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Job Title:Operations Research Analyst, ZP-1515-II (GS-7/9 equivalent)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Institute of Standards and Technology

Job Announcement Number:NISTEL-2013-0053

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$42,209.00 to $74,018.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, July 26, 2013 to Friday, August 09, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ZP-1515-02

POSITION INFORMATION:

Career or Career-Conditional Appointment - Full-time Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

03

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Gaithersburg, MD, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All qualified U.S. citizens and status candidates.

JOB SUMMARY:

Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within Commerce. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

"To learn more about working at NIST, please visit Careers at NIST

The Applied Economics Office seeks qualified applicants to assess the sustainability and efficiency of current and emerging building energy technologies and manufacturing processes. The Applied Economics Office, a part of NIST’s Engineering Laboratory, conducts research and provides technical assistance in the field of microeconomics. 

Are you ready to explore your future with NIST?

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service (see Other Information).
  • You must be suitable for Federal Employment.

DUTIES:

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The Applicant will perform statistical/econometric/microeconomic research on economic projects dealing with: (1) sustainability of construction and manufacturing processes and (2) economic impacts of current and emerging technologies applied to construction, manufacturing, and infrastructure development. The Applicant will collect, analyze, interpret, and summarize data and contribute to published reports, articles, and software that help users evaluate the sustainability and cost effectiveness of investment strategies.  Major functions of the position include: (1) developing an environmental efficiency database linking technologies to environmental benefits and costs; (2) developing economic efficiency metrics assessing life-cycle cost effectiveness of green buildings (both for new construction and the retrofit of existing buildings); and (3) developing national score carding metrics that assess and track building sustainability performance at the community and national levels.  Responsibilities include research; publishing refereed journal articles and research reports; designing decision-support software; and teaching workshops.  We desire an applicant with a strong background in at least two of the following areas—microeconomics, quantitative analysis, engineering economics, environmental engineering, simulation modeling, and decision analysis.  Oral, written, and interpersonal skills are essential.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements:
Degree: in operations research; or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.

In addition to the above basic qualification requirement, you MUST also meet one of the following:

Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience, equivalent to GS-5 (ZP-I for NIST), in performing quantitative analysis, simulation modeling, and decision analysis in a classroom or work setting.

OR

1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement. Superior Academic Achievement is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.

 1. Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.

 2. Grade-point average (G.P.A.)-- Applicants must have a grade-point average of:

 a. 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum;

or

b. 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.

Grade-point averages are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9.

3. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society -- Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies listed below. These honor societies are listed by the Association of College Honor Societies (external link). Agencies considering eligibility based on any society not included in the following list must ensure that the honor society meets the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies. Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.

Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.


This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts to document that you have met the education requirement.Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. However, official transcripts will be required prior to a final offer of employment.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education:  
Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/workrecog.doc
. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

Applicants must meet requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your resume and cover letter to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements for the position. If you meet the qualification requirements stated in the vacancy announcement, we will then compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses to the job questionnaire (which will be scored) and place you in one of the three pre-defined categories. Your responses to the job questionnaire will serve as the basis for your initial rating in one of three pre-defined categories "gold," "silver," and "bronze." Within each category, those eligible through veterans preference will be listed at the top of the category. More information about the three categories can be found at: http://www.nist.gov/hrmd/staffing/categoryrating.cfm.

 

The candidates in the highest category will be certified for referral to the selecting official. The top ten qualified applicants, requesting consideration as a Merit or VEOA candidate, will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.  Non-competitive consideration will be given to those Merit candidates that have held a position with the same promotion potential as the position advertised.  Documentation (in the form of an SF-50) is required to show proof of promotion potential or highest grade held.

