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Job Title:  Computer Scientist
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Office of Justice Programs
Hiring Organization:   DOJ/Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
Job Announcement Number:  JP-14-124

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,924.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year
Friday, August 22, 2014 to Sunday, August 31, 2014
Full Time - Permanent - No time limit
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
United States Citizens


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


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


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Subject to background/suitability investigation/determination.
  • Submit all required documents and Online Assessment Questionnaire.
  • Federal payments are required to be made by Direct Deposit.
  • You must obtain and maintain a security clearance.


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(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.


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Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website:

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

Click here to see the full Qualifications Statement.

See Other Information.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Position is telework eligible.

Moving expenses are not authorized.

A recruitment bonus is not authorized.


You will be considered under all categories for which you are eligible.
CATEGORY RATING: Under DOJ/OJP procedures, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for consideration. Although veteran preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described above, veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified. In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest qualify category (i.e., Best Qualified), except for scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher.
STATUS/MERIT PROMOTION: Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on the announcement. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration. As a current or former federal employee, you must meet time-in-grade and all qualification requirements for consideration upon the closing date of this announcement.
Regardless of the method in which you are evaluated, your application, resume, and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on the announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your resume and application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.
Your on-line application includes your:
1. Resume and/or work history profile,
2. Responses to the online questions,
3. Required supporting documents,
4. Cover letter (optional).
Note: If a cover letter is submitted, it may be used to assess your qualifications.
We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:
1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.
2. Rating: Your application will be evaluated against your responses to the occupational Questionnaire. You may also be further evaluated using additional assessment processes. Review your resume and responses carefully. Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score. A human resources representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. Your resume will be among the factors used in setting your pay, should you be made an offer of employment. Please ensure that it fully describes your experience as it relates to the position for which you are applying.
3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview.


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You can review our benefits at:

To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at
OJP has partnered with the Vida Fitness Center, for your physical fitness needs. OJP offers on-site fitness centers at various DOJ locations wi most of which are located within walking distance. OJP also offers credit union services; ATM machine is located on-site. We also have a health unit and an on-site nurse for your usage and convenience.Transit Benefits: To defray your commuting cost, we are pleased to offer the Employee Transit Benefit Program which allows eligible employees to receive up to $125 per month tax-free.


This position is excluded from the bargaining unit.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies that may occur within 90 days of the closing date.

Recruitment methods and selection procedures will be based solely on merit after fair and open competition, and will be made without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, non-disqualifying disability, sexual orientation, or age.

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the representative listed under Agency Contact Information. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

OJP offers opportunities for flexible work schedules.

A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of Justice. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the DOJ security office.

If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See

Must complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current title, series, grade and duty location.


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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

If you are unable to apply online, you may contact the employing office for alternate application procedures. Please call Ludonlar Calahan at 2025148117 or email at


Service Credit for Non-Federal Experience: The Federal Workforce Flexibility Acts allows newly hired employees to be granted credit for previous military or private sector experience directly related to the position for which hired. This non-Federal experience may be counted as service time for annual leave accrual purposes upon appointment. For additional information, please contact the human resources representative identified on this announcement.

Status applicants must submit a copy of their most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which verifies status.

You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; veterans with service-connected disabilities of 30 percent or more; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Appropriate documentation to support this claim for eligibility will be required. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement.

Generally, preference is granted to veterans who entered military service prior to October 14, 1976; or served on active duty during the period from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992, and who are otherwise eligible; or who served on active duty during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or who have served in a military action for which they received a Campaign Badge or Expeditionary Medal. This includes the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (AFEM) awarded to those who participated in Operation Joint Endeavor or Operation Joint Guard. Also, you may be entitled to veterans' preference if you are a disabled veteran; you have received a Purple Heart; you are the spouse or mother of a disabled veteran; or you are the widow, widower, or mother of a deceased veteran. You will need to submit a Standard Form (SF) 15 and proof of your claim.
If you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, or you are applying for consideration under the Veteran Employment Opportunity Act or Veteran Readjustment Authority, attach a copy of your DD-214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" or other proof of eligibility. If you are applying for consideration under the 30% or more Disabled Veteran Authority, you must attach a SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. Additional information on VEOA eligibility and veteran's preference eligibility is available in the Vet Guide that can be found at

Your application package must include:
Resume must contain periods of employment; organization's name and address; supervisor's name and contact information; salary; duties performed; accomplishments; honors/recognition. Your resume must show relevant experience written in your own words. The ideal candidate will have a resume that does not exceed five pages.

If you are a current Federal employee in a permanent, competitive service position you must submit documents to confirm your status. Failure to submit an appropriate SF-50 and Performance Appraisal will automatically disqualify you from further consideration.
- Submit an SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) or other official agency documentation that shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".)
- Submit your most recent Performance Appraisal (dated within the last 18 months) or a separate statement explaining why you are unable to submit your appraisal.
If you are a former Federal employee who is reinstatement eligible based on prior federal permanent competitive service, you must submit documents to confirm your eligibility.
- Submit an SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) or other official agency documentation that shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".)

Completed Online Assessment Questionnaire.

For applicants who qualify based on education or a combination of education and experience:
- An unofficial college transcript (Note: If you are selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day.)

NOTE: If you submit an incomplete application, you will be given credit only for the information you provide. You are responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of your application in order to receive full credit for your experience, education, training, and/or veterans status.


Ludonlar Calahan
Agency Information:
Department of Justice (DOJ)
Office of Human Resources
810 7th Street NW
Washington, Dist of Columbia


Once your completed application is certified and received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your status and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

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