Research Assistant (Interdisciplinary)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Feb 19, 2021
Closes
Feb 27, 2021
Function
Analyst, Research
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Division of Research Markets and Regulations, Office
of Research.
The purpose of this position is to collect and analyze data from primary sources, develop reliable reports, and prepare
economic, statistical, or financial analyses on well-defined questions.

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Responsibilities

The following are the duties at the CN-51 level. (Equivalent to the GS-11). If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position. The major duties of this position include:
  • Develop and maintain shared databases; manage the timeliness and integrity of data; maintain documentation of database contents and data flows to ensure that future verification and reproduction of results can take place, coordinating activities of others as needed; produce reports and provide information on database contents to support the requirements of management, data maintainers, and data user.
  • Apply a variety of economic and statistical analysis and model techniques that are used by economists, psychologists, and statisticians for research.
  • Develop expertise in straightforward statistical sampling and modeling to provide technical assistance to researchers and policy analysts.
  • Make modifications in existing data gathering and statistical reporting procedures and assist in review and adoption of new procedures, apply in-depth knowledge of the source data and data manipulation techniques.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
51

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Background investigation
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. National
  • May be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Public Trust background Investigation will be required


NOTE: This job is interdisciplinary (or multiple series) and will be filled by one of five series: Economist CN-0110, Mathematician CN-1520, Mathematical Statistician CN-1529, Statistician CN-1530, or Computer Scientist CN-1550 upon selection of the candidate. Each of these five occupational series has a basic qualification requirement. Applicants must meet the basic qualification requirement for at least one of these five occupational series, in addition to the specialized experience and/or education requirement for the position at the CN-30 level.

The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector or volunteer service. One year of experience refers to fulltime work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your résumé.

Specialized Experience for CN-30: To qualify at the CN-30 level: You must have completion of all requirements for a Bachelor's Degree in one of the following fields - Economics, Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics, Statistics, or Computer Science

OR

Combination of education and experience for one of the these fields as listed in the Basic Requirements for each series.

Qualifications

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

You must meet the basic education requirements for at least one of the occupational series listed below plus the qualifying/specialized experience required for the position at the CN-30 level. Candidates who are in the process of completing the requirements for education will be considered as long as the requirements are completed within 9 months from the closing date of this vacancy.

Economist Series (0110):
Basic Requirements:
A.Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
OR
B.Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Examples of qualifying experience include:
Individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation;
supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or
Teaching assignments in a college or university that included both class instruction in economics subjects and one of the following (1) personal research that produced evidence of results, (2) direction of graduate theses in economics, or (3) service as a consultant or advisor on technical economics problems.
Experience in related fields that did not involve the use and understanding of economic principles and theories may not be used as qualifying experience for these positions. Special attention on this point should be given to certain types of work that may or may not have provided professional economic experience.
The following examples of work require special care in such determinations:

- economic statistics;
- industrial surveys;
- management of individual business enterprises, including farms;
- industrial planning;
- writing or editorial work in economic subjects; and
- financial market analysis.

Mathematics Series (1520):
Basic Requirements:
A.Degree: mathematics; or the equivalent of a major that included at least 24 semester hours in mathematics.
OR
B.Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in mathematics (including at least 24 semester hours in mathematics), as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
The total course work in either A or B above must have included differential and integral calculus and, in addition, four advanced mathematics courses requiring calculus or equivalent mathematics courses as a prerequisite

Mathematics Statistics Series (1529):
Basic Requirements:
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.
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.

Evaluation of Education:
Courses acceptable toward meeting the mathematics course requirement of paragraphs A or B above 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.

Evaluation of Experience:
The experience offered in combination with educational courses to meet the requirements in paragraph B above 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.

Without other indications of statistical experience, work required in the processing of numerical or quantified information by other than statistical methods is not considered appropriate qualifying experience. Examples of such nonqualifying work include statistical clerical work; statistical drafting; calculation of totals, averages, percentages, or other arithmetic summations; preparation of simple tables or charts; or verification of data by simple comparison or proofreading.

Statistics Series (1530):
Basic Requirements:
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.
OR
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.

Computer Science Series (1550):
Series Definition:
This series includes professional positions which primarily involve the application of, or research into, computer science methods and techniques to store, manipulate, transform or present information by means of computer systems. The primary requirements of the work are (a) professional competence in applying the theoretical foundations of computer science, including computer system architecture and system software organization, the representation and transformation of information structures, and the theoretical models for such representations and transformations; (b) specialized knowledge of the design characteristics, limitations, and potential applications of systems having the ability to transform information, and of broad areas of applications of computing which have common structures, processes, and techniques; and (c) knowledge of relevant mathematical and statistical sciences.

Basic Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.

Education

You MUST meet certain education requirements that are outlined in the qualifications section. You MUST submit transcripts or equivalent.

The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

In addition to the completion of all requirements for a Bachelor's Degree in one of the fields described under the "Qualifications" section (Economics, Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics, Statistics, or Computer Science), applicants must also meet the qualifying/specialized experience and/or education substitution.

Additional information

  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
  • All candidates will be considered without regard to any non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, parental status, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • This position is eligible for bargaining unit representation.
  • Ethics: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau employees are subject to government-wide ethical standards of conduct, financial disclosure requirements, and post-employment prohibitions, which applicants may review at www.oge.gov . In addition, Bureau employees must comply with the Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (5 CFR 9401), which, among other things, prohibit an employee or the employee's spouse or minor child from owning or controlling a debt or equity interest in an entity supervised by the Bureau. Regulations also impose restrictions on the outside activities of certain Bureau employees, including examiners and attorneys. Applicants may review the Bureau ethics regulations and a summary of the regulations at www.consumerfinance.gov . Questions regarding these requirements and prohibitions should be directed to the Bureau Ethics Office at EthicsHelp@cfpb.gov .


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application includes your résumé, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your résumé includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.

We will evaluate your application by comparing your description of your work experience, education, level of responsibility, and accomplishments, with the requirements of the position to determine whether you meet all the qualification requirements. The assessment questions are for information gathering purposes only.

Note: If a cover letter is submitted (optional), it may be used to assess your qualifications.

Veteran's preference does not apply, however, will be considered a positive factor in the candidate evaluation process.

If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

A complete application includes 1. A résumé, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

Please ensure all required documents, including any required work samples, narratives, or other materials as stated in this announcement, are attached to your application package. Documents can be uploaded under the category of "Cover Letter".

All applicants are required to submit a résumé either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your résumé. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your résumé to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view résumé tips.

Education Documentation: For positions with an education requirement, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to the Database of Accreditation of Post-Secondary Institutions and Programs . If we are unable to determine that you meet the required education, you will be found ineligible for further consideration. We recommend you get this process started as soon as possible to avoid delays in appointment if selected.

If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency; more information may be found at Acceptability of Higher Education for Meeting Minimum Qualification Requirements . We recommend you get this process started as soon as possible to avoid delays in appointment if selected.

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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