Forensic Chemist (US Postal Inspection Service)

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Washington, D.C
Jul 19, 2021
Jul 27, 2021
Full Time


Come join the U.S. Postal Inspection Service!

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is seeking to fill a Forensic Chemist position in the USPIS National Forensic Laboratory in Dulles, VA outside Washington D.C.
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  • Conducts detailed and complex and sensitive chemical and physical forensic examinations through the application of scientific practices for the recognition, collection, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence for criminal and civil law or regulatory purposes utilizing the most appropriate scientific methodologies that include a variety of instrumental, chemical, and physical examination techniques.
  • Exercises independent discretion and judgment to render conclusions, form opinions and produce reports based on the examination and analysis of evidence and interpretation of scientific observations and data.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert and technical advisor in matters relating to the proper collection, preservation, packaging, and submission of criminal evidence; participates in crime scene evidence collection activities in major field investigations; ensures evidence handling requirements are met.
  • Provides interpretations, conclusions and opinions through expert witness testimony; produces comprehensive reports and illustrative exhibits for federal, state and local judicial proceedings at a level sufficient to explain evidence interpretation and conclusions from forensic examinations and scientific data to a lay audience.
  • Assists with ongoing evaluation and validation of laboratory instrumentation and methods, operating protocols, and safety practices; maintains awareness of safety procedures and identifies possible physical conditions and/or laboratory procedures that may create unsafe conditions.
  • Assists with planning and delivery of laboratory services, evidence collection, and field examination training.
  • Designs, develops, and conducts studies and research for improving forensic analyses, scientific methods, and criminal identification procedures.
  • Acts as liaison with postal management and federal, state, and local representatives on technical developments, forensic methods, and investigative problems of common interest.
  • Participates in professional associations; maintains technical resource documentation.

  • Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential
    2 - W2-02.


    Conditions of Employment

    Key Requirements
    • You must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident alien status.
    • This job has an education requirement.
    The US Postal Inspection Service is seeking to fill one Forensic Chemist position at the USPIS National Forensic Laboratory in Dulles, VA outside Washington, D.C. This position is with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and is Headquarters/Headquarters-related.

    Duties and qualifications required for the position are available through the link under "How to Apply".

    Come work in an energetic, lively and collegial atmosphere on a wide range of complex, fast-paced, challenging matters.

    Qualified applicant must successfully pass a drug screening and background investigation.


  • Knowledge of forensic science techniques, laboratory protocols, scientific methodologies, and forensic physical, instrumental, and chemical examination procedures sufficient to conduct detailed and complex analyses and interpret the value of evidentiary items.
  • Knowledge of evidence collection, preservation, packaging and shipment procedures sufficient to serve as a technical advisor in such matters, and to ensure evidence handling requirements are met.
  • Ability to conduct research and prepare technical papers for publication and presentation at professional meetings.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing in order to prepare reports of examination results and conclusions, and provide testimony as an expert witness before state, federal or other judicial bodies.
  • Ability to provide training related to laboratory services, evidence collection, and field examination.
  • EDUCATION REQUIREMENT Bachelor's degree in physical or biological sciences, life sciences, chemistry or a closely related field from a college or university accredited by a national or regional accreditation organization recognized and sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Education.
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    Please read the "Qualifications" section.

    Additional information


    The salary will be based on previous experience, and current postal pay policies. We offer excellent benefits including health and life insurance, retirement plan, savings/investment plan with employer contribution, flexible spending, flextime scheduling of core work hours, annual and sick leave.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    We will review your resume and supporting documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant professional, educational, and work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, identified in the Qualifications section above, required for this position.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    Cover Letter, Resume and CV.

    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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