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    This position is located in the National Environmental Satellite, Data & Information Service (NESDIS), Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR), Satellite Meteorology and Climatology Division (SMCD) and is for one vacancy located in College Park, MD.

    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 NSDIS-STAR-2018-0006, 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 Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Physical Scientist, ZP-1301-4 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographic locations, same grade/band and requires the same qualifications and specialized experience as indicated in this vacancy announcement).

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    As a Physical Scientist, you will perform the following duties:

    • Lead the Infrared hyperspectral sensor calibration scientists in National Environmental Satellite, Data & Information Service (NESDIS), with responsibility to calibrate infrared sounding instruments and other instruments on board Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) satellites using the prelaunch and post-launch data.
    • Investigate and analyzes root causes of anomaly measurements, instruments and sensor data records (SDRs) and finds solutions to fix them.
    • Perform independent analysis of infrared sensor thermal vacuum data to produce the calibration look-up-table for producing the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) sensor data records (SDRs).
    • Develop calibration theories and algorithms for satellite ground processing.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - 5% of domestic and foreign travel may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    All qualified United States Citizens or Nationals.

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/490649600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.