 

Your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited to an interview. ICTAP and CTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. The job questionnaire covers the following knowledge, skills and abilities/competencies:

Knowledge of benefit-cost analysis, Knowledge of life-cycle assessment techniques, Ability to work with statistical data, Ability to use software tools and write code to analyze data, Ability to effectively communicate research results orally and in writing, Knowledge of building energy standards and codes

"Your responses to the job questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance.  Please review your responses before submitting your application to ensure the responses are accurate."


NOTE:  Your resume must be complete, detailed and relevant to the position.  


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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NIST offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employee Retirement System.  NIST also offers a broad array of work-life flexibilities and services to employees such as flexible work schedules, teleworking transit subsidies, on-site child care, fitness center, credit union, employee assistants programs, and free parking.  Learn more about NIST's work life programs by visiting www.nist.gov/hrmd/worklife.cfm.  

The following web site is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees www.nist.gov/hrmd/benefits/summarychart.cfm


OTHER INFORMATION:

A probationary period may be required.

Payment of relocation expenses is authorized.

This position is covered by an Alternative Personnel Management System (APMS).  This system replaces the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and grades with career paths and pay bands.  For information regarding how the pay bands correspond to the General Schedule, visit http://www.nist.gov/hrmd/compensation/upload/nistscareerpathchart.pdf

If you are a male born after December 31, 1959 you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  Please see http://www.sss.govfor more information.

At NIST we are striving to make the application process as easy and efficient as possible. With that in mind, the resume and corresponding responses of successful candidates may be shared with other selecting officials at NIST with opportunities like the one you are applying to. Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Specialist identified in this vacancy. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact Office of Workforce Management via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.



HOW TO APPLY:

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A complete application package includes the following:
-Your resume;
-Your answers to the job questions; AND
-The supporting documentation required (click on Required Documents).

You MUST apply on-line through WWW.USAJOBS.GOV.  Your application must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement.  

Uploaded resumes must include the following: applicant contact information and educational and professional background information including dates of employment and education, salary (and Federal grade level, if appropriate), and work schedule (i.e., FT/PT).  Please also include in your resume a list of all publications and patents/patent applications on which you are a named inventor and provide the title and patent/patent application number for each. Incomplete applications will not be considered and you will not be contacted to provide any missing information.
Incomplete applications will not be considered and you will not be contacted to providing any missing information.If you do not have access to the internet:
You may mail your application package (please contact the HR Specialist identified for this vacancy).  All mailed resumes and/or supporting documents MUST be received by the closing date of this announcement.  Please allow enough time for United States Postal Service delivery.
Problems Completing Your Application:
If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by email at mgshelp@monster.com.  The help desk is available Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

What documents do I need to submit?
In addition to your resume, the documents needed for this position are subject to how you apply.  You must refer to the following site when determining documents required: Required DocumentsHow do I submit my documents:
You may submit required and/or supplemental documents through any ONE of the following methods:
>Upload your file(s);
>Download from your USAJOBS account;
>Fax using the on-line fax cover sheet;
>Mail your documents, ONLY IF YOU DO NOT HAVE INTERNET ACCESS;

All required supporting documentation mentioned in this vacancy announcement, and all vacancy applications submitted electronically or via fax must be submitted and received by 11:59 pm ET on the closing date of this announcement.  You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

NOTE:  Once a document has been uploaded or faxed to a particular cateogry (i.e., transcript), you cannot refax or upload additional documents to the same category (i.e., transcript) without overriding the original documents.  In this case, please submit the additional documents to the "other" category.

The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:
VRAVEOA30% or more Disabled VeteranPeople with DisabilitiesCTAPICTAP

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Jill Walther
Phone: 301-975-3030
Fax: 571-258-4052
Email: jwalther@nist.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY
100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD
20899
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, your application package will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements.  Best qualified candidates will be forwarded to the selecting official for consideration and may be interviewed.

By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application.  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or you may be fined or jailed.  In considering you for this position, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

Status of Your Application:
You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov and clicking on "Track Your Online Application."

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Job Announcement Number:

NISTEL-2013-0053

Control Number:

348292200