Job Overview


About the Agency

Are you interested in working for a cutting edge agency with a mission to advance scientific through research development and evaluation to enhance the administration of justice and public safety? If so, the Department of Justice (DOJ), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences (OIFS) is seeking a high performing individual to serve as a Supervisory Physical Scientist. OIFS serves as the national focal point for basic and applied forensic science research as well as for public crime laboratory enhancement efforts. The incumbent leads OIFS.

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(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

Provides advice and guidance when interpretation, opinion, or decisions are solicited. Consultations involve assessment of conditions, phenomena, or anomalies in a physical science area.

Supports agency-wide activities within the physical science area by reviewing and analyzing data; developing strategies, analytical models, and methodologies; and providing assistance and advice on sectoral issues.

Accomplishes work related to the conceptualization, design, documentation, and management of physical science programs or projects. Designs, documents, and evaluates mission-specific and/or centralized physical science programs or projects.

Supervises a group of employees performing work at the GS-14 level. Provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit.
Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Plans, schedules, and assigns work to subordinates. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff members; provides feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance. Provides advice, counsel, and/or instruction to staff members. Recommends or approves appointments, selections, or reassignments to positions appropriate to the selection authority delegated. Effects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Carries out Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and program activities.