Chemist
Department Of Justice - Dallas, TX

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U.S. Citizen
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Medical clearance required

  • DUTIES:

    This position is located in the Office of Forensic Science, South Central Laboratory,in Dallas, TX. The incumbent works with and assists senior members of the staff in the performance of analytical and chemistry assignments. Performs varied but relatively routine and limited chemical analyses and tests on narcotic and dangerous drug samples submitted by agency personnel to the field laboratory. The analyses and tests are to determine the presence of controlled substances, the identification of adulterants and diluents. The results are used by agency personnel for enforcement purposes. Based upon previous assignments or instructions as to the specific analyses and tests to be performed, selects the appropriate methods and procedures.

    Performs the analyses and tests which include physical tests, wet laboratory analysis, and instrumental analysis using such instruments as infrared and ultraviolet spectrophotometer, gas chromatograph and GS/Mass Spectrometer. Detects unusual instances when the established methods and procedures are not applicable. Writes laboratory reports identifying the sample, stating the methods and procedures used, and showing the results and calculations. Performs other duties directly related to the programs, operations and functions of the laboratory.

    Writes laboratory reports, on all tests performed.

    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

    A degree in the 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.

    GS-5 Applicants must show successful completion of a full four-year college course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher 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
    An appropriate combination of education and experience with course work equivalent to a major as shown in A above, including 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.

    ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

    In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had either specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below. Education and experience may be combined to meet the total Experience requirements as required below.

    Specialized experience is experience which is in or related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

    GS-7 Applicants must have one (1) specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 Federal grade level in performing such duties as a chemist trainee assisting higher level chemists in preparing samples for analyses, setting the controls and making adjustments to instrumentation and automated equipment, and checking the laboratory equipment for readiness, and compiling, reducing and making routine interpretations of the field data.

    OR

    One (1) full year of graduate level education OR superior academic achievement (In the upper third of your graduating class; received a 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0; or a member in one of the national scholastic honor societies)

    GS-9 Applicants must one (1) specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 Federal grade level in performing duties as an advanced chemist trainee who selects appropriate test samples, performs preliminary chemical analyses, makes computations and applies correction factors, and plots preliminary prediction values, writing comprehensive reports and explaining results.

    OR

    Have a master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.B. or J.D., if related?

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs)/Competencies: Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

    1. Ability to collaborate with others to carry out scientific programs, projects, or studies.

    2. Ability to prepare written technical reports and findings.

    3. Knowledge of the principles, theories, concepts, methods, and techniques of forensic chemistry.

    4. Ability to communicate other than in writing.

    5. Ability to communicate in writing.

    Conditions of Employment:

    Relocation Expenses: Are Authorized
    TDY Travel: Occasional
    Fair Labor Standards Act: Non-Exempt
    Drug Testing Designated Position: Yes
    Security Requirements: Top Secret Clearance

    Medical Clearance: Required

    THIS POSITION HAS A POSTIVE EDUCATION REQUIREMENT. IN ORDER TO RECEIVE CONSIDERATION FOR THIS POSITION YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS.

    For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you must submit a copy of your official transcripts or an unofficial transcript of college courses which includes 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 for further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be assessed and your application will then 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 employment consideration.

    Candidates determined to be Best Qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.

    Click here to view vacancy questions: View Assessment Questions

    BENEFITS: The Department of Justice 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, http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

    The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees:

    Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit: https://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp

    Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp

    Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp

    Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp

    Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit: http://www.ltcfeds.com/

    Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp

    This link provides and overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. http://www.usajobs.gov/ei61.asp

    OTHER INFORMATION: Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing

    Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

    All non-DEA applicants must complete a drug use questionnaire when applying for this position. Applicants who are found, through investigation or personal admission, to have experimented with or used narcotics or dangerous drugs, except those medically prescribed, will not be considered for employment with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Exceptions to this policy may be made for applicants who admit to limited youthful and experimental use of marijuana. Such applicants may be considered for employment if there is no evidence of regular, confirmed usage, and the full-field background investigation and results of other steps in the process are otherwise favorable. Compliance with this policy is an essential requirement of the position.

    It is highly suggested that you complete the Drug Questionnaire form when submitting your application package. However, if you do not complete and submit this form with your application package, it will not disqualify you from the application process. You will be asked to complete the Drug Questionnaire form before extended a conditional offer. Click the following link to access the Drug Questionnaire.

    http://www.justice.gov/dea/resources/drug_questionnaire_fillable.pdf

    To submit your completed Drug Questionnaire please follow the instructions for uploading or faxing documents in the "How to Apply" section of this announcement.

    ICTAP: Please visit this link to obtain requirements for applying as an ICTAP eligible applicant. http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP): Provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE: Documentation intended to establish preference must be received by 11:59PM EST on TAG: Closing Date. Information on veterans' preference and other veteran entitlements can be found in the VetInfo Guide http://www.opm.gov/staffingportal/vetguide.asp

    MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE: http://www.hr.dla.mil/downloads/onjams/military_spouse_preference_info_sheet.pd f or http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shams/index.aspx or http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-19340.pdf .

    SELECTIVE SERVICE: MALE APPLICANTS BORN AFTER 12/31/1959 must certify prior to job offer that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

    REEMPLOYED ANNUITANTS: http://www.cpms.osd.mil/fas/staffing/pdf/rem_ann.pdf

    REGARDING INTERVIEWS: Interviews may be required for this position. Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants.

    NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy. In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in a postage paid government envelope.

    EEO Policy Statement: http://www.usajobs.gov/eeo

    Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: http://www.usajobs.gov/raps

    Applications submitted in postage-paid Government envelopes will not be accepted.

    The Drug Enforcement Administration participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify - http://www.dhs.gov/E-Verify ). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.

    Questions concerning this announcement should be directed to:

    Field Recruiting

    202-307-4077

    For additional applicant resources please visit DEA's website: http://www.justice.gov/dea/resources/careers/tools.html .

    If you experience technical issues with completing your online application please email the Application Manager Help Desk at HelpDesk@opm.gov .

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