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Job Title:Computer Scientist

Department:Department of the Navy

Agency:Naval Education and Training Command

Job Announcement Number:SE21550-09-584835M3238673-D

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$45,192.00 to $70,236.00 / Per Year


Monday, January 9, 2012 to Wednesday, January 11, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




2 vacancies - New Orleans, LA
8 vacancies - CHARLESTON, SCView Map
2 vacancies - WASHINGTON DC Metro Area, DCView Map
4 vacancies - PORTSMOUTH, VAView Map


United States Citizens


Discover a civilian career with the U.S. Department of the Navy that is filled with possibilities and be a part of something that makes a difference for you, the country, and the world. Great Benefits Package: paid vacation, sick days, holidays, health and life insurance, and an excellent retirement package

The Department of the Navy (DON) is more than ships, aircraft, and sailors; it is over 181,000 civilian employees at Navy and Marine Corps commands, bases, stations and facilities throughout the U.S. and around the world.

It requires a highly trained, educated and skilled workforce to support today's sophisticated Navy and Marine Corps ships, aircraft, weapon systems and computer systems. Over 41,000 acquisition professionals perform "cradle to grave" management of highly technical systems, equipment, facilities, supplies and services.

Individuals will be placed in the Naval Acquisition Development Program (NADP).   The NADP  is a structured management-training program including formal education, diverse rotational assignments, extensive on-the-job training, and graduate tuition assistance that is tailored to various acquisition career fields for up to three years. These positions are located throughout the U.S.; however a majority are located within the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area, CA, WA, MD, VA, PA, NJ, RI and FL.

WHO MAY APPLY: U.S. Citizens and Nationals (those who owe their Allegiances to the United States).


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Suitable for Federal Employment
  • If selected you will be required to sign a mobility agreement.
  • College transcripts must be submitted as proof of claimed education.
  • Additional vacancies may be filled by this announcement.


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·         Conduct routine operational analysis and formulates system concept architectural designs, functions specification, software development, system integration and documentation aspects of computer systems.

·         Perform developmental computer scientist assignments of progressive complexity e.g. developing, testing, and evaluating automated systems, programs, and hardware and software interfacing techniques.

·         Develop simulation models to replicate systems behavior.

·         Conduct technical research for the preliminary design, development, and final approval of new or revised procedures, programming aids, and systems enhancements.


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To qualify for this position, your resume must show sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position for which you are being considered. All qualification requirements, including completion of college degrees, must be met by June 30, 2012. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.


Basic Requirements-

A Bachelor's degree (or will complete by Jun 30, 2012) in computer science. OR
Have a related Bachelor's degree (or will complete by Jun 30, 2012) that includes 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have been in any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus.



GS-7 Requirements:
Have (or will complete by June 30, 2012) a degree that meets the requirements through one of the following methods, no more than 10% of academic credit can be based on pass/fail or similar non-traditional grading systems.

·         2.95 GPA overall or higher or last 2 yrs (< 10% Pass/Fail)

·         3.45 GPA overall or higher or last 2 yrs in major (< 10% Pass/Fail)

·         Upper 1/3 ranking in graduating class (you must submit proof with your application)

·         National Scholastic Honor Society. Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision. (You must submit proof with your application) OR


Experience:  One year of professional computer science experience in an appropriate field comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-5 level in the Federal service or equivalent assisting in one of the following; Developing software systems, Developing computer graphics systems, Developing high-speed computing systems and real time data acquisition systems, Researching artificial intelligence, Developing information processing display, control, and transfer, or other similar qualifying work. OR


Education: Have (or will complete by Jun 30, 2012) one year of graduate education (18 semester hours) related to Computer Science. OR


Combination of Education and Experience: Applicants who possess a percentage of the required professional experience and a percentage of the required graduate level of education such that, when the percentages of the required graduate education and specialized experience are added together, they equal 100 percent. (Only graduate education and only professional experience equivalent to the GS-5 or higher is creditable.)



