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Physical Scientist

Air Force Civilian Service Elmendorf Afb, AK
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Job Description

Duties

  • Leads and/or directs technical forums evaluating nuclear, conventional, advanced weapon and/or C-CBRN programs. Provides direction and leadership in formal and informal technical forums to premier scientists and engineers from Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories and industry contractors to provide weapon technology solutions to the USAF and to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD).
  • Directs advanced technologies and develops system requirements for complete end-to-end technology development. Provides direction and leadership in evaluating technologies which are often times novel, state-of-the-art, have incomplete data, and require the careful and meticulous defining of assumptions.
  • Provides independent analysis and recommendations to nuclear, conventional, and C-CBRN programs. Provides technical expertise/advice and drives efforts to develop and validate end-to-end Concepts of Operation (CONOPS).
  • Provides expert scientific advice to USAF and DoD agencies on nuclear, conventional, and C-CBRN related technologies.
  • Identifies and evaluates capabilities and gaps associated with various warheads, platforms and associated support equipment. Conducts detailed, complete technical evaluations of current and future warheads, platforms, and support equipment to determine capabilities and vulnerabilities.

Qualifications

BASIC REQUIREMENT:
Successfully completed a degree in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
OR
Combination of Education and Experience with education equivalent to one of the majors above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The Basic Requirement is qualifying for GS-5 positions.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:
FOR GS-7: Successfully completed 1 year of specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is in or related to the position to be filled or at least 1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement.

FOR GS-9: Successfully completed 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a masters degree or masters equivalent graduate degree or 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-7. Specialized experience is that which equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform he duties of the position, and that is in or related to the position to be filled.

FOR GS-11: Successfully completed 1 year of specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience may include: serving as an advanced analyst in the field of analytical chemistry for analysis of water samples (primarily stream water, soil leachate, and precipitation); using equipment and instruments including atomic absorption spectrophotometers, ion chromatographs, automatic titrators, ammonia analyzers, carbon analyzers, and nitrogen analyzers; performing preparations, quality control, calibrations, calculations, waste and sample disposal related to the analysis; training other technicians in the performance of routine duties; and generating reports based on analytical data produced.

FOR GS-12: Successfully completed 1 year of specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, the specialized experience must have been at the GS-11 grade level or equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service. Examples of creditable specialized experience may include planning and executing complex physical science studies, which usually involved intensive investigations into recognized phenomena. This work typically involved conventional methods and techniques though it required going beyond clear precedents, and required adapting methods to the problems at hand and interpreting findings in terms of their scientific significance. At this level, physical scientists have the ability to independently perform scientific work of considerable difficulty.

FOR GS-13: Successfully completed 1 year of specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, the specialized experience must have been at the GS-12 grade level or equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service. Examples may include research design; analysis and implementation; analysis and/or consolidation of research findings data to identify strategic research areas or needs.

FOR GS-14: Successfully completed 1 year of specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, the specialized experience must have been at the GS-13 grade level or equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service. Examples may include providing research and science support information for program policy or Regional program management of complex or interdisciplinary nature; identifying developmental and training needs of managers to address program area design challenges and making policy or programmatic recommendations for specific developmental tasking and training assignments; participating in policy and guidance development to enable organizational implementation of policy or program initiatives; monitoring program implementation and making recommendations on the allocation of resources; adjustment of organizational engagement methods, protocols or procedures to ensure maximum effectiveness, efficiency, and economy.

FOR GS-15: Successfully completed 1 year of specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, the specialized experience must have been at the GS-14 grade level or equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service. Examples of creditable specialized experience: performs management planning duties such as concept development, master integration planning, and programming design for programs or projects, taking into account feasibility, costs, and economics; conceives, plans, conducts and reviews work in areas where there is little theory to guide efforts; Leads a research group and/or project; Performs environmental modeling and forecasting duties; Publishes research findings in scientific journals and Represents the organization to larger scientific and management groups.

Click on the following link to view qualification requirements for this position:
http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=GS-PROF

Click on the following link to view occupational requirements for this position:
http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1300/general-physical-science-series-1301/

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:
1. Ability to plan, organize, and direct extensive, very complex, technical efforts related to nuclear, conventional and C-CBRN pre-milestone B activities.
2. Expert knowledge of nuclear, conventional, and advanced weapon system design and operations.
3. Expert knowledge of technology management techniques/expertise.
4. Knowledge of current and developing technologies and intelligence required for warhead, weapon system, and associated support equipment.
5. Ability to conduct research of highly classified topics.
6. Ability to integrate advanced technologies and concepts into USAF capabilities with the goal of meeting a warfighter requirement/capability need.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
STAFFERS INCLUDE OTHER SIGNIFICANT FACTS--REMEMBER TO KEEP IT SHORT. TYPE NONE IF NOT APPLICABLE.

  • Position may be subject to random drug testing
  • Employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends and/or holidays
  • Shift work and emergency overtime may be required
  • Employee must maintain current certifications
  • Position may require an appropriate security clearance

BENEFITS

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Other Information

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated well qualified or above for this position.

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.

Temporary and Term Appointments: If you are selected for a temporary or term position, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition.

Selective Service: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. For additional information, click here.

Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

Job Details

Date Posted August 4, 2017
Date Closes September 3, 2017
Requisition 463078500
Located In Elmendorf afb, AK
SOC Category 00-0000.00
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