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Job Title:  Interdisciplinary Scientist (Geophysicist/Oceanographer)
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:  PH-NM-14-1189382

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$99,667.00 to $129,563.00 / Per Year
Monday, August 25, 2014 to Friday, September 5, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Ewa Beach, HI View Map
US Citizens and Status Candidates
Q - Nonsensitive


Science, Service, and Stewardship 

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's all in a day's work at the  NOAA!  Join a dedicated workforce committed to a vital mission: safeguarding the public, protecting natural resources, strengthening the economy.  A career that makes a world of difference!

This position is located in the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, which is responsible for creating international tsunami guidance for more than half of the world's coastlines.

Additional vacancies may be filled through this vacancy announcement or, if they become available. 


  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel estimated to be 5% of the time


  • Yes
  • PCS authorized for current Federal employees only


  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for selective service.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section).
  • Required to pass background investigation and fingerprint check


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As a Geophysicist or Oceanographer, you will serve as the Shift Lead on a rotation basis as part of the tsunami and earthquake investigation team.  Your duties will include:

  • Supervising the investigation of potential tsunami activity and providing technical guidance to other team members; 
  • Evaluating a variety of geophysical and oceanographic data to identify the degree of threat for a tsunami and taking appropriate action based on that threat; 
  • Operating a variety of software to gather, analyze, and report on key data; 
  • Conducting applied research to test original theories and conceptual models related to tsunami warning operations; 
  • Collaborating with national and international agencies to provide training, deliver briefings, or share data; and
  • Conduct outreach to a variety of non-technical sources, such as the media and the general public 






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Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of experience, education, training completed, and potential based on the information provided within their application/resume, and detailed responses provided on the job elements to determine those who are minimally qualified and those who are best qualified. The job elements are included in the Supplemental Questionnaire, located further in this vacancy announcement. Failure to submit a complete application package will result in a determination of not qualified.  You are encouraged to complete and submit the Supplemental Questionnaire as part of your application package, experience and training you claim must be reflected in your application/resume.    

In order to be qualified for this position, you must meet the basic education requirement for the series for which you are applying.

To qualify as a Geophysicist, you must possess one of the following:

A. A Bachelor's or higher degree that included at least 30 semester hours in mathematics (including calculus) and the physical sciences (geophysics, physics, engineering, geology, astronomy, meteorology, electronics, etc.).  - OR - 
B. A combination of education and experience. This includes courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

To qualify as an Oceanographer, you must possess one of the following:

A. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major field of 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.  - OR -  

B. A combination of education and experience. This includes course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

(Please note:  For both A and B in this section, applicants who qualify on the basis of major study in biology or geology must have had at least 6 semester hours in the major directly concerned with marine science or 6 semester hours in oceanography; applicants who qualify on the basis of other physical sciences or engineering must have had differential and integral calculus and at least 6 semester hours in physics.)

In addition, all applicants must possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service, evaluating a variety of seismologic, geophysical, and oceanographic data to determine the threat of a tsunami to a given area; conducting applied research to identify methods for improving tsunami forecasting; utilizing a variety of automated systems to analyze geophysical/seismologic data; and delivering scientific or technical presentations at national conferences or meetings.

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement. 
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: 

Only education/experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

Status candidates must meet time-in-grade/band requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).

You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. 

Applicants applying under Delegated Examining (all U.S. citizens) procedures will be rated under NOAA’s Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If it is determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Gold, Silver, or Bronze.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.   

Applicants applying under merit promotion procedures will be rated in accordance with the Merit Staffing plan of NOAA. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.  

You will be rated in the following areas:  

  • Technical Knowledge - Geophysics/Oceanography
  • Problem Solving
  • Technology Application
  • Oral Communication 


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NOAA offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees


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 or other 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

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. (you must submit a DD214-member copy 4).

 Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ). 

Career Transition Assistance Programs (CTAP/ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an CTAP/ICTAP eligible see To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:

Persons with Disabilities-Schedule A

Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans

Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses 

Other Special Appointment Authorities


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You must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, September 05, 2014. 

* To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire. 

* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. 

* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

* To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

* To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes: 

1. Your Résumé showing relevant experience; cover letter optional 

2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire 

3. Transcripts

5. Other supporting documents (submit if applicable to you):         

  • CTAP/ICTAP documents
  • Veterans' documentation
  • SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action: If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must provide the most current Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50) that reflects the highest grade level held on a permanent basis, or the full performance level of your current position, whichever is higher. Failure to do so will result in an ineligible rating.
  • Non-Competitive documentation

Your resume should 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 each position. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire.          

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 1189382.   Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. 

If you cannot apply online

1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and 

2. Print this 1203-FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and 

3. Fax the completed 1203-FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203--FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Philadelphia Services Branch
Phone: (215)861-3074
Agency Information:
Philadelphia Services Branch
US Office of Personnel Management
600 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview. You will receive notice via email once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).   

You will be notified of your application status at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You may check your application status by accessing the USAJOBS website and clicking "Application Status".   

The amount of notices that each applicant receives may vary.  The four points of notification are: 

  •  Application Received or Application Incomplete 
  •  Minimum Qualification Requirement Met/Not Met 
  •  Eligible (Application Referred) or Eligible (Application Not referred) 
  •  Selected or Not Selected


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