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Chemist

Occupational Safety and Health Administration South Salt Lake, UT
  • Posted: March 01, 2019
  • Full-Time

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Summary
DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve.
This position is located in the Department of Labor, OSHA, Salt Lake Technical Center, Sandy, Ut.
This position is inside the bargaining unit.
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Responsibilities
Serves as an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) chemist at the expert level in Industrial Hygiene. Processes, prepares, analyzes, and reports results for samples submitted by Agency field staff involved in OSHA compliance monitoring. Ensures analytical methodology and investigative procedures are correct and applicable across a variety of environmental conditions. Solves complex and obscure analytical sampling and analysis problems requiring specialized knowledge. Provides on-demand communication with compliance field inspectors including technical assistance on very difficult analytical and sampling problems and non-routine or unanticipated circumstances. Identifies, assumes responsibility for, and solves technical information gaps, researching, collecting, evaluating, interpreting, and reporting on technical literature and experimental data relevant to complex and novel problems. Provides technical advice concerning a specialty area. Performs statistical analysis or other quality assurance evaluation on analytical results in support of OSHA's internal and inter laboratory quality assurance programs. Serves as expert witness for OSHA in litigation cases. Prepares and delivers presentations. Teaches OTI training courses.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - Less than 5%
Supervisory status
No
Promotion Potential
12 - This position is at the Full-Performance Level (FPL).
  • #### Job family (Series)
1320 Chemistry
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Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.
Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.
Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.
Qualifications
Basic Requirements: A) Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in 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 additional education.
In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level. Specialized experience is experience demonstrating knowledge regarding sampling and analysis of industrial hygiene samples for a wide variety of workplace contaminants, and advanced experience or knowledge of chemistry relevant to industrial hygiene. Time-in-Grade Requirement: Applicants must have served at least one (1) year at the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service.
Education
**Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.
If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.**
College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - Transcripts (in English) must be submitted if (a) a degree is required for the position, and/or (b) education is used as the basis for qualifying for this position. The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts.
Additional information
DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.
Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.
Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Click here for Evaluation details. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 and 27 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.
Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:
Oral Communication: Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
Technical Competence: Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.
Reasoning: Identifies rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions.
Problem Solving: Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.
To preview questions please click here.
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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Other
Drug test required
No
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Required Documents
The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. **Warning: If you submit a document us

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