Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Jun 13, 2017
Jul 12, 2017
Full Time

Department of Defense (DoD)

Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)

Mission Statement

At the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and United States Strategic Command (USSSTRATCOM) Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction/Standing Joint Force Headquarters-Elimination (DTRA/SCC-WMD/SJFHQ-E), 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/SCC-WMD/SJFHQ-E 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, comprehensive benefits and man professional development opportunities.

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

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel May Be Required

  • Yes
  • PCS/Recruitment Incentives May Be 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.
  • Performance during non-standard hours and weekends is anticipated.
  • This position has a Basic Requirement for the (1320) series: 

    Basic Requirements:

    A. Degree: physical sciences, life sciences, 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.


    B. 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.

    *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: 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 Tuesday, July 11, 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:

    • Researching and developing advanced techniques of appropriate experiments and theoretical investigations to enhance the performance of military systems and missions.
    • Developing and applying new technical approaches to assess Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) effects to support Warfighter and First Responder queries and operation.

    Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:

    1. Skill in researching developmental software and technology.

    2. Knowledge in chemistry, chemical engineering or a related technical field in order to know effect of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high explosives (CBRNE) weapons.

    3. Knowledge of program planning and budgeting.

    4. Ability to communicate effectively through written and oral communication.

    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:  Flexible

    PCS (GOVERNMENT HOME SALE): May be Authorized
    TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY:  This position is telework eligible
    SELECTIVE SERVICE REQUIREMENT:  Please visit  for more information.

    Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:

    Other Notes:

     Hiring Incentives such as, but not limited to Recruitment, Relocation and Retention Incentives, Superior Qualifications Authority (SQA), Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) may be authorized on a case by case basis and are subject to budgetary availability.

    Performance during non-standard hours and weekends is anticipated.

    Delegated  Examining -Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement upon its closing for up to 90 days.

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

    Top Secret/SCI


    As a Chemist you will be responsible for the following duties:

    • Develops and applies new technical approaches to assess Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) effects to support Warfighter and First Responder queries and operations.
  • Works from a broad reference base involving combat force operations, weapon effects and computer simulations, keeps abreast of latest scientific theories, experiments, and technology trends that may have bearing upon activities of the Agency.
  • Researches developmental software and technologies in operational context by direct contact with users and technology developers.
  • Develops advanced techniques of operations research and analysis in determining the impact of allied and opposing force modernization and weapon improvements on U.S. strategy, nuclear/conventional weapon requirements, and the operational battlefield environment.
  • Develops required programmatic and fiscal documentation to support the planning, programming, and budgeting system.
  • Interprets Agency policy and practices to steer specific research efforts in discussions with contractors.
  • Represents the Agency at the highest technical levels within the U.S. Government.
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