[ES_JOBS_NET] Physical Scientist (Satellite Systems and Weather Forecasting), NOAA, Boulder, CO

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Job Title:Physical Scientist

Department:Department
Of Commerce

Agency:National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Job Announcement Number:PH-15-RCS-1333676

SALARY RANGE:

$89,580.00 to
$137,613.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, March 2, 2015 to Friday, March
13, 2015

SERIES & GRADE:

ZP-1301-04

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time – Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

04

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Boulder, CO View
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WHO MAY APPLY:

US
Citizens and Status Candidates

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not
Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Science, Service, and
Stewardship 

This
position is located in the,

 

Oceanic
and Atmospheric Research Division 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.


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 ZP-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.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

Occasional Travel

Approx. 15% foreign and domestic
travel may be required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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.

DUTIES:

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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 conditions.

 

Conducting
science to improve weather forecast models using RO technology
and data

 

Publishing
results

 

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.

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS
REQUIRED:

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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.

OR

 

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.

Specialized Experience: 

 

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 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: http://ift.tt/18JJxsV 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 old.)
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 employment consideration.  

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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