Supervisory Research Chemist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Feb 23, 2021
Closes
Feb 24, 2021
Function
Analyst, Research
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Office of Product Development (OPD), Materials Technical Support Division (MTCD) Ink Branch. Incumbent serves as a Supervisory Research Chemist responsible for leading the team who prepares complex acquisition packages along with highly technical material specifications and leads technical evaluations of major production material with an emphasis on Ink and related materials.

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Responsibilities

As a Supervisory Research Chemist, you will:

-Plan, direct and coordinate the activities of a team of materials program managers (CORs) and material scientists within the Ink Branch, rendering all necessary technical and administrative assistance to carry out the functions for preparing material specifications and technical evaluations of major production material acquisition.

-Schedule work of the Division, maintaining close liaison with officials of the Office of Currency Manufacturing, representatives of Supply Chain and the Office of Acquisitions so as to be informed regarding immediate and long range requirements to printing and packaging programs impacting the materials under the position's authority.

-Assist in trouble shooting problems relating to materials and systems problems arising during production.

-Implement, conduct, and determine resource requirements and modifies or terminates projects as necessary. Develop long-term program plans and objectives in conjunction with production needs. Periodically evaluate programs to assess their effectiveness and makes revisions to meet changing needs or to improve effectiveness.

-Oversee the preparation of technical documents, justifications for major procurements of materials, the technical evaluation and administration of contracts. Maintain a contract work file containing copies of the contract, records of all communications with vendors, laboratory data, and certificates of conformance.

Travel Required

25% or less - 1 to 5 Nights per month.

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be U.S. Citizen or U.S. National


The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector or volunteer service . To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your résumé.

SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS: A background investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for disqualification in the hiring process. The background investigation process conducted by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is very thorough. Therefore it is imperative that applicants exercise candor and honesty when answering background questionnaires, especially as it relates to arrest, employment, education, finances, illegal drug use, and/or other criminal history. Falsification discovered in security documents or during the background investigation process may result in an immediate negative suitability determination or immediate revocation of your interim clearance (if applicable).

Qualifications

You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Individual Occupational Educational Requirement for the 1320 Chemist Series:

A. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics.


OR


B. Combination of education and experience -- course work equivalent to a major as shown in A above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

AND

Specialized experience: For the GS-14, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes:

-Performing scientific research methods to investigate technologies and implement these technologies into current processes with minimal impact ;AND
-Performing acquisition functions for an agency/organization.

Examples of such specialized experience could be:
-Leading the overall direction of a technology development project: OR
-Conducting scientific research on the chemical and material characteristics used in special product manufacturing; OR
-Implementing technology development strategies for a program; OR
-Collaborating with external stakeholders to discuss/negotiate technology development project issues or program initiatives.

Education

Please see the "Qualifications" section for all of the education requirements.

The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Additional information

- We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
- This is a non-bargaining unit position.
- A recruitment incentive may be offered.
- We offer opportunities for telework.
- We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
- The facility typically shuts down annually between Christmas and New Year's Day. As such, all BEP employees must take leave for work days during the shutdown period.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- A one year probationary period may be required.
- A one year supervisory probationary period may be required.
- Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency
- If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
- Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
- Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
- Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment.
- Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
- Wear required safety clothing and/or equipment required by the position. This may include safety shoes, hard hats, hearing protection, gloves, masks, etc.
- Weekend work and overtime, if applicable, will be scheduled when needed based on production requirements as determined by Management.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application includes your résumé, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your résumé includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.

Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: Leadership, Technical, Project Management and Communication.

This Announcement is issued under "Direct Hire" Authority. consistent with 5 U.S.C 3304 and OPM regulations (5CFR 337 Subpart B) on direct-hire: All candidates who meet all the qualification and other eligibility requirements may be referred for consideration. Competitive examining rules providing for rating and ranking and veterans' preference do not apply.

Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview. We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP )) you must be assigned the middle category or better to be rated as "well qualified" to receive special selection priority.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Secret

Drug test required
Yes

Required Documents

A complete application includes 1. A résumé, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

All applicants are required to submit a résumé either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/date/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your résumé. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your résumé to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view résumé tips .

VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: Veterans' preference does not apply to Direct Hire Authority however, you are still encouraged to submit your documentation. Please see applicant guide for required documentation.

CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) OR INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents.

EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page . If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions .

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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