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Job Title:Engineering Psychologist - SV-0180-H/I

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Transportation Security Administration

Job Announcement Number:HQ-OSC-TA62-13-632232

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$59,634.00 to $112,689.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, June 20, 2013 to Friday, July 12, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

SV-0180-H/I

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

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DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Arlington, VA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Open to all U.S. Citizens. 

Salary range listed includes Locality Pay of 24.22%.

This position is located in Arlington, VA.

This vacancy has been extended until 7/12/2013.

JOB SUMMARY:

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career?  If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling.  DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters.  The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations.  Make an impact; join DHS.                     

Securing Travel, Protecting People - At the Transportation Security Administration, you will serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life.  In cities across the country, you would secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and/or public transit systems, thus protecting America's transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce. For additional information about our agency please:
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KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • Must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.

DUTIES:

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This Engineering Psychologist position is located in the Behavior Detection and Analysis Division within the Office of Security Capabilities (OSC), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If selected, you will serve as a technical specialist planning and carrying out complex scientific, engineering, and technological inquiries and analyses. You will develop experimental designs for behavior detection pilot programs involving engineering psychology and the scientific nature of behavior detection in security environments.

 

Duties Include:

  • Establishing and organizing the work of research and data collection teams to carry out multiple scientific projects.
  • Coordinating extensively with external organizations and academic institutions to acquire additional research support and build relationships to further behavior detection research. Translating complex academic research in behavioral sciences into an applied environment and identifying, reviewing, and critiquing research germane to the SPOT program and behavior detection in general.
  • Promoting the strategic value of science and technology for the sustainable development of security programs increasing industry, academia, community recognition, and respect for OSC's mission.
  • Participating in planning meetings and activities to ensure sound technical engineering psychological research and providing technical input to systems architecture planning as it relates to human factors and behavioral detection and analysis efforts.
  • Reviewing new policies to ensure they are consistent with the scientific thought process and are in line with current behavioral detection and human factors engineering psychological research.
  • Communicating with Program Managers/Branch Managers to resolve complex technical issues and providing advice regarding scientific discoveries or emerging opinions from the scientific community.

The major duties described above reflect the full performance level of this position. Typically, the lower pay band (H Band) performs the same duties but will receive more guidance and training; and/or projects/work assignments may be less complex.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENT: You must have a degree with a major or equivalent in Psychology for this position. You must attach copies of your transcripts to this application to verify your degree(s). These can be unofficial copies.

To qualify for the SV-H Pay Band (equivalent to GS-11/12), you must meet one of the qualification requirements (A, B, OR C) outlined below.

A. Experience: For those qualifying using experience, your application must clearly outline one year of specialized experience at the SV-G Pay Band or GS-9 in Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Such experience includes: 

  • assisting in the analysis of engineering psychology involving the social sciences in 2 or more of the following: experimental research and design, verbal and non-verbal human behavioral research, quantitative analytical methods utilizing the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) or other similar programs to analyze complex data;
  • applying psychological theories, processes, and principles in the collection, synthesis, analysis of data; and
  • assisting with qualitative and quantitative analyses of security programs or technologies.  

OR B. Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 years of progressively higher education in a related field from an accredited college or university or LL.M., if related.

OR C. Combination of Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed post-graduate education (beyond the second year) and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements, and may be computed by first determining the total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the position; then determining the education as a percentage of the education required for the position; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for the position. 

GRADUATE EDUCATION: Education at the graduate level in an accredited college or university in the amounts indicated above meets the requirements for this position.  Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.  One (1) year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study.  If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement.

NOTE: If you are attempting to qualify based on education, in whole or in part, you MUST submit a copy of your transcript(s) from an accredited college or university (for each school attended) to establish qualifications based upon education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. Official transcripts may be required at a later date. 

To qualify for the SV-I Pay Band (equivalent to GS-13), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-H Pay Band or GS-12 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such experience includes:

  • experience in the analysis of engineering psychology involving the social sciences in 2 or more of the following: experimental research and design, verbal and non-verbal human behavioral research, quantitative analytical methods utilizing the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) or other similar programs to analyze complex data;
  • applying psychological theories, processes, and principles in the collection, synthesis, analysis, and interpretation of data for programs (i.e., program development, in-depth human behavior studies and pilots in the development of anomalous behavior detection processes);
  • conducting qualitative and quantitative analyses to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of security programs or technologies; and
  • conducting research in operating environments or lab settings for analytical evaluations of human behavior research.

