Degree: in one or a combination of astronomy, physics, mathematics, space science, or electronics. The course work must have included differential and integral calculus and 12 semester hours in astronomy and/or physics.
Combination of education and experience -- at least 30 semester hours of courses equivalent to a major in any combination of astronomy, space science, physics, mathematics, and electronics, with required course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
In addition to meeting the above basic qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below: Grade 7: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the entry level (grade 5) in the normal line of progression for the occupation. Experience at this level normally would have included training in areas of data reduction and analysis, developing and analyzing data, computer programming. OR Completion of one-year of graduate level education. OR Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) when it provided the applicant with the criteria necessary to do the work of the position. For SAA requirements, please go to OPM website: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp Grade 9: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the developmental trainee (grade 7) level in the normal line of progression for the occupation. Experience at this level normally would have included developing and documenting software, developing and analyzing numerical algorithms, designing, modifying and analyzing software OR Two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree. Note: Education and experience may be combined for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.
Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job opportunity announcement closing date. For information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on the web at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualification. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:
1.- Knowledge of physics or astronomy, or related field to understand the physics of modeling, and analyzing data and to understand the basic scientific concepts pertaining to data processing.
2.- Knowledge of mathematics to be able to develop and analyze algorithms and perform the necessary calculations to develop code.
3.- Knowledge of UNIX operating systems and some knowledge of programming in high level language such as Python, Perl, linux shells .
4.- Skills in applying modern computer techniques to scientific problems and mathematical analysis of systems.
5.- Knowledge of astronomical data analysis packages such as CIAO, IDL, IRAF, FTOOLS. To preview questions please click here.