Interdisciplinary Chief Scientist (Open to both U.S. Citizens and Federal Employees)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Nov 24, 2021
Closes
Nov 27, 2021
Function
Executive, Chief
Hours
Full Time
Duties

The Chief Scientist:
  • Serves as a Thought Leader in the government's role on advancing the safe and responsible deployment and integration of highly automated systems into the national transportation system.
  • Provides the Director of HASS COE with advanced scientific insight and expertise to enable the COE to serve as a technical resource to the Department, the Executive Branch, the Congress, and the public with current expertise and visionary leadership in addressing the safety and equity of automated transportation technologies in research, development, testing, validation and deployment.
  • Supports the Director of HASS COE in providing visionary leadership in automation transportation technologies across all modes of transportation.
  • Identifies gaps and opportunities in technology, tools, information, and expertise to enable the Department to review, assess, and validate the safety of highly-automated systems across all modes of transportation.
  • Provides coordination and technical support to emerging issues and incidents, in collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the Maritime Administration (MARAD), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
  • Overseeing, coordinating and assisting the COE's review functions; i.e., technical evaluations of industry-developed standards; assessment work (technical research and analysis); and validation functions (development of tests and test procedures).

The ideal candidate for this position is a technical expert and seasoned professional with experience ensuring that automated technologies in transportation are safe and work as intended. The ideal candidate is a recognized leader in a field of expertise central to the safety of highly automated systems.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S.Citizen and eligible for consideration.
  • You must meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • Required documents must be submitted by the closing date.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.


CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
  • SUPERVISORY PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year supervisory probationary period (unless already completed).
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • TIME-IN-GRADE: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the competitive or excepted service in the executive branch to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.
  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).


Qualifications

Please note: This is an interdisciplinary position, which means that the duties and responsibilities of the position relates to the 1515 (Operations Research),1550 (Computer Science), and 0801/0855 (Engineer) fields. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of this position, a person with the education and experience in the 1515, 1550, 0801, 0855 field may be considered equally well qualified to do the work.

To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience requirements.

To qualify for the Grade 15, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the GS-14, it must include:

  • Providing technical/scientific insight in the area of transportation automation and/or related domains to decision-makers, policy-makers, and/or executives.
  • Conceiving, planning, and leading technical research projects pertaining to transportation automation and/or related domains.
  • Providing insight, information, data and recommendations related to at least one emerging technology enabling transportation automation (including but not limited to: artificial intelligence, machine learning, human factors, computer science, data science, sensors, software assurance, passive and active automation capabilities, passive and active automation safety functions, modeling and simulation, test and validation).
  • Coordinating the delivery of technical assistance and expertise to partner organizations by teams of technical experts/specialists.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
  • Technical Knowledge - Knowledge in the technical domains critical for highly-automated systems in emerging transportation technologies, understanding of application, and the relationship between intelligent machines and human factors.
  • Program Management - Knowledge of the principles, methods, and tools for the coordinated management of an IT program to include providing oversight of multiple technical research projects, integrating dependent schedules and deliverables, and related activities (for example, benefits management, life cycle management, program governance).
  • Written and Oral Communication - Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed. Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.

  • For all types of consideration, 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.

    For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4

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

    Education

    TO QUALIFY FOR THE 1515 (Operations Research), you must meet the following criteria:

    Degree: in operations research; or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.

    Evaluation of Education:

    The primary requirement of operations research work is competence in the rigorous methods of scientific inquiry and analysis rather than in the subject matter of the problem. Therefore, applicants should have sufficient knowledge of applied mathematics to understand and use the fundamental concepts and techniques of operations research methods of analysis. In addition, some positions may require knowledge of a specific subject area.

    Courses acceptable for qualifying for operations research positions may have been taken in departments other than Operations Research, e.g., Engineering (usually Industrial Engineering), Science, Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, or Management Science.

    TO QUALIFY FOR THE 1550 (Computer Science), you must meet the following criteria:

    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.

    Evaluation of Education:

    Applicants should have sufficient knowledge to understand the fundamental concepts and techniques of computer science. Courses designed to provide an introduction to computer science techniques and methodologies, to problems of system design, and to other specialized fields are acceptable. Courses or experience in teaching elementary, business, or shop mathematics are not acceptable.

    TO QUALIFY FOR THE 0801/0855 SERIES (Engineer), you must meet the following criteria:

    (1) All applicants must meet the education requirements under A or B to qualify for applying to an engineering position.

    A. Successful completion of a degree in engineering that: (1) has at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); or (2) that included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials; (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials; and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics; OR

    B. Combination of education or training: college level education, training and/or technical experience that has furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering.

    The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
    1. Professional registration or licensure - current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE).
    2. Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
    3. Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences which included the courses as specified in Paragraph A above.
    4. Related curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. There should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering type experience. This must be clearly described in your resume.

    For more specifics, please see the OPM qualifications standard for GS-800: All Professional Engineering Positions qualifications at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf

    Additional information

    PLEASE NOTE: This is nota Bargaining unit position.

    COVID VACCINATION: As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement.

    This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if similar vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

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