NOTE: Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour workweek. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience. No additional credit is given for overtime. 


You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of the experience and/or related education as reflected in your resume and supporting documentation.  You are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show possession of the competencies required for this position. We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and any supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your category placement may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.

When completing the assessment questionnaire for this position, you will be prompted to elect if you wish for your application to be considered as External (where Veterans' Preference applies), as Status (current or former Federal Employees), and/or Internal to TSA as a current permanent or competitive temporary employee.  At that time, please select the answer(s) that apply to you and your application to this position.
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BENEFITS:

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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include:  flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select "benefits."



OTHER INFORMATION:

Eligibility to apply for other Federal positions: TSA is an Excepted Service agency exempt from most of Title 5 United States Code, including regulations which apply to displaced Federal employees (CTAP/ICTAP) of other agencies, and employment with TSA does not confer "Competitive Status" that generally results from selection and service in Competitive Service agencies.  The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has established an Interchange Agreement, which allows most permanent TSA employees to apply and be considered for vacancies in Competitive Service agencies.  Information from OPM on this or other Interchange Agreements is available at: http://www.opm.gov.

To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy.  To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation as a condition of placement into this position.  

TSA employees who are absent for the purpose of performing military duty may apply for any vacancies announced in their absence.

Payment of relocation expenses (Permanent Change of Station) is not authorized. Qualified non-competitive eligible candidates may be referred for consideration on a separate, unranked list. More than one position may be filled from this announcement.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Please Note: All of the following must be received in our office by 11:59 PM EST (Eastern Standard Time) on the closing date of this announcement. This includes both online and mailed application materials. If we do not receive all required information by the closing date, your application may not be considered.

Your application must include:

1. Resume
2. Self Assessment Questionnaire for this position
3. Applicable supporting documents (see Required Documents Section)

Click the "Apply Online" button below and follow the prompts to apply.  If you are unable to access the automated application system, we may need to reset your password.  Please call the TSA HR Access Help Desk at 1-877-872-7990 between the hours of: 7:00AM - 8:00PM ET Monday - Friday, 10:00AM - 3:00PM ET Saturday, or 11:00AM - 4:00PM ET Sunday.  

If you are unable to apply online, please call the Help Desk at the number listed above for a printed Employment Packet which will be sent to you for completion and return to this office.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

In addition to a resume and the assessment questions, you must submit copies of any of the following documents if you are applying based on current or former Federal Government Status (if you are not a current TSA employee), Veterans' Preference, or education or a combination of education and experience:

SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action - Current TSA employees are not required to submit an SF-50 to support eligibility for internal/status consideration.

If you are not a current TSA employee: you must submit your most recent personnel action SF-50
(or equivalent document) to support your eligibility for Status consideration.  If you elect Status for the consideration of your application without submitting an SF-50 demonstrating your current or previous permanent Federal employment status, and you are not a current TSA employee, your application may not receive Status consideration.

DD-214 - If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other appropriate documentation to prove your entitlement and to provide verification of an Honorable Discharge. Failure to provide this documentation will result in your application not receiving 5-point preference.

SF-15 and VA Letter - If you are claiming Veterans' Preference based upon a Compensable Disability, Widow or Spouse Entitlement, or as a Purple Heart recipient, you must submit your DD-214 or other proof of entitlement; an SF-15, and the required proof of disability, i.e., Department of Veterans Affairs letter dated 1991 or later. Failure to provide this documentation will result in your application not receiving 10-point preference. 

Transcripts - If you wish to qualify for this position based on your education, submit copies of your transcript(s) from accredited colleges or universities for each school attended.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HR Help Desk
Phone: 877-872-7990
Fax: 877-872-7993
TDD: 877-872-7992
Email: Helpdesk@TSA-HRAccess.com
Agency Information:
DHS/Transportation Security Administration
Shared Service Center
2650 Park Tower Drive
Suite 201
Merrifield, VA
22180
US
Fax: 877-872-7993

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We will notify you of the outcome of these steps when they have been completed. You may also check your application status by visiting the Candidate Dashboard.

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Job Announcement Number:

HQ-OSC-TA62-13-632232

Control Number:

346040100