Research Physical Scientist/Research Hydrologist (Research Associate)

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Sep 22, 2017
Closes
Sep 30, 2017
Function
Analyst, Research
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the United States Department of Agricultures chief scientific research agency and one of the worlds premiere scientific organizations. ARS Postdoctoral Research Associates are hired to supplement a lead scientist's research on agricultural problems of high national priority affecting American agriculture.

The incumbent will be a Research Physical Scientist/Research Hydrologist assigned to the USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, Maryland.  The incumbents research is directed toward the application of land surface models using satellite and aerial imagery for estimating evapotranspiration and soil moisture to compare model output with ground truth data, and where necessary refine algorithms to reliably estimate evapotranspiration and soil moisture from row crops, with particular focus on vine and orchard plant and inter-row systems.

Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at: http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/EmployForeignNationals/index.htm

**ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED OR AUGUST 31, 2018.

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TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Occasional travel - Intermittent travel for field experiments and meetings with research and industry partners.


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes Relocation expenses may or may not be authorized.


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • A Ph.D. is required.
  • Appropriations Law and Immigration Law requirements must be met
  • Pre-employment fingerprint check with successful adjudication is required
  • •  Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. If selected you may be subject to a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) and a credit report inquiry.

    This position requires a PhD in physical science or hydrology or other directly related education.  Research assignment requires professional knowledge of and the ability to integrate information from hydrology, meteorology, climatology, remote sensing, soil physics, plant physiology, statistics, computer modeling and biophysical retrievals/canopy radiative transfer models.

    Applicants must meet basic Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standard's requirements of the scientific discipline necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.

    Research Physical Scientist, 1301, Basic Requirements:
    Degree: 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.
    OR
    Combination of education and experience -- 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.
    OPM Link to 1301 Series Requirements

    Research Hydrologist, 1315, Basic Requirements:
    Degree: physical or natural science, or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of water resources. The course work must have included at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours in physics. Calculus and physics, as described above, are requirements for all grade levels.
    OR
    Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
    OPM Link to 1315 Series Requirements

    This position has a positive education requirement. You must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education when applying for this position. If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration 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. Application materials will not be returned.

    Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
    Foreign education must be evaluated by an approved organization. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at http://www.ed.gov. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.

    •  BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK:  Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
    •  Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
    •  E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
    •  This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Your application will be evaluated to determine if you meet eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) associated with the position as defined above under "Qualifications".


    To view the application form, visit: https://ars.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=E5F3DE81-946B-428F-AFAE-A7AE00CBD480

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