This position is part of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.Learn more about this agency
As a Interdisciplinary Microbiologist/Physical Scientist at the GS-0403/1301-13/14 some of your typical work assignments may include:
- Using national security strategies, defense planning guidance, and Combatant Command (CCMD) strategies and plans to support the Research and Development mission in the identification of opportunities for international cooperative counter-CBRNE science and technology (S&T) activities.
- Planning, coordinating, justifying, developing, negotiating and staffing international agreements to support DTRA's research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) mission.
- Assessing other DoD and U.S. Agency international efforts to avoid duplication of effort and to promote synergy with DTRA's international goals and strategy.
- Advising DTRA program managers on foreign engagement opportunities, discovery of unique foreign S&T programs, and international engagement/agreement activity progress and issues at regular intervals.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service http://www.sss.gov
- Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
- Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
- May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
- Work Schedule: Fulltime
- Overtime: Occasionally
- Tour of Duty: Flexible
- Recruitment Incentives: Authorized based on budgetary availability of funding
- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
- Financial Disclosure: Required
- Telework Eligibility: This position is telework eligible
- PCS: Not Authorized
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a DoD Top Secret/SCI Security Clearance.
- Must consent and pass pre-employment drug testing and be subject to periodic random drug testing thereafter.
- Frequent local travel and up to 20% temporary duty travel required, including some foreign travel.
- Flex and compensatory time: Occasional adjustment of work week to include performance during non-standard hours and weekends may be required to support coordination activities and meetings with DTRA overseas representatives and foreign partners.
QualificationsYou may qualify at the GS-13, if you fulfill the following qualifications:
A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service:
- Expertise within a bio-medical science and engineering discipline in order to recognize the significance and implications of research in these disciplines for the DoD.
- Knowledge of DoD and NATO policy regarding international cooperative RDT&E.
- Knowledge regarding Security Cooperation, Security Assistance, or International Armaments Cooperation procedures as a means to match requirements to appropriate international engagement methods.
- Effectively leading diverse teams challenged to assess a wide variety of scientific and technical activities and recommend courses of action for a leader's decision.
- Communicating technical and programmatic issues to technical and non-technical audiences of varying position levels and background.
A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service:
- Knowledge and demonstrated expertise within a bio-medical science and engineering discipline in order to recognize the significance and implications of research in these disciplines for the DoD.
- Knowledge of DoD and NATO policy regarding international cooperative RDT&E in order to ensure regulatory compliance.
- Knowledge and demonstrated expertise regarding Security Cooperation, Security Assistance, and International Armaments Cooperation procedures as a means to match requirements to appropriate international engagement methods.
- Knowledge and demonstrated expertise in effectively leading diverse teams challenged to assess a wide variety of scientific and technical activities and recommend courses of action for a leader's decision.
- Demonstrated expertise and effectiveness in communicating technical and programmatic issues to technical and non-technical audiences of varying position levels and background.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
These series have a minimum education requirement:
0403 Series: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0400/microbiology-series-0403/
1301 Series: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1300/general-physical-science-series-1301/
Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.
You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable at time of application, or (2) If you are serviced by the office filling this position and your transcripts are on file in your official personnel folder, you are not required to submit. However, it is your responsibility to ensure transcripts are on file.
All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.
GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.
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; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: Foreign Education
This is an Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L) Workforce in the Science and Technology Manager career field, with additional International Acquisition Career Path training requirements.The incumbent will be required to become certified, Level II, in the applicable career field within 24 months, unless a Position Requirements Waiver is approved to extend the 24 months.The incumbent must obtain a minimum of 80 continuous learning points (CLPs) for every 2 year CLP period, with a goal of at least 40 annually.
Re-employed Annuitant: This position does not meet criteria for re-employed annuitant. The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at:
Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).
All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: This program applies to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. For more information:
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your resume and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant work experiences.
Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.
For information on entitlement see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed. If multiple resumes are submitted by an applicant, only the last resume submitted will be reviewed for the qualifications and referred for selection consideration if eligible.
2. Other supporting documents:
- Cover Letter, optional-
- College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education. We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain the applicant's name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. Transcripts must be received in this office by 11:59 P.M. EST on 02/05/2019 in order to be considered.
- Most recent SF-50 or equivalent notification of Personnel Action showing you are in a position eligible under an interchange Agreement.
- Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
- DD-214 Member 4 copy, SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty from Veterans for consideration under Veteran hiring authorities
- Non-competitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable
- Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
PLEASE REVIEW the following LINK for additional documents you need to provide: http://www.dla.mil/Careers/SearchApply/Downloads.aspx.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date to receive consideration.
- To begin, click Apply Online to access an online application. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account or you may need to create a new account.
- You will be taken to an online application. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation, and submit the application.
- You will receive an email notification when your application has been received for the announcement.
- To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Application Status page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and your responses submitted to the online application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
Agency contact information
DTRA Servicing Team
AddressDefense Threat Reduction Agency
8725 JOHN J KINGMAN ROAD
FT BELVOIR, VA 22060-6201
Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive a notification of receipt. Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements, and you will receive a notification. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses. A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official. All applicants reviewed and/or referred will receive a notification letter.
A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official. All applicants reviewed and/or referred will receive a notification letter.
The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.
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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/521620700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.