Research Meteorologist OR Research Engineer ZP-1340/0801-05 (GS-15 equivalent)

Washington D.C.
Oct 19, 2017
Oct 19, 2017
Full Time

This position is for the Director of the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program which provides interagency leadership and coordination for the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program at NIST.

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Your application package may be shared with other selecting officials at NIST with opportunities like the one you are applying to. Additional selections may be made through this vacancy.

A Relocation Incentive may be paid.

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25% or less - Travel may be required to attend conferences, public comment hearings, working groups and other travel necessary to coordinate strategic objectives across multiple institutions and stakeholders.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (
  • You must be suitable for Federal Employment.
  • Time-in-grade/band requirements must be met (if applicable).
  • You will be required to complete a Financial Disclosure form.
  • You must submit and pass a pre-employment drug screening.
  • Applicants must meet requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Your resume must be complete (i.e., include dates of experience, salary, work schedule, etc.), detailed and relevant to the position.

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS for ZP-1340-Research Meteorologist: Degree: meteorology, atmospheric science, or other natural science major that included:

    1. At least 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of credit in meteorology/atmospheric science including a minimum of:

    2. Six semester hours of atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics;
    3. Six semester hours of analysis and prediction of weather systems (synoptic/mesoscale);
    4. Three semester hours of physical meteorology; and
    5. Two semester hours of remote sensing of the atmosphere and/or instrumentation.
  • Six semester hours of physics, with at least one course that includes laboratory sessions.
  • Three semester hours of ordinary differential equations.
  • At least nine semester hours of course work appropriate for a physical science major in any combination of three or more of the following: physical hydrology, statistics, chemistry, physical oceanography, physical climatology, radiative transfer, aeronomy, advanced thermodynamics, advanced electricity and magnetism, light and optics, and computer science.
  • BASIC REQUIREMENTS for ZP-0801-Research Engineer: Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

    IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS APPLICANTS MUST HAVE 52 weeks of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the federal service (ZP-IV for NIST employees). Specialized experience is defined as experience in (a) reducing the impact of windstorms (tornado, hurricane, severe storm, or other high wind events) through the application of research in atmospheric sciences, wind engineering, or disaster research to building codes, standards, or practice; AND, (b) communicating complex technical ideas relevant to windstorm impact reduction through written and oral means; AND (c) coordinating complex technical programs across multiple institutions by building and maintaining relationships with diverse stakeholders.

    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.

    Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains Federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the OPM website located at http:/// .

    This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required prior to the final offer of employment.

    Foreign education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

    A Relocation Incentive may be paid.

    A probationary period may be required.

    This is a drug Testing Designated Position (TDP). The incumbent of this position will be subject to Random Drug Testing.

    Males born after December 31, 1959 must certify that they have registered for the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law.

    This position is covered by an Alternative Personnel Management System (APMS). This system replaces the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and grade with career paths and pay bands. For information regarding how the pay bands correspond to the General Schedule, visit

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

    Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, duties performed for each position, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level. Please also include in your resume a list of all publications and patents/patent applications on which you are a named inventor and provide the title and patent/patent application number for each.

    The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
    * Knowledge of engineering or scientific principles supporting windstorm impact reduction.

    * Knowledge of codes, standards, and practices relevant to the practice of wind engineering and atmospheric sciences.

    * Experience working with Federal Agencies with expertise or authority in buildings, infrastructure, hazard mitigation, and atmospheric sciences.

    * Knowledge of data relevant to windstorm impact reduction.

    * Written and oral communication skills.

    * Knowledge of the Federal Advisory COmmittee Act.

    * Ability to implement a long-term strategic plan at a national scale.

    * Ability to coordinate strategic objectives across multiple institutions and stakeholders.

    Applying under a Special Appointing Authority (i.e., VRA, Peace Corps, Schedule A): if you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, you will be forwarded to the selecting official for consideration and may be contacted for an interview. If two or more VRA candidates apply and one or more is a preference eligible, Veterans' preference will be applied.

    Applying as a Merit Candidates: Best qualified candidates (i.e., candidates in the GOLD category) will be forwarded for consideration to the selecting official and may be contacted for an interview.

    Applying as an Agency Based candidate (i.e., outside the Federal government), your application package will be placed in one of three categories based on your responses to the assessment questions; Gold, Silver, or Bronze. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. More information about the three categories can be found at: Category Rating

    Applying as a CTAP or ICTAP candidate: CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible for selection priority if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100.

    Information regarding CTAP and ICTAP appointments and eligibility can be found at - CTAP/ICTAP

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