Integrated Ballistics Identification Systems Specialist (IBIS)

Washington D.C.
Nov 15, 2018
Nov 15, 2018
Full Time

Occasional travel - May be required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • May be required to serve a one year probationary period.
  • Pass drug screening and subject to random drug test.
  • Must successfully complete a background security investigation.
  • To qualify, you must meet all qualification requirements described in this announcement by the closing date.

    To qualify for the GS-11: You must have at least one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-9 grade level.

    Specialized experience is the ability and skills to use IBIS Systems, which incorporate the use of microscopy, measuring devices, photography, imaging techniques, firearms classification and other related firearms examinations to examine physical evidence associated with firearm related cases (e.g., firearms, bullets and cartridge cases).

    In lieu of specialized experience, you may qualify with the following education and/or combination of experience.

    You must have successfully completed a Ph.D. or equivalent graduate degree, or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in physical and biological sciences, police science, criminology, or law.  Course work in fields other than those specified may be accepted, if it clearly provides applicants with the background of knowledge and skills necessary for successful job performance in the position to be filled, or an LL.M. OR  I have equivalent combination of successfully completed Ph.D. level and specialized experience to meet total experience requirements. Only education in excess of the first 90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours i.e., beyond the third year is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. One full academic year of study/30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours beyond the second year is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience

    If using education to qualify, must provide unofficial or official transcripts.

    All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see  If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

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    Selective Service:  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See

    Periodic Reinvestigation:
    Subject to a 5-year periodic investigation

    Travel and relocation expenses: are not authorized and will not be paid.

    EEO Statement:
    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, (including pregnancy, gender identify and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability (physical and mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, retaliation, or other non-merit factor.

    Reasonable Accommodation Statement:
    ATF provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the job application and hiring process, and you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, please notify the human resources specialist listed on the vacancy announcement, or contact the ATF’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity at (202) 648-8760.  The decision on granting a reasonable accommodation is handled on a case-by-case basis.

    Federal Regulations state no ATF employee, his/her spouse, or his/her minor child shall have, directly or indirectly, any financial interest, including compensated employment, stock, or proprietary interest in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries. You should be aware that you may be asked to relinquish any ownership of or interests in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries before a determination can be made whether access to ATF information, information technology systems, and/or facilities can be authorized.

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

    Your application will be evaluated and rated under ATF's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Gold - applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of possession of all evaluation criteria, Silver - applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of possession of the evaluation criteria or Bronze - applicants possessing the specialized experience. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the Gold category who are eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans preference eligibles.
    The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies:

    1. Knowledge of various firearm calibers and caliber types and firearm function, malfunction and how they can be safely tested.
    2. Analytic ability, judgment, discretion and knowledge of NIBIN and IBIS applications and principles.
    3. Ability to effectively communicate in writing in order to produce clear, precise, and accurate draft notification.
    4. Ability to effective communicate orally to give testimony on techniques and protocols used by IBIS technology.
    5. Skill in working with digital photography and its use for recording observation and documenting evidence.

    To preview questions please click here.

    Read more Security clearance Top Secret

    Drug test required Yes

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