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Chemist (Spectroscopist)

Company: Customs and Border Protection
Location: Sterling
Posted on: August 14, 2019

Job Description:

Overview Open & closing dates 08/05/2019 to 08/09/2019 Service Competitive Pay scale & grade GS 11 - 12 Salary $69,581 to $108,422 per year Appointment type Permanent Work schedule Full-Time Location 10 vacancies in the following location: Sterling, VA 10 vacancies Relocation expenses reimbursed No Telework eligible No Duties Summary Organizational Location: This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Laboratories and Scientific Services Directorate, Teleforensic Center located in Sterling, VA.. Learn more about this agency Responsibilities In working with Laboratories and Scientific Services Directorate you will be performing chemical analysis on a variety of commodities and suspected controlled substances that include but are not limited to fentanyl, other synthetic opioids, narcotics and psychoactive substances that are illegally imported into the United States.This position starts at a salary of $69,581.00 (GS-11, Step 1) to $108,422.00 (GS-12, Step 10) with promotion potential to $108,422 (GS-12 Step 10). In this position, you will become a key member of the Laboratories and Scientific Services Directorate team performing the below typical work assignments: Serving as a reachback chemist/spectroscopist with primary responsibilities in interpreting spectroscopic data collected by chemical screening devices during CBP's 24/7 operational hours. The term 'reachback' means, in this context, that the incumbent acts as primary point of contact for frontline officers and agents, to perform spectroscopic interpretations on submitted spectra. Receiving spectral data or physical samples submitted for analysis, reviewing accompanying background material, performing preliminary interpretation of data, checking regulation statuses, and acting as a senior analyst that will consult on the preliminary results from junior analysts. Interpreting spectral data collected by chemical/spectroscopic screening devices during operational hours to determine the presence of suspected controlled substances. Participating and training others in supporting mobile operations providing on-site screening and analysis; and Providing expert advice to other CBP scientists and officials on sampling procedures, analytical methodology, instrumentation, and problems associated with analysis as well as solutions to these problems. Travel Required 25% or less - You may be expected to travel up to 25% or less for this position. Supervisory status No Promotion Potential 12 Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service Primary U.S. residency for at least three of the last five years (additional details below) You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or polygraph CBP follows the DHS Drug-Free Workplace Plan for drug testing procedures Qualifications Basic Requirements: This position has an Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR). To be eligible for consideration, you must submit the required documentation with your application package showing that you meet the requirements such as college transcripts from an accredited institution (must show you meet the educational requirements outlined in this announcement), certifications, proof of training, statements of qualifications, etc. To be eligible for this position you must meet one of the requirements listed below. 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 in physics. OR A. 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 hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education. AND Experience: You qualify for the GS-11 grade level if you possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, performing duties such as: Receiving and reviewing spectral data or physical samples for interpretation of data and regulation statuses for analysis; Assisting with writing management briefs and significant event reports on spectra data metrics and deliverables; and Using chemical field screening equipment to test and document spectra analytical findings for information to build databases and libraries. Experience: You qualify for the GS-12 grade level if you possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, performing duties such as: Interpreting spectral data collected by spectroscopic screening devices to determine the presence of suspected controlled substances which include synthetic opioids, narcotics, and psychoactive substances; Providing advice to other scientist and officials on spectra sampling procedures, analytical methodology, instrumentation and problems associated with analysis; and Participating in training others in supporting mobile operations providing on sight spectra screening and analysis. GS-11 Education Substitution: Successful completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree in an accredited college or university, may be substituted for experience at the GS-9 grade level. Such education must demonstrate the skills needed to do the work. One year of fulltime graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 54 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 3 years of full-time study requirement. GS-11 Combining Experience and Education: Appropriate combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience also may be used to meet total qualification requirements for the GS-11 grade level. To combine your education and experience, you must convert each to a percentage and then add the percentages. The combined total of your percentage of education and experience must equal at least 100% in order to qualify. If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert the quarter hours into semester hours by multiplying the quarter hours by the fraction 2/3. To calculate your percentage of graduate education, divide the number of graduate semester hours by 18. To determine your percentage of qualifying experience, you must divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by the required number of months of experience. Add your percentages of education and experience. TRANSCRIPTS ARE REQUIRED. FAILURE TO PROVIDE TRANSCRIPTS WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF CONSIDERATION. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. You must meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process by 08/09/2019. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office. Background Investigation: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. For more information visit this link. Residency: There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by CBP. Individuals are required to have physically resided in the United States or its protectorates (as declared under international law) for at least three of the last five years. If you do not meet the residency requirement and you have been physically located in a foreign location for more than two of the last five years, you may request an exception to determine if you are eligible for a residency wavier by meeting one or more of the following conditions: Working for the U.S. Government as a federal civilian or as a member of the military A dependent who was authorized to accompany a federal civilian or member of the military who was working for the U.S. government Participation in a study abroad program sponsored by a U.S. affiliated college or university Working as a contractor, intern, consultant or volunteer supporting the U.S. governmentProbationary Period: All employees new to the federal government must serve a one year probationary period during the first year of his/her initial permanent federal appointment to determine fitness for continued employment. Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period. Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found here.You must submit the supporting documents listed in the 'Required Documents' section of this announcement. In addition, to be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must have knowledge, skills , abilities and/or competencies as defined under 'How You Will Be Evaluated' section of this announcement which clearly exceed the minimum qualification and any applicable basic requirements for the vacancy. Education Please see the Qualifications and Required Documents sections for more information if education is applicable to this position. Additional information Bargaining Unit: This position is not covered under the bargaining unit. Security Clearance: You may be required to obtain a Secret or higher level clearance for this position. Drug Testing Requirements: This is a drug testing designated position. You must complete and pass a drug test as a condition of employment. Employees are subject to drug testing in compliance with the Agency's Drug-Free Workplace Program. Shift work: You will be required to perform work on a shift and rotational basis. Overtime: You must be readily available to work overtime on a scheduled or unscheduled basis in excess of the 40-hour work week. For this position you are considered a Federal Emergency Response Official (FERO) and is expected to report to (or remain at) the worksite in instances of emergency dismissal or closure situations, and cannot, in normal cases, telework. Positions with known promotion potential do not guarantee promotion, nor is the promise of promotion implied. CBP uses E-Verify, an internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify including your rights and responsibilities. Every individual receives a fair opportunity throughout the federal recruitment and hiring process. Learn more here. Follow U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Twitter @CustomsBorder The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR 315.707. Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement. Read more How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. This position is being filled under a Direct Hire Authority. You will be evaluated based on your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the job questionnaire. All applicants who meet minimum qualifications and any basic requirements applicable to this position, will be forwarded to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. In accordance with the Direct Hire Authority, rating and ranking questions will not be used. However, candidates must have the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform this job: Knowledge of the principles, theories, practices and methodology of analytical chemistry sufficient to perform a range of chemical analysis on a variety of imported substances. Knowledge and advanced skill in the operation of various analytical instrumentation and equipment commonly used in a chemical laboratory to perform screening tests and chemical analyses. Ability to communicate orally and in writing used to describe assigned materials, testing methods used, and results achieved as well to seek more information regarding assignments and procedures, communicate with law enforcement officers, and give testimony in court trials and inquests. Knowledge of safe handling procedures and demonstrated ability to use safety practices related to the handling or use of chemicals.Veterans: Veterans preference does not apply to selections made using the Direct Hire Authority. Veteran candidates will be considered along with all other applicants who apply. Read more Background checks and security clearance Security clearance Secret Drug test required Yes

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