Serves as a psychology technician in support of Human Factors research with special emphasis on measuring impacts of human factors on performance in aviation environments.
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Incumbent receives moderate supervision from a branch manager and moderate technical guidance from a Principal Investigator. Assists in planning, preparation, and conducting research projects to quantify and assess human performance data in a variety of laboratory or field conditions or collected from existing data files. Contacts are primarily internal, but may also be external, depending on the project supported. Coordinates with other offices/agencies, when required, for purposes of gathering, scoring, analyzing, and reporting research data.
Completes all aspects of literature reviews: defines appropriate search strategies, compiles pertinent information and findings; provides guidance for developing relevant research strategies. Develops a bibliography or list of references and communicates finding to the Lab Manager or Principal Investigator (PI). In collaboration with research task lead, the incumbent modifies and supports the development of specialized measurement instruments, experimental protocols, computer databases, and analytic programs required for various research projects. Organizes aspects of processing research participants prior to, during, and after the course of experimental testing sessions to ensure optimal utilization of personnel and resources. Work is reviewed frequently, during different stages of task activity, and at completion to ensure timeliness and alignment with the requirements of the project.
Establishes data file structures appropriate for specific statistical analyses. Assembles, collates, and enters research data into computer data files with very low error rates. Monitors and evaluates the accuracy of data entered by others. Uses knowledge of statistical procedures to interpret outcomes from various experimental tasks, database analyses, simulations, or testing sessions. Following data collection and construction of a database, the incumbent conducts statistical analyses of the resulting data according to accepted statistical techniques. Is familiar with standard statistical software packages, such as SPSS. Knows underlying statistical assumptions, interprets results of analyses. Obtains guidance from higher-level psychology technicians or Principal Investigators for handling routine technical problems.
Writes sections of technical reports, memoranda, journal articles, presentation slides, and other types of documentation. Writes in a clear, concise, and comprehensive manner and in accordance with appropriate style guidelines and the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Uses word processing such as Microsoft Word along with other software such as PowerPoint, Excel, etc.
Accomplishes assignments with moderate supervision. Works with others to prioritize multiple task assignments. Assists in developing Statements of Work for solicitation of contractor support. Prepares applications for submission to the CAMI Institutional Review Board (IRB) on use of human subjects.
Maintains a positive, constructive attitude when working with other psychology technicians and work teams, and in particular, when working outside the laboratory doing on-site research. Strives to maintain harmonious working relationships with all division employees and, whenever possible, to defuse and resolve situations which may lead to interpersonal conflict. However, may frequently refer problems and work issues to a manager or more experienced employee when guidelines are not available or applicable.
Occasional travel - The job may require travel from time- to-time, but not on a regular basis. The travel may be for training or other work-related duties.
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0181 Psychology Aid And Technician
Conditions of Employment
US Citizenship is required.
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
Successful completion of a security investigation may be required.
A one-year probationary period may be required.
Occasional travel may be required.
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OPM Individual Qualification Standard for Psychology Aid and Technician Series 0181 in conjunction with the Group Coverage Qualifications Standard for Technical and Medical Support Positions.
To be minimally qualified for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess the following:
A) Specialized Experience
: At least one year of specialized experience at the next lower level in the normal line of progression in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that involved the observation of and assistance in the application of techniques relating to behavior, capacities, traits, interests, and activities of either humans or, under laboratory conditions, animals. Specialized experience may include but is not limited to: conducting statistical analyzes, preparing reports, and making research presentations in general experimental or related behavioral science, human factors psychology/engineering
. Experience may have been gained in connection with a program of research or direct services in psychology that gave a practical understanding of some of the principles, methods, and techniques of psychology needed to assist professional psychologists. Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in their Work History.
: Applicants may substitute one full year of graduate education, which directly relates to the work of the position; for example course work in psychology, related behavioral science, social science, statistics and human factors engineering, etc.
: Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be qualifying for this position. Refer to OPM's Operating Manual Qualification Standards at, ****for more information.
If you are using education to qualify for this position: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcript(s) and certificates by the closing date of the announcement. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or **** (please include announcement number on each page). Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.
Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website: www.ed/gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.
Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited U.S. educational institution in terms of equivalence to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included, otherwise your foreign education will not be considered.
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Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) and Quality Ranking Factor (QRF) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or priority grouping and referred to the selecting official for consideration.
You may also be considered for this vacancy based on eligibility under the 30% or More Disabled Veteran Program, Veterans’
Recruitment Appointment, and Persons with Disabilities/Persons with Targeted Disabilities. To be considered for one of these special
*hiring authorities, you must identify your eligibility in your questionnaire in the Applicant-Preferred Conditions of Employment section. *
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30% or More Disabled Veteran Program:
You must submit a DD 214, Certificate of Discharge (Member 4 copy is preferred), and supporting documentation as required by form SF-15 such as an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from branch of the Armed Forces certifying to the present existence of the veteran’s service-connected disability.
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Does not need to detail the specific disability, medical history, or need for accommodation.
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Position may be subject to a background investigation.
A one-year probationary period may be required.
The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.
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Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.
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Drug test required
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IF YOUR QUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION ARE BASED ON EDUCATION, YOU MUST UPLOAD OR FAX TRANSCRIPT(S) OF YOUR COLLEGE COURSEWORK WITH YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF CONSIDERATION. If selected, official transcripts will be required prior to employment.
School must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website: ****PLEASE REFERENCE THE ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER ON ALL DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED BY FAX OR MAIL, ENSURE SUBMISSION NO LATER THAN THE CLOSING DATE OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT.
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If you are claiming 10 point preference but fail to submit the supporting documents outlined on the SF-15, you will be tentatively assessed as a 5 point preference eligible provided your DD Form 214 reflects that you have the service required to qualify for preference. Documents must be uploaded or faxed to the Servicing Human Resource Management Office listed in this announcement and all documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you fail to submit documentation, you will be assessed as a non-veteran.
Veterans currently on active duty claiming veterans' preference:
You will be granted tentative preference if you submit a document from the armed forces certifying that within 120 days you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions and your application shows that you have the required service. Prior to being appointed, you must provide to the Servicing Human Resource Management Office a DD Form 214 documenting discharge/release and showing that the service was honorable or general. If you are on terminal leave, you must provide documentation certifying authorized terminal leave.
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 schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
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.
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Open & closing dates:
08/06/2018 to 08/16/2018
Pay scale & grade:
$43,873 to $65,811 per year Salary includes locality of 15.37%