[ES_JOBS_NET] Research Oceanographer, AST, Oceanographic Studies, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Mon Feb 8 07:49:26 MST 2016


*Job Title: *Research Oceanographer, AST, Oceanographic Studies
*Department: *National Aeronautics and Space Administration
*Agency: *Goddard Space Flight Center
*Job Announcement Number: *GS16D0019

The Sciences and Exploration Directorate, Earth Sciences Division, 
Laboratory (Code 616) seeks a Researcher to provide expertise in the 
research and study of coupled global and regional 
physical-biogeochemical modeling and a strong interest in the 
assimilation of satellite ocean color products into these models.

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  * A one-year probationary period may be required
  * Applicants must possess at least a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent
  * Occasional travel may be required



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As Research Oceanographer, specializing in Oceanographic Studies, with 
expertise in coupled global and regional physical-biogeochemical 
modeling and performing the assimilation of satellite ocean color 
products into these models. A key focus of the work is to lead and 
conduct studies of hypothesis-driven research and will extend model 
capabilities through assimilation of satellite-derived ocean color 
products beyond the traditional chlorophyll retrievals. The work 
involves leading, planning, and developing sensitivity analyses designed 
to drive improvements in the ocean color products and to facilitate the 
development of new products. This is a research position, research 
includes, but is not limited to: determining the nature, magnitude, and 
interrelationships of physical, chemical, biological, and other 
comparable ocean phenomena and processes; to create or develop 
empirical, theoretical, or experimental means of investigating such 
phenomena and processes. You will extend knowledge to global and 
regional biogeochemical processes; you will contribute inventions, new 
instrumentation, measurement techniques and algorithms that are of 
material significance in deriving and verifying remote sensing 
calibration and validity; you will originate and establish unique 
methods and applications that provide innovative solutions to complex 
oceanographic scientific issues. You will lead or participate in 
ensuring the effective performance of research investigations and 
assignments. Research results will be published in technical reports, 
journal articles, or requirements documents and presented at scientific 
conferences and seminars. Responsibilities also include developing and 
evaluating research proposals and serving as an authoritative source of 
consultation for other scientists and program specialists.



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In addition to the Basic Education Requirement, applicants must have one 
year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which 
has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to 
successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

At the GS-13 level - Specialized experience is defined as performing 
research of coupled global and regional physical-biogeochemical 
modeling; and performing assimilation of satellite ocean color products 
into these models.

At the GS-14 level - Specialized experience is defined as leading other 
researchers and performing research of coupled global and regional 
physical-biogeochemical modeling; and performing assimilation of 
satellite ocean color products into these models.

For AST Positions:
To receive consideration, your resume MUST contain your complete degree 
information (i.e., type of degree0-received, year degree received, and 
major area of study). If you have received a degree in Computer Science, 
you MUST list all courses you have taken which meet the education 
requirements as stated in the qualification requirements section as well 
as the semester hours awarded. You MUST include the descriptive title, 
course code, and number of semester/quarter hours. (i.e., 
CMSC-435-Software Engineering, 3 Semester hours) If this information is 
not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you 
may lose consideration for this position. Please note that degrees in 
engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this 
position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to 
provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.

Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited 
college or university with major study in Aeronautical Engineering, 
Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Astronautical Engineering, 
Astronautics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Ceramic 
Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil 
Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science*, Earth and 
Planetary Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, 
Geology, Geophysics, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, 
Materials Science, Mathematics (Pure or Applied), Applied Mechanics, 
Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical 
Engineering, Metallurgy, Meteorology, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear 
Engineering Physics, Oceanography, Optical Engineering, Physics, Applied 
Physics, Engineering Physics, Space Science, Structural Engineering, 
Welding Engineering or other appropriate physical science or engineering 
field. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be 
qualifying for this position. *Note: Curriculum must include 30 semester 
hours of course work in a combination of mathematics, statistics and 
computer science. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 must be in any 
combination of statistics and mathematics which includes differential 
and integral calculus.

U.S. citizenship is required.


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professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.

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the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates 
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