You need a degree or combination of education and experience as described below to qualify for this position.
In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:
--Experience participating in investigations and coordinating the activities of teams conducting investigations
--Experience participating in the development, implementation, evaluation, and continuous updating of analytical methods, techniques, and procedures used in scientific investigations
To qualify for the GS-12 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 level.
To qualify for the GS-13 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 level.
Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:
1. Knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices of related areas of chemistry or physical science sufficient to direct a team of lower level chemists/scientists and technicians
2. Ability to use complex analytical instrumentation, including, but not limited to X-ray fluorescence, X-ray diffraction, or scanning electron microscopy; and perform required analyses on a variety of matrices
3. Ability to analyze complex samples using existing procedures; modify these procedures as needed to fit the goals of the project; and maintain the quality control objectives of the project
4. Skill in written communications to prepare reports and present findings and analyses in a clear, convincing, and organized manner
5. Skill in oral communications to convey substantive opinions, defend recommendations, and present analyses
6. Skill in establishing and maintaining good working relationships while participating in team processes
Basic Requirements for Chemistry Series, 1320:
A. Degree in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics. OR
B. A combination of education and experience--course work equivalent to a major as shown in A above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Basic Requirements for Physical Science Series, 1301:
A. Degree in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics. OR
B. A combination of education and experience--education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
As part of the application process, you are required to submit college transcripts or a list of courses as described in the Required Documents section of this announcement. However, if you are selected, you must provide official educational transcripts before you start work with EPA. More information on verification of education can be found here:
If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form prior to your first day of employment and annually thereafter.
If you are selected, you must complete a one year probationary period.
This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. You are being evaluated under the category rating method which means, if you are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified", or "Qualified" Category.
We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements.
NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.
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