Rockville, Maryland
Jul 27, 2019
Aug 03, 2019
Full Time


This position is in the Division of Textile Flammability and Electrical Engineering (LSE) in the Directorate for Laboratory Sciences (LS) in the Office of Hazard Identification and Reduction (EXHR) at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The Division is responsible for providing technical expertise, supporting hazard reduction projects, and conducting product safety assessments associated with textiles and materials flammability, electrical engineering, etc...

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The CPSC is seeking recent graduates under the Pathways Program. This position is provided for recent graduates with a desire to work in the consumer product safety field and/or public sector and assignments are designed to complement the graduates educational field while meeting the expressed needs of the agency and CPSC organizations.

The selected candidate will serve as a professional and technical expert in the area of textile science and technology, textile and related materials flammability, and fire safety as it relates to the range of fire hazards and performance requirements of textile-based consumer products. The selectee will report to the Division Director and is responsible for applying technical expertise to organize and complete a variety of assignments in the specialized technical area. The selectee organizes, plans, and conducts product evaluations, compliance assessments, and scientific analyses. He/she will establish, standardized tests on a range of textile products and applies analytical methods to measure, record, and interpret the results. Assignments typically involve different and unrelated methodologies and procedures. The selectee will participate in product teams and provide technical expertise to support larger products and solve problems assigned to a specific team. He/she recognizes and identifies unusual technical issues and refers complex problems to the Division Director or appointed Senior Staff member. Selectee is responsible for applying applicable technical expertise and knowledge to all assigned duties.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S Citizen.
  • Must meet Pathways Recent Graduate program requirements.

This is an appointment under the CPSC Recent Graduate program. You must have graduated within the past two years, from a qualifying educational institution or certificate program. The program duration is two years. Upon successful completion of the program and at the agency's discretion, the appointee may be converted to a permanent position in the competitive service. Appointee must sign a Participant Agreement. Recent Graduates will enter a formal training program with a mentor and execute an Individual Development Plan outlining training requirements and program expectations. The entire duration of the Recent Graduate Appointment constitutes a trial period.

This is a Public Trust Position. Employment in this position requires a background investigation. If you are selected and cannot obtain a favorable security determination within a reasonable period of time due to disclosed or undisclosed background issues, the tentative employment offer may be withdrawn.

Selectees will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

If you are a male 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. Please see http://www.sss.gov for more information.

The selectee will be required to complete a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the I-9 Form . We will compare information provided on the I-9 Form to records available from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The system confirms employee's identity and eligibility to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.


Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements to participate in this program:
  • You must have a final cumulative Grade Point Average of at least a 3.0.
  • Current Students may apply up to 90 days prior to their graduation date.
  • Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.
  • Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have as much as six years after degree completion to apply.
  • May submit unofficial transcript(s). Official transcript(s) will be required, if applicant is selected for a position.

In order to be creditable under the provision, superior academic achievement (SAA) must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled.

SAA is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership. Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses. Applicants must have a grade-point average of:
  • 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on your official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; OR
  • 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.

    These honor societies are listed by the Association of College Honor Societies.


Mandatory Education Requirement. All applicants must meet one of the following requirements to qualify:

GS-07: Applicants must have 1 full year of graduate level education or undergraduate superior academic achievement. The area of study for undergraduate or graduate education must be in textile technology or have taken courses equivalent to a major in textile technology that included at least 20 semester hours in textile technology and closely related subjects such as textile science, materials science, fire science, electrical engineering, fire protection engineering, etc...

GS-09: Applicants must have a Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B or J.D. The area of study for graduate education must be in textile technology or have taken courses equivalent to a major in textile technology that included at least 20 semester hours in textile technology and closely related subjects such as textile science, materials science, fire science, electrical engineering, fire protection engineering, etc...

All applicants MUST submit a copy of their college transcripts with the degree conferred date. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable during the application process. Official transcripts will be required upon appointment.

All materials must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement.

All education claimed by applicants will be verified.

Additional information

CPSC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in this vacancy announcement.

All the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application, by checking reference and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you or for firing you after you begin work.

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application includes: (1) Your resume, (2) Responses to the online questions, and (3) Required supporting documents.

After the vacancy closes, we will review your application package to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. Your resume must support your responses to the job specific assessment questionnaire, level of education claimed, experience, and/or training. To remain in consideration for this position, please ensure your resume covers this requirement and that your application has been successfully submitted as part of your on-line application. Creation of this package includes completing the on-line assessment questionnaire, uploading your resume, and uploading any required supporting documents.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

In addition to your resume, the following documents are required for this position:

If you are a Veteran claiming 5-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof of eligibility. If you are a Veteran claiming 10-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference, plus the proof required by that form. You can find additional information about Veterans' Preference.

You must submit your college transcripts (unofficial are acceptable).

If you are graduating in the Summer of 2019, you must provide proof of graduation before appointment.

All supplemental documents must be submitted electronically before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:

1. Download from your USAJOBS account; or
2. Upload your file(s); or
3. Fax using the online Fax Cover Sheet.

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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