Physical Scientist, GS-1301-12/13
Environmental Protection Agency 129 reviews - Washington, DC

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This position is located in Office of Air and Radiation, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Transportation and Climate Division, Climate and Economic Modeling Center in Washington, DC.
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If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.

EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.

You must submit resume and required documents(See How to Apply)

You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.

You must be a U.S. citizen.

Provide scientific and technical analysis of emerging technologies that reduce greenhouse gases in the transportation sector; Develop policy position, regulatory options, technical guidance, or public information on greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector and other environmental issues; Provide scientific and technical expertise to the division and office regarding the quantification of lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from renewable, conventional, and alternative fuels; Generate briefing materials, technical analyses, and summaries to the Center Director and larger division when requested; Coordinate and facilitate projects requiring cross-team interaction within the division, office, and agency that relate to mobile source programs; Serves as work assignment manager for contracts as needed to support program support efforts.

You will spend less than 25%, of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.

You need a degree or combination of education and experience as described below to qualify for this position. In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

To qualify for the GS-12 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as experience quantifying lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of transportation fuels AND experience analyzing policy and regulatory issues for the transportation sector.

To qualify for the GS-13 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as experience overseeing projects quantifying lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of transportation fuels AND experience developing policy positions or guidance related to the transportation sector and climate change.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: Knowledge of scientific concepts, principles, practices and methodologies related to climate change, greenhouse gas, and fuels technology; Ability to apply advanced data analysis techniques and methods; Ability to analyze the impact to transportation policy options on regulated parties and greenhouse gas emissions; Ability to identify a problem, analyze potential solutions, and lay out recommended courses of action; Ability to use data manipulation tools such as excel spreadsheets for data analysis and reporting.

A bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in one of the following: Physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics; OR a combination of education and experience with education equivalent to one of the majors listed that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science.A bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in (insert the education majors referenced from the qualification handbook or briefly describe the combination of education and experience).

As part of the application process, you are required to submit college transcripts or a list of courses as described in the Required Documents section of this announcement. However, if you are selected, you must provide official educational transcripts before you start work with EPA. More information on verification of education can be found here:

If you are selected, you must complete a one year probationary period.

This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.

We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. You are being evaluated under the category rating method which means, if you are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified Category.

We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements.

NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.
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This position is in the bargaining unit.

Are you a Displaced Federal Employee? If so, please read the Required Documents and visit the EPA website for additional information .

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This information is used to determine your qualifications for employment. The use of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC, Sections 3302 and 3361.

If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.

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