Electronics Engineer GS 7/9 (EX)
Department Of Justice - Quantico, VA

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To protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners.

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Division: Operational Technology Division

Unit: Cryptologic & Electronic Analysis Unit (CEAU)

Location: Quantico, VA Working

Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Travel: Some travel may be required. KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship Required

Must be able to obtain a Top Secret-SCI clearance. DUTIES:
GS 7:
Trains to become a forensic examiner for CEAU digital forensics program.

Provides preliminary test services on projects for higher level engineers in the conduct of performance and experimental test programs.

Maintains test equipment and ensures that the systems are set up for generating desirable results when testing is conducted.

Working with a senior engineer, investigates potential software and hardware and carefully analyzes how it can be used both with existing technology and in future applications.

GS 9:
Assists higher level engineers to become a forensic examiner for CEAU digital forensics program.

Performs forensic examinations on commercial electronics, which include mobile phones and global positioning systems (GPS), custom built electronics, execute menory captures, complete computer programming tasks and perform electrical circuit analysis and etc.

Performs research in areas of mobile phone forensics, embedded electronics and emerging digital technologies and from that research develop new software and hardware techniques that will assist with electronic device forensic examination.

Prepare reports detailing forensic examination results and other technical memoranda for higher level review and retention.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Positive Education Requirement:
This position has a specific education requirement; all applicants must verify completion of this basic education requirement by submitting a copy of college transcripts or lists of college courses by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Please see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement for additional information.

Basic Education Requirements: Bachelor's degree in Professional engineering.

To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: a) statics, dynamics; b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; d) thermodynamics; e) electrical fields and circuits; f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and g) other comparable areas of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

OR

Combination of education and specialized experience - college level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished 1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and 2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

1. Professional registration - Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico.

2. Written test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineering-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administrated by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.

3. Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.

4. Related curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least one year of professinal engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS MUST ACCOMPANY APPLICATION.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements provided you can show that the foreign education is comparable to the received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.

Education may be substituted for experience as outlined below.

GS 7: One (1) full year of graduate level education in a field that is directly related to the duties of this position or superior academic achievement (in the one-third of my graduating class; OR a GPA of 3.0 or higher out of 4.0, as recorded on official transcript, or based on courses completed during final two years of curriculum; OR a GPA of 3.5 or higher out of 4.0 based on average of required courses completed in major or required courses in major completed during the final two years of curriculum.

GS 9: Two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree or Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree.

In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements listed above, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education as listed below.

GS 7: All applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS 5 grade level.

Specialized experience:
Non-routine engineering work that required and was characterized by professional knowledge of engineering.

Ability to apply knowledge to engineering problems.

GS 9: All applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS 7 grade level.

Specialized experience:
Non-routine engineering work that required and was characterized by professional knowledge of engineering.

Ability to apply knowledge to engineering problems.

Skills in electronics, soldering, troubleshooting and disassembly/reassembly of handheld electronics.

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.

  • HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veteran preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies:
Computer Engineering

Electronics Engineering

Research

Attention to Detail

Oral Communication

Written Communication

High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from best-qualified status or result in a lowered score.

Additional details on the application process can be found at the "How To Apply" section of this announcement.
To preview questions please click here .

BENEFITS:
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. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: Benefits

OTHER INFORMATION:
ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS MAY BE MADE FROM THIS ANNOUNCEMENT TO FILL POSITIONS WITHIN THE SAME DIVISION WHEN THE POSITION INCLUDES SUBSTANTIALLY THE SAME DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES AND QUALIFICATIONS.

Policy has been implemented wherein support employees entering a position through a competitive OR non-competitive action may be precluded from moving to another position within the Bureau by means of reassignment or change to a lower grade for a minimum of 12 months. This policy does not apply to probationary employees. Probationary employees are generally precluded from being considered for all job opportunities until their 12-month probationary period has concluded.

Candidates are ineligible to apply if currently on a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP); or have failed a PIP and are currently awaiting the final action by your Human Resources Office.

A Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) is a 90-day written developmental plan for an employee whose performance on one or more critical elements is rated "Unacceptable".

All selectees, with the exception of current FBI employees, will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Following a COST TRANSFER you will be eligible for transfer after completing three years in the assignment. Additionally, NO COST TRANSFER require a one-year assignment commitment to be eligible for further FBI transfers.

Relocation expenses will be borne by the selectee, except FBI employees returning from Legat assignment.

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 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command, if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and other required documentation identified on the SF-15 to support your preference claim.

For further information on how to claim veteran's preference please go to Veteran's Preference

Applicants should keep their contact information updated on the USAJOBS registration page.

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.

Management has the prerogative to select at any grade for which this position has been announced.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and consent to a complete background investigation, urinalysis, and polygraph. You must be suitable for Federal employment; as determined by a background investigation. Only those candidates determined to be best qualified will be contacted to proceed in the selection process.

The FBI is in the Executive Branch of the federal government. It is one of the components of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The FBI is the principal investigative arm of the DOJ. All FBI positions are in the excepted service.

The FBI welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the person on the extension provided above. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. The FBI is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit.

The FBI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this vacancy. Except where otherwise provided 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 nonmembership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factors.

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