Computer Scientist, GS-1550-12/13
Environmental Protection Agency - Ann Arbor, MI

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This position is located in the Office of Air and Radiation; Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Testing and Advanced Technology Division, Testing Services Center located in Ann Arbor, MI.

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You must be a U.S. citizen.

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)

Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.

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

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

You will: Produce complex code and database design integration for unifying source data into data management systems.

Plan, develop, and execute site-wide security assessments and resolutions using a known and industry-accepted international security standard.

Translate complex scientific formulas from Code of Federal Regulations testing requirements into programming specifications to design and develop software systems at the National Vehicle Fuel Emissions Laboratory.

Use knowledge of operating systems theory, data structures, system architecture, software engineering, and computer communications to design, develop, and test chemical measurement systems, particulate weighing systems, driver's aid systems, and process monitoring systems for the National Vehicle Fuel Emissions Lab.
Monitor and support complex laboratory hardware and software systems including diagnosis and troubleshooting.

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

To qualify for the GS-12 level, you need to have at least one year of full
time experience defined as experience enhancing and modifying existing database management systems and experience enhancing and modifying existing engineering and/or scientific software systems.

To qualify for the GS-13 level, you need to have at least one year of full
time experience defined as experience applying advanced programming concepts and languages to the design, development, and support of complex database management systems; and experience applying advanced programming concepts and languages to the design,development, and support of engineering and/or scientific software systems.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your
competencies in the following areas: Knowledge of Database Management Systems and Relational Database Management Systems.

Knowledge applying design, development, testing, and maintenance principles to the creation of testing applications, database integrity management, program code reliability and scalability, and security concepts and principles.

Ability to use all phases of the Software Development Lifecycle to design, develop, and maintain computer hardware and software systems.

Knowledge of international security standards.

Skilled in the application of Recommended Security Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations.

Ability to apply the principles, techniques, processes, and related skills of Computer Science to the design, development, and maintenance of computer hardware and software systems.

A bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in

computer science or bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus.

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 will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form prior to your first day of employment and annually thereafter.

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

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

This position is in the bargaining unit.

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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