Job Overview


TOUGH WORK. VITAL MISSION. Challenge yourself! You have the power to help combat drug trafficking. Be a part of DEA! It's tough work, but a vital mission. Whatever your background or expertise, your work at DEA will be tremendously rewarding because it will have a daily impact on national security and the quality of life of all Americans. 

Do your career "Justice" by working with DOJ, which has been ranked in the Top 10 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. Come and join the nation's law enforcement agency, where our most important resource is our people. The Department leads the nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. Become a member of a team where you can achieve your career goals and apply your skills and talents to our important mission. All applicants for employment with DEA must possess and maintain the highest levels of character and conduct. DEA will evaluate applicants' qualifications based on these qualities. Once a conditional offer is made, DEA will conduct a continuous evaluation of information, as it is obtained, to ensure that the prospective employees with DEA meet the agency-specific qualifications in the areas of character and conduct. To this end, the unfavorable decision in any of the areas that follow will be deemed as disqualifying: Drug Policy Requirements (as specified in this announcement), Credit History, Candor and Honesty, Work History, History with the Law, and other qualities that would detract from the integrity and efficiency of the DEA.



This position is located in the Office of Diversion Control (OD), Drug and Chemical Evaluation Section (ODE), Quota and UN Reporting Unit (ODEQ).  The incumbent will perform duties such as:

  • Serving as a senior technical advisor in the pharmaceutical, biological and physical sciences under the administrative supervision of the Chief or Unit Chief; as a scientific and technical authority, performing critical reviews of scientific or technical data and other information.
  • Evaluating and synthesizing complex scientific data on abuse and diversion potentials, as well as the licit and illicit uses of drugs and chemicals.  
  • Recommending pertinent DEA policy and regulatory, legislative, and scheduling responses to the diversion, trafficking and/or abuse of drugs and chemicals.
  • Evaluating existing data sources, defining requirements and investigating new data sources.  
  • Recommending data sources, and obtaining essential information to provide policy guidance on domestic and international drug and chemical control matters.  
  • Maintaining liaisons with nationally recognized professional and scientific organizations on matters related to controlled drugs, chemicals and abuse liability issues.