Interdiscipline DR-1301-04 Principal Physical Scientist or DR-0401-04 Principal Biological Scientis

Arlington, Virginia
Sep 18, 2017
Sep 18, 2017
Full Time

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL): Lead, Discover, Develop, Deliver

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research continues to expand the horizon of scientific knowledge through its leadership and management of the Air Force's basic research program. As a vital component of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), AFOSR's mission is to support Air Force goals of control and maximum utilization of air, space, and cyberspace.

AFOSR accomplishes its mission by investing in basic research efforts for the Air Force in relevant scientific areas. Central to AFOSR's strategy is the transfer of the fruits of basic research to industry, the supplier of Air Force acquisitions; to the academic community which can lead the way to still more accomplishment; and to the other directorates of AFRL that carry the responsibility for applied and development research leading to acquisition.

More details about how AFOSR accomplishes its mission can be found in the Technical Strategic Plan.

Who May Apply:  U.S. Citizens

Position Summary:

The incumbent serves as the Chief, Physics, Chemistry, and Biological Sciences Branch by advising the Chief, Science & Engineering Directorate, in overall strategy and review activities.

Position Location:

Arlington, VA ~ Air Force Office of Scientific Research - Physical and Biological Science Branch

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Occasional travel - Travel and/or performance of additional duties may be required.

Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes Relocation will be paid in accordance with the Joint Travel Regulation

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Position is subject to provision of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate security clearance
  • Conditions of Employment/Other Significant Facts:  

    ·   Your latest resume will be used to determine qualifications.

    ·   This may be a Testing Designated Position. The incumbent may be subject to pre-employment drug testing

        condition of employment and participation in random drug testing.  

    ·   You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance ·   A one year probationary period is required for all new federal employees

    ·   A 3 year probationary period is required for all new Lab Demo employees (served consecutively with the


    ·   This position is subject to provisions of the DOD Priority Placement Program

    Specialized Experience:

    I have at least 52 weeks (1 year) of specialized experience equivalent to at least the DR-03/GS-14 grade level or higher grade within the Federal Civil Service, non-federal, military service, or private industry, or equivalent under other pay systems.

    Specialized experience is experience in scientific research in support of defense related areas of interest including, but not limited to, directed energy; Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance; human performance; biological, and/or sustainment and multi-functional applications.

    Education Qualification:

    1301-Principal Physical Scientist

    A)  At least a bachelor degree in 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)  A Combination of education and experience – my education is 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.


    0401 Principal Biological Scientist

    A)  At least a bachelor degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


    B)   A combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    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.

    All candidates MUST provide college or university transcripts to support educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Are You Using Your 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 Special Instructions:   Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements.  However, you must show proof of 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. For more information click here.

    Males born after 31 December 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.  For additional information, click here.

    Military Spouse Preference (MSP):   Click here for specific program requirements.  To request MSP hiring preference, you must submit the following additional documents:

       ·  Statement requesting MSP; and

       ·  Copy of military sponsor's PCS orders

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here.  To be well-qualified and receive consideration for this special priority selection, displaced Federal employees must be rated in the Highly or Best Qualified categories.

    Reemployment Annuitant: Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants.  Click here for more information.

    It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual.  Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities.  Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

    EEO Statement:  The DEPARTMENT OF AIR FORCE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.  Selection will be made without regard to non-merit factors such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, age, politics, disability, or sexual orientation, which do not relate to successful performance of the duties of the position except where specifically authorized by law.

    The agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility and qualifications.  Please follow all instructions carefully as errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment. 

    Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.

    The numeric rating you receive is based upon YOUR responses to the questionnaire.  The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the specialized experience, education requirements (if applicable), and competencies required of this position.

    Your responses to the questionnaire will be compared to the documents you submit.   The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire.   If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

    Basis of Rating:  Your application will be rated under the Category Rating procedures based on the extent to which the quality, depth, and complexity of your experience and education relate to the qualifications requirement.  Veteran's Preference is still applied in Category Rating procedures.  Veteran's Preference eligibles are listed ahead of Non-Veteran's Preference eligibles within each category.


    Category – Best Qualified:  Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience that exceeds well above the minimum requirements.


    Category – Highly Qualified:  Candidates in this category possess skills and experience above the minimum requirements.


    Category - Qualified: Candidates in this category meet minimum education and/or experience requirements.

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