A successful candidate in this position will...
Perform entire mathematical and statistical analyses projects.
Maintain and enhance models for use in simulation studies.
This position is also being advertised to status candidates via Merit Promotion procedures. The announcement number is: SE-18-EI-00815-MP.
As a GS-12, full-performance level, Operations Research Analyst, you will:
Lead modeling and analysis tasks using standard techniques involving the study and consideration of the impacts for coal markets from emerging technologies, rapidly changing industry practices, mergers and restructurings, new regulations, and other changes in the world and national economies and markets.
Analyze data from various sources and make conclusions and recommendations based on the underlying relationship shown through the models to propose recommendations, which reflect real world factors and environments.
Maintain and enhance models and simulation techniques and develop scenarios for use in current and future energy studies.
Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.
Who May Apply
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Conditions of Employment
You must be a United States Citizen.
This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
See Other Information section regarding Selective Service requirements.
Resume and question responses must be submitted online.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the basic education requirements, applicants can qualify through education alone or the specialized experience requirement.
You may substitute a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree or at least two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field related to the work of this position.
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience for this position at the GS-09 is defined as:
performing segments of analyses and projects using standard techniques and models; observing, studying and documenting new modeling techniques and approaches and assisting in the development of working papers and coordinating with others to improve models.
You may substitute a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or at least three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field related to the work of this position.
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience for this position at the GS-11 is defined as:
gathering, analyzing, and evaluating information concerning mathematical, statistical, economic, and/or other phenomena that impact energy market conditions or energy industry practices; recommending conclusions based on the results of studies; and planning, designing, implementing and testing enhancements to improve and validate models.
Education cannot be substituted for the GS-12 grade level.
You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience for this position at the GS-12 is defined as:
conducting and developing research to support the modeling of coal or other energy commodity markets and technological trends; using new modeling techniques and approaches and recommending critical elements from real world systems for inclusion into models.
Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write see resume in your application!
Knowledge of economies and markets affecting production, pricing, supply, and distribution patterns by utilizing forecasting models.
Skill in performing analyses and projects using standard techniques and models.
Ability to design, build and use basic models to determine correct techniques or approaches to provide conclusions for projects/assignments.
Oral and written communication skills.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
To be considered well qualified you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.
You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Degree: Operations Research, or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 hours must have been in calculus.
Evaluation of Education:
Courses acceptable for qualifying for operations research positions may have been taken in other departments other than Operations Research, e.g., Engineering (usually Industrial Engineering), Science, Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, or Management Science.
This position has a positive education requirement and transcripts must be provided.
Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.
The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the website.
If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established well qualified category as stated in the Qualifications section.
More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.
All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, . If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to place you into an initial quality category via OPM's Category Rating procedures. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to ensure you have been placed into the appropriate quality category.
Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (when applicable), and training as described in your resume and applicant assessment. Your credentials are measured against the established duties of the position at the grade level(s) being advertised.
The quality categories are usually defined as Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified, although they may differ slightly based on individual agency policy.
If you are eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet the definition of well qualified which is defined as having a score of 85 or better.
If you are a Veteran Preference eligible candidate, you will be listed at the top of whichever quality category your rating places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.
If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.
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Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.
If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.
You must submit a supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you must list the full name and address of the each employer.
For all types of work experience, you should indicate the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.
For paid work experience, please indicate your starting salary for each position and the highest salary you earned (if different).
Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
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Most DOE offices will allow you to submit a resume in the format of your choice (as an attached document or as a USAJOBS Resume Builder format). However, some offices may require one specific format. You will be notified at the time you click 'Apply Online' which type of resume is acceptable. It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.
If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy:
which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information.
(DD-214 Member #4 Copy, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
Persons with Disabilities:
Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.
Displaced Federal employees who qualify for CTAP/ICTAP:
If you are a former Federal employee who was displaced due to a Reduction-in-Force (RIF) or surplused by some other means, please submit a copy of the separation letter or RIF notice from your agency. To be selected under I/CTAP, you must still be found well-qualified for this position. Please see the for more information.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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 .
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.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. .
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To be considered for this position, you must submit your complete application no later than 11:59pm U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. If you do not submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the online application system will not allow you to finish! Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish before the deadline. Our online application system displays a countdown timer at the top of the screen for your reference.
For your security, your session in our online application system will time-out if you are inactive for a certain period of time. We recommend that you preview the assessment questions before you apply and prepare all of your information prior to beginning the application. If you do get timed-out you will have to log back in to USAJOBS and re-visit the vacancy announcement, you can then click Update Application to finish where you left off.
Steps to submit a complete application:
Click the Apply Online button. If you are not already logged in, you will need to do so.
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Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and instead require that you submit a USAJOBS-formatted resume using the .
You will be prompted to select a resume and any documentation you have attached to your USAJOBS account before you are transferred to the Department of Energy's online application system. Please be aware that any document you select before being transferred to our system, will not automatically be received. You must take steps to download your documents from USAJOBS during the Documents step within our online application system (see Step 6).
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It is ultimately your responsibility to make sure all required documents are either faxed, uploaded, or transferred from USAJOBS successfully. If you are unsure that your documents went through, please contact the HR Specialist listed on the announcement BEFORE the vacancy closes.
After reviewing your submission in the final step, you must click Submit Application at the bottom of the page. If you leave the application before clicking Submit, your application will not be received.
If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.
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