Mathematical Statistician

U.S. Federal Government - Washington, DC4.3

Assists the Chief mathematical Statistician, especially in the analysis of data by means of mathematical statistics and numerical analysis, using computers.

Initiates, plans, conducts research in mathematical statistics, data analysis and analyses of sample survey data, stochastic models for social, and analysis of experiments and sampling programs in administrative and operational systems.
Devises statistical, computer techniques sampling and related statistical measures to identify/measure quantitatively relationships among key sociologic, economic, operational, quality factors affecting results obtained in administering SSA Programs
Initiates, plans, and conducts basic research studies in mathematical model development, numerical analysis, and the creation of original algorithmic procedures
Provides guidance and consultative services in the concrete formulation of statistical problems and in the design of unusually complex statistical systems. When necessary, supervises the conduct of special tests, experiments, and pilot studies
Explore the potential of new technological development to improve the operational process of the Administration; tests policies for their adequacy in attaining desired operating objectives and to examine interrelationships among program areas in SSA
Travel Required
Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
1529 Mathematical Statistics

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Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship required
Selective Service Registration, if applicable (
Background and/or security investigation required
Job offers are contingent on background / security investigation results
Selectees may be required to serve a 1 year probationary period
Relocation expenses will not be paid
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement
Applicants must have 52 weeks of experience at the GS-13 level, or equivalent, which is in or related to the work of the position to be filled which has equipped applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such experience should include work that involves recommending and implementing statistical policies; assuring that the appropriate application of sophisticated socioeconomic theories, methodologies, and practices are used; preparing reports and papers and presenting findings at professional meetings disseminating research activities; initiating and developing collaborative activities with other statistical organizations for joint projects; and serving as an organizational spokesperson in statistical matters.

In addition, all applicant must meet the Basic Requirement for this position based on ONE of the following:
A. Possess a Bachelor's or higher degree that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics. (Courses acceptable toward meeting the mathematics course requirement must have included at least four of the following: differential calculus, integral calculus, advanced calculus, theory of equations, vector analysis, advanced algebra, linear algebra, mathematical logic, differential equations, or any other advanced course in mathematics for which one of these was a prerequisite. Courses in mathematical statistics or probability theory with a prerequisite of elementary calculus or more advanced courses will be accepted toward meeting the mathematics requirements, with the provision that the same course cannot be counted toward both the mathematics and the statistics requirement.) -OR-
B. Possess a combination of education and experience - at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, including at least 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience offered in combination with educational courses to meet the requirements should include evidence of statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying known statistical techniques to data such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.


Qualification standards and additional information for this position can be found here:

In addition to the Minimum Qualifications and Basic Requirement, applicants must meet the Selective Placement Factor: Skill in expressing and presenting findings, ideas, and recommendations clearly, concisely and effectively, both orally and in writing. To demonstrate this skill, applicants must have 5 out of the following 6 experience indicators:
Experience applying valid mathematical and statistical methodologies and utilizing the information obtained from baselines or historical data to structure uncompromised and efficient analyses?
Experience evaluating sources of information in order to determine limitations in terms of reliability or usability
Experience leading the design/redesign of a sample or development of weighting and estimation procedures for a large-scale data collection or survey
Experience examining theories, such as those of probability and inference, in order to discover mathematical bases for new or improved methods of obtaining and evaluating numerical data
Experience designing surveys, questionnaires, experiments, or opinion polls and determining sampling methods to collect data needed for research
Experience performing social science statistical analysis
NOTE: Your resume must specifically address the experiences needed for each selective placement factor. This information is instrumental in determining the highest quality candidates to be referred to the Selecting Official.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Providing Proof of Education or Substituting Education
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If you are qualifying on the basis of education or satisfying an educational requirement, submit a copy of your transcripts that includes your name, the name of the educational institution, course title(s), number of credits, grade, and date of completion. Unofficial transcripts or screenshots of electronic/web transcripts with the required information will be accepted at the time of application. You must submit your transcripts according to the application submission details of this announcement. Documents will not be accepted via email or regular mail. If selected, you may be required to provide your official college transcripts prior to the effective date of the personnel action placing you into the new position.
Additional information
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See .

Additional selections may be made for this vacancy six months from the closing date of this announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

The evaluation you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire, which is designed to capture the desired competencies for this position. These competencies include:

Ability to demonstrate technical expertise in the analytical area of mathematical statistics.
Knowledge of computer software and hardware capabilities, the ability to design statistical modules as computer applications, and demonstrate expertise using SAS and R computer programs.
Knowledge of mathematical /statistical methodology and its application to research projects and skill sampling and statistical modeling.
Ability to present findings of fact and analysis in logical clear form, in both written and oral, and to make valid recommendations.
Please make sure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your evaluation. The questionnaire takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. To preview the questions, click the following link: Your application will be evaluated under the Category Rating method, based on your responses to the Assessment Questions. If you meet the basic requirements for the position, your application will be evaluated and placed into one of three categories:1 - Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements.2 - Well Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrate a satisfactory level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.3 - Best Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrate a high level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.Candidates eligible for veterans' preference will be placed ahead of other candidates in the appropriate category for which they have been rated. Additionally, preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent and who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements will automatically be placed in the Best Qualified Category.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
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Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents
You must submit supporting documentation by the closing date of the vacancy announcement to claim certain types of preference.

INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP): ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority for competitive service vacancies. To receive selection priority, candidates must meet the requirements for the Well Qualified category as described in the vacancy announcement. Candidates must also provide:

proof of eligibility with your application. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation Notice of Personnel Action, (SF-50); and
proof of your most recent performance rating of at least "fully successful" (Level III) or equivalent.
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VETERANS' PREFERENCE: If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your military discharge certificate (DD 214 member 4 copy) or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty. To be acceptable, the document must show Character of Service. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference based on a service-connected disability, you must also submit the required documentation specified on the reverse of the SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference (SF 15) . Applicants claiming derived preference must submit the SF-15 and the required documentation specified on the reverse of the SF 15. Preference will be granted based on the documents received. For more information visit the Vet Guide .

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO VETERANS : The Office of Personnel Management has published the end date for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) as August 31, 2010. To receive veterans' preference for service during the Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom era, you must have served for more than 180 days between September 11, 2001 and August 31, 2010 OR be in receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. The updated CFR language is available here . Other qualifying eligibility for preference (e.g., disability) remains unchanged.
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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