GS-9 Requirements:
One year of specialized professional computer science related experience equivalent to the GS-7 in the federal sector performing duties in one of the following fields: One year of professional experience in an appropriate field comparable to GS-7 level work in the Federal service or equivalent, which is in or related to the line of work of this position Developing of software systems; Developing computer graphics systems; Developing high-speed computing systems and real time data acquisition systems;   Developing integrated computer systems;   Developing problem-oriented and nonprocedural languages and their translating/operating systems; Constructing input-output buffering schemes, and designing automatic scheduling and monitoring methods to increase scope and effectiveness of computer applications; Developing advanced concepts of automation and information processing display, control, and transfer; Researching in computational complexity and the analysis of algorithms to explore data structures that lead to highly efficient combinatorial algorithms; Developing abstract complexity theory to provide a theoretical foundation for understanding the properties of the running times of efficient computer programs for a given function; Investigating the mathematical structure of deterministic context free languages; or Developing cost methods to provide a clearer understanding of the behavior of algebraic algorithms with particular emphasis on the appropriate notion of scarcity for a given problem. OR


Education: Have (or will complete by Jun 30, 2012) one year of graduate education (18 semester hours) related to Computer Science. OR

Have (or will complete by Jun 30, 2012) two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education (36 semester hours) that leads to a Masters degree in Computer Science or related field such as Mathematics or Statistics.


Combination of Education and Experience: Applicants who possess a percentage of the required professional experience and a percentage of the required graduate level of education such that, when the percentages of the required graduate education and specialized experience are added together, they equal 100 percent. (Only graduate education and only professional experience equivalent to the GS-7 or higher is creditable.)


NOTE: APPLICANTS QUALIFYING BASED ON EDUCATION OR A COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE MUST SUBMIT A COMPLETE COPY OF THEIR TRANSCRIPTS. DEGREE AUDITS ARE NOT AN ACCEPTABLE SUBSTITUE FOR OFFICIAL/UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS.   You may submit your transcripts or a list of courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned , through the "Application Manager" or by fax.  This is the only method in which transcripts can be submitted.  Failure to provide this information may result in an ineligible rating.  (Faxing instructions may be found under the "How to Apply" section.)


FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying.

As part of the application process, applicants will be required to complete and submit an occupational questionnaire.  To preview this questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the skills required for this position, click the following link: TAG:Link to Questions Only

Please read and follow the How to Apply section of this announcement to submit your application.



·         A Secret security clearance is a requirement of this position. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a position offer or removal. If you possess a security clearance, please indicate the level and termination date in your resume.

·         Selectee may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.

·         Applicants will be required to sign a mobility agreement upon acceptance of position. Failure to agree to mobility agreement will result in revocation of a position offer.

·         A 40 hour work week is typical for this position.


A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.


This position is covered under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) and requires additional education, training and experience.  Applicants should meet the DAWIA certification requirements for the applicable career field and be certified at Level 1 within 12 months of appointment and Level 2 within 24-36 months of appointment.


This position has promotion potential to the 12 grade.  If selected below the full performance level, incumbent may be noncompetitively promoted to the next higher grade level after meeting all regulatory requirements, and upon the recommendation of management.  Promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.


This position can be filled at either the GS-7 or GS-9.


Important Notes:  Application procedures are specific to this vacancy announcement. Please read all the instructions carefully. Failure to follow the instructions may result in your not being considered for this position.

You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by experience, education and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities required:

·         Skill in applying theoretical foundations of computer science.

·         Knowledge of the basic theories, concepts, principles of computer science as evidence by a bachelor's degree or higher degree.

·         Knowledge of fast algorithms and their performance and relationship to system architecture.

·         Skill in analyzing technical materials.


You will be rated under Category Rating procedures based on the extent to which your experience meets the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities for the position and rated as shown below.   Additional points are not added for veterans' preference; however, preference is still applied.   Applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.   If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories:

  • Best Qualified- Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed will above the minimum requirements for announced position.
  • Highly Qualified- Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for announced position.
  • Qualified- Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for announced position.

Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


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Department of the Navy offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays and a 401K-type retirement plan.


