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Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs


Physical Scientist, GS-1301-13


Announcement Number:
JP-12-042
Application Deadline:
10/10/2012
Job Location:
Washington, Dist of Columbia
Open Date:
10/01/2012
Salary Range:
89033.0
115742.0
Location Notes:
Washington, Dist of Columbia
Pay Schedule:
Annual
Who May Apply:
US Citizens
Time Limit:
Permanent - No time limit
Promotion Potential:
13
Number of Vacancies:
1
Work Schedule:
Full Time




Agency Marketing Statement:

  • Are you interested in working for a cutting edge agency with a mission to improve public safety, and the fair administration of justice? If so, the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs(OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences (OIFS) is seeking a high performing individual to serve as a Physical Scientist. For more than 20 years, OJP has effectively provided leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, improving the criminal and juvenile justice systems, increasing knowledge about crime and related issues, assisting crime victims. OJP continues to be the premier resource for the nation's criminal and juvenile justice communities. OJP's role is to work in partnership with the justice community to identify challenges confronting the justice system and to provide state-of-the-art information, training, funding and innovative approaches and strategies for addressing those challenges.

Notes:

  • WHO MAY APPLY:

    U.S. Citizens and Merit Promotion Candidates government-wide.
    You are eligible under this area of consideration, if you meet one of the following criteria:
    - Current Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service.
    - Displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).
    - Individuals eligible under special hiring authorities (e.g., individuals with disabilities).
    - Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service.

    The incumbent will serve as a Physical Scientist in the Office of Investigative Forensic Science (OIFS), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), you will be responsible for planning, testing, monitoring, evaluating, managing and reporting on issues related to OIFS grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, interagency agreements, and studies concerning technologies, systems, and research for forensic science and other criminal justice communities.

    This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies that may occur within 90 days of the closing date. You must submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action showing your tenure and position occupied and the most recent Performance Appraisal (dated within the last 18 months or a separate statement explaining why you are unable to submit your appraisal.

    Since this is an on-line application process, faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. The primary method of applying for this vacancy is online via the Internet at www.avuedigitalservices.com/OJP/applicant.html. If you do not have access to the Internet, you are strongly encouraged to visit your library, state employment commission, or a commercial establishment that provides Internet access to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, you may call the contact phone number listed on this announcement to obtain a copy of the vacancy announcement, applicant qualifications form (Form No. F-15566-AVUE), and instructions for completing the form. No other form of application will be accepted. Applicants made on line must be received must be received by the closing date of this announcement. You can obtain this form by contacting Avue Digital Service at (800) 407-0147. This form must receive in the Human Resources Office by the closing date of the announcement. The Human Resources Office must receive all other information requested in the vacancy announcement by the closing date of the announcement.

    Applicants submitting proof documents can electronically attach them to the employment application in the AVUE system. These documents can also be emailed to OJPApplicants@usdoj.gov.

    If you wish to be considered under Merit Promotion (Status Eligibles Only) you must also submit: A copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action; showing 'Tenure' and 'Position Occupied and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal must be submitted with your application; if you do not have a recent (dated within the last 18 months) performance appraisal to submit, please provide a separate statement explaining why you can't provide this document.

    In addition to applying through competitive procedures certain applicants with disabilities may be considered non-competitively under a Schedule A hiring authority. To qualify for employment under Schedule A, an applicant must provide proof of disability and certification of job readiness. As proof of disability and certification of job readiness, applicants may provide records, statement, or other appropriate information issued from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional duly certified by a State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., State or private); or an Federal agency, State agency, or an agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits. Proof of disability and certification of job readiness must be included in the application package. For more information and proof required see http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp

    College Transcripts: You must submit a photocopy of your college transcript (s). If selected, an official/seal transcript will be required prior to appointment to the position.

    Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U. S. education program; or full credit has given for the courses at a U. S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/.

    This position is located in the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Office of Investigative & Forensic Sciences (OFIS). The OJP is accessible by public transportation including Metro, MARC and VRE commuter trains and is located at the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Station (accessible on the Green, Yellow and Red lines). More information about our agency is available at: www.ojp.gov.

    The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has partnered with the Vida Fitness Center, which is conveniently located in the Verizon Center for your physical fitness needs. In addition, the Department of Justice (DOJ) offers on-site fitness centers at various DOJ locations within the downtown area, most of which are located within walking distance. DOJ also offers credit union services; ATM machine is located on-site. We also have a health unit and an on-site nurse for your usage and convenience.

    BENEFITS:
    OJP offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp#icc.

    OJP offers various alternative work schedules and telework, which varies from office to office. Alternative work schedule affords an employee the opportunity to work compressed or alternate work schedules. The telework program allows many employees to work from home or at an alternate location or a recurring or situational basis.

    OJP has partnered with the Vida Fitness Center, which is conveniently located in the Verizon Center for your physical fitness needs. In addition, OJP offers on-site fitness centers at various DOJ locations within the downtown areas, most of which are located within walking distance. OJP also offers credit union services; ATM machine is located on-site. We also have a health unit and an on-site nurse for your usage and convenience.

    Transit Benefits: To defray your commuting cost, we are pleased to offer the Employee Transit Benefit Program which allows eligible employees to receive up to $125 per month tax-free.

    Service Credit for Non-Federal Experience: The Federal Workforce Flexibility Acts allows newly hired employees to be granted credit for previous military or private sector experience directly related to the position for which hired. This non-Federal experience may be counted as service time for annual leave accrual purposes upon appointment. For additional information, please contact the human resources representative identified on this announcement.

    Employee Assistance Program is a counseling, education and referral service that helps employees manage personal and professional responsibilities (e.g., adoption, adult care, legal services).

    Flexible work arrangements: DOJ offers various alternative work schedules and telework, which varies from office to office. Alternate work schedules afford an employee the opportunity to work compressed or alternate work schedules. The telework program allows many employees to work from home or at an alternate location on a recurring or situational basis.

    Supporting Documentation: A copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action; showing 'Tenure' and 'Position Occupied' (if applying under Merit Promotion); to receive consideration as a veteran, you must attach a DD-214 showing the type of discharge you received; to receive consideration as a disabled person you must submit a letter from the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation in the state in which you live, certifying your disability. You must submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action showing your tenure and position occupied and the most recent Performance Appraisal (dated within the last 18 months or a separate statement explaining why you are unable to submit your appraisal. ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION SHOULD BE SUBMITTED WITH YOUR AVUE APPLICATION OR EMAILED TO OJPApplicants@usdoj.gov FOR CONSIDERATION FOR VACANCY.


Duties:

  • Provides technical management, development, or guidance on contracts, grants, proposals, and cooperative agreements, including international partnerships, documentation requirements, problem reports, and troubleshooting plans. Monitors and evaluates contractors, university personnel, or industry contacts to ensure performance complies with agreed-upon procedures and project needs, and that study or product conforms to specifications and requirements. Coordinates with interdisciplinary teams from diverse industries, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and university groups on experiments, design and testing, analytical and computer work, and technical support.
  • Accomplishes work related to the conceptualization, design, documentation, and management of forensic science programs or projects. Designs, documents, and evaluates mission-specific and/or centralized forensic science programs or projects.
  • Reviews and evaluates technical literature, professional research, industry studies, or other analyses in a forensic science field. Interprets and evaluates findings for use and applicability to programs, projects or regulatory activities.
  • Researches and/or analyzes problems, issues, or program requirements.
  • Prepares and presents a variety of reports, written documents, and oral presentations related to work assignments and/or career developmental activities.


Contact Information:

Ludonlar M. Calahan
202-514-8117
Ludonlar. Calahan@usdoj.gov
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