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Job Title:  Physical Scientist
Department:  Department Of State
Agency:  Department of State - Agency Wide
Job Announcement Number:  ISN-2013-0021

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
SALARY RANGE:
$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD:
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 to Monday, February 11, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
GS-1301-15
POSITION INFORMATION:
Full-Time - Permanent
PROMOTION POTENTIAL:
15
DUTY LOCATIONS:
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Washington, DC, USView Map
20520View Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
Open to all U.S. citizens

"You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined."

"More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade and unit occur."

JOB SUMMARY:

The men and women of the US Department of State with their skills, character and commitment to public service, are the backbone of America's diplomacy. Civil Service employees support the foreign policy mission from offices in Washington, DC and worldwide.

Join us in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world as we formulate, represent and implement US foreign policy. Choose from hundreds of career possibilities - there's something for everyone!

  

This position is located in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Office of the Conventional Arms Threat Reduction. This office leads responsibility for all matters relate to conventional weapons proliferation, as well as for dual-use items and technologies that warrant controls because of their nexus with conventional weapons. The incumbent serves as the Bureau's principal technology advisor for advanced conventional weapons and for dual-use technologies related to advanced and other conventional weapons.

 

This position is also being announced through Merit Promotion procedures under Announcement ISN-2013-0017.  Candidates who wish to be
considered under both Public (US Citizens) and Merit Promotion procedures must apply to both announcements.

KEY REQUIREMENTS


    DUTIES:

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    --Incumbent advises on the sensitivity or criticality of specific technologies, on foreign availability of such technologies, identifies potential technology and counter-measures, and recommends policies.

    --Develops and coordinates U.S. national security policy related to technology controls and related to remote sensing satellite technology;coordinates revisions to and contract supervision of maintenance of the U.S. Sensitive Technologies List.

    --Represents the State Department on both specialized and senior interagency groups charged with dual-use export control responsibilities, and represents the U.S. and interagency delegations on specialized and senior bilateral and multilateral discussions.


    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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    Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.  Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook.  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications.

    Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.  Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

    NOTE: Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.

     

    Applicants MUST meet the required basic entry qualification requirements described below:

    BASIC REQUIREMENT:

    A. Have an undergraduate or higher level degree from an accredited college or
    university 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. Have 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.

    Note:  All applicants WILL BE required to submit transcripts as verification of
    educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement.  If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position.

    IN ADDITION to meeting the basic entry qualifications requirements listed above, the applicant MUST have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped them with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.  This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal service.  
    Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:  

    --Experience demonstrating expertise in a wide range of highly technology areas,  with the U.S. defense industrial basis.

    --Experience demonstrating liaison abilities with USG agencies, working with U.S. industry, foreign governments and foreign industries, and international organizations and multilateral arrangements.

    --Experience demonstrating the mastery of political, foreign policy, economic, and military issues.

    Note:  All applicants WILL BE required to submit transcripts as verification of
    educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement.  If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position.

     


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    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection procedures.  Based on your responses to the job-specific self-assessment questions, eligible candidates are placed for selection consideration into one of three pre-defined quality categories as described below:
    Highly-qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications for the position, candidates must fully demonstrate proficiency in all major aspects of the position.  
    Well Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, candidates must demonstrate proficiency in some but not all of the major aspects of the position.
    Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, applicants must demonstrate a basic level of knowledge, skill and ability of the position.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:
    --Experience demonstrating expertise in a wide range of defense technology areas, and a familiarity with the U.S. defense industrial base.

    --Experience demonstrating liaison abilities with USG agencies, working with U.S. industry, foreign governments and foreign industries, and international organizations and multilateral arrangements.

    --Experience demonstrating familiarity with political, foreign policy, economic and military issues which constitute the framework and environment of U.S. export controls.


    Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity.  In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.  This information should be clearly identified in your resume.  Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of consideration.  For tips on writing your resume, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center.

    If, after reviewing your resume and self-assessment questionnaire responses and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience.  This may result in a lower score, which may also eliminate you from consideration for this position.

    Application of Veterans Preference: The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each pre-defined quality category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent (i.e., CPS and CP) must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.

    Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated "Well Qualified" for the position to receive consideration for special priority.

    Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this announcement.  Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.


    To preview questions please click here.


    BENEFITS:

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    The Department of State provides an array of benefits, financial incentives, and family friendly programs to its employees (e.g., health, life and long-term care insurance, counseling, employee consultation and referral services, retirement benefits, leave programs, child care centers, Student Loan Repayment Program, flexible work hours,Transit Subsidy Program, paid federal holidays, etc.).  For additional information on DOS benefits click here.


    OTHER INFORMATION:

    SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name.  As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you.  Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials will result in your application not being processed.

    SELECTIVE SERVICE - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify at the time of appointment that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

    REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Employee Relations, Disability/Reasonable Accommodations Division, at (202) 261-8180.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

    EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

    HOW TO APPLY:

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    Please carefully read all the instructions before you begin the application process.

    To apply for this job opportunity, you must submit a resume and an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS.  This information will be transferred to the Department of State's Gateway to State Automated Application System.

    You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:

    STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.

    STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable).  Cover letter is optional.  If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume.  Please see the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.

    STEP 3: Answer the job-specific self-assessment questions on-line through the Gateway to State automated application system.  These questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications and experience for this job opportunity.  

    STEP 4: Submit all required documentation, applicable to you, listed in the Required Documents section of this job opportunity to the Department's automated application system "Gateway to State" prior to the closing date of this announcement.  For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click here.

    Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by contacting the Help Desk at mgshelp@monster.com OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET

    ALTERNATE APPLICATION PROCEDURES

    NOTE:  If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax.  Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement.  The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement.

    NOTE:  Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    1. Resume - your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section.  Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.

    2. A completed online job specific self-assessment questionnaire through the Department's automated system "Gateway to State".

    3. Transcripts - if you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application.  If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.

    4. Performance Appraisal - All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit a copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal that includes the final rating.  If a performance appraisal does not exist, is incomplete or unavailable, a Form DS-1812 (Applicant Appraisal) or equivalent form from another agency signed by the current supervisor is acceptable.  Mid-year progress reviews will not be accepted.

    5. All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting proof of competitive status, tenure, position, grade level and step.

    6. All non-competitive eligible applicants must submit proof of eligibility (i.e., SF-50 documenting the full performance level of a position held on a permanent basis).

    7. Veterans who are preference eligibles OR who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions (honorable or general discharge) after 3 or more years of continuous active service may apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunities act (VEOA).  You must submit a DD-214 (Member Copy 4 is preferable) showing the dates you served as well as your type of discharge and qualifying service campaign medals OR if you are still on active duty, you MUST submit a statement of service from your command/unit, which states the date you entered active duty, your expected discharge type and date, and the campaign medals you have received that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

    If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the required supporting documents listed on that form. For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov.

    If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not be considered for this job opportunity under Veteran Preference procedures. To gain access to your DD-214 online, please visit: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/get-service-records.html

    Current Federal employees applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) must submit a qualifying SF-50 to show you meet time-in-grade requirements.

    For more information on Veteran Authorities, consult the Vet Guide at: http://www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp

    8. If you are qualifying based on other criteria listed under the Qualification Section of this announcement, you must submit the required supporting documentation (certificates, certifications, etc.) with your application by the closing date.

    9. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation with their application. See links below:

    ICTAP Considerations
    CTAP Considerations

    10. If you are applying under a special hiring authority you MUST submit proof of eligibility with your application.  For information related to special hiring authorities for veterans visit:  http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx.  For information related to special hiring authorities for severely disabled persons visit: http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp

    All documentation, applicable to you, must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement.  If the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility or you fail to submit any of the required documents, it will disqualify you from being considered for this job opportunity.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    JBrown
    Phone: 202-647-1206
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    Email: NPP-EMPL-APS-DL@stat.gov
    Agency Information:
    U.S. Department of State
    2201 C Street NW
    Washington, DC
    20520
    US
    Fax: 000-000-0000

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews.  After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and or security background investigation.
     
    You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:

    1. Upon receipt of your application.
    2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.
    3. After the certificate is issued.
    4. After final selection is made.

    For instructions on how to view the status of your application, please click here.

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