U.S. Department Of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation
RESEARCH CHEMIST/ 1320 GS 13 (All U.S. Citizens)/Laboratory Division/ Huntsville, AL
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Who May Apply
Open to ALL
02/20/2018 11:59 pm (EST)
Questions regarding this opening should be directed to Brenda Robinson
at (see application details)
or (see application details)
Research Chemist, GS-13
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
GS-13 $89,612.00 - $116,496.00.
Full Performance level:
Number of Positions Available:
Additional selections may be made from this announcement to fill positions within the same division when the position includes substantially the same duties, responsibilities, and qualifications.
Must be a U.S. citizen
Must be able to obtain a Top Secret clearance
ALL applicants must verify completion of the basic education requirement by submitting a copy of college transcripts by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
The mission of the FBI is to protect the American People and uphold the Constitution of the United States.
Serves as a specialist in chromatographic, spectrographic and instrumental analysis in the Laboratory. Performs specialized and fundamental research projects to develop and improve laboratory methods used in the examination and identification of specimens such as gun powder residues, etc.
Performs independent research, having demonstrated, through satisfactory planning and execution of one or a few research studies.
Modifies and adapts standard methods and procedures of chemical analysis; reviews literature and determines methods which appear feasible.
Reviews current scientific publications and other literature for reports of advances, developments and improvements relevant to the Laboratory's analytical methods.
Qualifications and Evaluations
Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume. Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the FBI's Candidate Rating Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement and will be compared to your responses to the online assessment questionnaire. High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from Most Competitive status.
Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Most Competitive, Competitive, or Least Competitive. Names of candidates in the Most Competitive category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Veterans' preference will be applied.
All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies
Positive Education Requiremen
This position has a specific education requirement; all applicants must verify completion of this basic educational requirement by submitting a copy of their college transcripts by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
Qualification requirements: All candidates must meet the basic requirements specified under A or B below:
All candidates must meet the basic requirements specific under A or B below:
A, 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. The quality of the combination of education and experience must have been sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major study in the appropriate field.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements provided you can show foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.
Selective Placement Factor
Must have experience with explosives, propellant, or pyrotechnic preparatory methods that includes synthesis and/or formulation of energetic materials. (Please show this experience in resume)
In addition to the Selective Placement Factor above, all applicants must meet the specialized experience listed below.
Specialized Experience (SE):
GS-13: Applicant must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. SE is defined as follows:
Improvised Explosives (IEs) preparatory methods, handling procedures, safety protocols, and explosives test range processes that are unique to TIEDS
Experience working with a wider variety of energetic materials to provide support to the TIEDS Synthesis supervisor and other TIEDS scientist.
How to Apply
The following instructions outline our application process:
Step 1: Click the Start button to begin an application. You will be prompted to either Sign In to continue the application or to register with FBIJOBS if you don't already have an account.
Step 2: Follow the Step by Step process to submit an application. You will be guided through each step in the process. You are required to complete all sections of the application to successfully submit your application.
To apply to this position, interested applicants must provide a complete application package by the closing date which includes:
Your resume, specifically noting relevant work experience and associated start and end dates
A complete assessment questionnaire
Other supporting documents
College transcripts, (unofficial transcripts are acceptable and required)
Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50
Most recent Performance Appraisal; not applicable to current FBI employees
Veterans: DD 214; Disabled Veterans: DD 214, SF-15, and VA letter dated 1991 or later
How to Attach Documents
To attach documentation as part of your application, please follow the instructions below.
Step 1: Follow the steps of the application process until you reach the Attachments step.
Step 2: Click Add Attachment.
Step 3: Select the appropriate Attachment Type (or Other if one is not available).
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Step 6: Upload the desired attachment.
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To attach documentation to your Global Profile please follow the instructions below:
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Step 2: Click the Add Attachment located under the Cover Letters and Attachments section.
Step 3: Follow steps 3 - 6 above.
You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying online is a hardship, please contact the HR Specialist listed in the vacancy announcement prior to the closing date for assistance.
What to Expect Next
Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The Most Competitive candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of your status throughout the process.
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Failure to provide necessary and relevant information required by this vacancy announcement may disqualify you from consideration. Additional information will not be requested if your application is incomplete. You application will be evaluated solely on the basis of information you have submitted.
Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher-level duties.
If you are hired, you will be required to serve a two-year probationary period. Probationary employees are generally precluded from being considered for other FBI job opportunities until their 24-month probationary period has concluded.
If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume and application. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.
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Reasonable Accommodation Request
The FBI provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please notify the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Affairs (OEEOA) Reasonable Accommodation (RA) Program by either e-mail at
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Equal Employment Opportunity
The FBI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this vacancy. Except where otherwise prohibited by law, selection will be made without regard to, and there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factors.
The FBI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.
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