Military Spouse Preference (MSP):  If you are the spouse of an active duty military member, then you may be eligible for MSP.  To be eligible you:  (1) must have been married to your military sponsor prior to reporting to the new duty assignment; and, (2) must have accompanied your military sponsor on a Permanent Change in Station (PCS) move; and, (3) the position for which you are applying must be within the commuting area of your military sponsor's new permanent duty station.

MSP applies if you are ranked among the "best qualified" for this vacancy, and the list established from this announcement is used to fill the vacancy. To be rated "best qualified", MSP applicants must attain an eligibility rating on this examination of 80 or higher, not including points for veteran's preference.   MSP does not apply, however, when preference would violate statutes or regulations on veteran's preference or nepotism.  You must request MSP by submitting a copy of your military sponsor's PCS orders.

Veterans Information:  If you are claiming a 5-point preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, which includes character of service or a Statement of Service/Proof of Service, which includes service dates, nature of separation and character of service. You can access to your DD-214 here.

If you are claiming a 10-point preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, which includes character of service, your Disability Letter indicating the percentage of your disability and the SF-15 (Application for 10-point preference), which can be obtained here .  

NOTE : You will not receive veteran's preference for this announcement if you fail to provide any of the documents mentioned above.

Federal annuitant information:
Important information about employment of annuitants

ICTAP Applicants:  ICTAP applicants must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection and must attain an eligibility rating on this examination of 85 or higher, not including points for veteran's preference.   

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: 

Legal and Regulatory Guidance:   

EEO Policy Statement:

This Position is subject to Department of Defense Priority Placement Program.

Selectee is required to participate in the Department of Defense direct deposit of pay program.

Males born after December 31, 1959 will be required to certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System. If you fail to do so, you will be required to certify that you did not knowingly and willfully fail to register. This requirement must be met before you can be appointed to this position.


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the More Information link under the application status for this position.


Do not email or send hard copy resumes/applications to the Contact Information or Agency Information listed in this vacancy announcement.  All resumes/applications received at the addresses listed in the Contact Information or Agency Information will be destroyed and will not be considered for this vacancy announcement.


** It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate.  HR will not modify answers/documents submitted by an applicant. **


The following documents are required for a complete application package (resume, assessment questionnaire and required documents listed below.  Copies are sufficient):

  • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).
  • Completed assessment questionnaire (part of the online application).
  • SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (for current or former Federal employees).  DOD employees can access their SF-50 at:  My Biz
  • ICTAP documentation (Copy of the RIF separation notice and SF-50, if applicable.  For additional information, click here: ICTAP Information).
  • Veterans’ Preference:  If you are claiming veteran’s preference, you MUST submit the appropriate documentation if applicable (DD-214 or statement of service,  VA letter, SF-15).  Failure to do so WILL result in the loss of veteran’s preference, and may impact your placement on the certificate.  For more veterans’ information click here: Veterans' Preference Information).
  • Military Sponsor's PCS Orders (if claiming military spouse preference-see Other Information section for further details)
  • Transcripts or Unofficial Transcripts (if qualifying based on education or a combination of education and experience). Degree Audits are not an acceptable substitute. If selected, an official/sealed transcript may be required prior to appointment.  
  • Reemployed Annuitants must submit an SF-50 documenting their retirement.

Failure to submit a complete application package (resume, assessment questionnaire, and all supporting documents ) by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Wednesday, January 11, 2012, may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration.  Please follow all instructions carefully as missing application information will not be requested. 

After you upload your documents using Application Manager, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.  

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire

3. Use the following Vacancy ID:  584835

4. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any required documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and demonstrated capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification based on the resume, as well as through verification of references as appropriate.  Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position


DON Employment Info Center EIC
Phone: (800)378-4559
Agency Information:
39721 Naval Acquisition Career Center
Naval Support Activity
Mechanicsburg , PA


After all application packages have been received, we will review your résumé to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and may interview the best-qualified applicants.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation. A final job offer for this position is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications.

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