Research Physical Scientist, AST Earth Sciences Remote Sensing
National Aeronautics and Space Administration 4.424 reviews - Greenbelt, MD

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The Science & Exploration Directorate, Earth Sciences Division, Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory (Code 615) seeks a researcher to provide expertise in sea ice microwave remote sensing studies.

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To receive consideration, your resume MUST contain your complete degree information (i.e., type of degree received, year degree received, and major area of study). If you have received a degree in Computer Science, you MUST list all courses you have taken which meet the education requirements as stated in the qualification requirements section as well as the semester hours awarded. You MUST include the descriptive title, course code, and number of semester/quarter hours. (i.e., CMSC-435-Software Engineering, 3 Semester hours) If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. Please note that degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.

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    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Applicants must possess at least a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent
  • PhD desired
  • Occasional travel may be required

DUTIES: As an Aerospace Technologist (AST) specializing in Earth Sciences Remote Sensing you will provide expertise in the area of ice sheet research and microwave remote sensing. Major emphasis is given to improve understanding of the role of the ice sheets in our climate system involving the application of aerospace technology to improve observations of the Earth's surface and to understand Earth system processes, properties, and trends, specifically cryospheric processes. Research includes, but is not limited to, the development of new approaches to utilize satellite and airborne remote sensing data in sea ice research. Of particular importance are measurement concepts of sea ice concentration, sea ice thickness, snow depth on sea ice, and sea ice physical properties. Work will also include the development and analysis of cryosphere Climate Data Records (CDRs) and Environmental Data Records (EDRs). Studies involve analyze existing satellite sea ice data to investigate changes in the sea ice and the role of the ice-covered oceans in the global climate system. This includes complex and difficult data analysis, including utilization of highly specialized instruments, instrumentation systems and equipment, computer programs, and statistical analysis techniques. Research results will be published in scientific and technical reports in the peer-reviewed literature and presented at scientific conferences. Responsibilities also include formulating and carrying out proposals (solicited and unsolicited) for funding and evaluating research proposals. You will provide expert technical and scientific advice to the Center and to NASA, and contribute to the planning, development and evaluation of future projects and missions.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: In addition to the Basic Education Requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

Specialized experience is defined as research utilizing microwave remote sensing for the study of sea ice, generation of long time-series of sea ice data, and analyzing this data to study the impact of sea ice on polar climate.

Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in engineering, physical science, mathematics, life sciences, computer science, or other field of science. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position.

U.S. citizenship is required.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: NASA uses an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from your resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Based on the competencies you match, you are placed in one of three categories identified as 90, 80, or 70 pt. quality categories, which are defined as:

90 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and has experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

80 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

70 pt. Category - Fails to meet criteria described in the 80 pt. category.
Additional application guidance is available in NASA's Applicant Guide .

Information for Veterans : The Category Rating Process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed at the top of the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.

For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality category are considered well-qualified.

BENEFITS: NASA offers excellent benefit programs and competitive salaries. To learn more about pay and benefits at NASA, click HERE .

OTHER INFORMATION: Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified.

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As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your resume.

U.S. citizenship is required.

NASA's Applicant Guide provides the information needed to assist you in determining whether or not you can claim 5 or 10 point veterans preference. You should not submit documents to prove your eligibility for veterans preference at this time. However, you must be prepared to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resources Office. Veterans preference will only be considered based on what is supported For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

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Allowable relocation expenses will be made to any applicant selected from outside the commuting area.

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