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Job Title:Research Chemist, ZP-1320

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Institute of Standards and Technology

Job Announcement Number:NISTMML-2013-0022

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$62,467.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 to Tuesday, February 05, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ZP-1320-03

POSITION INFORMATION:

Term Appointment NTE 2 years - Full Time NTE 2 years

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

03

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Gaithersburg, MD, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All qualified U.S. citizens. This notice is issued under direct-hire authority to recruit new talent to occupations for which NIST has a severe shortage of candidates.

JOB SUMMARY:

Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within Commerce. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

To learn more about working at NIST, please visit Careers at NIST.

This position is located in the Material Measurement Laboratory, Organic Metrology Chemical Group. The incumbent of this position will be responsible for the research and development of new instrumental approaches for trace level measurements using liquid chromatograhy with mass spectrometry (LC/MS) and tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS).

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be registered for selective service (as applicable).
  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.

DUTIES:

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Major duties:

  • Research and development of new instrumental approaches for trace level measurements using liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry (LC/MS) and tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS).
  • Development of novel methods for the characterization of foods, dietary supplements, and other complex matrix samples for nutrients and metabolites including vitamins, marker compounds and organic species.
  • Development and certification of Standard Reference Materials to support the metrology of nutrients and metabolites in complex matrix samples.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements:

 

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

 

Combination of education and experience--course work equivalent to a major as shown above, including at least 30 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.

 

In addition to the basic requirements, you must have:

 

One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level (ZP-II at NIST). Specialized experience may be defined as experience in instrumental analysis of foods, botanical dietary supplements or clinical samples by liquid chromatography (LC), mass spectrometry (MS), and specialized high resolution technologies (time of flight mass spectrometry (TOF-MS), ion trap mass spectrometry, tandem mass spectrometry ) and interpretation of results; experience with quantitation; experience in the use of solid phase extraction (SPE) for sample cleanup; and experience in the preparation and publication of results in peer reviewed journals.

 

OR  

 

3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

 


This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required prior to a final offer of employment.

 

Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

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

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Applications will be evaluated against the basic qualifications. Qualified candidates will be considered in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management Direct Hire Guidelines.

Veterans' Preference does not apply to the direct hire recruitment procedures. Selections made under this notice will be processed as new appointments to the civil service.

You may not be considered for the position if any part of the application is incomplete. Your application may not receive appropriate consideration without the required supporting documentation.

Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or adverse action after hiring.


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BENEFITS:

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NIST offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employee Retirement System. NIST also offers a broad array of work-life flexibilities and services to employees such as flexible work schedules, teleworking transit subsidies, on-site child care, fitness center, credit union, employee assistants programs, and free parking.

Learn more about NIST's work life programs by visiting www.nist.gov/hrmd/worklife.cfm.

The following web site is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees www.nist.gov/hrmd/benefits/summarychart.cfm



OTHER INFORMATION:

A one to three year probationary period may be required. Term Appointments may be extended to 4 years without further competition.

 

If selected by management, you may be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.

 

This position is covered by an Alternative Personnel Management System (APMS). This system replaces the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and grades with career paths and pay bands. For more information regarding on how our pay bands correspond to the General Schedule grade levels, visit: http://www.nist.gov/hrmd/compensation/upload/nistcareerpathchart.pdf.  

 

Payment of relocation expenses are authorized authorized.

 

At NIST we are striving to make the application process as easy and efficient as possible. With that in mind, the resume and corresponding responses of successful candidates may be shared with other selecting officials at NIST with opportunities like the one you are applying to. Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

 

The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Specialist identified in this vacancy. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact Office of Workforce Management via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339. 

HOW TO APPLY:

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A complete application package includes the following: -Your resume AND -The supporting documentation required (click on Required Documents).

You MUST apply on-line through WWW.USAJOBS.GOV. Your application must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement.

Uploaded resumes must include the following: applicant contact information and educational and professional background information including dates of employment and education, salary (and Federal grade level, if appropriate), and work schedule (i.e., FT/PT).  Please also include in your resume a list of all publications and patents/patent applications on which you are a named inventor and provide the title and patent/patent application number for each. Incomplete applications will not be considered and you will not be contacted to provide any missing information.

If you do not have access to the internet: If you do not have internet access, please contact the HR Specialist identified for this vacancy for alternative application methods.

Problems Completing Your Application: If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by email at mgshelp@monster.com. The help desk is available Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

What documents do I need to submit? In addition to your resume, you must submit any documents needed to support your qualifications for this position (i.e., college/university transcript). How do I submit my documents: You may submit required and/or supplemental documents through any ONE of the following methods: >Upload you file(s); >Download from your USAJOBS account; >Fax using the on-line fax cover sheet; >Mail your documents, ONLY IF YOU DO NOT HAVE INTERNET ACCESS; All required supporting documentation mentioned in this vacancy announcement, and all vacancy applications submitted electronically or via fax must be submitted and received by 11:59 pm ET on the closing date of this announcement. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. Are you CTAP or ICTAP Eligible? If you are a Federal employee claiming special priority selection rights under DOC's Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or your Agency's Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must meet the threshold of "well qualified" for the position to receive priority consideration. DoC defines well qualified as receiving a overall score of "85". You must also submit proof that you meet the requirements of 5CFR 330.605 (a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of your agency's notice, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating and a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting current position, grade level, and the duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information about CTAP and ICTAP, please refer to the following web sites: CTAP ICTAP

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Arona Price
Phone: 301-975-3032
Fax: 571-258-4052
Email: arona.price@nist.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY
100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD
20899
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If your application is referred to management for consideration, you may be contacted to interview for the position. You may be contacted by NIST upon consideration for employment to inform you of additional qualification requirements (i.e., selective factors) that would be required for a particular position.

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Job Announcement Number:

NISTMML-2013-0022

Control Number:

336830600