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Job Title:Physical Scientist

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:U.S. Secret Service

Job Announcement Number:INV-TF071-14-DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$89,924.00 to $116,901.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, May 05, 2014 to Friday, May 16, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1301-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - District of Columbia, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All United States citizens **This vacancy is being concurrently advertised under INv-TF071-14-MP merit promotion procedures. For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Secret

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

Building on a Tradition of Excellence and Meeting the Challenges of the Future The Secret Service is a premier law enforcement organization with two critical national security missions: protect our nation's leaders and to conduct criminal investigations. Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crime or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the Secret Service, we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity and courage. In the Secret Service, we:

  • Protect the President, the Vice President, and other leaders; investigate threats against them; and safeguard their residences and other facilities
  • Plan and implement security designs for National Special Security Events
  • Investigate financial crimes including fraud, identity theft and computer-based attacks on banking or telecommunications infrastructure
Joining the Office of Investigations, Forensic Services Division will allow you to utilize your expertise in quality assurance of forensic science disciplines to support criminal investigations carried out by the Secret Service.  Apply for this exciting opportunity to impact the ability of the Secret Service to successfully complete its investigative mission. This Physical Scientist position starts at a salary of $89,924 (GS-13, step 1) with potential to $116,901 (GS-13, step 10).  For more information on the Secret Service click here.
This position is covered by Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO) and additional compensation may be paid at the rate of up to 25% of the base salary.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Position requires walking, bending and lifting in laboratory and field work.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. citizenship is required.

DUTIES:

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The selectee will serve as a Physical Scientist in the Office of Investigations, Forensic Services Division. Typical work assignments include:

- Performing research and validation part of the quality assurance program; ensures critical elements are met to maintain status of the accrediting body; ensures quality and conformance with lab policies and procedures.

- Skilled at working complex technical examinations and developing solutions that would have practical application in forensic examinations.

- Serving as a team member/coordinator for teams dispatched to crime scenes; collecting, preserving and analyzing evidence while maintaining chain of custody and integrity of the evidence from collection to final disposition.

- Serving as an expert witness in court proceedings; planning, coordinating and conducting technical research projects; drafting and reviewing reports, recommendations, standard operating procedures and guidelines.

- Conducting training for developmental level specialists; serving as a technical expert and liaison.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements:


1. Degree: 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

2. Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

AND

GS-13: One year of specialized experience at the GS 12 level performing duties such as: analyzing complex technical forensic analyses; serving as a team coordinator for an laboratory audits; planning and coordinating method development projects to improve quality assurance within the laboratory; coordinating and conducting training for developmental level specialists; preparing written reports based on quality assurance matters; testifying as an expert witness in the area of technical forensic discipline.

Qualifications Must Be Met: The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


Conditions of Employment If selected for this position, you will be required to:

  • Obtain and maintain a top secret clearance. Completion of a single scope background investigation is required before appointment.
  • Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
  • Certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so, if you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959.
  • Position requires walking, bending and lifting in laboratory and field work.
  • Exposure to chemicals, glass and gases

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, a score will automatically be calculated based on your answers to the vacancy specific questions to place you in one of three categories. All answers provided in the online process must be substantiated by your resume. Upon review, your resume and/or supporting documents need to support your answer choices and reflect the one year of specialized experience requirement, in order to be considered and deemed eligible. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:

- Knowledge of forensic laboratory quality assurance and accreditation procedures and maintaining a quality testing environment within a scientific laboratory.
- Knowledge of technologies used in document analysis and forensic examinations.
- Knowledge of investigative operations, techniques and procedures sufficient to recognize, handle, process and preserve evidence.
- Ability to serve as an expert in court and communicate the quality assurance program with management and team members.

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories: 1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria. 2. Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria. 3. Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities. If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well-Qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement. Veterans: Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is considered scientific/professional. For information on veterans' preference, please click here.
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HOW TO APPLY:

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This position is being advertised via CareerConnector which is an automated staffing system. To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail. You must complete the application process and submit any required documents no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. Instructions outlining the application process can be found at www.secretservice.gov/online_application_procedures.shtml. If you cannot apply online, you may contact the Human Capital Division, Classification and Administrative, Professional, Technical Staffing Branch at hrsupport@secretservice.gov OR by calling (202) 406-6420 between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:30 pm EST (excluding Federal holidays) prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance.  The Secret Service provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

In addition to addressing the vacancy specific questions, you must also submit the following documentation:
  • Resume - In order to receive credit for experience contained in an uploaded resume, your employment history should show work experience in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date, and include the number of hours worked per week.
  • You must submit a copy of your college/university transcript (unofficial is acceptable) it must show school name, student's name, credit earned, degree, and date awarded.  Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Those with Foreign education, click here.
  • Special Priority Selection rights under CTAP or ICTAP: Submit a copy of your agency notice, copy of your most recent performance appraisal (with at least a satisfactory rating),and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.
  • Are you a Veteran? Submit a DD-214 (Member Copy 4) and/or documentation of service connected disability. If a DD-214 (Member Copy 4) is not available, other documentation listing the beginning and ending dates of active service and the type of discharge must be submitted to verify eligibility. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. Click here for more veterans' information.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Capital Division
Phone: 202-406-6420
Fax: 999-999-9999
TDD: 202-406-5390
Email: hrsupport@secretservice.gov
Agency Information:
United States Secret Service (DHS-USSS)
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Washington, DC
20223
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Fax: 999-999-9999

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your eligibility. Best-qualified applicants will be referred for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You may check the status of your application for this position by going to www.usajobs.gov. Click on the "My USAJOBS" tab, enter your user id and password, and click on "My Applications". You will also receive an email notification regarding your application status. For more information on applying for Federal employment, please click here.

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Job Announcement Number:

INV-TF071-14-DE

Control Number:

369127200