Physical Scientist

Employer
Department Of Homeland Securi...
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Mar 15, 2017
Closes
Mar 29, 2017
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

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
Joining the Secret Service, Office of Investigations, Forensic Services Division will allow you to expertise in quality assurance of forensic science disciplines to support criminal investigations carried out by the Secret Service. Apply for this exciting opportunity to impact the ability of the Secret Service to successfully complete its investigative mission. This Physical Scientist position starts at a salary of $94,796 (GS-13, step 1), with potential to $123,234 (GS-13, step 10). For more information on the Secret Service click here.

This position is covered by Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO) and additional compensation may be paid at the rate of up to 25% of the base salary.


TRAVEL REQUIRED:
  • Occasional Travel
  • Requires frequent travel to contractor facilities, crime scenes, and/or court proceedings.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS:
  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • Basic Requirements:

    1. Degree: physical science, 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; OR
    2. 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; AND
    GS-13: You qualify for the GS-13 level (starting salary $94,796) if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level performing duties such as: analyzing complex technical forensic analyses; serving as a team coordinator for an laboratory audits; planning and coordinating method development projects to improve quality assurance within the laboratory; coordinating and conducting training for developmental level specialists; preparing written reports based on quality assurance matters; testifying as an expert witness in the area of technical forensic discipline.

    National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience) 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.

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

    Conditions of Employment If selected for this position, you will be required to:

    • Obtain and maintain a top secret clearance. Completion of a single scope background investigation is required before appointment. 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.
    • Submit to a polygraph examination prior to your appointment.
    • Undergo frequent travel.
    • Physical Demands: work is primarily sedentary; however, walking, bending, and lifting is involved in laboratory and field work. Work is performed under conditions that can be demanding. Exposure to chemicals, glass, and gases require compliance with proper laboratory techniques and guidelines. Work requires frequent travel to contractor facilities, crime scenes, and/or court proceedings.
    • Work Environment: work requires regular and recurring exposure to irritant chemicals, inks and gases requiring the use of protective clothing, and other protective environmental devices.

    Top Secret