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U.S. Military Academy Physical Science Technician in West Point, New York

Summary

About the Position: The U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY is an academic institution located in the Hudson River Valley, 50 miles from New York City. The historic site is the oldest continuously occupied military post in America. West Point is a self contained city with housing, a Department of Public Works, libraries, hospital, fire department, chapels, and restaurants. Employees have access to Eisenhower Hall Theater, Hudson Valley's performing arts center, and recreational facilities.

Responsibilities

Plan and conduct laboratory experiments and projects in support of Core Physics, Advanced Physics, Space Science, and Nuclear Engineering, with an emphasis on Core Physics.

Perform experimental procedures as needed to validate new procedures.

Set up laboratory areas for course instruction.

Test materials for safety, accuracy of given directions, and achievement of required results prior to cadet use.

Provide technical assistance to staff, faculty, and cadets on laboratory equipment utilization and care.

Assist in the development of new procedures and techniques to render more elaborate experiments and demonstrations.

Coordinate, as necessary, for borrowing of equipment from other departments or agencies.

Develop, evaluate, and adapt all laboratory equipment and apparatus for its scheduled use in educational exercises for the faculty, cadets, and staff members.

Conduct performance tests of equipment and their components to ensure they are operational for lab instruction.

Order, receive, record, store, and maintain supplies and equipment to support the core laboratory program.

Maintain accountability of all non-expendable and durable laboratory property.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

Who May Apply: Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities. Current Department of Army Civilian EmployeesCurrent Permanent Department of Defense (DOD) Civilian Employee (non-Army)Domestic Defense Industrial Base/Major Range and Test Facilities Base Civilian Personnel WorkforceExecutive Order (E.O.) 12721Interagency Career Transition Assistance PlanLand Management Workforce Flexibility ActMilitary Spouses, under Executive Order (E.O.) 13473Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentality (NAFI)Non-Department of Defense (DoD) TransferPeople with Disabilities, Schedule APriority Placement Program, DoD Military Spouse Preference (MSP) EligibleReinstatementVeterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) of 1998Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) In order to qualify, you must meet the 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. GS-07: Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes 1) providing support to professional staff in a laboratory and/or classroom setting; 2) collecting data from laboratory and/or classroom experiments; and, 3) utilizing laboratory equipment to conduct routine experiments and/or classroom demonstrations. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-06). GS-08: Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes 1) assisting in planning and conducting laboratory experiments and projects in support of physics, nuclear engineering, and/or space science courses or research; 2) ensuring laboratory and/or classroom materials needed for projects are available; 3) utilizing laboratory equipment; 4) checking laboratory equipment for safety and serviceability; and, 5) presenting data from laboratory and/or classroom experiments to professional or scientific personnel for use in academic or research projects. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-07). GS-09: Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes 1) planning and conducting laboratory experiments and projects in support of physics, nuclear engineering, and/or space science courses or research; 2) ensuring laboratory and/or classroom materials needed for projects are available; 3) utilizing a full range of laboratory equipment to include assembling special apparatus; 4) checking laboratory equipment for safety and serviceability; and, 5) collecting, reviewing, and analyzing data collected from laboratory and/or classroom experiments for use by professional or scientific personnel in academic or research projects. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-08). You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:

Oral CommunicationPlanning and EvaluatingTechnical CompetenceTechnology Application Time in Grade Requirement (GS-07): Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-06). Time in Grade Requirement (GS-08): Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-07). Time in Grade Requirement (GS-09): Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-08).

Education

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.

Additional Information

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration. You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship. Two year trial/probationary period may be required. Direct deposit of pay is required. This position is eligible for situational telework only. Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees. 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. This is a Career Program (CP) 17 - Materiel Maintenance Management position. You may claim military spouse preference (MSP). If a MSP applicant is determined best qualified and selected, placement must be at the full performance level for priority consideration. Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement. Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement. 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. 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.

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