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Job Title:Computer Scientist - Recent Graduate

Department:Department of the Navy

Agency:Naval Education and Training Command

Job Announcement Number:SE21550-12-797156M3502814-P

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$45,872.00 to $70,236.00 / Per Year


Monday, December 03, 2012 to Friday, December 07, 2012




Full Time - Recent Graduates




2 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


Student/Internship Program Eligibles


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.


  • Suitable for Federal employment as determined by background investigation.
  • Selectee may be required to successfully complete a trial period.
  • Must meet Recent Graduate requirements, see qualifications below.


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  • Conduct routine operational analysis and formulates system concepts architectural designs, functional specifications, software development, system integration and documenation 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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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.


·       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.


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. 


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.)


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:

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: 

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.


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.


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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.


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

May be noncompetitively converted to a term or permanent competitive sevice position. 

Must be a United States citizen to be eligible for noncompetitive conversion to the competitive service.

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Relocation expenses may or may not be authorized.

Recruitment incentives may or may not be authorized.

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.

The Department of the Navy uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit

Federal Annuitant Information:

The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants.  Policy information may be found at:

Veteran’s Preference Information:


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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.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes: 
- Complete Resume.
- Complete Assessment Questionnaire. 
View Occupational Questionnaire.

- Transcripts

- Veterans’ Preference Documents

- Other supporting documentation as required.  Please see the "REQUIRED DOCUMENTS" section and print out the applicant checklist.  The applicant checklist will assist you in determining what documents you need submit. 

Your complete application (resume, assessment questionnaire, and all supporting documents) must be submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Friday, December 07, 2012.  Please follow all instructions carefully as missing application information will not be requested.

If more than one resume is received, only the last resume submitted will be reviewed.
If you upload your documents, do not fax the same documents.
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.  

If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents follow the directions located at: 

This Vacancy ID is 797156.

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


The documents you are required to submit vary for each individual.  We recommend that you print a copy of this application checklist for reference while completing your application package.  The link to the applicant checklist below will assist you in determining which documents you need to submit for this vacancy:  Applicant Checklist-External 

Please read and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.  Missing application information will not be requested.

Failure to submit a complete application package (Current resume, assessment questionnaire and applicable required documents, as noted in applicant checklist) may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration. 


DON Employment Info Center EIC
Phone: (800)378-4559
TDD: (858)577-5723
Agency Information:
39721 Naval Acquisition Career Center
Naval Support Activity
Mechanicsburg , PA


When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements listed in this announcement. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to the occupational questionnaire, along with your supporting documentation to determine your level of knowledge, skill, and ability, related to the job requirements. 

All qualified applicants will be referred to management for selection consideration in Veterans’ Preference order, followed by all qualified non-veteran applications.  If there are a sufficient number of qualified applicants with veterans' preference, only those veterans will be referred to the hiring manager. The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.

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