Research Physical Scientist, AST, Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Jun 26, 2017
Closes
Jul 27, 2017
Function
Analyst, Research
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

The Sciences and Exploration Directorate, Earth Sciences Division, Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Laboratory (Code 614), is looking for a highly skilled individual to study and provide better understanding of all aspects of the atmospheres of the Earth and other planets to understand and improve the prediction of the Earth's climate.

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KEY REQUIREMENTS:
  • A one year probationary period may be required.
  • Applicants must possess at least a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent.
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation.
  • In addition to the Basic Education Requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

    To qualify for the GS-13 grade level, you must have one year specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GS-12) researching and studying the composition and structure of the Earth's atmosphere to understand quantitatively the chemical, dynamic, and radiative processes which regulate the spatial and temporal distribution and abundance of active troposphere and stratospheric gases, as well as aerosols.; studying and providing better understanding of all aspects of the atmospheres of the Earth and other planets, including their structural, dynamical, radiative, and chemical properties; developing and utilizing models to study atmospheric structural, dynamical, radiative and photochemical processes; designing and conducting model experiments.

    To qualify for the GS-14 grade level, you must have one year specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GS-13) researching and studying the composition and structure of the Earth's atmosphere to understand quantitatively the chemical, dynamic, and radiative processes which regulate the spatial and temporal distribution and abundance of active troposphere and stratospheric gases, as well as aerosols.; studying and providing better understanding of all aspects of the atmospheres of the Earth and other planets, including their structural, dynamical, radiative, and chemical properties; and developing new, innovative and advanced models and techniques to study the chemistry of the Earth?s and other planetary atmospheres including their structural, dynamical, radiative and chemical properties; designing and conducting model experiments.

    To receive consideration, your resume MUST contain your complete degree information (i.e., type of degree received, year degree received, and major area of study). If you have received a degree in Computer Science, you MUST list all courses you have taken which meet the education requirements as stated in the qualification requirements section as well as the semester hours awarded. You MUST include the descriptive title, course code, and number of semester/quarter hours. (i.e., CMSC-435-Software Engineering, 3 Semester hours) If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. Please note that degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.

    Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Architecture, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science*, Life Science, Earth and Planetary Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics (Pure or Applied), Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Meteorology, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Oceanography, Optical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Space Science, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering or other appropriate physical science or engineering field. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position.

    *Note: Curriculum must include 30 semester hours of course work in a combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science that provided in-depth knowledge of the following: (1) theoretical foundations and practical applications of computer science, including digital computer system architecture and system software organization, the representation and transformation of information structures and the theoretical models for such representations and transformations; and (2) essential mathematical and statistical techniques. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 must be in any combination of statistics and mathematics which includes differential and integral calculus.

    Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs.

    Not Applicable


    DUTIES:

    As Research Physical Scientist, specializing in Atmospheric, Chemistry and Dynamics, you will conduct research related to the Earth's stratosphere and troposphere; global multi-dimensional modeling of the composition of the Earth's stratosphere and troposphere; modeling of the interaction between atmospheric composition and climate; understand the processes that control tropospheric ozone; utilization of satellite data to test existing models; utilization of model results to improve retrieval by satellite sensors; contribute to the interpretation of satellite measurements.

    You will conceive and develop new, innovative and advanced models and techniques to study the chemistry of the Earth's and other planetary atmospheres including their structural, dynamical, radiative and chemical properties. Specifically, you will study the coupling between emissions, photochemistry, aerosol microphysics, and the Earth's climate. Research will contribute to collaboratively expanding the current configuration of global coupled chemistry/climate models at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), to include other components of the Earth's system, such as the ocean and the biosphere.

    You will develop significant aspects of models that are designed to reproduce the physics and chemistry of the atmosphere to facilitate scientific understanding of the behavior of the atmosphere. Identify weaknesses in the models and identify ways to advance and improve atmospheric models. You will make significant contributions in the development of models and techniques that are capable of accommodating new and unanticipated analytic requirements and processes.

    As a recognized expert in earth science, specifically atmospheric chemistry, you will perform highly complex and difficult data analysis, which includes utilization of highly specialized instruments, instrumentation systems, equipment, models, computer programs and statistical analysis techniques. You will serve on important committee assignments of professional groups and is qualified to speak responsibly on technical matters in his or her area of expertise within and outside of NASA to share scientific findings and results.

    You will provide leadership on complex issues or problems relative to the Earth?s system where new analytical techniques and models must be developed to identify and evaluate findings, as well as conducts integrated analysis and interpretation of the data collected from satellites to test the validity of existing models.

    You will review, advise on, and conduct complex analysis and development studies designed to enhance scientific understanding of the chemical, dynamic and radiative processes which regulate the spatial and temporal distribution an abundance of active troposphere and stratospheric gases as well as aerosols.

    You will contribute to ongoing and future efforts in the Earth Science's division toward defining observation requirements for future satellite, suborbital, and ground based missions to continue observations of the Earth's atmosphere. You will utilize Earth System models toward defining mission requirements and participate in defining and implementing aircraft campaigns.

    To receive consideration, your resume MUST contain your complete degree information (i.e., type of degree received, year degree received, and major area of study). If you have received a degree in Computer Science, you MUST list all courses you have taken which meet the education requirements as stated in the qualification requirements section as well as the semester hours awarded. You MUST include the descriptive title, course code, and number of semester/quarter hours. (i.e., CMSC-435-Software Engineering, 3 Semester hours) If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. Please note that degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.