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Job Title:Director Office of Data and Informatics, Supervisory Indisciplinary, ZP-V (GS-15)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Institute of Standards and Technology

Job Announcement Number:NISTMML-2014-0009

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 to Thursday, December 12, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ZP-0401/0806/1301-05

POSITION INFORMATION:

Competitive Service: - Permanent, Full-time

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

05

DUTY LOCATIONS:

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

WHO MAY APPLY:

All qualified U.S. citizens. This notice is issued under direct-hire authority to recruit new talent to occupations for which NIST has a severe shortage of 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.

This position is Director for the Office of Data and Informatics (ODI) in the Material Measurement Laboratory.  The ODI Director's role is part data steward for improving quality, part evangelist for data sharing, part technologist, and part developer and strategic visionary for creation of new data products.
The Material Measurement Laboratory (MML) serves as the national reference laboratory for measurements in the chemical, biological and material sciences through activities ranging from fundamental and applied research, to the development and dissemination of certified reference materials, critically evaluated data, and other programs and tools to assure the quality of measurement results.  MML is also responsible for coordinating the NIST-wide Standard Reference Material and Standard Reference Data programs.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be registered for selective service (as applicable).
  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Relocation expenses are available

DUTIES:

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This position provides strategic vision and program direction for the new office of approximately eight staff members including Ph.D scientists with backgrounds in the information, physical and bio sciences. The office has significant potential for growth and the ODI Director will be expected to develop a vision for the staffing required to address the burgeoning data needs of MML and of NIST as a whole. The ODI director is responsible for the NIST Standard Reference Data Program including developing new products, utilizing a quality framework, strengthening marketing and providing effective business models for distribution, sales, and maintenance of data products, as well as guidance for navigating licensing, intellectual property and legal issues related to Standard Reference Data and MML research data.
The Material Measurement Laboratory (MML) is seeking a highly experienced and self-motivated individual to plan, develop, & implement the programs and operations of the new Office of Data and Informatics (ODI), at NIST in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The ODI will be a premier, pioneering resource for researchers and institutions in the Materials, Chemical, and Biological sciences who need to leverage both large and information-rich data sets now common in many disciplines; who are faced with challenges of handling, archiving, storage, and analysis of such data; and who would transform such data into products that can be reliably and broadly shared and used for sophisticated scientific endeavors. The ODI will support National needs such as the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) and biological and chemical data integration, as well as modernize current NIST reference data services for use in state-of-the-art computer paradigms (i.e., virtual computing, parallel analysis, interoperability, semantic web, etc.) and support the development of next generation NIST reference data services. The ODI will also facilitate MML's adherence to the government open-data policy by providing guidance and assistance in the best practices for archiving and annotating research and data outputs. A service-oriented organization, the ODI will add value to data activities by providing guidance, assistance and resources for optimizing the discoverability, usability, and interoperability of data products in ways that support NIST scientists and stakeholders. The Office is composed of two groups: (1) Data Services Group (2) Data Sciences Group.
The ODI Director will lead, manage resources, conceive new programs, and develop complementary implementation strategies. Although there are elements of responsibility for data infrastructure, the role of the ODI Director is not to run a data center. In addition to subject matter expertise in a traditional field of scientific study, ideal candidates will have training and experience with data science and delivery, combined with experience managing and sponsoring IT projects emphasizing scientific data, for example, web based applications, digital repositories, external collaboration with large data sets and scientific database design and integration.
  


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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This is an interdisciplinary position; a position involving duties and responsibilities closely related to more than one professional occupation.  This position could be classified in the Biologist, Engineering, or Physical Science occupational series.  The nature of the work is such that persons with education and experience in any of these professions may be considered equally well qualified to do the work.
BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT FOR SUPERVISORY BIOLOGIST, ZP-0401-V:
A. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position
OR
B. Combination of education and experience: coursed equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT FOR SUPERVISORY MATERIALS ENGINEER, ZP-0806-V:
A. Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
OR
B. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
• Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
• Written Test-- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A.
Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.
• Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.
• Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)


BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT FOR SUPERVISORY PHYSICAL SCIENTIST, ZP-1301-V:
A. 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.
OR
B. 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 REQUIREMENTS, APPLICANTS MUST HAVE 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE EQUIVALENT TO AT LEAST THE GS-14 (ZP-IV AT NIST). Specialized experience is defined as: experience in formulating, leading/managing/conducting or consulting on exceptionally difficult research programs or policy issues of major scope, complexity, importance, and impact. Knowledge of policies, theories, principles, practices, and methods of the biological, chemical, or materials scientific fields or research. Experience working at the intersection of data and informatics with the biological chemical, or materials sciences. Experience managing an organization performing full range of management/leadership functions including strategic planning, team building, problem solving, customer service, establishing alliances, human resources, financial management, and promoting diversity and communication. Applicants must have demonstrated experience in leading and managing data-centric research projects or organization as well as record or sustained scholarly accomplishments in biological, chemical, or materials sciences.

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 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. 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/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. 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:

Applications will be evaluated against the basic qualifications. Qualified candidates will be considered in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management Direct Hire Guidelines. Veterans' Preference does not apply to the direct hire recruitment procedures. Selections made under this notice will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. You may not be considered for the position if any part of the application is incomplete. Your application may not receive appropriate consideration without the required supporting documentation. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or adverse action after hiring.
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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 assistance 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 one year supervisory probationary period may be required.
 
If selected by management, you may be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.
 
 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 more information regarding on how our pay bands correspond to the General Schedule grade levels, visit: http://www.nist.gov/hrmd/compensation/upload/nistcareerpathchart.pdf.  
 
Payment of relocation expenses IS authorized.
 
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:
  1. Your resume AND
  2. 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.
 
If you do not have access to the internet: If you do not have internet access, please contact the HR Specialist identified for this vacancy for alternative application methods.
 
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, you must submit any documents needed to support your qualifications for this position (i.e., college/university transcript).
How do I submit my documents: You may submit required and/or supplemental documents through any ONE of the following methods:
  1. Upload your file(s);
  2. Download from your USAJOBS account;
  3. Fax using the on-line fax cover sheet;
  4. 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.
 
Are you CTAP or ICTAP Eligible? If you are a Federal employee claiming special priority selection rights under DOC's Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or your Agency's Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must meet the threshold of "well qualified" for the position to receive priority consideration. DoC defines well qualified as receiving a overall score of "85". You must also submit proof that you meet the requirements of 5CFR 330.605 (a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of your agency's notice, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating and a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting current position, grade level, and the duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information about CTAP and ICTAP, please refer to the following web sites: CTAP ICTAP

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Susan C. Engle
Phone: 301-975-3034
Fax: 571-258-4052
Email: susan.engle@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:

If your application is referred to management for consideration, you may be contacted to interview for the position. You may be contacted by NIST upon consideration for employment to inform you of additional qualification requirements (i.e., selective factors) that would be required for a particular position.

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Job Announcement Number:

NISTMML-2014-0009

Control Number:

355371300