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Physical Scientist (Public Flyer)

U.S. Secret Service Washington, DC
  • Posted: August 28, 2019
  • $99,172 to $128,920 Yearly
  • Full-Time

Physical Scientist (Public Flyer)
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Secret Service

  • ##### Open & closing dates
10/04/2019 to 10/18/2019
  • ##### Service
  • ##### Pay scale & grade
GS 13
  • ##### Salary
$99,172 to $128,920 per year
  • ##### Appointment type
  • ##### Work schedule

  • Washington, DC Few vacancies
Relocation expenses reimbursed
Telework eligible
Yes as determined by agency policy
  • Duties

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Do you have a passion for public service? The US Secret Service
(USSS) is looking for you! The USSS is a premier law enforcement
organization with dual critical national security missions: protect
our nation's leaders and to conduct criminal investigations. The
USSS is seeking to hire talented physical scientists in its Forensic
Services Division to support counterfeit or criminal investigations
carried out by the Secret Service.
Learn more about this agency
**The Physical Scientist, GS-1301-13, in the Forensic Services
  • Performs research and validation part of the quality assurance
program; ensures critical elements are met to maintain status of
the accrediting body; and ensures quality and conformance with
lab policies and procedures.
  • Provides complex technical examinations and develops solutions
that would have practical application in forensic examinations.
  • Serves as a team member/coordinator for teams dispatched to
crime scenes; and collects, preserves and analyzes evidence
while maintaining chain of custody and integrity of the evidence
from collection to final disposition.
  • Serves as an expert witness in court proceedings; plans,
coordinates, and conducts technical research projects; and
drafts and reviews reports, recommendations, standard operating
procedures and guidelines.
  • Conducts training for developmental level specialists; and
serves as a technical expert and liaison.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - Occasional Travel
Supervisory status
Promotion Potential
  • #### Job family (Series)
1301 General Physical Science
  • Requirements

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Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. citizenship is required.
Obtain and maintain a Tier 5 Top Secret; submit to a polygraph
examination prior to your appointment; pass a drug test (urinalysis)
and certify you have registered with the Selective Service System if
you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, or certify
you are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.
**You must demonstrate at least one (1) year of the defined
specialized experience and meet the Office of Personnel Management
(OPM) Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR).**
Specialized experience is defined as performing duties equivalent to
the GS-12 level such as:
GS-13: analyzing complex technical forensic analyses; serving as
a team coordinator for laboratory audits; planning and coordinating
method development projects to improve quality assurance within the
laboratory; coordinating and conducting training for developmental
level specialists; preparing written reports based on quality
assurance matters; and testifying as an expert witness in the area
of technical forensic discipline.
OPMs Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR) is defined as:
Accrediting institutions recognized by the United States
See Qualifications section
Additional information
Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether
investigating financial crimes or protecting national and visiting
foreign leaders. In the USSS we serve the country with duty,
loyalty, justice, integrity, and courage.
The Office of the Investigations, Forensic Services Division (FSD),
is responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating forensic
science activities in the Secret Service to include: analyses of
questioned documents, fingerprints, false identification, credit
cards, voice identification, and related forensic science areas; the
administration of a polygraph examination program conducted in field
offices nationwide; and the analysis and preparation of
photographs/evidence for court appearances.
Your resume may be shared with other Secret Service
offices/divisions if additional vacancies occur within the Secret
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the
qualifications above.
See Qualifications section
To preview questions please click here.
Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Top Secret
Drug test required
  • Required Documents

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See How To Apply section
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification 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.
  • Benefits

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A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a
comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your
family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to
make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal
**This position is covered by Administratively Uncontrollable
Overtime (AUO) and additional compensation may be paid at the rate
of up to 25% of the base salary.**
The USSS offers its employees a wide range of benefits including:
  • Low-cost Federal health and life insurance
  • Paid Holidays
  • Leave for personal, recreational, and health needs
  • Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) Plan)
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Telework
  • Transit and child care subsidies
  • Tuition reimbursement and student loan repayment
  • Training and development
  • Recruitment bonus or relocation bonus may be available
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold
and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent.
Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific
benefits offered.
  • How to Apply

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Instructions for Submitting Resumes and Applicable Documents
All resumes, unofficial college transcripts, and certifications
should be submitted to and include work
experience in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date
and ending date, and include the number of hours worked per week.
You must submit transcripts.
Special Priority Selection rights under ICTAP: Submit a copy of
your agency notice, copy of your most recent performance appraisal
(with at least a satisfactory rating), and your most current SF-50
noting position, grade level, and duty location. To be considered
well qualified, you must meet the specialized experience and OPM's
Individual Occupational Requirements as listed in the Qualifications
Section. The subject line of your email should state ICTAP. The
subject line of your email should state ICTAP.
Agency contact information
United States Secret Service (DHS-USSS)
Please read entire announcement
Please apply online
Washington, District of Columbia 20223
United States
Learn more about this agency
Next steps
Once your complete application is received we will conduct an
evaluation of your qualifications and determine your eligibility.
You will only be contacted if your resume is deemed to meet the OPM
Qualification Standard and if you are selected for an
interview. Otherwise, you will be notified at the conclusion of the
open period.
  • Fair & Transparent

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent.
Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on
the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and
gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual
orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age,
membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental
status, ...

U.S. Secret Service


Washington, DC
20044 USA

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