Physical Scientist

Washington, D.C
Jun 20, 2022
Jun 24, 2022
Full Time

The selectee will serve as a Physical Scientist in the Office of Technical Development and Mission Support, Technical Security Division. Typical work assignments include:
  • Directing, developing, formulating, managing, planning, and executing programs; testing, evaluating and developing protocols for new Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) and contraband detection and mitigation systems; and evaluating technology for the detection of CBRNE and other contraband.
  • Generating, collecting, developing, and analyzing process improvement, Research and Development, and Test and Evaluation information to support the enhancement of procedures and equipment for operational programs.
  • Managing contractual efforts by preparation of pre-solicitation documentation, evaluation of proposals, monitoring of awarded contracts and maintaining scientific cognizance throughout the progress of the contract work; Monitoring and controlling financial plan execution, ensuring obligations and expenditures meet target guidelines and ensuring program and fund control procedures are in accordance with statutory and administrative policies and practices.
  • Preparing and providing trainings, technical briefings, specifications, user guides, and documentation of activities as required, such as monthly updates, briefing books, project displays, and official files.

This Physical Scientist position starts at a salary of $106,823 (GS-13 step 01), with promotion potential to $164,102 (GS-14 step 10).


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship is required.

Conditions of Employment:

If selected for this position, you will be required to:
  • Obtain and maintain a top secret Tier 5 clearance. For more information visit OPM Mythbuster Page .
  • Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
  • Certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so, if you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959.
  • Submit to a polygraph examination prior to your appointment.
  • Financial disclosure report required.



You must meet the basic requirement(s) for this position. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Individual Occupational Requirements (IORs) for the Chemistry Series, 1301 are as follows:

(A) Degree: physical sciences, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.


(B) Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


Specialized experience is defined as:

You qualify for the GS-13 level (starting salary $106,823) if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level performing duties such as: advising on weapons and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) material threats; testing, evaluating and developing protocols for new threat material or contraband detection and mitigation; and managing procurements or interagency agreements for scientific projects.

You qualify for the GS-14 level (starting salary $126,233) if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level performing duties such as: developing and recommending initiatives related to environmental monitoring, investigative operations, or the protection of persons and infrastructure; providing advanced briefings on weapons or chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) threat materials; and managing the planning, development, design and direction of procurements or interagency agreements for scientific projects.

Qualifications Must Be Met: The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.


Please see the Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR) referenced in the "Qualifications" section.

Additional information

Building on a Tradition of Excellence and Meeting the Challenges of the Future The Secret Service is a premier law enforcement organization with two critical national security missions: protect our nation's leaders and to conduct criminal investigations. Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crime or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the Secret Service, we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity and courage. In the Secret Service, we:
  • Protect the President, the Vice President, and other leaders; investigate threats against them; and safeguard their residences and other facilities
  • Plan and implement security designs for National Special Security Events
  • Investigate financial crimes including fraud, identity theft and computer-based attacks on banking or telecommunications infrastructure

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Additional selections may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade and unit occur.

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment , and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

This position may require a credit check after initial job qualifications have been determined.