BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (All Grade Levels) Candidates for these positions must possess: A 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. NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT COPIES OF YOUR TRANSCRIPTS WITH YOUR APPLICATION.
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. The following are illustrative of acceptable courses: optimization; mathematical modeling; queueing theory; engineering; physics (except descriptive or survey courses); econometrics; psychometrics; biometrics; experimental psychology; physical chemistry; industrial process analysis; managerial economics; computer science; measurement for management; mathematical models in social phenomena; and courses that involved application of operations research techniques and methodologies to problems of management, marketing, systems design, and other specialized fields; or other comparable quantitative analysis courses for which college-level mathematics or statistics is a prerequisite. Courses in theory of probability and statistics are highly desirable, but are not specified as minimum educational requirements because to do so would possibly exclude some applicants who would otherwise be well qualified.
AND SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-07: Subsequent to meeting the Basic Education requirements outlined above, you must also possess at least one year of specialized experience in or directly related to the work of the position. This experience must have equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties described above. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of the next lower grade level (GS-05), pay band or equivalent. Specialized experience is described as helping to perform professional and scientific work requiring the design development, and adaptation of mathematical, statistical, econometric, and other scientific methods and techniques and provide advice and insight about probable effects of alternative courses of action.
OR EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION: Successfully completed 1 full year of graduate level education or Bachelors degree with superior academic achievement. S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership. (1). Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses. (2.) Grade-point average (G.P.A.) -- Applicants must have a grade-point average of (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better)as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.
OR COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: An equivalent combination of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT COPIES OF YOUR TRANSCRIPTS WITH YOUR APPLICATION IF USING EDUCATION AS A SUBSTITUTION OF EXPERIENCE.
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, but you must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.
ONLY EXPERIENCE OBTAINED BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE CONSIDERED.
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 as reported on your rÃ©sumÃ©
1. Knowledge of wide range of methods and techniques used in operations research studies and possession of analytical abilities.
2. Knowledge of quantitative techniques and methods used to develop, adapt, modify, and apply models to resolve problems or define and clarify alternative solutions.
3. Ability to participate in study teams; originate new ideas, projects, and methodologies; and execute projects and/or studies within established financial and/or time constraints.
4. Ability to develop and utilize appropriate data collection techniques.
5. Ability to design, build and use models, and simulation techniques.
6. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; negotiate complex issues; and maintain good working relations.
ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Unofficial transcripts on college letterhead are acceptable, and must display major field of study and date degree conferred. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation here.
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; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
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DRUG TESTING: THIS POSITION HAS BEEN DESIGNATED FOR DRUG TESTING. IF YOU ARE SELECTED FOR THIS POSITION YOU MAY BE SUBJECT TO URINALYSIS TESTING PRIOR TO APPOINTMENT AND YOU WILL BE SUBJECT TO RANDOM URINALYSIS TESTING AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT.
1. Must have a bachelors degree in a related technical discipline such as mathematics, computer science, one of the physical sciences, or engineering. Advanced degree(s) are preferred.
2. Work may occasionally require travel away from the normal duty station on military or commercial aircraft.
3. Must exhibit a high degree of judgement, resourcefulness, originality, and the ability to foresee the impact of changing technology.
SECURITY CLEARANCE: Incumbent must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET level security clearance as a condition of employment.
PHYSICAL EFFORT: The employee performs sedentary work while sitting comfortably. There may be some walking, standing, bending, carrying of light items, or driving an automobile. No special physical effort or ability is required to perform the work.
WORKING CONDITIONS: The employee works in an adequately lighted and ventilated office environment. Exercises normal safety precautions.