Biologist (Regional Science Manager)

Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Apr 14, 2017
Apr 27, 2017
Full Time

Department of Defense (DoD)
Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)

Mission Statement
At the Defense Threat Reduction Agency we work as One Team in support of our mission: Safeguarding the United States and its allies from global weapons of mass destruction threats by integrating, synchronizing, and providing expertise, technologies, and capabilities.  We have an inclusive work environment that promotes a highly-qualified and diverse workforce capable of meeting the demands of such a critical mission.  Whether your career is in an administrative support staff position or in a professional/technical area such as science, engineering, accounting or program management, DTRA offers a unique opportunity to join an innovative team of professionals dedicated to making the world safer.  If you're ready to be entrusted with helping to safeguard the United States and its allies, DTRA offers a rewarding career with competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits and many professional development opportunities.

The CTR Directorate is responsible for implementing projects in cooperation with the governments of countries of the Former Soviet Union (FSU) and non-FSU countries, as directed, to (1) Dismantle weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and associated infrastructure; (2) Consolidate and secure WMD and related technology and materials; (3) Increase transparency and encourage higher standards of conduct; (4) Support defense and military cooperation with the goal of preventing proliferation to reduce the threat of WMD terrorism; and (5) Synchronize CTR activities with related United States Government (USG) and allied programs.

The incumbent serves as a Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) Regional Science Manager and, as such, serves as the focal point for a variety of CTR scientific and technical engagement projects within CBEP in a specific geographic area and is thus responsible for planning, programming, budgeting, and leading execution of CTR biological science & technical projects by serving as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) and Grants Officer's Representative (GOR) for projects funded through CTR legislation. Work is executed within the assigned geographical area, and all projects support the overall CTR effort to execute the safe, secure, and environmentally sounds elimination of WMD and associated equipment and facilities in accordance with federally established acquisition guidelines.  The incumbent will provide administrative supervision, technical and fiscal direction, and management to assigned personnel, to include professional staff and contractor support teams.  The Regional Science Manager conducts technical biological discussions with counterparts in the assigned geographic area to develop and manage their overall cooperative biological science engagement portfolio, and provides scientific, technical and programmatic support to CBEP and CTR Leadership, COCOMs, and a variety of other DoD, U.S. Government, international partners, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and host nation agencies and ministries as directed/required. 

This position is being filled under the Acquisition Expedited Hiring Authority (EHA) using OPM's Direct Hire Authority.

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: This announcement is open to: All U.S. Citizens

  • 50% or Greater
  • TDY to CONUS and OCONUS location included remote sites is required up to 50% of the incumbent's time.

  • No

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.
  • This is a drug testing designated position.
  • This position has a Basic Requirement for the 0401 series: 

    Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
    Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    *NOTE:  Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.

    The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened from the Office of Personnel Management's (OPMs) basic qualifications requirements. See:  for OPM qualification standards, competencies and specialized experience needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES  and QUALIFICATIONS sections of this announcement by Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

    You must have one year Specialized Experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service (experience may have been gained in the private/military sector) giving the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position.  Experience must be reflected in your resume.

    Specialized experience required for this position is: 
    Knowledge of a wide range of concepts, principles, and practices in the areas of program management, administration, acquisition, biological sciences research & development, test and evaluation and/or similar areas. 
    Knowledge of project management functions, including planning, programming, budgeting, procurement, logistics, and resource management. Incumbent possesses skills required to develop and execute comprehensive and complex biological CTR project plans. 
    Knowledge in developing and/or implementing successful international biological science research programs and/or projects in low-middle income countries.
    Knowledge of biorisk management and disease surveillance (detection, diagnosis, and reporting) principles, methodologies, approaches, and best practices.

    Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:

    Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level. 

    WORK SCHEDULE:  Full Time
    OVERTIME: Occasionally
    TOUR OF DUTY:  Standard
    TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY:  This position is telework eligible


    SELECTIVE SERVICE REQUIREMENT:  For more information please visit 

    Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:  

    Other Notes:

    Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a two-year probationary period.

    Incumbent must be willing to undergo pre-employment drug testing and periodic drug testing thereafter.

    TDY to CONUS and OCONUS locations included remote sites is required up to 50% of the incumbent's time.

    This is an Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L) Workforce Critical Acquisition Position (CAP) in General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Career Field (Series 0401).  The incumbent will be required to become certified, Level 2 in the applicable career field within 24 months, unless a Position Requirement Waiver is approved to extend the 24 months. Level 2 Certification in Program Management in accordance Defense Acquisition Workforce guidelines.

    The incumbent of this position must have or be able to obtain a SECRET clearance based on a favorable
    Single Scope Background Investigation.

    Medical inoculations recommended for entry into certain geographic areas that have known disease prevalence for which U.S. citizens are not routinely inoculated.  The incumbent is encouraged to receive inoculations, however, the decision to accept them is totally voluntary.

    The President has ordered a government-wide hiring freeze subject to certain limited exceptions. This position is subject to the hiring freeze. Although we are moving forward with the consideration of candidates, we will not make a selection for this vacancy announcement unless and until the position is no longer subject to the hiring freeze.

    All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.


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