Physical Scientist/Data Manager

Company Name:
Department Of Commerce
United States Citizens Permanent Full Time
Science, Service, and Stewardship
NOAA ships and aircraft play a critical role in the collection of oceanographic, atmospheric, hydrographic, and fisheries data. The NOAA fleet is managed and operated by the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), an office composed of civilians and officers of the NOAA Commissioned Corps. OMAO also manages the NOAA Diving Program and NOAA Small Boat Program.
OMAO's research and survey ships compose the largest fleet of federal research ships in the nation. The fleet ranges from large oceanographic research vessels capable of exploring the world's deepest ocean, to smaller ships responsible for charting the shallow bays and inlets of the United States. The fleet supports a wide range of marine activities including fisheries research, nautical charting, and ocean and climate studies.
OMAO's aircraft operate throughout the world providing a wide range of capabilities including hurricane reconnaisance and research, marine mammal and fisheries assessment, and coastal mapping. NOAA aircraft carry scientists and specialized instrument packages to conduct research for NOAA's missions.
In addition to research and monitoring activities critical to NOAA's mission, OMAO ships and aircraft provide immediate response capabilities for unpredictable events. Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita NOAA ships conducted emergency surveys for navigation hazards that helped Gulf ports reopen quickly. Aerial images of disaster-torn areas--taken by NOAA aircraft--enabled residents and emergency workers to verify the condition of houses, bridges and roads.
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
The Physical Scientist/Data Manager performs the following duties-
Directs or conducts calibrations performed for customers
Designs and documents procedures to be followed
Develops and tracks data management plans
Conducts market research, product evaluations and equipment assessments of new models/versions of scientific sensors and emerging technologies for applicability to data collection and inclusion into the scientific sensor suites installed on NOAA ships and aircraft
Qualification requirements in vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. The handbook is available on OPM's /
In order to qualify for this position, applicants must meet the basic requirement by possessing at least one of the following:
A. A Bachelor's or higher degree in 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.
B. A combination of education and experience. This includes 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.
To qualify for the ZA-03 Physical Scientist, applicants must meet one of the following-
A. Possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZA-02 or the GS-09 grade level in the Federal Sector that included the following: 1) Tracking data management plans; 2) assisting in establishing maintenance programs to improve sensors and data quality; and 3) conducting calibrations performed for customers. NOTE: To be found qualified for this position; the contents of your resume must fully support this response
B. Possess a PhD or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in a field of physical science, engineering, or mathematics.
C. Possess a combination of experience and graduate level education that, when combined, equals at least 100% of the total requirement. (To compute, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond two years by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.)
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.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
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,
Only education/ experience obtained by 11:59 pm EST on the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
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 probationary period of up to three years.
Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement. If you meet the minimum qualifications, 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 score may be lowered 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. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager for further review and consideration.
You will be rated in the following areas:
Knowledge of calibration techniques
Skill in project management
Skill in data collection
In order to be rated as meeting the minimum qualifications, we must be able to determine from your application package that you have the education and/or specialized or general experience that is required. Applicants who have qualifying experience performed on less than a full-time basis must specify the percentage and length of time spent in performance of such duties.
You must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, November 25, 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 R sum showing relevant experience; cover letter optional
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Transcripts, if qualifying based on education
4. Other supporting documents (submit if applicable to you):
CTAP/ICTAP documents
Veterans' 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 if are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 1264481. Fax your documents to .
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 . Your 1203--FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
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
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 #icc. 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 #ictap. 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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