U.S. citizens: Physical Scientist (National Water Center)

U.S. Department of Commerce

Tuscaloosa, AL, US



This position is at the National Water Center (NWC), located on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. Officially opened in 2015, The NWC is a modern 65,000-square- foot “green” facility designed to be the nation’s research, development, and operations hub for hydrologic modeling, water prediction, and related decision support services. The NWC also facilitates collaboration among the water resources enterprise, including federal water science and management agencies and the academic community, to achieve a shared vision of improving water-related forecasting, preparedness, response, and planning activities. The NWC is a component of the National Weather Service’s Office of Water Prediction, whose mission is to collaboratively research, develop, and deliver state-of-the-science water information, services, and guidance to support and inform essential emergency services and water management decisions.

If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you may be non-competitively promoted if you perform successfully and if recommended by management.

This position is also announced under vacancy number NWS-2018-0158, which is open to status candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.

*A one year probationary period may be required.

*Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

*This position is in the bargaining unit.


This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Physical Scientist, GS-1301-13/14 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographic locations, same grade/band and requires the same qualifications and specialized experience as indicated in this vacancy announcement).

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As a Physical Scientist, you will perform the following duties:

  • Serves as the primary Office of Water Prediction liaison for the nationwide network of National Weather Service Coordination Hydrologists and Service Hydrologists, the Analyze, Forecast, and Support Office (AFSO)/Water Resources Branch and National Weather Service field offices, in order to refine the concept of impact based decision support services (IDSS) for water.
  • Utilize knowledge of earth systems, physical and social sciences for emergency management, water resources management, coastal zone management and community planning.
  • Develop, revise, and write technical portions for agency guidelines, and write reports and position papers on potentially controversial subjects.
  • Develop short and long range plans including new approaches to problems, and required resources given existing capabilities, to apply to projects such as the NOAA Water Initiative.