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Research Chemist (Organic Synthetic)

Company: US Department of Justice
Location: Sterling
Posted on: October 15, 2020

Job Description:

Full-time - Part-time$120,000 - $160,000 a year2 hours ago Benefits - Health insurance Qualifications - Spectroscopy - Research laboratory experience - Calculus - Organic chemistry Full Job Description Duties Summary TOUGH WORK. VITAL MISSION. Challenge yourself! You have the power to help combat drug trafficking. Be a part of DEA! It's tough work, but a vital mission. Whatever your background or expertise, your work at DEA will be tremendously rewarding because it will have a daily impact on national security and the quality of life of all Americans. Responsibilities This position is located in the Special Testing & Research Laboratory, Sterling, VA. The incumbent will perform the following duties: Serves as the agency's expert in theory and practice of organic synthesis Develops, evaluates, implements, teaches, troubleshoots, and enhances new synthetic methods for the analyses of clandestinely produced drugs. Interprets applicability of research findings to interests and needs of DEA and collaborating government, industrial, and/or academic agencies. Performs experiments and characterizes products using instruments and techniques such as UV/visible/infrared spectroscopy, gas/liquid chromatography, nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectrometry. Prepares reports, scientific manuscripts, presentations and lectures based on research results. Travel Required Not required Supervisory status No Promotion Potential 14 Job family (Series) 1320 Chemistry Similar jobs Chemists Requirements Requirements Conditions of Employment Must be a U.S. Citizen Must be able to obtain and maintain a Background and/or Security Clearance Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service Drug testing designated position Successful completion of an one-year probationary period is required (unless already completed). Qualifications Basic Requirements: Applicants must meet ONE of the following qualification requirements: (A). Degree: 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 itional education. Minimum Qualifications: In ition to meeting the basic requirements above, applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 Federal grade level in performing the following duties: synthesizing, purifying, and authenticating reference materials used in the forensic analysis of drug evidence; conducting research on new methodologies for the analyses of clandestinely produced drugs;ing research findings to interests and needs of an organization; possessing extensive knowledge of organic chemistry, synthetic chemistry, and chemical characterization; serving as an authoritative source of information for internal and external forensic scientists; and preparing briefings and presenting findings to other government laboratories, scientific institutions, and industries. Competencies: Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competencies in the following areas: Chemistry Oral Communication Problem Solving Technical Competence Writing Education If you are relying on your education to meet qualifications 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. itional information Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing. itional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement. A recruitment incentive may be authorized All non-DEA applicants must complete a drug use questionnaire. Applicants who are found, through investigation or personal admission, to have experimented with or used narcotics or dangerous drugs, except those medically prescribed, will not be considered for employment with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Exceptions to this policy may be made for applicants who admit to limited youthful and experimental use of marijuana. Such applicants may be considered for employment if there is no evidence of regular, confirmed usage, and the full-field background investigation and results of other steps in the process are otherwise favorable. Compliance with this policy is an essential requirement of the position. It is highly suggested that you complete the Drug Questionnaire form when submitting your application package. However, if you do not complete and submit this form with your application package, it will not disqualify you from the application process. You will be asked to complete the Drug Questionnaire form before extended a conditional offer. Click here to access the Drug Questionnaire. To submit your completed Drug Questionnaire please follow the instructions for uploading in the '

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