Physical Scientist

Fort Belvoir, Virginia
May 18, 2017
Jun 02, 2017
Full Time

Department of Defense (DoD)

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.

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

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasionally

  • Yes
  • PCS is authorized

  • 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 1301 series:

    A. 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.

    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.

    *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

    Thursday, June 01, 2017.

    You must have one year Specialized Experience equivalent to the GS-13 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: 

  • Experience in all nuclear monitoring and forensics phenomenologies, technologies, and systems including radionuclide, seismic, hydroacoustic, infrasound collections and monitoring systems, and associated in-situ analyses. 
  • Experience leading and managing research programs and associated budget planning and execution in order to apply new technologies to problems not resolvable through conventional methods, especially those that are specifically relevant to CTBT nuclear test monitoring technologies and techniques.
  • 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: Rarely
    TOUR OF DUTY:  Flexible
    RECRUITMENT INCENTIVES:  Maybe authorized
    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:
    All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.

    Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.

    Overtime/compensatory time is limited to periods of heightened activity involving agency response to significant events, troubleshooting and resolution of technical issues, or working short suspense tasks. Compensatory time will be given for instances where, with prior supervisory approval, the incumbent is required to work beyond normal duty schedule.

    This is an Acquisition Position in the Systems Planning Research, Development Engineering – Systems Engineering Career field.  Required to become certified, Level II within 24 months, unless a Position Requirements Waiver is approved to extend the 24 months.  Additional certifications in Program Management are highly desired. Must meet requirements for membership in the DoD Acquisition Corps. The selectee for this position will be required to sign a written agreement to remain in this critical acquisition position for a minimum of 3 years.

    Occasional out-of-area travel within the United States and overseas will be required to attend professional conferences and symposia, as well as to interact with performers and users, oversee tests and field demonstrations, and to review contractor performance.

    Appointment is subject to completion of a 2 year probationary period.

    Top Secret/SCI

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