Qualification requirements in vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on OPM's website at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications
This position has an individual occupational requirement. CANDIDATES MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
A. Degree: 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.
B. Combination of education and experience -- 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.
This announcement requires transcripts.
*You must provide all transcripts from all degrees received (unofficial copies are acceptable) by the closing date of this announcement. Individuals who are selected must be prepared to provide official transcripts.
*If course content cannot be easily identified from the title of the course as listed on your transcript, you must submit an official course description from the college/university that reflects the content at the time the course was taken.
In addition to the basic requirements listed above, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level (ZP-3 or GS-12) in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government.
For the ZP-4 level, specialized experience at this level includes: Experience leading and coordinating all aspects of an atmospheric trace gas and particulate measurement program. Experience communicating and collaborating with agencies, academia, and the private sector. Experience in publishing and presenting scientific results. For the ZP-4 level, there is no educational substitution for specialized experience. NOTE: Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions. For more information about the qualifications requirements for this position:
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.
How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job.
The assessment tool will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
- Ability to lead and coordinate atmospheric measurement programs, including project planning and reporting.
- Knowledge of nitrogen trace gas and particulate reserach in continental and coastal regions demonstrated by an advanced degree or more than 5 years of specialized experience.
- Ability to contribute new research, individually and as part of a team, in the areas of trace gas and/or particulate measurement programs and transition relevant reserach to applications.
- Skills in developing laboratory and field protocols to analyze samples for ammnia using the latest atmospheric measurement technologies.
- Ability to lead the development of multidisciplinary reserach proposals with federal, academic, and other partners using strategic plans and other guidance documents.
- Ability to communicate and collaborate with other scientists on the needs and experimental programs necessary to understand the importance of the nitrogen cycle, including participation on national committees.
- Ability to lead the effort to compile, analyze, publish, and present scientific results on atmospheric nitrogen measurements.
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