[ES_JOBS_NET] Geodesist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Boulder, CO; Silver Spring, MD
christin at ucar.edu
Tue May 12 05:26:49 MDT 2015
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-Boulder, CO
Science, Service, and Stewardship
*This position is located in the Geodetic Research Division, National
Ocean Service of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration.*
*Who May Apply:*U.S. Citizens and Nationals, and merit promotion candidates.
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.
Veterans eligible for a non-competitive appointment under the Veterans
Recruitment Appointment (VRA) Authority, who are preference eligible or
recently separated from the military. This applies to grades GS-11 and
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 of or
higher (SF-50(s) must show proof of this), etc.
Additional vacancies may be filled through this vacancy announcement if
they become available.
This announcement is advertised for to two vacancies:
*Boulder, CO. - 1 position, Salary = 62,850.00-97,938.00*
*Silver Spring, MD.-1 position, Salary = 63,722.00 - 99,296.00*
* Occasional Travel
* Required to travel 5% for meetings and job related duties
* 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 one-year probationary/trial period may be required.
*DUTIES:* This position serves as a Geodesist, involved in observing,
reducing, adjusting, and analyzing geodetic survey data to produce
latitudes and longitudes; and orthometric, geoidal and ellipsoidal
heights. The duties include but are not limited to the following:
· Conducts research and development of techniques, products, and
services that support and improve defining, maintaining, and accessing
the National Spatial Reference System.
· Develop physical models that accurately describe the orbital mechanics
of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), the propagation of their
radio signals, and the dynamics of the national and international
tracking networks to improve GNSS data processing software.
· Maintain and improve the International Terrestrial Reference Frame
(ITRF) as the fundamental basis for the National Spatial Reference
· Use engineering and scientific programming to develop, test, maintain,
and refine GNSS software in order to improve station positioning, GNSS
orbit estimation and reference frame maintenance.
*QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:*Back to top*Basic Requirements:*
A. Degree: geodesy; or 30 semester hours in any combination of geodesy,
physics, astronomy, engineering science, surveying, geodetic surveying,
photogrammetry, or geophysics. The course work must have included
differential and integral calculus. (Must submit copies of Transcripts)
B. Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in A
appropriate experience or additional education.
*In addition to meeting the BASIC REQUIREMENT**, applicants must meet
the SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE by one of the following:*
A. Possess one year experience equivalent to at least the ZP-1372-02
level or a GS-09 level in the federal government in providing technical
advice to internal and external stakeholders on; Global Navigation
'Satellite Systems (GNSS) orbital analysis, reference frame definition,
and analysis of international GNSS Service (IGS) and Continuously
Operating Reference Station (CORS) Networks sites; experiential
knowledge of least squares adjustment, orbital mechanics, and linear
algebra; and communicating complex issues pertaining to the science of
geodesy to a broad range of stakeholders.
B Possess a PhD or equivalent degree in in geodesy, engineering,
physics, mathematics or a closely related field that provided the
knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully complete the
work of the position. (Must submit copies of Transcripts for eligibility.)
C. Possess a combination of specialized experience as described in A and
graduate level education as described in B that, when combined, equal
100% of the total requirement. (Please note that only graduate education
in excess of the first 36 semester hours may be used in this calculation.)
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 submitted by 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
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 one-year probationary period.
*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
eligible. 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 knowledge, skills, abilities
(KSAs) or competencies:
· Knowledge of physics and mathematics sufficient to understand geodetic
principles, geophysical processes, and mathematical adjustment of
· Knowledge of physics sufficient to understand satellite orbit
mechanics, atmospheric propagation, and earth's orientation and surface
· Ability to work with programs in FORTRAN, C/C++, and PERL as well as
scripting in KSH (Korn Shell) and CSH (C Shell).
*BENEFITS:*Back to top NOAA offers a comprehensive benefits package that
includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; life insurance;
health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement
System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered
to Federal employees http://www.usa.gov/Federal-Employees/Benefits.shtml .
*OTHER INFORMATION:**If you are a veteran*with preference eligibility
and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a
copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming
10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15,
"Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required
by that form. For more information on veterans preference
*Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA):*To be eligible for a VEOA
appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a
veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service
performed under honorable conditions. ( you must submit a DD214-member
copy 4 ).
*Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective
Service (see http://www.sss.gov/ ).*
*Career Transition Assistance Programs (CTAP/ICTAP):*For information on
how to apply as an CTAP/ICTAP eligible see
http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap . To
be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy,
displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating
criteria for this position.
Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: The following links contain
information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a
noncompetitive appointing authority:
*Persons with Disabilities-Schedule A*
*Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans*
*Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses*
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