Research Physical Scientist, AST, Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics

Washington D.C.
Jul 26, 2017
Aug 28, 2017
Analyst, Research
Full Time

About the Agency

The Sciences and Exploration Directorate, Earth Sciences Division, Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Lab (614), is looking for a highly skilled individual to serve as a Research Physical Scientist. As a Research Physical Scientist, you will research and study the composition and structure of Earth's atmosphere to understand quantitatively chemical, dynamic, and radiative processes which regulate the spatial and temporal distribution and abundance of stratospheric and tropospheric gases.


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  • A one year probationary period may be required.
  • Applicants must possess at least a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent.
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation.
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • 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.

    Specialized experience, for the GS-13 level, is defined as performing research in the development of research algorithms for retrieval of climate quality stratospheric and tropospheric quantities from satellite data.

    Specialized experience, for the GS-14 level, is defined as leading a research team in the development of research algorithms for retrieval of climate quality stratospheric and tropospheric quantities from satellite data.

    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*, 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. 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.

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    As Research Physical Scientist, specializing in Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics, you will provide expertise in the research and study of the composition and structure of the Earth's atmosphere.

    You will perform research in problem areas recognized as being unyielding to research analysis and have been recognized as representing critical obstacles to any significant progress. Solution of problems at this level represents a major scientific advance of national/ international proportions, opening the way for extensive related development and scientific advancement. Perform climate quality research in the development of algorithms for the retrieval of stratospheric and tropospheric quantities from satellite data and provide users with reliable climate data records. You will also study and develop new innovative techniques that extend the understanding of atmospheric composition on a global scale and develops new instrument concepts for the measurement of environmental parameters of interest to the scientific and operational communities. Serve as research team leader in a field requiring a systematic attack on critical problems recognized as exceptionally difficult.

    Analyze and interpret Earth Sciences Data. Develop and implement organization-wide data analysis procedures, tools, activities, and infrastructure. Provide authoritative technical decisions, advice, and consultation on issues and concerns affecting data analysis and critical problems with respect to data management processes. Establish and maintain methodologies to collect and analyze data simultaneously in several major organizational elements. Serve as expert consultant and advisor to subordinate data analysis activities. Establish validity criteria for studies to guide contract personnel specializing in resolving various facets of data analysis problems.

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