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:
For the GS-1301 General Physical Science Series:
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
Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
For the GS-1313 Geophysics Series:
Degree: That included at least 30 semester hours in mathematics (including calculus) and the physical sciences (geophysics, physics, engineering, geology, astronomy, meteorology, electronics, etc.).
Combination of education and experience -- courses as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
For the GS-1360 Oceanography Series:
Degree: Major study of at least 24 semester hours in oceanography or a related discipline such as physics, meteorology, geophysics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering, geology, or biology, plus 20 additional semester hours in any combination of oceanography, physics, geophysics, chemistry, mathematics, meteorology, computer science, and engineering sciences.
Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in A above, 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.
To qualify at the GS-11 level:
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 of the Federal service and is defined as:
- Analyzing oceanographic and/or seismic data as part of a team in an operational or research environment and;
- Using software to evaluate earthquakes and/or forecast tsunamis.
Education: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree OR a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in physical science, meteorology, geophysics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering, geology, biology, oceanography, computer science, engineering sciences, or in a directly related field.
A combination of graduate level education beyond the first 2 years of progressive graduate study and appropriate experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
To qualify at the GS-12 level:
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 of the Federal service and is defined as:
To qualify at the GS-13 level:SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE
- Independently analyzing oceanographic and/or seismic data in an operational or research environment and;
- Using and/or developing software to evaluate earthquakes and/or forecast tsunamis.
: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12
of the Federal service and is defined as:
- Independently analyzing complex oceanographic and/or seismic data in an operational or research environment;
- Using and/or developing complex software to evaluate earthquakes and/or forecast tsunamis; and
- Assimilating oceanographic data into tsunami models for analysis.
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. If course content cannot be easily identified from the title of the course as listed on your transcript, you must submit an official course description from the college/university that reflects the content at the time the course was taken.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.
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
- Knowledge of geophysics and seismology.
- Ability to assimilate results from multiple data streams quickly.
- Skill in geophysical and/or oceanographic data analysis applications.
- Ability to speak and write clearly and effectively.
Please do not respond to these KSAs separately. Your responses to the vacancy questions serve as your responses to the KSAs listed above. For more information on category rating, please go to: Category Rating
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