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Department:Department of the Air Force

Agency:U.S. Air Force - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:8X-DCIPS-1187742-172437-TMT

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$72,391.00 to $94,108.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, August 12, 2014 to Monday, August 25, 2014




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




Few vacancies in the following location:
Patrick AFB, FL View Map


United States Citizens


Top Secret/SCI




The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win…in air, space and cyberspace.  To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.


All new DCIPS employees are required to complete a two-year DCIPS trial period.


For additional information on DCIPS please click the following link:


Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.  For additional information, click here. 




  • Occasional Travel
  • As Mission Requires


  • Yes
  • Travel and relocation costs will be paid IAW JTR Vol2 and AF Regs


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Travel and Relocation expenses will be paid IAW JTR Vol 2 and AF Regs
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, see Legal & Regulatory Guidance
  • Incumbent must obtain and maintain a TS/SCI security clearance
  • Incumbent is subject to initial and periodic drug testing


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This is a GG-13 position in the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS).  The GG-13 duties for the "Professional" work category are at the "Full Performance" work level and are equivalent to those at the GS-13 level.  The selectee's salary will be set within the grade equivalent to a GS/GG grade based on the selectee's qualifications in relation to the job.


***Salary Ranges shown do not include local market supplement ***


The organizational location of this position is: AF Technical Application Center, Patrick AFB, FL


MAJOR DUTIES: Interdisciplinary (May be filled as Nuclear Engineer, Physicist or Chemist)


- Performs expert-level work requiring professional knowledge of nuclear sample collection, handling, processing, measurement, data quality assessment and evaluation


- Incumbent provides direction/laboratory tasking for the specific sample set; understands when to require radiochemistry processes be conducted, which procedures should be accomplished and when


- Responsible for determining, in conjunction with the scientific experts from the program office, the laboratory system office and radiochemistry and measurements laboratory, the operational laboratory analysis approach/plan for specific nuclear event sample sets


- Maintains knowledge of nuclear evaluation requirements and trains with program office technical personnel


- Recognized laboratory technical authority who directs analyses based on knowledge of the overall program tasking and any specific questions being addressed on the specific nuclear event


- Understands the operational collection parameters and the nuclear event that is associated with the incoming samples



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel Systems (DCIPS) position implemented under Section 504, Title V of Public Law 99-569, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1987, as codified in Sec 1601, Chap 83 of Title 10 United States Code which sets forth Air Force policies and procedures for DCIPS.  This position is in the Excepted Service.


DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must submit documents verifying your eligibility with your application package.





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In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below.  Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application.



Basic Qualification Requirements: Nuclear Engineer


Bachelor’s Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


Combination of education and experience that is college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering; and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: (1) Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico, (2) evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for the professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico, (3) successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included courses specified in the basic requirements or (4) successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT COPIES OF YOUR OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS.


Basic Qualification Requirements: Physicist

A. Bachelor’s Degree: physics; or related degree that included at least 24 semester hours in physics.


B. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in physics totaling at least 24 semester hours, plus appropriate experience or additional education.




Basic Qualification Requirements: Chemist

A. Bachelor’s Degree: 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. 


B. Combination of education and experience -- course work equivalent to a major as shown in A 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 education.  YOU MUST SUBMIT COPIES OF YOUR OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS.




Minimum Qualifications:

Specialized experience FOR NUCLEAR ENGINEER, GG-0840-12, PHYSICIST GG-1310-12 and CHEMIST, GG-1320-12:

Your resume must reflect experience at the next lower qualifying pay band or equivalent grade under the General Schedule (GS/GG) pay system or other pay systems, demonstrating quality in the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies to meet the requirements of this position. Examples of creditable experience include: Performing expert-level work requiring professional knowledge of nuclear sample collection, handling, processing, measurement, data quality assessment and evaluation; applying knowledge in a variety of situations to a variety of nuclear analysis and measurement techniques; and determining the operational laboratory analysis approach/plan for specific nuclear event sample sets.


Note: Creditable experience may include previous military experience, experience gained in the private sector, or experience gained in another government agency.




