These positions are to be filled under the OPM Government-Wide Direct Hire Authority Certain STEM Positions for grades GS 11-15. This serves as a public notice for the use of the Direct Hire Authority in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3327 and 3330 and 5 CFR 330. Under this recruitment procedure, applications will be accepted for each location/ installation identified in this Public Notice. There may or may not be actual/projected vacancies at the time you submit your application.
The Department of Energy is seeking motivated and highly-qualified candidates for exciting positions available in multiple locations throughout the United States.
The mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America's security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.
As a Mathematical Statistician, at minimum you will:
- Advise program staff on developing methods and selecting techniques to conduct methodological research to improve sample surveys or experimental designs; to conduct evaluations of data collection, reduction, processing, protocol design, sample size, and analysis of methodologies and results.
- Design and develop mathematical statistical models, methods, and/or techniques such as sample and survey designs for related data collection. Monitors and maintains center standards regarding survey design and methodology.
- Provide technical advice to peers and senior managers within and outside of the organization on statistical methods and techniques. Prepare comprehensive reports of study results to include discussion of substantive research objectives.
- Identify specific statistical research areas that merit investigation, develops new hypotheses and approaches for studies and evaluates the feasibility of such endeavors.
You must meet both the Basic Requirement and the Specialized Experience to qualify for this series as described below.
Degree: that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics.
- Combination of education and experience -- at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, including at least 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
In addition to meeting the education requirement above. You must also meet the experience requirement below.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
The specialized experience listed are the minimum requirements for the series, each particular vacancy may have additional experience necessary to meet the applicable grade level.
A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for these positions are defined as:
GS-11: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-09). Specialized experience for this position is defined as meeting at least 2 of 3 of the following:
- Conducting basic studies using standard mathematical statistical methods and techniques to identify significant factors, relationships, and trends.
- Participating in developing mathematical/statistical techniques, approaches and methodologies to analyze energy, commodity or related markets.
- Writing technical reports on findings of statistical investigations.
Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree, or Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree; your education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. For this position, this is defined as a degree in statistics, mathematics, or a similarly related major.
Combination of education and experience as described above. Less than one year of specialized experience may be combined with graduate education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level (i.e., credit hours beyond the first two years of full-time study may be credited).
GS-12: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-11). Specialized experience for this position is defined as meeting at least 2 of 4 of the following:
- Applying standard statistical techniques to design, data analysis, sampling, forecasting, quality control, or operations research.
- Writing and presenting technical papers or reports on statistical studies or surveys.
- Consulting with a senior mathematical statistician or other subject matter professionals on specific statistical problems in collecting or analyzing data, determining cause(s) of problems, and developing solutions.
- Developing schemes for quality surveillance of parts of major continuing statistical data collection systems.
GS-13: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-12). Specialized experience for this position is defined as meeting at least 2 of 3 of the following:
- Applying advanced statistical techniques to design, data analysis, sampling, forecasting, quality control, or operations research.
- Developing or presenting professional papers or reports on statistical studies or surveys. Providing technical expertise to support statistical analyses and methods.
- Writing or auditing procedures for automated or computer-assisted statistical operations.
GS-14: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-13). Specialized experience for this position is defined as meeting at least 2 of 3 of the following:
- Applying advanced statistical techniques to experimental design, data analysis, sampling, forecasting, quality control, or operations research.
- Serving as a technical expert or adviser to peers on various statistical analyses and methods (e.g., theory of sampling and non-sampling errors and theory of statistical inference).
- Researching, planning, and implementing projects that involve developing new or modifying existing sampling, surveying, and design methods.
- Developing aspects of survey and sampling designs that ensure continuity between data collection and analysis of data.
GS-15: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-14). Specialized experience for this position is defined as meeting at least 2 of 4 of the following:
- Serving as a consultant and senior advisor in applying advanced statistical techniques to experimental design, data analysis, sampling, forecasting, quality control, and operations research to resolve novel or obscure problems.
- Developing and/or presenting professional papers or reports on statistical studies or surveys; utilizing advanced statistical methodologies, procedures, or programs for complex statistical analyses and methods.
- Plan and execute a variety of complex projects and develop recommendations requiring technical and authoritative judgment; an authoritative expert with a Systems Development Lifecycle.
- Developing listing and mapping applications, and utilizing innovative collection methodology; and/or establishing innovative writing and auditing procedures for automated or computer-assisted statistical survey operations.
NOTE: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-12 through GS-15 levels.
"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.
OPM Qualification Standards for the GS-1529 series can be found at the following website: OPM Qualification Standard for the GS-1529 Series
CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.
This public notice may be used to fill multiple positions as needed; therefore, applicants must meet the qualifications at the time certificates are requested.