Interdisciplinary DR1301-04 Physical Scientist or DR-0401 Biological Scientist

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

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:              

-  Air Force Employees - Current, Permanent, Competitive Service, Career or

   Career-Conditional Employees

-  Air Force Employees - Current, Permanent, Excepted Service (e.g., DCIPS)

-  Employees who held PRIOR Permanent, Competitive Service, Career or

   Career-Conditional positions with Reinstatement Rights to the Competitive Service

-  Transfer-Current, Permanent (Non-Air Force) Career or

   Career-Conditional Appropriated Fund Employees

-  Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)

-  Executive Order (EO 13473) Certain Military Spouses

-  Executive Order (EO 12721) Certain Overseas Family Members

-  Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)

-  Employment of People with Disabilities

You must have one or more identified eligibilities in order to be considered.

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 PCS 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:

- This may/may not be a Testing Designated Position.  The incumbent may be subject to pre-employment drug testing as a condition of employment, and participation in random drug testing

- Your latest resume will be used to determine qualifications

- As a new federal employee you will be required to serve a 2-year probation period

- As a new Lab Demo employee you will be required to serve a 3 year probation period, to be served consecutively, if applicable.

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.


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.

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

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.

Incentives: Relocation and/or retention incentives may or may not be used.

90-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 90-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 90 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur. 

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 THE 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. 

This 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.

NOTE REGARDING BASIS OF RATING: The numeric rating you receive is based on 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.


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