Data analysis/processing, Experimental design, Mathematical statistics
The position is a GS 12/13 Mathematical Statistician position in the Statistics Group of the Economics, Statistics, and Life Cycle Analysis Research Work Unit at the USDA Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) in Madison, Wisconsin. The position is for a research and consulting statistician to be part of a group that currently consists of three PhD statisticians (two of whom are nearing retirement). The support activities provided by the Statistics Group include the design of experiments, data analysis, mathematical and computing support, and in-depth collaborative research with FPL personnel.
The Forest Products Laboratory has a long and distinguished history. The Laboratory was founded in 1910 and moved to its current location at the western edge of the University of Wisconsin campus in 1932. Aldo Leopold was an Associate Director at the Laboratory before he moved to the University of Wisconsin and helped found the Department of Wildlife Management (now part of the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology).
Some of the disciplines represented by FPL scientists are chemical and mechanical engineering, wood anatomy, physics, analytical and organic chemistry, microbiology, entomology, mycology, economics, statistics, and forest products technology.
Additional information can be found at the Laboratory's web site: www.fpl.fs.fed.us.
Many of Madison's residents consider it to be a highly desirable place to live. Please see www.visitmadison.com/media/rankings for links to quality of life lists in which the Madison area ranks high. Also, please see the University of Wisconsin and the City of Madison Web sites.
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To apply for the position, you must go to the USAJOBS website at www.usajobs.gov and search for the mathematical statistician position at the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, WI. Applications will be accepted at the USAJOBS website from June 4, 2018 to June 18, 2018. This is a narrow time window so please apply promptly.
Roughly speaking (please see the USAJOB website for definitive details), to qualify for a GS-12 position, a candidate would need a Master's or PhD degree in statistics with experience at a GS-11 level (or its equivalent). To qualify for a GS-13 position, a candidate would need a Master's or PhD degree in statistics with experience at a GS-12 level (or its equivalent). If hired, to achieve satisfactory annual reviews, you would need (on average) to be a coauthor on three research publications per year. Periodic (every four or five years) peer review panels determine whether a candidate maintains grade, or advances (or declines) in grade. Further details can be found in the USAJOBS announcement.
We are looking for an individual with a broad statistical background, and strong interests in both statistical consulting and statistical research.
Individuals with strong statistical, mathematical, computing, and communication skills are especially encouraged to apply.
Additional Salary Information: The current GS-12 salary range is $73,375 -- $95,388. The current GS-13 salary range is $87,252 -- $113,428. A federal position currently includes additional benefits: Employees are covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tier retirement plan composed of Social Security benefits, FERS basic benefits (a pension), and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Similar to the 401(k) savings plans widely available in the private sector, the TSP allows employees to tax defer a portion of their income each year, subject to the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service. Each year, the Government automatically contributes 1 percent of an employee's salary to their TSP, with additional matching contributions up to a total of 5 percent. If an employee will be age 50 or older during a given year, they may also contribute up to $6000 in additional “catch-up” contributions if they expect to reach the $18,500 limit during that year. Our employees have a large number of health insurance plans from which to choose. For all of our health insurance plans, premiums are partially paid by the Federal Government, and employees have the opportunity to change plans annually. Additional benefit plans are available for vision, dental, and long-term health care. Term life insurance is available with the cost shared by the Federal Government. Please see the USAJOBS posting for more benefit information.
About USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory
For almost 100 years, our mission has been to use our Nation's wood resources wisely and efficiently, while at the same time keeping our forests healthy. Our research began with preserving railroad ties, and now we are venturing into nanotechnology and finding ways that our research can contribute to mitigating the impacts of climate change.
The FPL research staff has the experience and expertise needed to make us world renowned among forest products research organizations and an unbiased source of information.