Job Title: Research Chemist, ZP-1320-IV (Direct Hire)Job Announcement Number: NISTPML-2013-0054
Department: Department Of Commerce
Agency: National Institute of Standards and Technology
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/ Per Year
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 to
Monday, July 29, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
Competitive Service: Career / Career- Conditional -
1 vacancy in the following location:
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.
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 Physical Measurement Laboratory, Radiation Physics Division. The individual selected for this position will produce and calibrate Natural Radionuclides Standard Reference Materials, develop new measurement techniques and approaches to supply Traceability Programs to outside agencies, support comparisons in radionuclide metrology, calibrate environmental radionuclide materials and conduct International Interlaboratory Comparisons.
- You must be a U.S. citizen.
- You must be registered for selective service (as applicable).
- You must be suitable for Federal employment.
DUTIES:Back to top
The individual selected for this position will:
- Produce and certify low-level natural-matrix radioactivity Standard Reference Materials (SRMs);
- Design, develop, optimize measurement techniques and approaches to verify traceability test materials for laboratory measurement comparison studies;
- Conduct Performance Testing (PT) Programs to assess laboratory measurement traceability;
- Perform In-Vivo/In-Vitro confirmational measurements on reference PT materials;
- Document technical procedures;
- Analyze data and test results with statistical methods and numerical modeling;
- Prepare RM certificates;
- Present and publish work at scientific conferences and in peer reviewed journals.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
Degree: 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.
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.
IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, YOU MUST HAVE: Master's or equivalent graduate degree related to the position OR 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-12 (ZP-III at NIST)
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Specialized experience is defined as preparing, by dissolution and dilution, radioactive source materials for measure in a safe manner; performing sample analyses by gamma, alpha, and beta counting (proportional and Liquid Scintillation Counting).
Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
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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HOW TO APPLY:Back to top
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 email@example.com. The help desk is available Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.
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 your 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
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.