Chemist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
May 01, 2017
Closes
Aug 01, 2017
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win...in air, space and cyberspace. To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.

These positions are being filled under Expedited Hiring Authority (EHA) for Defense Acquisition Workforce Positions and Health Care Occupations. The Secretary of the Air Force has delegated authority by the Office Of the Secretary of Defense to directly appoint individuals to select defense acquisition workforce positions, or 'EHA Acquisition,' pursuant to the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) and certain health care occupations, or 'EHA Medical.' Positions are located Air Force-Wide. Positions may be filled as permanent or term with a full-time or part-time work schedule. Pay will vary by geographic location.

This is a Direct Hire Public Notice, under this recruitment procedure applications will be accepted for each location/ installation identified in this Public Notice and selections are made for vacancies as they occur. There may or may not be actual/projected vacancies at the time you submit your application.

This Public Notice is to gather applications which may or may not result in a referral or selection.

This Public Notice may be used to fill positions in other equivalent pay systems (i.e., NH, NJ, NK).

Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration.


TRAVEL REQUIRED:
  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov
  • Total salary varies depending on location of position
  • PCS expenses if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations
  • Recruitment incentives may be authorized
  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

    Degree in physical sciences, life science, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics
    OR
    Combination of Education and Experience - course work equivalent to a major as shown in A above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:

    FOR GS-7: At least one year of specialized experience to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal service, which has equipped the applicant with 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 to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

    FOR GS-9: At least one year of specialized experience to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal service, which has equipped the applicant with 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 to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

    FOR GS-11: At least one year of specialized experience to at least the GS-9 level in the Federal service, which has equipped the applicant with 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 to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

    FOR GS-12: At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service, which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skill, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Example of this experience involves using conventional methods and techniques, though going beyond clear precedents, and requires adapting methods to the problems at hand and interpreting findings in terms of their scientific significance.

    FOR GS-13: At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service, which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skill, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of this experience includes: planning, arranging, and managing data collection and preliminary analysis work; using judgment to determine the areas that need study and using ingenuity to devise and plan projects that thoroughly investigate those areas; developing new information, considering data from a variety of sources, and modifying and originating, approaches, methods, and procedures to plan and carry out assignments.

    FOR GS-14: At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service, which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skill, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of this experience includes: establishing and implementing top level strategy, objectives, and performance measures for assigned projects, prioritizing work, and determining funding needs and allocation; providing expert advice and assistance to scientists and officials on a wide range of matters.

    Click on the following link to view experience qualification requirements for this position:
    http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=GS-PROF

    Click on the following link to view occupational requirements for this position:
    http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1300/chemistry-series-1320/

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
    1. Professional knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices of Chemistry.
    2. Knowledge and/or experience to provide consultation addressing a wide variety of complex and analytical issues.
    3. Skill in written and oral communications to a diverse audience. Must be able to communicate effectively with technicians, senior scientists, commanders, etc.
    4. Ability to review complex analytical data using basic chemical and instrumental knowledge and apply laboratory policies and procedures to draw conclusions as to the validity and reliability of the data. Ability to observe standard policies, practices, and methods, draw conclusions to enhance or monitor the quality of them and propose improvements if required.
    5. Ability to plan, organize, coordinate and direct work and programs in situations where numerous diverse demands are involved.

    PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

    VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

    ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

    • Position may be subject to random drug testing
    • Employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends and/or holidays
    • Shift work and emergency overtime may be required
    • Employee must maintain current certifications
    • Position may require an appropriate security clearance

    Secret


    DUTIES:

    • Investigate, analyze, and interpret the composition, molecular structure and chemical reactions of substances; the prediction of transformation they undergo; and the amount of matter and energy included in these transformations.
    • Plan, execute, and report on original studies or ongoing studies with a fresh approach to resolve new problems. Plan, coordinate, and implement tests and conduct projects. Serve as an advisor to other scientists.
    • Use initiative, resourcefulness, and past personal experience to deviate from established approaches and precedents to develop methods and procedures and to apply principles and theories.
    • Represent an authoritative source of consultation for other scientists and program specialists and are called upon to perform a key role in resolving issues that significantly affect scientific programs.
    • Make long-range and controversial proposals and defend their findings and recommendations in public or high level forums.