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BIOLOGIST - FE 0401 GS 13/(All U.S. Citizens)/ LABORATORY DIVISION/ QUANTICO, VA
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Job Description

Who May Apply

 

Open to ALL U.S. Citizens

Opening Date:   10/26/2018

Closing Date:    11/09/2018                   11:59 pm (EST)

Questions regarding this opening should be directed to Brenda Robinson at (703) 632-3182 or Brenda.Robinson@ic.fbi.gov

Job Summary

Position:   Biologist-FE, GS-13

Division:   Laboratory

Unit:  Scientific Response and Analysis

Location:    Quantico, VA

Working Hours:   8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Salary: GS-13  $96,970.00 - $126,062.00

Full Performance level:   GS-14

Number of Positions Available:   One

Duration: Full Time/Permanent

Additional selections may be made from this announcement to fill positions within the same division when the position includes substantially the same duties, responsibilities, and qualifications.

Key Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be able to pass a U.S. Government physical exam
  • Must be able to pass a HAZMAT physical exam
  • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret-SCI clearance
  • Some travel may be required
  • Must successfully complete up to a two-year training program necessary for qualification as an FBI Forensic Examiner (FE).  Must sign a Forensic Examiner Training Service Agreement    (FETSA) to remain a FE for two years after the completion of training, with the understanding that failure to complete training may lead to termination or change to a similar position at a lower grade.   Failure to fulfill the FETSA will require reimbursement for the prorated expense of his/her training, unless a waiver is granted.  Applicant is required to serve a two-year probationary period as a FE, beginning when he/she enters on duty as a FE trainee.
  • Candidates who are hired for this position will not be eligible for promotion until they successfully complete their Forensic Examiner training.

    ALL applicants must verify completion of the basic education requirement by submitting a copy of college transcripts by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. (if applicable)

Mission Statement:

The mission of the FBI is to protect the American People and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

Major Duties:

  • Direct the analysis of hazardous biological evidence.
  • Coordinate traditional forensic examinations of evidential items contaminated with biological pathogens
  • Testify to the results of such analyses in court. 
  • Ensure that the forensic capabilities associated with their work are valid and sufficient to be able to assist investigations of the use of biological materials.


Qualifications and Evaluations

Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume. Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the FBI’s Candidate Rating Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement and will be compared to your responses to the online assessment questionnaire. High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from Most Competitive status.

Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Most Competitive, Competitive, or Least Competitive. Names of candidates in the Most Competitive category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Veterans’ preference will be applied.

All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies:

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Biology
  • Problem Solving/Judgment
  • Organizing and Planning
  • Communication


Positive Education Requirement

This position has a specific education requirement; all applicants must verify completion of this basic educational requirement by submitting a copy of their college transcripts by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Qualification requirements:  All candidates must meet the basic requirements specified under A or B below:

  • A.  Successful completion of a 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university bachelor's (or higher) degree in biology, chemistry, or forensic science related area and must have successfully completed course work (graduate or undergraduate level) covering the subject of biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology (molecular genetics, recombinant DNA technology) or other subjects which provide basic understanding of the microbiology.

or

  • B.  A. combination of education and experience with course work equivalent to major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.  The quality of the combination of education and experience must have been sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements provided you can show foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.

Specialized Experience (SE):

In addition to the basic requirements listed above:   Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade GS 12.  Specialized experience is:

  • Work in biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, or molecular biology performed in a research or forensic laboratory setting, which includes planning, coordinating, and/or directing research or forensic science activities; performing expert examinations and work activities of increasing complexity.

 

 

How to Apply

The following instructions outline our application process:

Step 1:  Click the “Start” button to begin an application.  You will be prompted to either Sign In to continue the application or to register with FBIJOBS if you don’t already have an account.

Step 2:  Follow the Step by Step process to submit an application.  You will be guided through each step in the process.  You are required to complete all sections of the application to successfully submit your application.

Required Documents

To apply to this position, interested applicants must provide a complete application package by the closing date which includes:

  1. Your resume, specifically noting relevant work experience and associated start and end dates
  2.  A complete assessment questionnaire
  3. Other supporting documents (if applicable):
  • College transcripts, (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)   positive education requirement
  • Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal; not applicable to current FBI employees
  • Veterans: DD 214; Disabled Veterans: DD 214, SF-15, and VA letter dated 1991 or later

How to Attach Documents

To attach documentation as part of your application, please follow the instructions below.  

