CHEMIST
Department of the Navy - Bremerton, WA

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This position is located in the Quality Assurance Office, Laboratory Division, Analytical Chemistry Branch at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF). You will perform chemical analyses and tests on a broad range of metallic and non-metallic samples to make determinations for rejecting or accepting materials.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a US Citizen.

Must be registered for Selective Service, see Legal & Regulatory Guidance.

Suitable for Federal employment as determined by background investigation.

Selectee may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.

You must obtain and maintain a confidential security clearance.

Relocation expenses are NOT authorized.

DUTIES:
As a Chemist your duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Conducting chemical analysis and tests on organic and inorganic samples to determine chemical composition or concentration of substances
  • Utilizing instruments such as optical emission spectrophotometers, gas chromatographs, and infrared spectrometers to conduct instrumental analysis
  • Performing standard laboratory practices including working in a laboratory with Quality Management Systems (QMS)
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience.

The Office of Personnel Management has identified the following minimum educational requirements for this position:

Successful completion of a Bachelor’s degree in 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

OR

A combination of education and experience with course work equivalent to a major as shown in the paragraph 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.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR THE GS-5: Successful completion of a Bachelor’s degree in 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 OR a combination of education and experience with course work equivalent to a major as described 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.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR THE GS-7: In addition to the minium educational requirements, your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities, to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Specialized experience must demonstrate the following: performing routine, limited chemical analyses or tests which may include performing physical measurements; routine calculations (such as determining concentration); and writing laboratory reports OR successful completion of one full year of graduate education OR completion of a bachelor’s degree with superior academic achievement (class standing in upper third of the graduating class; or a minimum of 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on official transcript, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; OR a minimum of 3.5 out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum) OR a combination of education and experience as described above that equates to one year of experience.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR THE GS-9: In addition to the minium educational requirements, your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities, to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Specialized experience must demonstrate the following: applying chemical principles, theories or practices in performing chemical analyses and testing; experience calibrating or operating analytical instruments; as well as experience developing laboratory documents to report results OR successful completion of a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree OR completion of two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree OR a combination of education and experience as described above that equates to one year of experience.

Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management web site:

http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs1300/1320.htm

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

As part of the application process, you must complete and submit an occupational questionnaire. To preview this questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the skills required for this position, click the following link: View Assessment Questions .

This position has positive education requirements and you must submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) . See OPM's General Policies for information on crediting 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 f or further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

REQUIREMENTS:
Selectee is required to participate in the Department of Defense direct deposit of pay program.

A confidential security clearance is a requirement of this position. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a position offer or removal. If you possess a security clearance, please indicate the level and termination date in your resume.

Work requires prolonged standing.

Work may be performed outdoors, often under adverse weather conditions.

Work may require exposure to high noise levels.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
When the application process is complete, we will review your r esume to ensure you meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements listed in this announcement. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to the Occupational Questionnaire , along with your supporting documentation to determine your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities/competencies:

Chemical principles, theories and practices

Calibrating and operating analytical instruments

Laboratory practices

You will be rated under Category Rating procedures based on the extent to which your experience meets the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities for the position and rated as shown below. Additional points are not added for veterans’ preference; however, preference is still applied. A pplicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories:

Best Qualified- Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for announced position.

Highly Qualified- Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for announced position.

Qualified - Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for announced position.

If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities or you may be found ineligible/not qualified.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

BENEFITS:
Department of the Navy offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays and a 401K-type retirement plan.

OTHER INFORMATION:
This position has promotion potential to the GS-11 grade level. If selected below the full performance level, incumbent may be noncompetitively promoted to the next higher grade level after meeting all regulatory requirements, and upon the recommendation of management. Promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

Vacancies filled from announcements covering multiple grade levels may be filled at any grade level listed (GS-05, GS-07, or GS-09).

This Position is subject to Department of Defense Priority Placement Program.

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Relocation expenses may or may not be authorized.

A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

The Department of the Navy uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify .

Federal Annuitant Information:
The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at: http://www.public.navy.mil/donhr/Employment/CivJobOpps/Documents/FedCivAnnuitants.pdf

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligible:

ICTAP applicants must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. A well-qualified ICTAP applicant is one whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements; however, the individual would not necessarily be considered highly or best qualified. For more information about ICTAP eligibility please review the following link: http://www.public.navy.mil/donhr/Employment/CivJobOpps/Documents/ICTAP_Statement.pdf

Military Spouse Preference (MSP):
http://www.public.navy.mil/donhr/Employment/CivJobOpps/Documents/Mil_Spouse_Pref_Statement.pdf

Veteran’s Preference Information:
http://www.public.navy.mil/donhr/Employment/CivJobOpps/Documents/Vet_%20Preference_Statement.pdf

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