Job Overview


About the Agency

This position is located in the Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) with one vacancy in Plainsboro, NJ.

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-4 is equivalent to the GS-13/14.

This position is also announced under vacancy number OAR-GFDL-2017-0012, which is open to status candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.

*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 Oceanographer, ZP-1360-4 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).


As a Research Oceanographer, you will perform the following duties:

  • Lead efforts to improve scientific understanding of past, present, and future marine ecosystems, biogeochemistry, and climate, and their interactions with human activities.
  • Facilitate understanding of how environmental changes affect marine ecosystems and its predictability.
  • Provide informed guidance on a range of water quality, living marine resources and climate change issues to Line Offices; Take part in science focus groups; Represent ocean ecosystems and biogeochemistry predictability and prediction communities; Attend conferences and present research; Peer review scientific papers and proposals; and collaborate with faculty, students and postdocs.
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of oceans, ocean phenomena, and aquatic life to develop predictive Earth System (ES) representations that communicate the current and future state of Earth’s oceans.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel opportunities as part of the active scientific community is expected.

Relocation Authorized

  • No