Mathematical Statistician

Washington D.C.
May 23, 2019
May 23, 2019
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Selective Service Registration, if applicable (
  • Background and/or security investigation required
  • Job offers are contingent on background / security investigation results
  • Selectees may be required to serve a 1 year probationary period
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement
  • Applicants must have 52 weeks of experience at the GS-12 level, or equivalent, which is in or related to the work of the position to be filled which has equipped applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such experience includes designing, developing, and adapting mathematical methods and techniques to statistical processes (e.g., stratification and clustering in probability sampling; survey and sample design techniques; alternative variance estimating); researching new and complex mathematical statistical techniques, developing and adapting methods for subject-matter experts; and initiating, formulating, and planning major statistical studies.

    In addition, all applicant must meet the Basic Requirement for this position based on ONE of the following:
    A. Possess a Bachelor's or higher degree that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics. (Courses acceptable toward meeting the mathematics course requirement must have included at least four of the following: differential calculus, integral calculus, advanced calculus, theory of equations, vector analysis, advanced algebra, linear algebra, mathematical logic, differential equations, or any other advanced course in mathematics for which one of these was a prerequisite. Courses in mathematical statistics or probability theory with a prerequisite of elementary calculus or more advanced courses will be accepted toward meeting the mathematics requirements, with the provision that the same course cannot be counted toward both the mathematics and the statistics requirement.) -OR-
    B. Possess a combination of education and experience -- at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, including at least 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience offered in combination with educational courses to meet the requirements should include evidence of statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying known statistical techniques to data such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.


    Qualification standards and additional information for this position can be found here:

    In addition to the Minimum Qualifications and Basic Requirement, applicants must meet the Selective Placement Factor: Skill in expressing and presenting findings, ideas, and recommendations clearly, concisely and effectively, both orally and in writing. To demonstrate this skill, applicants must have 4 out of the following 5 experience indicators:
    • Experience using computer software to link data from two independent sources, such as surveys and administrative records to develop estimates
    • Experience designing studies concerned with statistical data analysis, modeling techniques, linear programming, and variance estimation using replication methodology
    • Experience performing disclosure reviews of statistical tables and using computer software to develop algorithms to link data and prevent de-identification by comparing multiple tables and data sets
    • Experience using computers and computer systems to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information for statistical modules and to process large amounts of data for statistical modeling and graphic analysis
    • Experience using SAS and R computer programs to design statistical modules as computer applications
    NOTE: Your resume must specifically address the experiences needed for each selective placement factor. This information is instrumental in determining the highest quality candidates to be referred to the Selecting Official.

    Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Providing Proof of Education or Substituting Education
    For information on providing proof of education or substituting education for experience, visit

    If you are qualifying on the basis of education or satisfying an educational requirement, submit a copy of your transcripts that includes your name, the name of the educational institution, course title(s), number of credits, grade, and date of completion. Unofficial transcripts or screenshots of electronic/web transcripts with the required information will be accepted at the time of application. You must submit your transcripts according to the application submission details of this announcement. Documents will not be accepted via email or regular mail. If selected, you may be required to provide your official college transcripts prior to the effective date of the personnel action placing you into the new position.

    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See

    Additional selections may be made for this vacancy six months from the closing date of this announcement.

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

    The evaluation you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire, which is designed to capture the desired competencies for this position. These competencies include:

    • Skill in statistical methods, research design, sample design, quality control, statistical methodology, and the use of statistical standards.
    • Ability to utilize computer software and hardware capabilities in order to design statistical modules as computer applications
    • Knowledge of administrative (programmatic) records sampling methods and procedures.
    • Skill in expressing and presenting findings, ideas, and recommendations in a clear, concise and effective manner, both orally and in writing.

    Please make sure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your evaluation. The questionnaire takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. To preview the questions, click the following link:

    Your application will be evaluated under the Category Rating method, based on your responses to the Assessment Questions. If you meet the basic requirements for the position, your application will be evaluated and placed into one of three categories:

    1 - Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements.
    2 - Well Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrate a satisfactory level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.
    3 - Best Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrate a high level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.

    Candidates eligible for veterans' preference will be placed ahead of other candidates in the appropriate category for which they have been rated. Additionally, preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent and who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements will automatically be placed in the Best Qualified Category.

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