Geodetic Orbit Scientist
Geodetic Orbit Scientists monitor Global Navigation Satellite Systems, acquire and analyze satellite data, and produce accurate products for the National System for Geospatial-Intelligence (NSG). They develop, evaluate, and use algorithms and tools to provide integrity monitoring and determine precise ephemerides and other information. They analyze satellite ranging and timing information in order to identify anomalies in both real time and post-fit scenarios. These analysts handle technical and logistical details pertinent to remote command and control of a worldwide network of satellite tracking stations. They provide in-depth technical expertise on satellite issues to customers, and represent NGA in community forums establishing doctrine and policy.
1. Assist with the coordination, tasking, and funding for contractor support to GNSS systems and monitor stations
2. Carry out recurring geodetic orbit analysis duties independently; identify deviations and problems
3. Help identify and analyze geodetic orbit conditions to determine interrelationships and submit recommendations to maintain program requirements
MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA:
For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online applications must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement's mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement:
1. Personal flexibility and adaptability for shifts/changes in crisis situations enabling the successful handling of unforeseen challenges inherent to working in a high-visibility environment.
2. Demonstrated knowledge of scientific or statistical analysis.
3. Proven ability to communicate ongoing work to peers and leadership through written reports or oral briefings.
4. Demonstrated knowledge in computer and operating systems, computer networking and/or database management.
5. Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.
6. Demonstrated ability to apply critical thinking to problem identification, analysis and resolution on challenging issues.
In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired:
1. Demonstrated knowledge with one or more of the following computer systems: MS Windows office applications, UNIX, UNIX scripting, FORTRAN, C, C++, STK, UML, MATLAB or MATHEMATICA, Python.
2. Ability for personal flexibility, and adaptability for shifts/changes in crisis situations enabling the success enabling the successful handling of unforeseen challenges inherent to working in a high-visibility environment.
3. Demonstrated knowledge managing complex acquisition and/or integration programs.
4. Demonstrated knowledge monitoring and/or analyzing satellite characteristics (hardware & software).
5. Experience performing program oversight; anchor team activities in well-defined and traceable requirements; develop plans, schedules, risk and performance; track actions, identify milestones, construct and maintain roadmaps, and report progress; previous leadership experience for integration activities and teams; experience and willingness to brief groups.
CAREER ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM:
All Professional Work Category positions advertised at a Pay Band 2 are part of NGA's Career Advancement Program (CAP). Employees in the Career Advancement Program will be evaluated semi-annually to determine if they meet the established program requirements. If requirements are met, employees will be eligible for a salary increase. Upon meeting all program requirements, the employee is eligible to be promoted non-competitively to a Pay Band 3. This promotion completes Career Advancement Program participation meaning the employee will no longer receive salary increases through the Career Advancement Program, and will now be evaluated in accordance to the Agency's standard evaluation processes.