Silver Spring, Maryland
May 09, 2021
May 16, 2021
Full Time


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You will serve as Supervisory Patent Attorney at Naval Medical Research Center, Silver Spring, MD.
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  • You will provide the full range of legal advice and services to Naval Medical Research Center clients.
  • You will serve as a supervisory attorney within a component of Office of the General Counsel of the Navy (OGC).
  • You will apply expertise in one or more of the technical disciplines of science or engineering to provide, or ensure the provision of, legal advice and guidance on a wide range of patent issues, from basic to more complex or advanced patent concerns.
The NRMC Office of Counsel consists of a paralegal and three attorneys, including the Counsel, who reports to the Counsel and Deputy Counsel, Office of Naval Research (ONR). This is a senior position that will be filled at the GS-15 level.

NMRC is located with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in the Innoye Building at the U.S. Army Forest Glen Annex in Silver Spring, Maryland, and is situated between Brooksville Road and Linden Lane. The location is near to Silver Spring and Bethesda, Md. shops, restaurants, entertainment and major highway access. The NMRC is a premier research organization with a network of eight laboratories located throughout the United States and around the world providing operationally relevant health and medical research solutions supporting the operational forces. Research focuses on the following areas: biological defense; infectious diseases; combat casualty care; dental and biomedical research; environmental health; aerospace medicine; undersea medicine; medical modeling, simulation and mission support; warfighter performance; and epidemiology and behavioral sciences. The R&D enterprise has over 1500 employees including researchers, physician- scientists, technicians, administrators and support personnel all dedicated to accomplishing NMRC's mission, vision and strategic goals. Specifically, legal matters supported by the Office of Counsel include intellectual property, technology transfer, fiscal law, civilian personnel law, ethics and standards of conduct, work for private parties, and associated litigation matters."

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • Must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.
  • New employees to the Department of the Navy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
  • Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • You will be required to obtain and maintain an interim and/or final security clearance prior to entrance on duty. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal.
  • You will be required to complete ethics orientation within three months of appointment and submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450, within 30 days of appointment.
  • This position may require travel from normal duty station to CONUS and OCONUS and may include remote or isolated sites. You must be able to travel on military and commercial aircraft for extended periods of time.


To be eligible for consideration and selection, applicants must have a minimum of 5-1/2 years of successful experience practicing intellectual property law, including significant experience as a transactional practitioner advising clients. The applicant must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent training in: biology; chemistry; immunology, cell biology, medical or biomedical physics; biomedical engineering; or biochemistry, or a related field and the applicant must also have either an advanced degree (at least at the Masters degree level) in a biological; biochemical; chemical; biomedical; or bioengineering field of study from an accredited college or university or at least five years of experience as a research scientist.

The successful applicant must have graduated from a law school that is accredited by the American Bar Association, be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia, and be admitted to practice before a state or federal court, and be admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. U.S. citizenship is a requirement of the position and the successful applicant must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET clearance.

Upon consideration, applicants will be evaluated on (1) the depth, breadth, and quality of their experience in intellectual property law and other legal areas supported by this position as identified above; (2) their supervisory, management, and leadership ability; (3) their analytical, research, and writing skills; and (4) their oral communication and interpersonal skills to include the ability to establish relationships, to work effectively with military and civilian clients, and to work as part of a team. A doctoral degree in: biology; chemistry; immunology, cell biology, medical or biomedical physics; biomedical engineering; or biochemistry, or a related field, is a plus. Familiarity with the Department of the Navy and OGC is not required, but is desirable.

Applicants should submit a resume; two writing samples (less than five pages each, excerpts acceptable); two most recent performance appraisals (if available); and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references (other than current supervisor) who may be contacted as part of the application process.


Additional information

A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD Form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty") to their submissions.
Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim a 10-point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed. (SF-15, which lists the types of 10-point preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management Website at .)

Not all veterans are preference eligible. For a summary of time periods, campaigns, and conditions that entitle an applicant to preference eligibility, please visit , , and see the Veterans' Preference Advisor, operated by the Department of Labor at .

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy or gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

If relocation expenses are a requirement, the applicant should state their requirement for this expense in the application package. Relocation expenses may be paid, but are not guaranteed.

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) funding may be available to those eligible.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience.

As vacancies occur, the Human Resources Office will review your resume to ensure you meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements listed in this flyer. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume, along with your supporting documentation.

If selected, you may be required to provide additional supporting documentation.

If after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may be found ineligible/not qualified.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

All qualification requirements must be met before being considered for any vacancies.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

A complete resume is required. Your resume must show relevant experience, job title, duties and accomplishments. Your resume must show complete information for each job entry to support minimum qualifications. The following information should be provided in your resume, but it is acceptable to provide elsewhere in your application package: employer's name, starting and end dates (Mo/Yr), hours per week, and pay plan, series and grade level (e.g. GS-0201-09) for relevant federal experience.TIP: A good way to ensure you include all essential information is to use the Resume Builder in USAJOBS to create your resume.

Are you claiming membership in any professional organizations, or possession of a license, certificate or credentials? Check the Conditions of Employment section above to see if any are required. If you claim membership, license, certification, or credentials, you must submit a copy of said document in your application package.

Are you using education as a substitute for some or all of the experience requirement? Is there a basic education requirement for this position? Check the Education section above to see what is allowed and what is required. Any claims you make in your resume or assessment questionnaire regarding education or degrees MUST be supported by submitting with your application official or unofficial transcripts or a list of courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned issued from your school. While unofficial transcripts are acceptable for initial application, an official transcript will ultimately be required if you are selected for the position. You may submit a copy your degree(s) if specific coursework does not have to be verified.

Are you a veteran claiming 5-point veterans' preference or claiming sole survivorship preference? You must submit a copy of your latest DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (any copy that shows all dates of service, as well as character of service [Honorable, General, etc.] is acceptable) OR a VA letter that shows dates of service or service connected disability AND character of service. If you have more than one DD-214 for multiple periods of active duty service, submit a copy for each period of service. If you were issued a DD-215 to amend aforementioned information on the DD-214 you must submit that too. If you are not sure of your preference eligibility, visit the Department of Labor's website: Veterans' Preference Advisor

Are you a disabled veteran or claiming 10-point veterans' preference?
If you are eligible to claim 10 point veterans preference you must submit a DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty as described above for 5-point preference.

You must also provide the applicable supporting documentation of your disability (e.g. disability letter from the VA) as described on Standard Form-15 (SF-15). .

Are you an active duty service member? Active Duty Service Members are required to submit a statement of service printed on command letterhead and signed by the command. The statement of service must provide the branch of service, rate/rank, all dates of service, the expected date of discharge and anticipated character of service (Honorable, General, etc.).

Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents contain personal information such as SSN and DOB and some documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove said personal information before you submit your application. You must provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected.

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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