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Grade 15:


A. Successful completion of a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or higher degree that included a major field of study in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester/36 quarter hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.


B. Combination of education and experience----education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester/36 quarter hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-14.

Specialized experience is experience which is in or related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Examples of specialized experience include: served as a leader or supervisor of forensic science, performing oversight and guidance of professional and scientific work in the analysis of forensic evidence; served as a senior scientist responsible for developing forensic evidence guidelines adhering to and enforcing quality assurance practices and standards in support of programs and initiatives; reviewed and updated quality documents; develops and publishes guidelines for implementation of quality assurance mechanisms in technical procedures/protocols, for quality controls and for other quality assurance programs; ensures new procedures are properly validated and documented before implementation, and ensures technical problems are properly investigated, resolved, and documented; served as a research scientist responsible for applying chemical or biological and compatible research to problems for forensic science and/or biometrics; formulated requirements for systematic research inquiries/studies on new and unusual problems in forensic science; served as an expert senior scientist responsible for programs that evaluate and implement the visual, chemical, photographic, digital, and other scientific examinations of complex submissions of physical evidence to form a scientific opinion; or, evaluated and recommended research programs that identify, quantify, and/or compare irreplaceable evidence that - because of its paucity, uniqueness, obscurity, transient nature, contamination, decomposition, or complexity - requires the most difficult analyses and complicated interpretations.

Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs

Supervisory Physical Scientist, GS-1301-15

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Washington, Dist of Columbia
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US Citizens
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Permanent - No time limit
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Full Time

Agency Marketing Statement:


  • Serves as the Office Director of Investigative and Forensic Sciences (OIFS) in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Washington DC. The Office Director manages all aspects of OIFS's strategic initiatives and programmatic operations. As a nationally recognized consultant and expert in forensic sciences, represents OIFS, NIJ, and OJP in developing and leveraging the technical expertise of OIFS on critical issues in a wide variety of internal and external forums.

    Serves as the expert and leading authority in overall program definition, organization, management, and strategic direction. Writes/drafts legislation, public policy statements and guidance for principals and senior policy-makers. Designs and oversees a variety of management control and tracking systems and coordinates planning and administrative matters within NIJ. Recognizes and identifies technology requirements in advocating future projects and activities.
  • Participates in national and international working groups, conferences, and meetings to represent NIJ and present NIJ sponsored research findings. Consults with the forensic science community on creating and strengthening forensic science-related programs to ensure maximum impact on the criminal justice system. Conducts outreach to and engages with key NIJ forensic science stakeholders to enhance relationships better understand constituents' needs and challenges.
  • Serves as the agency expert and coordinator in providing intellectual leadership and focus to initiate dialogue; generate policy; and initiate research activities that will be economically feasible to support sustainable development within the forensic sciences.
  • Supervises a group of employees performing work at the GS-13 and GS-14 level. Provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit. Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Plans, schedules, and assigns work to subordinates.

Contact Information:

Gail L. Williams
(202) 598-9412

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