U.S Department Of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
This position will develop algorithms and software for the analysis of chemical structures and data from liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS) and gas chromatography mass spectrometry experiements.
Are you ready to explore your future with NIST?
Your application package may be shared with other selecting officials at NIST with opportunities like the one you are applying to. Additional selections may be made through this vacancy.
This notice is issued under direct-hire authority to recruit new talent to occupations for which NIST has a severe shortage of candidates.
The incumbent will develop algorithms and software for the analysis of chemical structures and data from mass spectrometry experiments for the purpose of extracting detailed information concerning the probability that the compound is actually present in the analysis based it its known occurrence in mass spectral libraries and its thermodynamic and kinetic stability.
Occasional travel - Occasional travel consisting of attending scientific conferences within the U.S. several times per year with each trip lasting up to 1 week.
Who May Apply
This job is open to...
* All qualified U.S. citizens
* Current Federal employees serving under a career or career- conditional appointment in the competitive service;
* Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility;
* CTAP/ICTAP eligible;
* National Service (Peace Corps & VISTA);
* Applicants eligible under special hiring authorities (i.e., Appointment of certain military spouses, Schedule A); OR
* Veterans who are eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA).
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Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen
You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov)
You must be suitable for Federal Employment
Applicants must meet requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Your resume must be complete (i.e., include dates of experience, salary, work schedule, etc.), detailed and relevant to the position.
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.
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.
IN ADDITION, to qualify applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level (or ZP-II at NIST). Specialized experience is defined as experience identifying and annotating peaks in the mass spectra of organic compounds, metabolomics research and computer programming in either Python or C computer languages.
Master's or equivalent graduate degree
Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains Federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the OPM website located at http:///www.opm.gov/qualifications.
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.
This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required prior to the final offer of employment.
Foreign education: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying. For further information, visit:
A one to three year probationary period may be required.
Males born after December 31, 1959 must certify that they have registered for the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law.
This position is covered by an Alternative Personnel Management System (APMS). This system replaces the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and grade with career paths and pay bands. For information regarding how the pay bands correspond to the General Schedule, visit http://nist.gov/ohrm/apms.cfm
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Applications will be evaluated against the basic qualifications. Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, duties performed for each position, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level. Please also include in your resume a list of all publications and patents/patent applications on which you are a named inventor and provide the title and patent/patent application number for each. Qualified candidates will be considered in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management Direct Hire Guidelines. Veterans' Preference does not apply to the direct hire recruitment procedures. Selections made under this notice will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. You may not be considered for the position if any part of the application is incomplete. Your application may not receive appropriate consideration without the required supporting documentation. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or adverse action after hiring.
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What documents do I need to submit?
In addition to your resume, you must submit a copy of your transcripts to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required prior to the final offer of employment.
How do I submit my documents:
You may submit required and/or supplemental documents through any ONE of the following methods:
Upload your file(s);
Download from your USAJOBS account;
Fax using the on-line fax cover sheet;
All required supporting documentation mentioned in this vacancy announcement, and all vacancy applications submitted electronically or via fax must be submitted and received by 11:59 pm ET on the closing date of this announcement. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.
Are you CTAP or ICTAP Eligible?
If you are a Federal employee claiming special priority selection rights under DOC's Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or your Agency's Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must meet the threshold of well qualified for the position to receive priority consideration. DoC defines well qualified as receiving an overall score of 85. You must also submit proof that you meet the requirements of 5CFR 330.605 (a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of your agency's notice, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating and a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting current position, grade level, and the duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information about CTAP and ICTAP, please refer to the following web sites:
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 .
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. .
NIST offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employee Retirement System. NIST also offers a broad array of work-life flexibilities and services to employees such as flexible work schedules, teleworking transit subsidies, on-site child care, fitness center, credit union, employee assistance programs, and free parking. Learn more about NIST's work life programs by visiting .
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 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. Please allow adequate time to complete your application.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- Complete Resume (For help writing a Federal Resume please visit: )
- Complete Assessment Questionnaire
- Other supporting documentation, as required. Please see the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section to determine if there are other documents that you are required to submit.
Your complete application (resume, assessment questionnaire, and all supporting documents) must be sent electronically by 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online to receive full consideration, however you may also send a complete package by mail.
You may mail your application package (please contact the Agency Contact identified for this vacancy). Your complete application package MUST be received by the closing date of this announcement. Please allow enough time for United States Postal Service delivery.
Problems Completing Your Application
If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by email at . The help desk is available Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.
Agency contact information
Susan C. Engle
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY
100 Bureau Drive
After the announcement closes, your application package will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements. Qualified candidates will be forwarded for consideration and may be interviewed. We expect to make a final job offer within 45 days from the closing date of the announcement.
You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points (point of application and qualifications, eligibility, and selection determinations) during the hiring process, as applicable. Stay informed of changes to your application status by signing into your account at www.usajobs.gov and clicking on application status located under the my account tab.
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From the smart electric power grid and electronic health records to atomic clocks, advanced nanomaterials, and computer chips, innumerable products and services rely in some way on technology, measurement, and standards provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.