GS-0401: A degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position OR courses equivalent to a major in one of the above areas, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
GS-1301: A degree in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours or equivalent in physical science, and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics OR education equivalent to one of the above majors that included at least 24 semester hours in the physical sciences and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
In addition to one of the above requirement candidates must have:
GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level OR a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. If qualifying based on education, your education must demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities (see below) necessary to do the work.
GS-13: One year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level.
GS-14: One year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level.
Selective Factor(s): In order to be considered minimally qualified, you must possess the following:
Skill in developing and using remote sensing protocols to conduct original scientific research studies.
Specialized Experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for this position are:
1. Ability to use remotely-sensed information from ground, airborne, and/or satellite sensors to estimate crop water use, crop/plant response to water stress, and develop information for optimal irrigation water allocation.
2. Ability to utilize and/or develop remote sensors, instruments and protocols to assess the effects of water availability on crop stress and productivity and estimate evapotranspiration of crops.
3. Ability to develop and/or use image-processing protocols to analyze thermal and multispectral images of crop and ground cover.
4. Ability to conceive, plan, conduct, and publish research in peer-reviewed scientific journals and make presentations at scientific meetings.
Applicants must address the specialized experience requirements in their resume (or application documents). Applications that do not reflect the specialized experience requirements will not be deemed qualified.
To be considered for a research scientist position, you must submit a one-page abstract of your MS thesis and/or Ph.D. dissertation. Also, submit a list of names, addresses, and phone numbers of persons familiar with your stature, contributions, recognition; any honors or awards received; memberships in professional or honor societies; invitations to make presentations at scientific/technical meetings; scientific society office and committee assignments; presentations (other than invitation); and publications.
Vacant research positions may be filled at one of several grade levels depending upon the scientific impact of the person selected. A peer review may be required to determine the appropriate grade level of the position and supplemental materials may be required from the selectee.
Research scientists have open-ended promotion potential. Research accomplishments and their impact on the duties and responsibilities of positions are evaluated periodically. The grade level is limited only by the individual's demonstrated ability to perform research of recognized importance to science and technology. *Final grade level may be determined by a peer review panel.
This position has a positive education requirement. You must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grade point average or class ranking to verify education when applying for this position. If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.
Graduate education must be directly related to the work of the position and must have equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on this topic.
Time-in-grade restrictions apply for all candidates considered under Alternative Merit Promotion.
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the basic and any additional requirements. The Agricultural Research Service uses a category rating process. Based on evaluation of all written materials submitted in application for the position, you will be determined to be Ineligible if you do not meet eligibility and/or minimum qualifications criteria; Eligible if you meet all eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria; OR Quality if you meet quality criteria in addition to eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria.