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Physicist

Department of Defense

This is a Contract position in Fort Sam Houston, TX posted August 25, 2021.

* DutiesHelpDutiesSummaryThis position will support the Federal Government’s response efforts to COVID-19.Your application will remain active through the open period of this Public Notice. Once this Public Notice closes, you must reapply.Learn more about this agencyResponsibilities* Perform basic and applied research on solar and solar wind activity on the geo-space environment and AF systems.* Lead, formulate and conduct basic and applied research through analysis of space, air and ground experiments, in order to develop innovative techniques in space-based hyperspectral imaging data collection and analysis.* Coordinate and perform complete studies and analysis to support Space Control Operations. Coordinate and perform space control analysis functions and projects required to support current and future space control operational requirements.* Utilize scientific inquiry in development of software tools as required for Space Control analysis. Attend meetings, conferences, briefings, and seminars related to program planning, advanced technologies, and support system concepts.* Conduct applied research in area of modeling and simulation of various threats to satellites in orbits and possible defense or mitigation of these threats.Travel RequiredOccasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.Supervisory statusNoPromotion Potential15* Job family (Series)1310 PhysicsSimilar jobs* Physicists* RequirementsHelpRequirementsConditions of Employment* Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration.* U.S. Citizenship is required* Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov* Total salary varies depending on location of position* PCS expenses if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations* Recruitment incentives may be authorized* 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* A security clearance may be required* Disclosure of Political Appointments is required* May be required to serve a probationary period* This position is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program* Per National Defense Authorization ACT (NDAA) of (FY) 2017, Section 1111 Modifies 5 United States Code (U.S.C.) 3326; Veterans who are retiring within 180 days of effective date may require a 180 day waiver packageQualificationsBASIC REQUIREMENTS:Degree: physics; or related degree that included at least 24 semester hours in physics.ORCombination of education and experience — courses equivalent to a major in physics totaling at least 24 semester hours, plus appropriate experience or additional education.In either A or B above, the courses must have included a fundamental course in general physics and, in addition, courses in any two of the following: electricity and magnetism, heat, light, mechanics, modern physics, and sound.In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, applicants must also meet the additional requirements as reflected below:For GS-11- At least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-09) or equivalent. Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. And consist of plans, organizes, directs and participates in experimental and theoretical research into the basic mechanisms associated with the emission, absorption and transmission of optical radiation in the natural atmosphere. OR Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. in a related field.For GS-12 – At least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-11) or equivalent. Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties that consists of conduction in-house technical activities and/or provides contract technical direction to programs of considerable breadth, diversity and complexity with minimal oversight.For GS-13- Atleast one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-12) or equivalent. Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, that consist of designs, implements and tests sophisticated forecast models and computer algorithms to be operationally used in conjunction with space weather applications and other missions; participates in highly technical program reviews; develops and uses computer models to analyze data from satellites and ground based instruments.For GS-14- At least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-13) or equivalent. Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Consisted of leading and managing complex, challenging, and innovative technical activities and programs in field of upper atmosphere and it interaction and impact to the space systems; prepares and presents technical briefings and documentation; guides the research, technical and/or programmatic, and administrative efforts of individuals or teams.For GS-15- At least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-14) or equivalent. Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Consists of being responsible for formulating and directing a research program in atmospheric and terrestrial backgrounds for space based sensors; establishes research priorities and funding levels, assembles a team of co-investigators; reviews scientific literature, converses on and coordinates issues with the international scientific community and directs exploratory research.Click on the following link to view occupational requirements for this position:https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1300/physics-series-1310/KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs):1. Knowledge, skill and ability to independently conduct basic and applied research and development on ionosphere physics and space weather application.2. Knowledge of optical and laser technology in order to investigate the absorption of light and other radiation by solid and liquid particles and molecules in space.3. Advanced knowledge of and ability to apply theoretical and experimental investigations in areas of measurement sand modeling of particulate and molecular properties. In particular, performs modeling and data analysis of optical scattering and transmission in order to develop improved models of particulate and molecular effects on AF and DoD systems.4. Ability to devise, develop and write software to calibrate and analyze spectral experimental data. Must be capable of utilizing modern programming techniques and languages. Must be fluent in scientific writing and possess a thorough appreciation of the scientific method and able to converse with authorizes in field project own ideas and recommendations and defend his ideas to higher authority.5. Knowledge, ability and skill in written and oral communication for technical reports, briefings, coordination and program management.6. Ability to measure atmospheric phenomena with appropriate scientific equipment and instrumentation.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.EducationIF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: If position has a positive degree requirement or education forms the basis for qualifications, you MUST submit transcriptswith the application. Official transcripts are not required at the time of application; however, if position has a positive degree requirement, qualifying based on education alone or in combination with experience; transcripts must be verified prior to appointment. An accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education must accredit education. Click here to check accreditation.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.
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