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Physical Scientist (Forensic Latent Print Examiner)

U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, Fort Gillem, Georgia

Salary: $52,204.00 to $117,028.00 per year

Final Filing Date: January 13, 2017

This position is located at the Forensic Exploitation Directorate (FXD), Defense Forensic Science Center (DFSC) in Ft. Gillem, GA. Forensic Exploitation Directorate (FXD), Defense Forensic Science Center (DFSC) is an organization that provides forensic laboratory support to Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), intelligence organizations and legal agencies, as well as other federal and non-federal agencies. This is a deployable position and will normally be deployed 6 months out of every 18 months. Moving expenses may be authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations and agency determination that PCS move is in the Government interest. This is a developmental position. Selections may be made at any grade level (GS-09/11/12 or 13) and promotions will be made to the full performance (GS-13) upon meeting all training and time-in-grade requirements.

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Duties:

As a Physical Scientist (Forensic Latent Print Examiner), you will be responsible for the following:
  • Process physical evidence as an expert forensic latent print examiner.
  • Conducts scientific examinations on criminal evidence.
  • Conducts comparisons of latent prints.
  • Prepares reports of findings and expert opinions developed during examination and analysis of evidence.
  • Travels world wide to legal proceedings to testify as an expert witness in criminal investigations.
  • Provides technical support as necessary for accomplishment of the laboratory mission.
  • Identifies and recommends the need for research and development of new or improved methods or procedures for latent prints.

These duties are described at the full performance level GS-13. The GS-09, GS-11, and GS-12 are developmental leading to such performance.

Requirements:

Basic Requirements:
  • A degree in physical sciences, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
  • OR
  • A combination of education and experience - course work equivalent to a major as shown above, including at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Experience required - 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Qualifying experience at the corresponding level includes:
  • GS-09:
    • To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, such as: perform a variety of technical tasks, such as selecting samples, interpolating missing data, uncovering clear discrepancies, solving minor problems, and performing scientific analyses in support of processing physical evidence and material as a latent print examiner to higher level scientists.
    • OR
    • Education Substitution for Specialized Experience for the GS-09: Successful completion of a master's or equivalent graduate degree, or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, if related from an accredited college or university.(Note: You must attach a copy of your transcripts.)
    • OR
    • Combination of Specialized Experience and Education for the GS-09: You must possess some specialized experience as described above, but less than one year; and have more than one year of graduate level education, but less than two years of graduate-level education as described above. If you have computed the percentage of the requirements that are meet, and the total is at least 100% (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education in excess of 18 hours (total semesters hours minus 18) by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify) (Note: You must attach a copy of your transcripts.)
  • GS-11:
    • To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, such as: plan and carry out routine work; responsible for organizing the work, following prescribed methods and guidelines, and recognizing conditions and results that may affect the findings; performing comparison of latent prints associated with criminal cases, site exploitations, intelligence exploitations and operations for making identifications or eliminations.
    • OR
    • Education Substitution for Specialized Experience for the GS-11: 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, if related from an accredited college or university.(Note: You must attach a copy of your transcripts.)
    • OR
    • Combination of Specialized Experience and Education for the GS-09: You must possess some specialized experience as described above, but less than one year; and have more than one year of graduate level education, but less than three years of graduate-level education as described above. If you have computed the percentage of the requirements that are meet, and the total is at least 100% (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education in excess of 36 hours (total semesters hours minus 36) by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify) (Note: You must attach a copy of your transcripts.)
  • GS-12:
    • To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, such as: plan and execute complex studies; testifying in criminal investigations of the most serious type crimes; involves conventional methods and techniques defending analytical approach and results against rigorous cross-examination; assisting trial attorneys in case perpetration.
  • GS-13:
    • To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, such as: planning, conducting, and directing research projects on latent prints; ongoing studies requiring a fresh approach to resolve new or improved methods or procedures for latent prints; development of totally new methods and techniques to address problems for which guidelines or precedents are not substantially applicable.
You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:
  • Skill in Theory/Practical Applications of Chemical/Physical Process
  • Ability to Evaluate Latent Print Evidence
  • Ability to Communicate in Writing
  • Ability to use Office Automation/Specialized Computer Software
  • Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. You must include this information with your application package.
Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/adminis/finaid/accred/index/html. Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you may qualify if your education meets the definitions below:
  • GS-09: Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, if related from an accredited college or university.
  • GS-11: Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, if related from an accredited college or university.
  • GS-12: no substitution of education for experience is permitted.
  • GS-13: no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

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Posted: January 5, 2017



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