Physical Scientist, ZP-1301-2 (DE/CR)

This position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), Climate Science and Services Division (CSSD), with 2 vacancies in Asheville, NC.


Date posted

Apr. 6, 2021 12:00 am

Application deadline

May 3, 2021 12:00 am


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA


  • United States

Job description


As a Physical Scientist, you will perform the following duties:

  • Participate in the acquisition of environmental data, particularly meteorological observations collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), academia and partner agencies.
  • Assist higher-level specialists in the development of new techniques and approaches to solve problems, particularly those pertaining to the development and analysis of U.S. and global climate data records.
  • Assist in providing support for data access including putting data into new formats, developing new access tools, writing documentation, supporting operational readiness activities, and ensuring the quality and usefulness of the data for projects and customers.
  • Serve as point of contact for international and national environmental data providers and users. Work to verify data quality, ensure that datasets meet data requirements of NCEI and its customers, and stay abreast of best practices and technological advances.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Qualifications requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment


Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards.  This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: This position has a positive Education Requirement in addition to at least one year of Specialized Experience OR substitution of education for experience OR combination (if applicable) in order to be found minimally qualified. Transcripts must be submitted with your application package. You MUST meet the following requirements:

To qualify for the 1301 series:


A. Degree: Physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.


B. Combination of education and experience: Education equivalent to one of the majors shown above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

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