Research Psychologist or Research Statistician
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.Research Psychologist GS-12:
Basic Requirements for all Psychology positions: A degree in Psychology; AND
In addition to the Basic Requirements:
For the GS-12 level, applicants must have either (a) a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in Sociology, Psychology, Educational Research, Survey Methodology, or a closely related field, OR (b) one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-11 level in the Federal service. This one year of specialized experience must be in or related to the field of Psychology and must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is demonstrated by performing highly creative research that (1) Led to the development of a basic principle, product, concept, method, approach, or technique; (2) Provided a body of information that opened the way for a major advance in the field; and/or (3) submissions of one or more articles to peer-reviewed journals.
Research Statistician GS-12:
Basic Requirement for all Statistician positions:
A. Degree: that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements should be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing.
B. Combination of education and experience -- courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.
In addition to the Basic Requirements:
For the GS-12 level, applicants must have either (a) one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-11 in the Federal Service or (b) a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in statistics, biostatistics, computer science, mathematics, or a closely related field. Specialized experience is demonstrated by performing highly creative research that (1) led to the development of a basic principle, product, concept, or method; (2) provided a body of information that opened the way for advancements in the field; and/or (3) led to submissions of one or more articles to peer-reviewed journals.
Research Psychologist or Research Statistician GS-13:
In addition to the Basic Requirements for each respective professional area (see above), at the GS-13 level, there is no substitution of education for experience. For the GS-13 level, applicants must have one year of specialized experience (through work in government, academia, the private sector, or nonprofit organizations) equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service. This one year of specialized experience must be in, or related, to the field of psychology or statistics, and must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position to be filled. The incumbent must be able to plan, conduct, and evaluate research on sources of non-sampling errors, and on refinements and/or modifications of currently employed survey methodologies for the purpose of improving survey forms and the quality of data collected for Agency BLS programs. In addition, this research must have (1) led to the development of a basic principle, product, concept, or method; (2) provided a body of information that opened the way for advancements in statistical methodologies; and/or (3) led to submissions of one or more articles to peer-reviewed journals.
As you must use your education as a basis for meeting the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements. You must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work. See the 'Qualifications and Evaluations' section of this announcement for more details.
College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - Transcripts (in English) must be submitted if (a) a degree is required for the position, and/or (b) education is used as the basis for qualifying for this position. The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.
Please note, you will be deemed ineligible for this vacancy if you do not submit college transcripts as proof of meeting education requirements. This applies to ALL applicants, including those currently or previously qualified in this series and/or grade.
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
The Department of Labor does not make unfavorable hiring decisions on the basis of an applicant's previous or current unemployment, or the fact that an applicant has experienced financial difficulty through no fault of his/her own and has undertaken good faith efforts to meet his/her financial obligations. Consideration is given to financial status in relation to appointments only where required by law, regulation, or Executive Order.
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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.
Category A - Meets the minimum qualifications requirements and demonstrates superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position.
Category B - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position.
Category C - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates familiarity in applying critical competencies required by this position.
Evaluation Factors (Competencies):
All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):
1. Decision Making/Problem Solving
2. Interpersonal Skills
3. Oral Communications
4. Planning and Evaluating
5. Written Communications
6. Technical (Research Psychologist/Statistician)
7. Self Management
The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)
INFORMATION FOR ICTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category A will be considered "well-qualified". Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.
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