Mathematical Statistician

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Rockville, Maryland
Posted
Jul 17, 2019
Closes
Jul 20, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Center or Financing, Access, and Cost Trends (CFACT), Division of Statistical and Research Methods (DSRM) of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The duty location for this position is in Rockville, MD.

Applicants please note: Additional selections may be made across the Department of Health and Human Services through this vacancy announcement.

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Responsibilities

As a Mathematical Statistician, you will apply statistical and mathematical theory and techniques to the design and analysis of national probability health care surveys and supplemental data collection activities conducted or sponsored by AHRQ.

Specifically, you will:
  • Develop innovative data collection and estimation strategies to reduce sources of non-sampling error, improve validity, and cost effectiveness of data produced in national health care surveys of households and medical providers.
  • Develop data collection and estimation strategies to reduce sources of non-sampling error.
  • Develop reports for use in oral presentations at seminars, workshops, and scientific meetings.
  • Provide technical guidance on statistical methods and analysis of complex survey data to members of Offices/Centers within AHRQ and other government agencies.
  • Review and evaluate statistical merit and application of mathematical and statistical theory and technique in projects and research proposals.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U. S. Citizenship is required.
  • Males ages 18 through 25 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Background investigation required.
  • PHS Commissioned Corps applicants must submit current personnel orders.
  • Financial disclosure statement is required. ***If selected, you will be required to file a public or confidential financial disclosure.
  • A one year probationary period may be required.
  • Position is not in the Bargaining Unit.
  • Drug Screening is not required.
  • Recruitment incentives are not authorized.
  • Student loan repayment incentive is not authorized.
  • Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • This position has an education requirement - transcripts are required.


Qualifications

THESE QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET BY THE CLOSING DATE: 07/19/2019

EDUCATION REQUIREMENT:

A. 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. NOTE: A copy of your Official or Unofficial transcripts are required by the closing date of the announcement.

OR

B. 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. Applicable experience 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. NOTE: A copy of your Official or Unofficial transcripts are required by the closing date of the announcement.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT:

In addition to meeting the education requirement, to qualify for this GS-13 Mathematical Statistician, your resume must clearly demonstrate that you have one full year of specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to at least the GS-12 level in the federal service. Examples of qualifying experience include the following types of tasks performed on a regular and recurring basis: Utilizing mathematical/statistical theory and techniques to the design/analysis of national probability health care surveys and supplemental data collection activities focusing on health care utilization/expenditures; conducting mathematical/statistical principles and techniques such as weighting, imputation, probabilistic matching, modeling, statistical inference and various estimation using appropriate statistical software focusing on health care utilization/expenditures.

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; community; student; social). If such experience is on a part-time basis, you must provide the average number of hours worked per week as well as the beginning and ending dates of the experience so it can be fully credited.

Education

This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades) 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 your starting work.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov .

Additional information

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

HHS is an equal opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status or other differences.

Click here for information on " Federal hiring for individuals with disabilities ".
  • Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees . Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.
  • E-Verify: AHRQ participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their social security numbers.
  • Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • Creditable Service: A newly appointed or reappointed employee may receive service credit for annual leave for prior work experience directly related to the duties of the position being filled. The use of this service credit is at the discretion of the selecting official and must be finalized prior to selectee's entrance on duty. For more information, please click here .
  • Financial Disclosure: This position requires you to file a public or confidential financial disclosure report prior to receiving a final offer letter as well as within 30 days of your appointment. This will require you to report information such as recent sources of income, financial interests you hold, and outside activities you participate in, as well as similar information from a spouse or any dependent children. If you have questions, please contact AskHR@hrsa.gov .

  • Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/ Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): Click here for information on how to apply as an CTAP/ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy the displaced Federal employee must be found well-qualified.

    AHRQ supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. Telework eligibility may be discussed during the interview process.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    This is a Direct-Hire Authority position, traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to this vacancy. Veterans' Preference does not apply to direct hire recruitment procedures.

    Your application will be reviewed to ensure that you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be referred for consideration in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management Direct Hire Authority .

    To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10540757

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

    Required Documents

    This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact either HRSA's Office of Human Resources at (301) 443-3780 or by email: askhr@hrsa.gov or HRSA's Reasonable Accommodation programs at (301) 443-2538 or by email: RA-Request@hrsa.gov . You must contact the Reasonable Accommodations Program prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 7:30AM to 4:00PM EST (except Federal holidays). Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. To apply for this position, you must provide a complete online Application Package which includes:
  • A current Resume - For resume writing guidance, please visit USAJOBS Resources Center or view their video tutorial . If you use your own resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates (month/year) for paid and non-paid work experience, including the average number of hours worked per week for each job title listed. You must also ensure that the duties performed are clearly matched to each period of employment. If we cannot determine that you have performed qualifying duties for at least one year, then you may be rated ineligible .
  • A complete Assessment Questionnaire
  • Other supporting documents to be submitted with application:
    • Personnel Orders: PHS Commissioned Corps Officers must submit a copy of latest personnel orders in lieu of SF-50.
    • A copy of your College transcripts showing your degree in Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy.
    • A copy of your active, permanent unrestricted license to practice medicine.
    • Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50), if current or former Federal employee.
    For Résumé and Application Tips visit the USAJOBS Resource Center .
    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 07/19/2019.

    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.

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