Chemist, ZP-1320-V (GS-15 Equivalent)

Washington D.C.
Jul 13, 2017
Jul 20, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The incumbent of this position will be responsible for evaluation, maintenance and licensing of NIST intellectual property.

Are you ready to explore your future with NIST?

Your application package may be shared with other selecting officials at NIST with opportunities like the one you are applying to. Additional selections may be made through this vacancy.

  • Occasional Travel
  • May require occasional travel to visit companies for transfer of technology, interagency practices

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  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (
  • You must be suitable for Federal Employment
  • This position requires the submission of a Financial Disclosure , OGE-450

    1. 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.
    2. 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.

    In addition to the basic requirements, applicants must have:
    At least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level (ZP-IV at NIST). Specialized experience is defined as knowledge of technology transfer and of scientific principles to understand reported inventions and their potential applications.

    Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement 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 OPM website located at http:///

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

    This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required prior to the final offer of employment.

    Foreign education: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying. For further information, visit:

    Applicants must meet requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Your resume must be complete (i.e., include dates of experience, salary, work schedule, etc.), detailed and relevant to the position.

    Q - Nonsensitive


    Responsible for evaluation, maintenance and licensing of NIST intellectual property. Applies expertise in the area of chemistry as a basis for understanding the physical parameters and potential applications of inventions from research either conducted at NIST or through NIST funded research programs. Applies scientific expertise in the area of chemistry to evaluate prior art in the technical field of the invention, work with inventors to support patenting as needed, and work with external organizations to negotiate licenses agreements on behalf of the United States government. Works with external inventions to determine government interest in the reported intellectual property as a representative of NIST. Applies expert scientific knowledge to serve as the NIST technical representative for SBIR awards and other extramural programs based on NIST intellectual property.

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