Careers with the Transportation Security Administration
Department Of Homeland Security
Transportation Security Administration
At the Transportation Security Administration, you will serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life. In cities across the country, you would secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and/or public transit systems, thus protecting America's transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce.
This Engineering Psychologist position is located in the Behavior Detection and Analysis Division within the Office of Security Capabilities (OSC), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If selected, you will serve as a technical specialist planning and carrying out complex scientific, engineering, and technological inquiries and analyses. You will develop experimental designs for behavior detection pilot programs involving engineering psychology and the scientific nature of behavior detection in security environments.
· Establishing and organizing the work of research and data collection teams to carry out multiple scientific projects.
· Coordinating extensively with external organizations and academic institutions to acquire additional research support and build relationships to further behavior detection research. Translating complex academic research in behavioral sciences into an applied environment and identifying, reviewing, and critiquing research germane to the SPOT program and behavior detection in general.
· Promoting the strategic value of science and technology for the sustainable development of security programs increasing industry, academia, community recognition, and respect for OSC's mission.
· Participating in planning meetings and activities to ensure sound technical engineering psychological research and providing technical input to systems architecture planning as it relates to human factors and behavioral detection and analysis efforts.
· Reviewing new policies to ensure they are consistent with the scientific thought process and are in line with current behavioral detection and human factors engineering psychological research.
· Communicating with Program Managers/Branch Managers to resolve complex technical issues and providing advice regarding scientific discoveries or emerging opinions from the scientific community.
Specialized experience needed for the position includes:
For the SV-H Band Level you must meet one of the qualification requirements (A, B, or C) as outlined below:
A. Experience: For those qualifying using experience, your application must clearly outline one year of specialized experience at the SV-G Pay Band or GS-9 in Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Such experience includes:
· Assisting in the analysis of engineering psychology involving the social sciences in 2 or more of the following: experimental research and design, verbal and non-verbal human behavioral research, quantitative analytical methods utilizing the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) or other similar programs to analyze complex data;
· Applying psychological theories, processes, and principles in the collection, synthesis, analysis of data; and
· Assisting with qualitative and quantitative analyses of security programs or technologies. OR
B. Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 years of progressively higher education in a related field from an accredited college or university or LL.M., if related.
C. A Combination of Education and Experience. See job announcement for details.
Applicants who meet the qualifications listed above based on education or a combination of education and experience must provide proof of education, such as a list of completed college courses or the date and school of degree (including the number of semester or quarter hours) or transcript(s) from an accredited college or university.
For the SV-I Band Level:
· Experience in the analysis of engineering psychology involving the social sciences in 2 or more of the following: experimental research and design, verbal and non-verbal human behavioral research, quantitative analytical methods utilizing the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) or other similar programs to analyze complex data;
· Applying psychological theories, processes, and principles in the collection, synthesis, analysis, and interpretation of data for programs (i.e., program development, in-depth human behavior studies and pilots in the development of anomalous behavior detection processes)
· Conducting qualitative and quantitative analyses to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of security programs or technologies; and
· Conducting research in operating environments or lab settings for analytical evaluations of human behavior research.
You must have a degree with a major or equivalent in Psychology for this position. You must attach copies of your transcripts to this application to verify your degree(s). These can be unofficial copies.
Make a world of difference to the traveling public and protect our nation’s transportation infrastructure. Join our team and help TSA secure freedom of movement. You’ll receive competitive compensation and all Federal benefits, including a variety of health insurance options, retirement plan, flexible work schedules and more.
Learn more about this position and apply online today at https://tsajobs.tsa.dhs.gov, referencing Vacancy Announcement HQ-OSC-TA62-13-571754, or call 1.877.872.7990.