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-13 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 should include work that involves recommending and implementing statistical policies; assuring that the appropriate application of sophisticated socioeconomic theories, methodologies, and practices are used; preparing reports and papers and presenting findings at professional meetings disseminating research activities; initiating and developing collaborative activities with other statistical organizations for joint projects; and serving as an organizational spokesperson in statistical matters.

    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 5 out of the following 6 experience indicators:
    • Experience applying valid mathematical and statistical methodologies and utilizing the information obtained from baselines or historical data to structure uncompromised and efficient analyses?
    • Experience evaluating sources of information in order to determine limitations in terms of reliability or usability
    • Experience leading the design/redesign of a sample or development of weighting and estimation procedures for a large-scale data collection or survey
    • Experience examining theories, such as those of probability and inference, in order to discover mathematical bases for new or improved methods of obtaining and evaluating numerical data
    • Experience designing surveys, questionnaires, experiments, or opinion polls and determining sampling methods to collect data needed for research
    • Experience performing social science statistical analysis
    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:

    • Ability to demonstrate technical expertise in the analytical area of mathematical statistics.
    • Knowledge of computer software and hardware capabilities, the ability to design statistical modules as computer applications, and demonstrate expertise using SAS and R computer programs.
    • Knowledge of mathematical /statistical methodology and its application to research projects and skill sampling and statistical modeling.
    • Ability to present findings of fact and analysis in logical clear form, in both written and oral, and to make valid recommendations.
    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: 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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