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AND for individual occupational requirements please view the following:


This position has a positive education requirement.  If transcripts are not provided, your resume MUST list the appropriate academic field (e.g. biology, mechanical engineering, economics, sociology, etc.) and all courses you have taken (including those failed), which appear to satisfy the qualification requirements of the position for which you are applying.  List graduate and undergraduate courses separately.  Include the descriptive title and course code, completion date, grade, number of semester, quarter or classroom hours (for education completed at business, secretarial, technical school or military schools) and graduate and undergraduate classes.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs):  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas: 

1. Extensive knowledge of radiochemistry principles and techniques and nuclear alpha, beta, gamma and mass spectrometry measurement equipment/systems


2. Knowledge of scientific process and statistical analysis/assessment tools


3. Skill in rapidly applying knowledge in a variety of situations to a variety of nuclear analysis and measurement techniques in order to meet critical deadlines


4. Ability to understand the software and computer hardware that is used as part of the laboratory information management system



PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work.  You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.


VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE:  Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims.  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 


FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.


This position is covered by the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) and, as such, will subject the incumbent to those examinations and/or tests as follows that are necessary to the accesses required by the position in accordance with AFI 36-1101; periodic polygraph examinations consistent with position requirements; and psychological examination, if necessary in the performance of the position. Failure to comply with any of the proceeding, when required, will subject the incumbent of this position to reassignment or disciplinary adverse action, including demotion or removal.




1.  Position is designated critical-sensitive and incumbent must be able to obtain and retain a TOP SECRET (TS) security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) to fully perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.  A non-disclosure agreement must be signed.


2.  This position has been designated by the Air Force as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Air Force civilian Testing Program.  Employee must pass initial and periodic drug testing.  Illegal drug use by employees in sensitive positions presents a clear threat to the mission of the Air Force, national security and public safety.


3. Incumbent is required to undergo a counterintelligence-scope polygraph examination in accordance with security regulations involving the material handled 


4. Position may require temporary duty travel (TDY) utilizing military and/or commercial transportation.


5. Shift work may be required


6. A Master’s degree in nuclear engineering, chemistry or physics with emphasis in nuclear laboratory techniques is desired.  A minimum of 5 years of direct experience as a nuclear scientist along with 10 years experience working in an operational laboratory is highly desired.




Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


Your responses to the questionnaire may be compared to the documents you submit.  The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire.  If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.


Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.


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The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program.  In addition to your take-home pay, click here for an overview of benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.



Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants.  Click here for more information.


Incentives: Recruitment and/or retention incentives may or may not be used.


90-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 90-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 90 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.



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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


1. Your Resume (your latest resume will be used to determine your qualifications)


· If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent (latest) version will be reviewed.  The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent".  It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.


· If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, you will not be considered for this vacancy.


 · For qualification determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and dates of employment (i.e., hours per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present).  If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position.

2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire

3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below).  Ensure all submitted documents contain your full name, address, phone number and last four digits of your social security number.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, August 25, 2014


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, click here for the required cover page.  This Vacancy ID is 1187743.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144All support documents should be uploaded to your USAJOBS account and included with your application package.  Faxing documents should be used as a last resort; do not fax duplicate documents


If you cannot apply online:


1. Click the following link to view and print the questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire


2. OPM Form 1203-FX must be provided to show your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  Please note: The numbering on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire in Section 25 of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which continuously numbers from number one, while the Questionnaire starts each section of questions with number one.  When entering your responses please continue regardless of number sequence.  Applicants are responsible for ensuring their responses are transferred accurately. Click here for the OPM Form 1203-FX

3. Fax all required documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your OPM Form 1203-FX will be the cover page for your fax transmission.


PLEASE NOTE: It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is received, accurate and submitted by the closing date.  You may verify your documents have been processed with your application package successfully by clicking here.  Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.  Faxed documents take 2-3 business days to process.


Human Resources WILL NOT modify or change any answers submitted by an applicant.


The following documents are required and must be provided by the closing date of the announcement. 


·        Online Application (Questionnaire)

·        Resume - If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., hour per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information may be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.

·        DD214 or “Certification” of service (Document must reflect character of service)

·        SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, if applicable

·        Veteran Administration Letter of Disability Rating, if applicable


If selected, you will be required to submit the following documents to substantiate your eligibility and/or qualifications.  A list of required documents for all eligibilities may be located here: 


·        Eligibility Documentation, SF50, Proof of Disability, Certification of Job Readiness, etc.

·        Transcripts, if qualifying based on education or positive education series.



Phone: (800)525-0102
TDD: 1-800-382-0893
Email: CALL_ONLY_DO_NOT_EMAIL_@1800.525.0102.ORG
Agency Information:


Once your application package is received an acknowledgement email will be sent.


If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility and qualifications for consideration. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.


To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.


If you do not provide an email address, you are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in USAJOBS. Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you.


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