Chemist (Forensic Research) (Public Flyer)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jul 14, 2019
Closes
Jul 16, 2019
Function
Analyst, Research
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

Do you have a passion for public service? The United States Secret Service (USSS) is looking for you! The USSS is a premier law enforcement organization with two (2) critical national security missions: protect our nation's leaders and to conduct criminal investigations.

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Responsibilities

The Secret Service is seeking to hire talented individuals to:
  • Perform a wide variety of duties requiring a comprehensive knowledge of and extensive experience in the full range of forensic science methodologies; conceive, plan, coordinate, and conduct research and development projects for the solution of highly complex problems related to forensic techniques such as latent fingerprint detection, ink identification and dating, credit card analysis, image enhancement, counterfeit currency analysis, forensic evidence tracking, surveillance and polygraph techniques.
  • Testify under direct or cross-examination, providing expert opinions and interpretations anticipate challenges to testimony, and adeptly defend and justify conclusions. Assist in trial preparation for prosecution of criminal cases by advising the U.S. Attorney of the evidentiary value or significance of the results of chemical analysis and the scientific bases for the opinions which will be rendered.
  • Use a variety of laboratory instruments and techniques such as lasers and infrared, ultraviolet, and monochromatic light sources to examine a variety of surfaces, determine the existence and nature of any material alternations, and provide expert analyses of the results.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional Travel

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14 - If selected at the GS-14 level, the full performance level is GS-14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship is required.

  • Security Clearance: Top Secret
  • Submit to and pass a polygraph examination prior to your appointment
  • Pass a drug test (urinalysis)
  • Certify you have registered with the Selective Service System if you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, or certify you are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.


Qualifications

You must demonstrate at least one (1) year of the defined specialized experience and meet the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR).

Specialized experience is defined as performing such duties as:
  • GS-14: plans, coordinates, and conducts research and development projects for the solution of highly complex problems related in latent fingerprint detection, ink identification and dating, credit card analysis, image enhancement, counterfeit currency analysis, and forensic evidence tracking; assists in trial preparation for prosecution of criminal cases providing chemical analyses and scientific bases for the opinions; uses a variety of laboratory instruments and techniques (i.e., lasers and infrared, ultraviolet and monochromatic light sources); draft proposals, results of analyses, and evaluations, develop new standard and guidelines; and provides expert opinions, interpretations, and testimony.

AND

OPMs Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR) is defined as:

https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf

Education

See Qualifications section

Additional information

Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crimes or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the USSS we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity, and courage.

The Office of the Investigations, Forensic Services Division (FSD), is responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating all forensic science activities in the Secret Service to include the expert examination of questioned documents, fingerprints, papers, inks, and other related materials; the administration of a polygraph examination program conducted in the field offices nationwide; and the analysis and preparation of photographs/evidence for court appearances.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

See How To Apply section

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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