Job Title: Physical Scientist, ZP-1301-04, DEJob Announcement Number: NSDIS-OSPO-2013-0030
Department: Department Of Commerce
Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.
The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
/ Per Year
Friday, August 30, 2013 to
Thursday, September 12, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
Permanent - Career Or Career Conditional. -
1 vacancy in the following location:
Suitland, MD, USView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
All qualified United States Citizens or Nationals.
Unlock secrets in deep oceans, track rapidly moving storms, operate state-of-the-art environmental satellites, chart the Nation's waterways, formulate models to forecast climate trends, protect and preserve our living marine resources..it's all in a day's work at NOAA!
NESDIS is looking for good people to manage our world-class operations. Our satellites monitor U.S. and global weather conditions, and we also have three world class data centers. The data from NESDIS satellites help save lives and resources. Come be a part of NESDIS!
This position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS) Office of Satellite and Product Operations (OSPO). For more information click here: http://www.ospo.noaa.gov/
This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band. The ZP-04 is equivalent to the GS-13/14. For more information on CAPS click here: http://ohrm.os.doc.gov/index.htm
This position is also announced under vacancy number NSDIS-OSPO-2013-0028, which is open to status candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- A one year probationary period may be required.
- Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.
- This position is not in the bargaining unit.
- This vacancy may be used to fill other Physical Scientist, 1301-04, positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographic locations, same grade/band requires the same qualifications as indicated in this vacancy announcement).
- 24 hour-on-call via cell phone for satellite anomalies.
- Overnight travel approximately once every two months.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
- Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
- Must be suitable for federal employment.
- Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov).
- Must meet qualifications by closing date of this announcement.
DUTIES:Back to top
The individual selected for this position will:
- Support the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) by monitoring DMSP ground system performance; developing operational plans and procedures; developing emergency and recovery plans; resolving ground system anomalies;
- Provide engineering leadership for DMSP ground system activities by analyzing ground system performance, developing and reviewing ground system requirements, developing and reviewing ground system changes and documentation and coordinating ground system related activities;
- Lead DMSP ground system configuration management by analyzing ground system configuration change requests, developing and reviewing regression test plans, developing and reviewing system acceptance plans and by developing and reviewing configuration management plans and procedures;
- Support DMSP launch activities by leading DMSP ground system team to ensure launch readiness, coordinating with external partners to ensure all launch requirements are met and supporting validation of launch and early orbit products and simulations for subsystem.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
Qualification requirements in the 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 the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
This position has a positive education requirement, transcripts must be submitted. CANDIDATES MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
1. 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.
2. 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.
IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level 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.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-03 or GS-12 of the Federal service. Specialized experience is analyzing and resolving complex technical problems related to satellite ground systems or similar complex electronic or earth sensing systems; making real time decisions related to satellite ground systems or similar complex electronic systems in an operational environment; and managing complex scientific tasks.
College Transcript: If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process.
Note: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work. An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.
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 the three pre-defined categories. The categories are “gold”, “silver” and “bronze”. However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates place 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 eligible 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. For more information on Category Rating, please go to (insert website).
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
- Knowledge of satellite ground system theory, design and implementation.
- Knowledge of real time satellite operations methodology.
- Knowledge of project management, configuration management and IT security principles and practices.
- Knowledge of satellite launch and verification procedures.
- Ability to lead diverse groups in complex activities.
- Ability to analyze ground system performance and troubleshoot anomalies.
- Ability to develop, analyze and verify ground system requirements.
- Ability to develop operational and contingency plans and procedures.
- Ability to develop ground system test, implementation and validation plans.
For more information about Category Rating, please go to: Category Rating To preview questions please click here.
HOW TO APPLY:Back to top
Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.
To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at http://www.usajobs.gov and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.
If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 866.656.6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET
For instructions on submitting your application in another format, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in this vacancy announcement.
- Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position/s. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire.
- If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 to show type of discharge or other valid proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp#VeteransEmploymentAct1998.
- Active Duty Service Members-- You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the announcement closes. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not be considered for this job opportunity under Veteran Preference procedures. To gain access to your DD-214 online please visit http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/get-service-records.html
- Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), documentation if applicable (see other information).
- Education. If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities 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. 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 by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. 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.” The four points of notification are:
1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;
2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Not Met;
3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and
4. Selected or Not Selected.
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. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans’ preference, disability, etc.).