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Physics (Instructor)

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy – Job Opportunity

Job Title:                    Physics (Instructor)

Department:              U.S. Department of Transportation

Agency:                      Maritime Administration

Sub Agency:              U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Job Announcement #:    USMMA-2014-07

SALARY RANGE:       $25.25 - $43.14 Per Hour

OPEN PERIOD:            April 4, 2014 through April 21, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:      AD-1320-00/00                              

POSITION INFO:    Part Time/Intermittent, Excepted Service appointment with an Initial Term Not-To-Exceed 13 months; however, each year with a satisfactory performance appraisal, the appointment  may be extended for an additional year.                                    

DUTY LOCATIONS:          1 (One) Vacancy at the following location:   Kings Point, N.Y.


CONSIDERED:        Applications will be accepted from all U.S. Citizen


The Mission of the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) is to educate, and graduate licensed merchant mariners and leaders of exemplary character who will serve America’s marine transportation and defense needs in peace and war.

The position is that of a Physics Instructor in the Department of Mathematics and Science, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y.  The Academy, one of the five Federal Academies, is a degree granting institution fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  Upon graduation, the Midshipmen (male and female) are awarded Bachelor of Science degrees, licensed as Merchant Marine officer by the U.S. Coast Guard and are commissioned as Officer in the U.S. Reserves or Active Military Service.  Located on the North Shore of Long Island in Western Nassau County, it is one of the world’s foremost institutions in the field of maritime education and consists of 82 acres of waterfront land including a Museum. Library, and fitness/recreational facilities available to both faculty and staff.  For further information, visit our web site at

The individual will teach courses and/or tutor in Physics.  College teaching or tutoring experience and a minimum of a Master’s degree in the applicable subject area is required.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen and meet all the education, specialized experience, any listed Licensure/Certification and selective factor requirements for consideration.
  • Submit application and resume by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
  • Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date
  • This a Non-Tenure Track position
  • This position is an Excepted Service appointment
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment background investigation is required.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • This Job Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.
  • This position is Telework eligible.

This position is ideal for a highly motivated, experienced professional who has the academic credentials and background in Physics to teach college age students.

Major Duties:

You will be responsible for the development and conduct of educational courses and programs, instruction and academic counseling of Midshipmen.

As a Part Time/Intermittent employee, you will be working (approx. 40 hrs.) per week for the summer school session (approx. 4 weeks) and then your hours will be adjusted to meet the needs of the Academic Trimesters.

Qualifications AND EVALUATIONS

Qualifications Required:

Qualification standards are used to determine which applicants would be able to perform satisfactorily in the position to be filled.  The education, training, experience, or other requirements included in the qualification standards are minimum requirements. i.e., it would be unlikely that an applicant for employment would be able to perform satisfactorily in a particular position or occupational series if he or she did not possess these qualifications.

To qualify for this position, you must meet the Educational and Specialized Experience requirements listed below.

Minimum Education Requirements:

You must have a minimum of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Physics or a related area. 

Specialized Experience:

At least one academic year of teaching experience above the High School level in Physics.  Your resume and application materials (including college transcripts) must show that you have the education and specialized experience necessary to teach Physics courses above the high school level.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Trial Period:  Applicant(s) selected under excepted service procedures must successfully complete a one-year trial period if not already completed.


For this announcement, all applications will be reviewed to determine if they meet the qualifications and selective factor requirements for this position. Those applicants found to meet all of these basic requirements will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. All referred veterans’ preference eligibles will be given positive consideration for selection.

Benefits: Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees at

How to Apply:

You must submit a complete application package (including resume, transcripts documenting education/degree, license(s), certifications, and/or other required credentials, questionnaire responses, and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement. 

Send all required documents via email to:

Note:  You MUST list the Job Announcement # and Job Title in the subject line of your e-mail.  If unable to send by email, application materials can be sent by U.S. Mail to the address below.


U.S. Department of Transportation

Maritime Administration

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Office of Human Resources

300 Steamboat Road

Kings Point, New York 11024-1699



The following documents must be received by the close date:

  • RESUME - showing relevant experience and education
  • TRANSCRIPTS – Verifying that you meet the stated education requirements for the series.  Unofficial copies are sufficient to apply but official transcripts may be required prior to appointment.
  • CURRENT AND FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES MUST SUBMIT AN SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your tenure, occupational series and grade level.
  • VETERANS: In order to be considered as a preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy) showing the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  In addition, if you are claiming 10 point preference eligibility, you must also submit proof of entitlement of this preference such as a valid letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability.  You must also submit a completed Request for 10 Point preference Form SF-15.

Additional information on Veterans Preference is available at:

EEO Policy Statement:

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:

Unless specifically entitled by law, regulation, and/or other approved authority, upon appointment you will receive the entry level salary listed at the top of this announcement.



Please answer the following questions and include your responses with your application package:

1. Are you a U.S. Citizen?

            a) Yes         b) No

2. Are you claiming Veterans Preference Eligibility?  If yes, please note that in order to receive positive consideration (hiring preference) based on veterans preference eligibility, you must provide all the appropriate documentation as listed in the ‘Required Documents’ section of this announcement with your application package.

             a)  Yes       b) No

3. Which of the following responses best describes the education you have completed to qualify for this position?  For responses ‘a’, or ’b’ please also list: Degree, Major, year completed, and school.  You will also need to provide transcripts for verification of education.

a)  I have earned a Master’s degree (or equivalent) from an accredited school in the discipline or

     related field for this position.

            Degree:___________________________Major:__________________Year Completed:________

            School: ­­­­­­­­­­­­__________________________

      b)  I have earned a Doctorate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited school in the discipline or

           related field for this position.

            Degree:___________________________Major:__________________Year Completed:________

           School: ­­­­­­­­­­­­__________________________

       c)  None of the above.

4. Indicate the number of college level credit hours you have taught in the last 5 years (include details on your resume).

5. I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this application package and questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith.  I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application or its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the selection process: I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C. 1001); my eligibilities may be cancelled; I may be denied an appointment; and/or removed and debarred from Federal service (5 CFR, Part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated.  I understand that responding ‘No’ to this item will result in my not being considered for this position.

     a) Yes     b) No

6. How did you first become aware of this position vacancy?

  1. From a friend, family member, or colleague who is attending or working at the USMMA.
  2. From
  3. From the USMMA Official Website
  4. Other source (Please identify):______________________________
Updated: Friday, April 4, 2014
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