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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Physical Scientist, GS-1301-11/12

Agency:Environmental Protection Agency

Job Announcement Number:R-OCSPP-DE-2014-0002

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

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

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, November 18, 2013 to Monday, December 02, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1301-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Any U.S. citizen may apply.

JOB SUMMARY:

Earth Day is every day at EPA! Come help us protect the environment! Our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career-we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment. Discover how exciting safeguarding our natural resources and protecting human health can be. We consistently rank as one of the top Federal agencies in which to work, with great benefits and work flexibilities. Find yourself at EPA. See more about us here: http://www.epa.gov.

This position is located in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Economics, Exposure & Technology Division, Design for the Environment Branch, Washington, DC. For more information on this office, visit their website: http://www.epa.gov/ocspp/

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • Position has educational/degree requirements. (See Qualifications Section)
  • EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.
  • Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.
  • You must submit resume and required documents(See How to Apply)

DUTIES:

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You will: 
- Work with a multi-functional scientific team that includes chemists, engineers, scientists, and toxicologist on partnership projects that promote safer chemistry; coordinate and integrate multi-disciplinary analyses (including analyses of safer chemical alternatives and life-cycle assessments).
- Support Design for the Environment (DfE) Partnerships for safer chemistry and safer products with expertise in technical integration of information and quantitative analysis; investigate emerging chemical issues; and identify and evaluate data sources for applicability and quality.
- Engage stakeholders, promoting and customizing safer chemistry approaches to specific industries and sectors, and manage existing partnerships while developing new industry partnerships, and evaluating the impacts of DfE partnerships.
- Manage complex technical projects and contracts; develop and document recommendations concerning program activities, proposals and contractor efforts. 

When entering a Federal job at a grade level lower than the highest promotion potential level, you may be promoted to more complex duties and work more independently, as your career progresses.
 
You will spend less than 25% of your work time on contracts.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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: 
 

To qualify for the GS-11 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as performing environmental and/or health risk assessments; reviewing the impact of routine chemical and physical analyses; and resolving routine environmental problems and issues OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in the academic discipline as described below.
 
To qualify for the GS-12 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as coordinating and integrating multi-disciplinary analyses, building consensus, and promoting solutions in the performance of environmental and health risk assessments; assessing the impact of chemical and physical analyses; and developing new strategies for environmental problems and issue resolution.
 
Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:  1) Ability to work with a multi-functional scientific team; 2) Skill in synthesizing complex technical information into written technical reports; 3) Ability to gather, analyze, and integrate scientific information; 4) Skill in applying advanced concepts to review and evaluate industrial product data for safer chemistry principles, theories, practices, and established methodologies; 5) Knowledge of developing partnership programs and industry approaches for pollution prevention, safer chemistry and safer products; 6) Ability to evaluate performance of public/private partnerships; 7) Ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines as a project manager of complex technical projects; 8) Skill in contract management for technical and/or scientific work.
 


Physical Scientist:

You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in one of the following:  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 a combination of education and experience with education equivalent to one of the majors listed that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science.

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: http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm
 

If you are selected, you must complete a one year probationary period.

This position is designated as Low 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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BENEFITS:

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Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options! Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more visit Benefits. To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA.

OTHER INFORMATION:

This information is used to determine your qualifications for employment. The use of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC, Sections 3302 and 3361.
 

Are you a Displaced Federal Employee? If so, please read the Required Documents and visit the EPA website for additional information http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm.
 

EPA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm.
 

If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility. 
 
If you have part-time work experience, read this:  (http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm)

HOW TO APPLY:

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You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position. To begin the application process, click the Apply On-line button to the right on this screen, follow the prompts to log-in/register, submit all required documents, and complete the assessment questionnaire. To be considered, you must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of this announcement. All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USA Jobs document portfolio feature. If you cannot apply on-line, contact the Human Resources Office listed to the right for assistance at least three business days prior to the closing date of this announcement. Reasonable accommodations will be provided on a case-by-case basis. For detailed instructions to assist you in ensuring your application package is received, go to http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Documents to be submitted on-line:

--Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the Duties Section and Qualifications Required Section.  In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific.  We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.  
--Responses to the on-line assessment questionnaire.
--College transcripts - required to submit either unofficial transcripts or a list of courses that includes school(s) attended, school address, course title, grades earned, completion dates, department, and quarter or semester hours earned.
--Veterans' Preference Documents - DD-214 Member 4 copy, VA Letter, and SF-15, if applicable; active duty military submit statement of service from commanding officer documenting dates of active duty and any campaign medals/badges; include character of service.
--Displaced Federal employees under ICTAP/CTAP - copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station.

Additional information can be found on our web site: http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Charles Phillips
Phone: 919-541-1393
Fax: 919-541-2186
Email: phillips.charles@epa.gov
Agency Information:
Environmental Protection Agency
US Environmental Protection Agency
Human Resources Management Division
109 T.W. Alexander Drive, MD C639-02
Research Triangle Pk, NC
27711
US
Fax: 919-541-2186

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJOBS that your submission was successful, once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the human resources office posting this announcement.

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Job Announcement Number:

R-OCSPP-DE-2014-0002

Control Number:

355536200