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Job Description

Who May Apply


Open to ALL U.S. Citizens

Opening Date:   9/12/2019

Closing Date:    10/07/2019    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: Electronics Engineer - FE, GS 11/12/13/14

Division: Laboratory

Unit: Technical Exploitation

Location: Huntsville, Alabama

Candidates selected for this job opening will receive a 15% Relocation Incentive.

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


GS-11: $64,125.00 - $83,368.00

GS-12: $76,859.00 - $99,921.00

GS-13: $91,396.00 - $118,812.00

GS-14:  $108,002.00 - $140,406.00

Full Performance level: GS-14

Key Requirements

  • Candidates must have a minimum of three years experience with electronics, embedded systems, and/or RF analysis.
  • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret SCI clearance.
  • Some Travel is required
  • Selectee will be required to complete form FD-887, Request for Access to Sensitive Compartments Information (SCI).
  • 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.
  • Candidates who are hired for this position will not be eligible for promotion until they have successfully completed their Forensic Examiner Training.
  • 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.


Major Duties

GS 11:

  • Serves as an advanced trainee Forensic Examiner or qualified examiner responsible for conducting specialized analytical procedures on items, conducting examinations of evidence, and providing reports and testimony.
  • Conducts a full range of analytic procedures in a variety of settings, including examinations to identify and characterize evidence in a specialized discipline.
  • Participates in the maintenance of fixed and mobile instruments and equipment.

GS 12:

  • Serves as a Forensic Examiner responsible for the planning, coordinating, and directing forensic science activities to include expert examinations, reporting of results, training and testimony in the field of electronics analysis.
  • Provides guidance and training to personnel within and outside the FBI; and maintains liaison with supervisors, case investigators and outside personnel.
  • Modifies and adapts a wide range of established methods and techniques in order to characterize a wide variety of evidence.

GS 13/14

  • Serves as a senior Electronic Engineer Forensic Examiner and stays abreast of the latest research to determine best methods to examine evidence.
  • Provides forensic analysis of electronic evidence in cases involving multiple submissions where inter-comparison of evidence is necessary and providing reports and testimony.
  • Initiates and performs full range of technical procedures in a variety of settings, including examinations.
  • Prepares and furnishes authoritative oral and written reports to FBI field investigators, U.S. Attorneys, state and local police and prosecutors as well as others within the law enforcement community.
  • Candidate may be assigned Program Manager responsibilities.

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.

If you are deemed Most Competitive, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.

All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies:

  • Communication
  • Forensics
  • Problem Solving/Judgment
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Innovative Thinking

Basic Degree Requirement

All applicants must have the following basic degree requirement of a Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven area of engineering science or physics: (a) statistics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics


Combination of education and experience - college level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • Professional registration – Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  • Written Test – Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-In-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

In addition to the above educational requirements, applicants must meet the following requirements:

GS-11: Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience (SE) equivalent to the GS-9 grade level.

Specialized Experience is:

  • Experience analyzing electronic devices and adapting analytical and/or technical procedures.
  • Experience providing case reports and responding to requests for consultation and advice.
  • Experience handling evidence appropriately and providing effective testimony.

GS- 12: Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level.

Specialized Experience is:

  • Experience with reverse engineering of electronic devices.
  • Experience in design, modification, installation and maintenance and implementation of mobile electronic systems and technology.
  • Experience in design, modification, installation and maintenance and implementation of satellite and/or cellular based communication systems.
  • Experience with systems engineering of hardware and software from electronic devices to backend Information Technology systems.
  • Experience in the design, modification, maintenance and integration of large data information systems and the development of user interfaces and applications needed to make the collected information useful.

GS-13:  Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level.

Specialized Experience is:

  • Experienced with reverse engineering electronic design
  • Experience in design, modification, installation and maintenance and implementation of cellular based communication systems.
  • Experience with systems engineering of hardware and software from electronic devices to backend Information Technology systems.
  • Experience in design, modification, installation and maintenance and implementation of devices using mobile communications and network technology.

GS- 14: Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level.

Specialized Experience is:

  • Experience with reverse engineering electronic devices.
  • Experience in design, modification, installation and maintenance and implementation of Radio Frequency electronic systems and technology.
  • Experience in design, modification, installation and maintenance and implementation of cellular based communication systems.
  • Experience with systems engineering of hardware and software from electronic devices to backend Information Technology systems.
  • Experience in design, modification, installation and maintenance and implementation of devices using mobile communications and network technology.



GS-11:  Applicant must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or L.L.M., if related.

All degrees must be from an accredited college or university.  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.

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 and must be submitted by the closing date)
  • 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.
  • Management may select any grade for which this position has been announced.
  • 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.
  • Candidates selected  for this vacancy have been approved for a 15% Relocation Incentive.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.


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)

As the nation’s top law enforcement and intelligence organization, the FBI offers valuable work experience for students at every education level. We encourage students to experience our educational opportunities to learn what it’s like to work for the FBI. The FBI Honors Internship Program is one of the most prestigious and competitive internships in the country. The 10-week paid summer internship immerses graduate students pursuing JDs, MBAs, MDs and PhDs in unique experiences that combine law enforcement with national security and intelligence. Participants work at FBI headquarters or in one of the FBI’s 56 Field Offices nationwide. The FBI Collegiate Hiring Initiative gives recent graduates a chance to explore and transition into the many exceptional career paths the FBI has to offer. Graduating seniors or individuals who have graduated within two years of their application date, with an undergraduate, graduate or PhD degree, are eligible.