Salary $72,750 - $113,364 a year job type full-time
Full job description
Nist works with industry and science to advance innovation and improve quality of lifeWe`re looking for a physicist to join our team!
This notice is issued under direct-hire authority to recruit new talent to occupations for which nist has a severe shortage of candidates.
This position will:
Perform research to develop and apply x-ray spectroscopies to characterize the oxidation states of elements within samples and the local electronic and atomic structures of materials and thin films
Characterize intermediates and structure function relationships in catalytic systems
Develop analysis procedures using supervised and unsupervised statistical learning algorithms
Advance the analyses and interpretation of complex x-ray spectra
Acquire and analyze and results
Disseminate research results through peer reviewed publications and engagement with scientific communities
Job family (series)
Conditions of employment
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for selective service
Suitable for federal employment
Degree: physics; or related degree that included at least 24 semester hours in physics.
Combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major in physics totaling at least 24 semester hours, plus appropriate experience, or additional education.
In addition: to qualify, applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the gs-09 level (or zp-ii at nist)Specialized experience is defined as experience in x-ray spectroscopies; laboratory x-ray instrumentation; materials characterization; oxidation state analysis; electronic and atomic structures; catalysis; thin film deposition; statistical learning algorithms; density functional theory; instrumentation design and construction; data analysis; and manuscript preparation.
Master`s or equivalent graduate degree
Note: education and experience may be combined for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work doneWe will credit all qualifying volunteer experience in your application.
The qualification requirements in this vacancy announcement are based on the u.sOffice of personnel management (opm) qualification standards handbook.
This position has an education requirementTranscripts must be submitted to validate that the education requirement has been metUnofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application packageHowever, an official copy will be required prior to a final offer of employment.
Education completed outside of the u.sMust be evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that it is comparable to education received in accredited institutions in the u.sClick here to view a listing of accredited organizations from the department of education`s websiteA copy of the foreign education evaluation (containing the results with a course by course listing) is required with your application.
The physical worksite for this position is located in gaithersburg, marylandHowever, the material measurement laboratory is currently under a maximum telework posture due to the covid-19 pandemic; therefore, this position is currently under a 100 percent telework scheduleThe position`s telework schedule will likely change in the future when material measurement laboratory moves away from its maximum telework postureAt that time, the incumbent will be expected to report to the physical work site in accordance with the updated status requirements of their supervisorThe nature and scope of future telework opportunities will be subject to the unit`s telework policy, any applicable bargaining unit agreements, and supervisory approvalPayment of relocation expenses, as applicable, will be paid in accordance with this job opportunity announcementNon-compliance with the supervisor`s telework-schedule requirement could result in adverse action, including separation.
This position is covered under nist`s alternative personnel management system (apms)The apms is a pay-for-performance system with excellent hr flexibilities to help nist recruit and retain top talentFind out more about the apms here!
A probationary period may be required.
This appointment may be extended up to four years without further competition.
We may share your application package with other selecting officials at nist with opportunities like this oneAdditional selections may be made through this vacancy.
Nist strives to build a flexible and encouraging work environment to bring out the best in our employeesTo help our employees balance responsibilities at home and at work, nist offers a variety of work-life flexibilities such as:
Flexible work schedules
Paid parental leave
Child and elder-care resources
On-site childcare center
Employee assistance programs
How you will be evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documents to assess your qualifications for this position.
All applicants that meet the minimum qualifications will be referred to the selecting official for considerationUnder direct hire authority, applicants are not rated and ranked and veteran`s preference does not apply.
Ctap and ictap eligibility: to be eligible for ctap or ictap consideration, you must submit the required documents to establish eligibility (see required documents) and meet the minimum qualification requirementsYou may be contacted to provide a response to assessment questions related to the positionTo be considered ctap or ictap eligible, you must receive a well-qualified score of at least 85 of out 100 on your assessment responsesAdditional information may be found at: ctap/ictap.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (ns)/low risk
Trust determination process
In addition to your resume, transcripts must be submitted to validate that the education requirement has been metUnofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application packageHowever, an official copy will be required prior to a final offer of employment.
Failure to submit required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the u.sDepartment of education in order for it to be credited towards qualificationsTherefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the u.sDepartment of education.
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.
A career with the u.sGovernment provides employees with a comprehensive benefits packageAs a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewardingOpens in a new windowlearn more about federal benefits.
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittentContact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
This job is open to
U.sCitizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the u.s.
Clarification from the agency
U.sCitizens and status candidates (this includes merit promotion, status candidates, former overseas employees, ctap, ictap, vra, veoa, 30% or more disabled, evho, schedule a, military spouses, americorps, peace corps, vista, interchange agreement eligibles, and national guard).