Job Overview


About the Agency

The National Institute of Justice is the research, development and evaluation agency to the U. S. Department of Justice. It applies science to advance criminal justice policy and practice in the United States through a grant program that funds research in the social, physical, and forensic sciences to provide objectives knowledge and innovative tools to reduce crime and promote justice. 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 Science and Technology is seeking a high performing individual to serve as a Computer Scientist.
This position is located in the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, Office of Science and Technology.

You are eligible to apply under merit promotion procedures as a status candidate if you meet one of the following criteria: Current Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service. Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility based on previous career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service. Career or career-conditional employees in the excepted service that is under an OPM approved Interchange Agreement. Displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). Veterans who have Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligibility. (You are eligible for this appointing authority if you are a veteran who substantially completed 3 or more years of active service AND you have been separated under honorable conditions OR a preference eligible as defined in title 5 U.S.C. 2108 (3)).

Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on


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

Performs professional studies and investigations involving the theoretical foundations of computer science, and the algorithmic aspects of unorthodox and emerging computing paradigms, such as neural, DNA, molecular, and quantum computation. Applies or researches new computer science methods and techniques to store, manipulate, transform or present information by means of computer systems.
Investigates fundamental problems of computer architectural facets, such as pipeline and parallel processing; language theory, construction, and linguistics; artificial intelligence techniques and robotics; machine learning and statistics; quantum computation; collaborative systems design; networking and communications; human machine interface, data management and computer graphics; and software engineering.

Provides technical guidance to contractor or grantee counterparts on systems and documentation requirements, including problem reports and troubleshooting plans. Ensures contractor or grantee performs in accordance with established procedures and that product conforms to established specifications and requirements.

Reviews and evaluates technical literature, professional research, industry studies, or other analyses in computer science, computer engineering, and associated fields. Interprets and evaluates findings for use and applicability to programs, projects, and issues at hand.

Develops and maintains an interdisciplinary understanding of data systems, computer science, computer engineering, and related fields, practices and procedures. Reviews, monitors, and maintains requirements and specifications for assigned projects. Ensures conformance with agency requirements and standards.

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • Travel is required every three months.

Relocation Authorized

  • No