Opportunity

Ocean Career: Research Oceanographer at NOAA

This position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) with one vacancy in Plainsboro, NJ.

Responsibilities

As a Research Oceanographer, you will perform the following duties:

  • Perform research through ocean modeling and advanced observational analysis to improve understanding of and capacity to predict climate-driven trends and fluctuations in ocean ecosystems and the broader earth system.
  • Collaborate on projects, and coordinate own work with that of others, advancing the goals and objectives of the agency. Attend various meetings and conferences and presents technical papers before professional groups. Maintain scientific and technical liaison with personnel in other laboratories, universities, industrial concerns, and foreign countries for exchanging technical information and ideas and collaborating on projects on interest to the agencies.
  • Publish results of experimental and theoretical findings in contributions to scientific journals. Attend meetings and conferences and presents papers before professional groups.
  • Develop and carry out modeling projects linking climate and living marine resources, including fisheries, harmful algal blooms, acidification, and hypoxia.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Up to 10% of domestic and foreign travel may be required for this position.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
  • Qualifications requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.

Qualifications

Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: https://www.opm.gov/policy.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: This position has a positive Education Requirement in addition to at least one year of Specialized Experience OR substitution of education for experience OR combination (if applicable) in order to be found minimally qualified. Transcripts must be submitted with your application package. You MUST meet the following requirements:

To qualify for the 1360 series:

EDUCATION:

A. Degree: major study of at least 24 semester hours in oceanography or a related discipline such as physics, meteorology, geophysics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering, geology, or biology, plus 20 additional semester hours in any combination of oceanography, physics, geophysics, chemistry, mathematics, meteorology, computer science, and engineering sciences.

OR

B. Combination of education and experience: course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Applicants who qualify on the basis of major study in biology or geology must have had at least 6 semester hours in the major directly concerned with marine science or 6 semester hours in oceanography; applicants who qualify on the basis of other physical sciences or engineering must have had differential and integral calculus and at least 6 semester hours in physics.

-AND-

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:

Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

This experience need not have been in the federal government. 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.

Application Deadline: April 12, 2021
Salary: $74,702 to $116,403 per year
Work Schedule: Full-time

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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