Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.
Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have as much as six years after degree completion to apply.
As part of the application process, you must 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: View Assessment Questions.
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT:
· Orientation program
· Mentorship throughout the Program.
· Individual Development Plan to assist with career planning, professional development, and training activities.
· At least 40 hours of formal, interactive training each year of the Program.
· Positions may offer opportunity for career advancement.
AFTER PROGRAM COMPLETION:
Recent Graduates may be converted to a permanent position (or, in some limited circumstances a term appointment lasting 1-4 years).
To be eligible for conversion, Recent Graduates must have:
· Successfully completed at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the Program.
· Demonstrated successful job performance.
· Met the qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.
A bachelor's degree (or will complete by Jun 30, 2013) in computer science. OR
A bachelor's degree (or will complete by Jun 30, 2013) 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.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-07:
Education - A degree that meets the requirements for Superior Academic Achievement through the following method. 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 in last 2 yrs (= or less than 10% Pass/Fail)
- 3.45 GPA or higher in major or in last 2 yrs in major (= or less than 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
Have (or will complete by June 30, 2013) one year of graduate education (18 semester hours) related to Computer Science. OR
Experience - Have 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
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 percentage of the required graduate education and specialized experience are added together, they equal 100%. (Only graduate education and only professional experience equivalent to the GS-5 or higher is creditable.)
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-09:
Education - Have completed (or will complete by Jun 30, 2013) 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters or equivalent graduate degree in computer science or a related discipline. OR
Experience - Have 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: 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
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 percentage of the required graduate education and specialized experience are added together, they equal 100%. (Only graduate education and only professional experience equivalent to the GS-7 or higher is creditable.)
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. For further information, please visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
NOTE: ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF THEIR TRANSCRIPTS. DEGREE AUDITS ARE NOT AN ACCEPTABLE SUBSTITUTE FOR OFFICIAL/UNOFFICAL TRANSCRIPTS. You may submit your transcripts or a list of courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and/or semester hours earned, through the "Application Manager" system or by fax. This is the only method in which transcripts can be submitted. Failure to provide information may result in an ineligible rating. (Faxing instructions may be found under the "How To Apply" section.)
Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management website: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/iors/gs1500/1550.asp
PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and/or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.
Selectee is required to participate in the Department of Defense direct deposit of pay program.
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.
Applicants will be required to complete a mobility agreement upon acceptance of this position. Failure to agree to mobility agreement will result in revocation of a position offer.
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 GS-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-07 or GS-09 grade level.
A 40 hour work week is typical for this position.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position based on the information provided in your resume, responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, and your supporting documentation, to determine your ability to perform the duties of the position.
NOTE: If it is determined that your application package does not support the minimum requirements of the position or that your resume or application package is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or not qualified.