Biologist (Forensic), GS-0401-9
This position is located in the Office of Science and Technology within the Forensic Science Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland.
Serves as a trainee forensic biologist (DNA examiner) who is responsible for receiving formal instruction, on-the-job training and developmental assignments. The incumbent completes training assignments and basic examinations to develop skills that support the Bureau's enforcement programs.
NOTE: Additional selections may be made.
- Occasional Travel
- Travel up to 5 times per month.
Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
To qualify you must meet the basic requirements.
Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or higher that included a major field of study or specific course requirements in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
Where specific course requirements are not indicated in paragraph A, the number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the amount specified by the college or university attended. If this number cannot be obtained, 24 semester hours will be considered as equivalent to a major field of study. The nature and quality of this required course work must have been such that it would serve as a prerequisite for more advanced study in the field or subject-matter area. Related course work generally refers to courses that may be accepted as part of the program major.
Appropriate combination of education and experience in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Must provide transcripts to support basic requirements.
All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see www.ed.gov.
In addition to the basic requirements to qualify for the GS-9 you must have at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-7 grade level.
To qualify at the GS-9 level:
- Knowledge of forensic biology laboratory theories and practices obtained through experience working in a forensic laboratory.
- Knowledge of overall forensic capabilities.
- Experience maintaining chain of custody and sampling biological evidence for DNA analysis, as well as a familiarity with forensic biology instrumentation.
- Basic knowledge of evidence preservation and packaging.
The 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 Silver (minimum score of 85) or better 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.
Veteran Preference:If you are entitled to veteran preference, you should indicate the type of veteran preference you are claiming on your résumé.
In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of 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 a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
In addition,if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit the October 2013 Revised Standard Form (SF) 15, “Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference,” and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.
Although veteran preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under “How You Will Be Evaluated,” veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified.
To qualify you must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.