To qualify for this
position, applicants must meet the Basic Requirement AND the Additional
Requirements for each grade level below:
a four year degree in 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; OR a combination of education
and experience -- course work equivalent to a major as shown 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
You must submit a copy of your
transcript at time of application demonstrating the required coursework
noted above. If the specific coursework identified above is not listed
on your transcript you must provide a copy of the course description or
other supporting documentation that demonstrates that the course(s) are
A. Possess at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-09
grade level or higher in the Federal service, that included detecting, identifying, and quantitating organic and inorganic substances in various sample substrates using high-pressure liquid chromatography mass spectrometers (HPLC-MS) OR inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometers (ICP-MS) analytical instruments; and drafting reports of analytical results; OR
B. Possess 3 years of graduate level education, leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent
degree, related to chemistry (Must submit supporting transcripts); OR
less than the full amount of experience described in "A" and less than
the amount of graduate education described in "B," but have a
combination of the experience described in "A" and the type of
experience described in "B" that, when combined, equals 100% of the
total requirement. (Must submit supporting transcripts)
GS-12: At least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11
grade level or higher in the Federal service, that included analyzing various detectors used on gas chromatography (GC) and liquid
chromatography (LC) equipment to recommend improvements to the
identification and interpretation of chromatographic analyses;
calibrating and operating equipment such as ICP-MS, HPLC-MS, UV-visible
Spectrometers and GCs to evaluate their use in the analysis of toxic and
nontoxic substances; and developing and presenting analytical and
laboratory reports of scientific results.
If you are claiming education as any part of your qualifications for this position, you must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Degree requirements must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this job announcement and your transcript(s) submitted must reflect this.
This position requires specific coursework and/or a degree to meet the basic education requirement.
You must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.Your transcript(s) must clearly demonstrate the course(s) listed in the qualification requirement section. If the transcript(s) does not clearly demonstrate this you must submit a copy of the course description and/or other documentation demonstrating that the courses are equivalent. Degree requirements must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this job announcement and your transcript(s) submitted must reflect this.
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For further information,click on foreign education
All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
Failure to provide any of the above will result in an ineligible rating.
Conditions of Employment:
1. Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.
2. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.
3. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
5. Financial Disclosure statement may be required.
6. One-year probationary period may be required.
7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses paid: No
8. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes
9. Drug Screening Required: No
10. Recruitment incentives may be authorized: Noe
11. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: No
12. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: No
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the job opportunity announcement closes, a review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.
If, after reviewing your résumé and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and abilities Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
Qualified candidates will be assigned to the following quality categories:
Best Qualified - Applicants who have experience that is almost identical to those required by the position.
Well Qualified - Applicants who have experience that is very similar to those required by the position.
Qualified - Applicants who meet minimum qualification requirements, but do not identify any additional qualifying experience or skill.
The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the required competencies listed below for this position.
- Technical Competence in Chemistry Studies
- Chemistry Laboratory Procedures
- Written Guidance
Application of Veterans' Preference: Under Category Rating procedures, veteran preference eligibles will receive selection consideration before non-preference eligibles within each quality category.
To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link: View Assessment Questions