* Approx. 15% foreign and domestic travel may be required
* You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
* Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for selective service.
* Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section).
* Required to pass background investigation and fingerprint check
* A three-year probationary/trial period may be required.
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*Duties include but are not limited to the following:*
Leading the research for NOAA related to Global Navigation Satellite
Systems (GNSS) Radio Occultation (RO) used by the National Weather
Service (NWS) and other parts of NOAA as input to weather forecast models.
Conducting Observing System Experiments (OSEs) and Observing System
Simulation Experiments (OSSEs) to guide government decision makers on
investments in existing and future observation systems.
Providing scientific leadership for the Global Observing Systems
Analysis, (GOSA Group), finding funding to keep the research going, and
serving on and participating in scientific meetings/organizations to
stay abreast of the RO science.
Conducting research and supporting the Global Positioning System (GPS)
ground based observing system developed at Global Systems Division,
(GSD), that provides low-cost, high-accuracy data under all weather
Conducting science to improve weather forecast models using RO
technology and data
Providing leadership within NOAA/OAR to determine priorities and
analysis of OSE/OSSE assessments.
Managing the GOSA group, Leading federal and non-federal employees
Exploring new uses of the technology to improve forecasts and
situational awareness for forecasters.
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In order to qualify for this position you must meet both the basic
education requirement and the specialized experience requirement:
*Basic Education Requirement:*
You must possess a Bachelor's or higher degree in physical science,
engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical
science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics,
properties of materials, and electronics.
Possess a combination of education and experience. This includes
education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included
at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related
engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
You must possess a minimum of one year of specialized experience,
equivalent to the ZP-03, GS-13 or equivalent pay band level in the
Federal service leading and evaluating research techniques and funding
requests related to Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Radio
Occultation (RO) as input to weather forecast models; expert scientific
knowledge of GNSS-RO and Ground Based GPS theories, concepts, principles
and applications; conducting Observing System Experiments (OSEs) and
Observing System Simulation Experiments (OSSEs) to guide decision makers
on investments in existing and future observation systems; experience in
atmospheric sciences/forecasting; experience with program/project
management including budgeting, scheduling and leading a team or staff;
communicating and collaborating on atmospheric science/forecasting
issues with a variety of audiences; experience in communicating
technical information effectively; and conducting and publishing
original research in scientific peer reviewed journals.
*Experience*refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer
work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps,
AmeriCorps) and other organizations (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. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience,
including volunteer experience.
*ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY?* You MUST provide transcripts
or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless
otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you
may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and
credit for the course. All materials must be submittedby 11:59 p.m. EST
on the closing date of the announcement.
*SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: *If you are using education
completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification
requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been
evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation
of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed
equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or
full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college
or university. For further information, visit:
*Translated transcripts are required.*
Only education/experience obtained by 11:59 p.m. EST on the closing date
of this announcement will be considered.
Current and former career and career-conditional Federal employees must
meet the time-in-grade/band requirement of 52 weeks at the next lower
grade. Applicants must meet all the eligibility requirements
(e.g.,time-in-grade and qualification requirements) by the closing date
of the announcement.
Current career and career-conditional Federal employees must submit a
copy of their most recent SF-50, which shows competitive service
appointment, tenure group, grade, and salary. If you are applying for a
higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of
time you have been in the next lower grade level. (NOTE: Federal
employee applicants must submit SF-50s, which demonstrate how they meet
all announcement requirements. Examples of appropriate SF-50s include
promotions, with-in grade/range increases, and SF-50s one or more years
You may be required to serve a probationary period of up to three years.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and
supporting documentation will be made and compared against your
responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you
are qualified for this job.
*Applicants applying under Delegated Examining (all U.S. citizens)
procedures *will be rated under NOAA's Category Rating and Selection
Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to
determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this
announcement. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your resume and
supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the
Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is
supported by your application materials, your score may be lowered
and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If it is
determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application
will then be placed in one of three categories: *Gold, Silver,
or Bronze. *Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veterans'
Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference
eligibles. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified
for referral to the hiring manager for further review and consideration.
*Applicants applying under merit promotion procedures* will be rated in
accordance with the Merit Staffing plan of NOAA. Your resume and
supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the
job qualifications listed in this announcement. If you are minimally
qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be
compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you
rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials,
your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from
consideration for this job If you are found to be among the top
candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for
You will be rated based on the following knowledges, skills, abilities
(KSAs) or competencies:
* *Technical Abilities-Satellite Weather Forecasting*
* *Ability to Develop/Evaluate Research Proposals/Grants*
* *Skill in Program/Project Management*
* *Ability to Communicate Technical Information*
In order to be rated as meeting the minimum qualifications,*we must be
able to determine from your application package*that you have the
education and/or specialized or general experience that is
required. Applicants who have qualifying experience performed on less
than a full-time basis must specify the percentage and length of time
spent in performance of such duties.
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