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Office of the Secretary of Transportation Geographer (Data Scientist) (Open to both U.S. Citizens and Federal Employees) in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Summary The Volpe Center seeks a Geographer (Data Scientist) for our Policy Analysis and Strategic Planning Division to serve as a member of a multi-disciplinary team that supports the development of data-driven programs to speed the adoption of innovative technologies, policies, and practices. In particular, the employee will help to develop and apply geospatial data analysis and visualization techniques and tools in support of federal and state transportation programs. Responsibilities As a Geographer (Data Scientist), you will: Utilize technical knowledge in all stages of planning, executing, and delivering assigned projects that involve spatial and non-spatial data manipulation, analysis, visualization and modeling related to transportation. Use data science tools and programming languages to extract, evaluate, validate, transform, combine, load, and develop spatial and non-spatial data and create complex data pipelines. Use standard data science tools to perform complex analyses, develop sophisticated models and create static and interactive data visualizations. Organize and write technical reports, as well as prepare and make oral presentations of work to Volpe Center staff, sponsors, and other groups. The ideal candidate will apply sophisticated GIS and data science tools and techniques to work with large and complex datasets to analyze and model various aspects of transportation systems. The ideal candidate will also have strong inter-personal skills and work effectively as part of a team Volpe is committed to fostering an all-inclusive diverse workforce where employees feel valued for their unique backgrounds and qualities and have a sense of belonging and engagement in helping to advance transportation for the public good. PLEASE NOTE: Current Volpe employees with duty stations other than Cambridge, MA may apply for this position and may remain in their current duty station, if selected. Salary will be adjusted in accordance with the locality pay of the specific area. Salaries for areas are available on the OPM website: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2021/general-schedule/ Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S.Citizen and eligible for consideration. You must meet specialized experience to qualify. Required documents must be submitted by the closing date. Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service. GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only. PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed). TIME-IN-GRADE:Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower gradein the competitive or excepted service in the executive branch to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F. DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed). Qualifications To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet either the education or experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration. To qualify for the GS-09 on Experience, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-07 it must include: Experience using GIS to manipulate, visualize, and analyze geospatial data. Experience using Python, R, or JavaScript. To qualify for the GS-09 on Education alone, you must have 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or have been awarded a master's or equivalent graduate degree. You can also qualify based on a combination of graduate education and experience. This must be fully supported by your resume and transcripts, provided with your application. To qualify for the GS-11 on Experience, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-09 it must include: Experience using GIS to manipulate, visualize, and analyze geospatial data. Experience using Python, R, or JavaScript. To qualify for the GS-11 on Education alone, you must have: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. You can also qualify based on a combination of higher level graduate education and experience. This must be fully supported by your resume and transcripts, provided with your application. To qualify for the GS-12 on Experience, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-11 it must include: Experience planning, developing, and executing complex GIS based analyses. Experience using Python, R, or JavaScript. You cannot qualify on education at the GS-12 level; you must have experience. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas: Ability to develop sophisticated models and create static and interactive data visualizations in support of larger tasks/projects involving the assessment of safety, economic, social or environmental impacts of transportation. Knowledge of and skill in applying data science tools and databases to extract, evaluate, validate, transform, combine, load, and develop spatial and non-spatial data and create complex data pipelines Skill in using Esri’s suite of GIS tools to manipulate, analyze, model, and visualize data; understanding of the technologies and software necessary to develop web-based visualizations; and skill automating spatial and non-spatial data manipulation, analyses, modeling, and visualization tasks with programming and scripting languages Ability to plan, prioritize, and execute tasks to support overall project timelines, goals, and objectives For all types of consideration, 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). 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 experienceFor additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4 Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of closing date of the announcement. Graduation transcript must be received before start date. Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Education Degree:geography; or related physical or social science such as geology, meteorology, economics, statistics, sociology, anthropology, political science, history, cartography, computer science, urban studies, or planning that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields. OR Combination of education and experience:courses equivalent to a major in geography, or a related field that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields, as shown in section above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Additional Information This vacancy may be used by any DOT agency to fill similar positions within 90 days. The U.S. Department of Transportation strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation. As such, DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome. If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family.

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