Step 1: Follow the steps of the application process until you reach the Attachments step.
Step 2: Click "Add Attachment".
Step 3: Select the appropriate Attachment Type (or "Other" if one is not available).
Step 4: Populate the “Attachment Purpose” field. Click "Continue".
Step 5: Choose the device on which the attachment is located.
Step 6: Upload the desired attachment.
Step 7: To add additional attachments at this point in the application process click the "+" on the Attachments step.

To attach documentation to your Global Profile please follow the instructions below:
Step 1: Login to your FBI Jobs account, and click "My Submissions".
Step 2: Click the "Add Attachment" located under the "Cover Letters and Attachments" section.
Step 3: Follow steps 3 - 6 above.

You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying online is a hardship, please contact the HR Specialist listed in the vacancy announcement prior to the closing date for assistance.

What to Expect Next

Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The Most Competitive candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of your status throughout the process.

Additional Information

  • The FBI is in the Executive Branch of the federal government. It is one of the components of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The FBI is the principle investigative arm of the DOJ. All FBI positions are in the excepted service.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens and consent to a complete background investigation, urinalysis, and polygraph. You must be suitable for Federal employment; as determined by a background investigation.
  • Failure to provide necessary and relevant information required by this vacancy announcement may disqualify you from consideration. Additional information will not be requested if your application is incomplete. You application will be evaluated solely on the basis of information you have submitted.
  • Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher-level duties.
  • If you are hired, you will be required to serve a two-year probationary period. Probationary employees are precluded from being considered for all job opportunities until 12-months of their two-year probationary period has concluded. Probationary Employees may be considered for competitive vacancies that are advertised within their respective division or field office after serving 90 days within the FBI.
  • The probationary periods will be served concurrently.
  • Memorandum of Understanding: Work performed outside assigned duties (that would not normally be documented on an SF-50, i. e., back-up duties), has to be documented in detail by an immediate supervisor in order to receive full credit for amount of time worked in that position. If no documentation is furnished no credit will be given for time worked in that position. The following notations must be specified in the documentation (Memorandum of Understanding):

        a. Percent of time worked in the particular position (cannot conflict with main duties)
        b. The month/year work began
        c. Frequency worked (i.e., daily, monthly, etc.)
        d. Specific duties performed

Attach the Memorandum of Understanding to your application in the “Cover Letters and Attachments” section of My Career Tools on the Careers Home page. Please upload the attachment as type “Other.”

Veterans' Preference

If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume and application. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

Nepotism

Nepotism is the act of favoring relatives in the hiring process, and is prohibited by law. Public officials are prohibited from hiring or promoting relatives or relatives of officials in their chain of command, as well as actively or indirectly endorse a relative’s appointment or promotion.

During the hiring process, all selected candidates and FBI hiring managers will be required to certify they are not related to anyone involved in the hiring process.

Reasonable Accommodation Request

The FBI provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please notify the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Affairs (OEEOA) Reasonable Accommodation (RA) Program by either e-mail at REASONABLE_ACCOMMODATIONS@ic.fbi.gov, telephone at 202-324-4128, or FAX at 202-324-3976.  Your request will receive an individualized assessment.

This e-mail address is only for reasonable accommodation requests.  Please do not submit your application and/or any questions unrelated to reasonable accommodations.  Should any applications be received, they will not be forwarded for consideration during the hiring process.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The FBI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this vacancy. Except where otherwise prohibited by law, selection will be made without regard to, and there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factors.

Benefits

The FBI 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.opm.gov/insure/new_employ/index.asp

 

About Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

From confronting the evolving threats facing our nation to acting as a role model in your community, working at the FBI is so much more than a job. The FBI is an intelligence-driven national security and law enforcement agency with more than 35,000 employees across the nation and the globe. Our mission is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States by providing investigative expertise, intelligence, resources and training to domestic and international agencies and partners. Every day and every career path is different, whether you’re a Special Agent, an Intelligence Analyst, a Forensic Accountant or one of other specialized careers. Whatever your background, you may be suited for a career in the FBI if: - You have great problem-solving and analytical skills. - You know how to objectively evaluate information and make sound judgments. - You are detail-oriented, yet remain strategic. At the FBI, honesty and integrity are more than just words; they are the foundation of who we are. We take pride in making a difference in the communities we serve. In addition to our main downtown Washington, D.C., other headquarters locations include Quantico, VA; Winchester, VA and Clarksburg, WV. There are 56 FBI field offices in major metropolitan centers across the United States; each covers a defined geographic region and is responsible for all FBI operations in that region. Wherever our teams are located, we bring our backgrounds to the forefront to drive initiatives that impact our most important stakeholders: the American people. Our mission is simple, but our work is complex. We have a diverse culture of employees that makes us one family — OneFBI.