Mathematical Statistician (Research), GS-1529-15, Census-DE-SM

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Suitland, Maryland
Posted
Jul 14, 2019
Closes
Jul 16, 2019
Function
Analyst, Research
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This vacancy is for a Mathematical Statistician (Research) position in the Center for Statistical Research and Methodology (CSRM) located at the U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters in Suitland, Maryland. The Census Bureau is accessible from the Metro Rail Green Line - Suitland Station.

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Responsibilities

  • Serve as Principal Researcher and Area Chief for Statistical Computing OR Principal Researcher and Leader for one of the Research Groups of the Center for Statistical Research and Methodology (CSRM)
  • Work with the Center Chief to coordinate and direct the work of the staff of the Statistical Computing or Mathematical Statistics Area, as well as to provide overall technical leadership for the center.
  • Consult or collaborate with others on statistical modeling, statistical computing, experimentation, simulation, survey sampling design, probability sampling, time series, small area estimation, record linkage, or estimation problems.
  • Conduct research on statistical modeling, experimentation, simulation, time series, small area estimation, record linkage, survey sampling design, probability sampling, or estimation problems mostly improving or introducing new methodology.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
15

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizen.
  • Suitable for Federal employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service if applicable. (www.sss.gov)
  • You may be required to complete a financial disclosure (OGE-450).


Center for Statistical Research and Methodology (CSRM) conducts research on statistical design, modeling, and analysis methods for the Census Bureau's data collection, analysis, and dissemination programs, in collaboration with colleagues in the Research and Methodology Directorate, other Program Directorates, and outside researchers. Output of our efforts include new statistical methods and associated software. Researchers interact with academic, government, and other researchers to enhance CSRM statistical activities at the Census Bureau, through active participation in professional meetings, conferences, and symposia, through the preparation and dissemination of discussion papers, and through the publication in professional journals of the findings of research conducted or sponsored by CSRM (See www.census.gov/srd/csrm ).

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

This vacancy is advertised under 2 different announcements. Please read the 'Who May Apply' section carefully to determine your eligibility. If you are not eligible under this announcement, please see CRSM-2019-0004, Mathematical Statistician (Research), GS-1529-15, CENSUS-MP-SM .

A probationary period may be required.

A supervisory probationary period may be required.

This position is ELIGIBLE for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).

This is a NON-BARGAINING unit position.

Relocation expenses will be paid.

Qualifications

Minimum Education Requirement:

Basic Requirements:

1. 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.

or

2. 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 1 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

AND

Specialized Experience:

For the GS-15, you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 in the Federal service.

Experience for this position includes: leading and conducting theoretical mathematical statistics research with published results in peer reviewed journals in statistics, mathematics, or computer science; leading a diverse team and setting priorities to manage multiple research projects; providing advice and consultation, planning, development, evaluation and execution of assignment which were of broad scope and marked complexity, significance and importance; applying a knowledge of Mathematical Statistical research being done by others in related fields; and consultation on a variety of problems involving the theory or application of Mathematical Statistical methods.

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.

Education

Additional information

The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.
  • VRA (GS-11 or below)
  • VEOA ( permanent positions )
  • 30% or more disabled veteran
  • Person with Disability
  • CTAP
  • ICTAP

The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed.

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
  • Ability to provide guidance to staff on the selection of major research projects that apply to several Census Bureau programs.
  • Ability to lead and help guide research efforts of staff in the Statistical Computing or Mathematical Statistics Area.
  • Skill to define complex and important problems and develop plans for solving them collaboratively.
  • Knowledge in an area of statistics dealing with data collection, statistical modeling, statistical computing, experimentation simulation, survey sampling design, probability sampling, time series, small area estimation, record linkage, or estimation.
  • Ability to conduct cutting-edge research in an area of statistics dealing with data collection, statistical modeling, statistical computing, experimentation, simulation, time series, small area estimation, record linkage, survey sampling design, probability sampling, or estimation.

For more information on category rating, please go to: http://www.hr.commerce.gov/s/groups/public/@doc/@cfoasa/@ohrm/documents/content/prod01_009474.pdf .

We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

A complete application consists of the following:
  • Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume should list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire. Your resume should also indicate your citizenship and if you are registered with the Selective Service System if you are a male born after 12/31/59.
  • Veterans' Preference Documentation: Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .
  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information).
  • Education Documentation: If this position requires proof of higher education, or you are substituting education for experience, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. This also applies to Census Bureau employees. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp for more information.

You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

Special Instructions for 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 - http://www.ed.gov/international/usnei/us/workrecog.doc 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.

CTAP and ICTAP Eligibles

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 about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap

CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  • A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice);
  • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", noting current position, grade/band level, and duty location;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  • Any documentation from your bureau/operating unit that shows your current promotion potential.

  • ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  • A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination, certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a work-related compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
  • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your position, grade/band level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  • Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

  • NOTE: You will not be considered if you fail to provide all required documents.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.