<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />These Computer Scientist positions are located at U.S. Army Test Center (ATC), Test Technology Directorate, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.<br /><br />ATC's mission is to provide test and test support services for authorized customers within and outside of DoD, including Government and non-Government organizations, domestic, and foreign. Perform comprehensive test and training, both real and simulated. Exploit emerging technologies. Develop leading-edge instrumentation and test methodologies.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>- Serves as a Computer Scientist assigned to the Test Technology Analysis Division.</li> <li>- Contributes to the accomplishment of professional and scientific work in the design, development, and adaptation of mathematical and statistical methods and computer science techniques in analysis of data management problems.</li> <li>- Work involves the analysis and structure of data systems and requires knowledge of computer science, programming principles and techniques, and data base concepts.</li> <li>- Develops computer software applications and database management systems for use throughout the Aberdeen Test Center and the Army Test and Evaluation Command to support a wide variety of scientific and engineering and business application functions.</li> <li>- Performs information systems development, and modification and maintenance of state-of-the art software in support of the Test and Evaluation.</li> <li>- Independently applies professional and scientific knowledge of computer science in the development of new and improved concepts, principles, and techniques that will advance the body of knowledge associated with digital computers.</li> <li>- Writes software and hardware specifications to accomplish technical support tasks.</li> <li>- Leads teams to perform research and develop recommendations and documentation of results.</li> <li>- Participates in the establishment of critical performance requirements by correlating real-time data processing requirements with the existing capabilities of real-time systems.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />25% or less – You may be expected to travel for this position.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 3 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must meet position requirements for certification at Level 2 in Acquisition Career Field Test and Evaluation within 24 months of entrance on duty.</li> <li>Travel from duty station up to 25% of the time.</li> <li>This position requires the incumbent to possess, obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong>Who May Apply:</strong> US Citizens<br /><br />In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. 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).<br /><br />To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as: 1) Assist in designing and planning of visualization software, 2) Participate on teams to perform broad range of data analysis and modeling/simulation activities, 3) Support efforts that helped with data collection, reduction, analysis, and visualization of data<br /><br />This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service GS-11/NH-02.<br /><br />You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application.<br /><br />Additional information about transcripts is in this document. <br /><br />You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:<br /> <ul><li>Oral Communication</li><li>Requirements Analysis</li><li>Software Engineering</li><li>Software Testing and Evaluation</li><li>Technical Competence</li></ul><br /><br />Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone–no substitution of education for experience is permitted. <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />Education Requirement:<br /><br />Candidates MUST possess a bachelor's degree in computer science OR possess a 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. <strong>Transcripts MUST be submitted with application.</strong><br /><br /><strong>FOREIGN EDUCATION:</strong> If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http: www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.</li> <li>You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.</li> <li>Two year trial/probationary period may be required.</li> <li>Direct Deposit of Pay is Required..</li> <li>Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.</li> <li>If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.</li> <li>This is a Career Program (CP) 16 – position.</li> <li>Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.</li> <li>Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.</li> <li>If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .</li> <li>Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.<br /><br />You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.<br /><br /><strong>Basis for Rating: </strong>Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. <ul> <li>Best Qualified. Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for the announced position.</li> <li>Highly Qualified. Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for the announced position.</li> <li>Qualified. Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for the announced position.</li> </ul> <br /> Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority for this position. To receive selection priority, you must: (1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria (2) be rated well-qualified for the position and; (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. To be considered well-qualified and receive selection priority applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the position and receive a score of 90 or above. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website . <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Secret <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External) .<br /><br />As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply.<strong> If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.</strong><br /><br /><strong>1. Your resume:</strong> <ul> <li>Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.</li> <li>If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.</li> <li>For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you may not receive consideration for this position.</li> <li>For additional information see: What to include in your resume .</li> </ul> <strong>2. Other supporting documents:</strong> <ul> <li>Cover Letter, optional</li> <li>Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable</li> </ul> NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility. <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education . <br /><br />Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.