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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Department of Energy
Position Title:
Operations Research Analyst
Open Period:
08/14/2014 - 09/04/2014
GS - 1515A 07/09/11/12
$42631.00 - $98305.00
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Many in
  • Washington DC, DC, US
For More Info:
Baron Walden


Who May Apply:

This position is also being advertised for Status Candidates (current or previous government employees with competitive status) under announcement number DOE-HQ-EI-14-00610-MP.

NOTE TO APPLICANTS: You MUST submit transcripts outlining course work at the time of submission of application.  If transcripts are not provided applicants will be determined NOT QUALIFIED based on incomplete application.
Security Clearance Required:
Not Applicable
Duration Appointment:
Marketing Statement:
This position may be located in either the Office of Energy Statistics or the Office of Energy Analysis within the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).  This position is established to provide an analyst to perform segments of mathematical, statistical, economic or other analyses projects, and to maintain and enhance models for use in simulation studies.
A successful candidate in this position will study the effects of new and emerging technologies, rapidly changing industry practices, mergers and restructurings, new regulations, and other changes in the world and national economies and markets affecting production, pricing, supply and distribution patterns.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Authorized:
Travel Required:
Not Required
Key Requirements:

You must be a United States Citizen. This employer participates in the e-Verify program. See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.


As a Operations Research Analyst, you will:


  • Perform specific segments of analyses projects, using standard techniques and theories of the profession.
  • Compile, organize and analyze data, identify likely significant variables and underlying relationships.
  • Maintain and enhance models and simulation techniques and scenarios for use in current and future energy studies.
  • Participate in facets of planning, designing and conducting tests to validate models and proposed enhancements.
  • Perform segments of analyses projects, using standard techniques.
  • Develops recommendations for priories, milestones and refinements of problem definitions for assigned project segments.
  • Prepare reports and charts to document study purposes, methods, premises, and conclusions, and participates in briefing officials on progress and conclusions of studies.

  • Perform segments of analysis projects using standard techniques and determine optimum samples sizes and sources of data appropriate for studies.
  • Compile, organize and analyzes data, identify likely significant variables and underlying relationships.
  • Participate in planning, designing and conducting tests to obtain and validate data

  • Plan, design and conduct or monitor tests to obtain data.
  • Develop study plans having sound problem definition and study priorities.
  • Select critical elements of real world systems for inclusion in models.
  • Advise co-workers and supervisors as to the impact of new/on-going programs.
  • Participates in conferences on energy program of Federal, local, and private agencies affecting the survey assignment.
  • Performs complete analyses of limited scope or portions of large projects, modifying/adapting techniques to fit situations, some requiring innovated approaches.

Qualifications and Evaluations

If this vacancy specifically states that certain educational requirements must be met (also known as a "positive educational requirement"), you must provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.
Your application will be rated by our application system using the Category Rating procedure. A quality review will then be conducted by the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME). Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (if applicable to the job), and training described in your online resume/questionnaire as related to the duties of this position. The quality categories are usually defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified" and "Qualified". Veterans Preference eligibles will be listed at the top of whichever category your rating places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher. If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted.

If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted.
Degree: in operations research; or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.

A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

  • Experience using basic data collection, compilation, organization, analyses and presentation techniques.
  • Experience apply conventional methods used to gather, analyze and evaluate information concerning specific mathematical, statistical, economic or other relevant factors, energy markets conditions, or energy industry practices.
  • Experience applying standard methods used to gather, analyze and evaluate information concerning critical mathematical, statistical, economic or other relevant factors, energy markets conditions, or energy industrial practices.
  • Experience developing methods used to gather, analyze and evaluate information concerning critical mathematical, statistical, economic or other relevant factors, energy market conditions, or energy industrial practices.
Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

1. Knowledge of the full range of operations research analysis techniques.
2. Ability to develop and utilize appropriate data collection techniques.
3. Skill in coordinating extensive projects in assigned area of responsibility.
4. Ability to originate new ideas, projects, studies, and methodologies.
5. Ability to design, build, and use models and simulation techniques.
6. Ability to establish effective relationships with customers, information sources and project team members.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Benefits and Other Info

The Department of Energy offers comprehensive and competitive benefits. You may be eligible for some or all of the following:
  • Health, life, dental, vision, and long-term care insurance
  • Retirement program
  • Paid holiday, sick, and vacation time
  • Flexible work schedules and telework
  • Training and education opportunities
  • Transit benefit
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Thrift Savings Plan (401k equivalent)
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Worklife4You Resource
For more information on these benefits, see the USAJOBS Resource Center's Interactive Benefits Page.
Other Information:
  • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
  • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
  • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period or a background investigation.
  • All males must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register.

How to Apply

How to Apply:
To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete application no later than 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the application system will not allow you to finish. Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish before the deadline. Our application system displays a countdown timer in the top-left corner of the screen for your reference.
Steps to submit a complete application:
  1. You must have a USAJOBS account and be logged in.
  2. You must have a completed resume. (Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and require that you have a completed resume within your USAJOBS profile using the Resume Builder).
  3. Once you are logged in and all of your application materials ready, click the 'Apply Now' button.
  4. You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
  5. You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation, which may include (but is not limited to) transcripts, portfolio samples, certifications, and verification of veteran status.
  6. IMPORTANT: In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process. You must click the 'Finish' button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click 'Finish', your application will not be received.
If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.
Steps to modify or withdraw your application:
  1. Return to USAJOBS and log in.
  2. In the "My Account" screen, click "Application Status" in the left-hand column.
  3. You will see a table list of all the jobs you've applied to, click on the title of the application you want to modify.
  4. If the announcement is still open the button which normally says "Apply Now" will instead say "Edit Application", click that button. (If you want to withdraw your application from consideration after the closing date, contact the HR Specialist listed on the announcement.)
  5. You will be directed to the application where you can make changes or you can click "Withdraw Application" to delete your application.
  • If you experience any difficulties with the application process (anything after you have clicked the Apply Now button), please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement between normal business hours.
  • If you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account profile issues, or Resume Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or e-mail
  • If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement during normal business hours.
Required Documents:
Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants. If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.
  • ALL APPLICANTS: Resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
  • If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and grade. Please see the Education section for more information.
  • Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
  • Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.
What to Expect Next:
After each step in the recruitment process, your status will be updated in USAJOBS. You can review your status in USAJOBS at any time. You may also elect to receive status updates via e-mail by changing the notification settings in your USAJOBS profile. Please check that your USAJOBS profile contact information is current and correct each time you apply to a job--this will ensure we are able to contact you as quickly as possible.