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United States Citizens Permanent Full Time The mission of the United States Air Force is to _fly, fight_ and _win_...in air, space and cyberspace.
To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values -- _integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do._
These positions are being filled under Expedited Hiring Authority (EHA) for Defense Acquisition Workforce Positions and Health Care Occupations . The Secretary of the Air Force has delegated authority by the Office Of the Secretary of Defense to directly appoint individuals to select defense acquisition workforce positions, or "EHA Acquisition", pursuant to the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) and 2) certain health care occupations, or "EHA Medical". Positions are located at 809th MXSS/MXDEC at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and this announcement may be used to fill other positions located at Hill Air Force Base. Positions may be filled as permanent, temporary or term with a full-time or part-time work schedule. Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration.
THIS POSITION MAY BE FILLED AT ANY GRADE LEVEL GS-05 THROUGH GS-12.
This Public Notice may be used to fill positions in other equivalent pay systems.
U.S. Citizenship is required Must be registered for Selective Service, see Legal & Regulatory Guidance A security clearance may be required Total salary varies depending on location of position PCS expenses if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations Recruitment incentives may be authorized This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program As a Chemist, GS-1320-05/GS-07/GS-09/ GS-11 Potential GS-12, you will learn the processes to provide analytical instrumentation support to the analytical workloads of the Chemistry Lab. You will receive specific instructional guidance in the accomplishment of the more difficult assignments. You will gain experience and develop the ability to fully perform the duties at the next higher grade.
As a Chemist, GS-1320-12 level you will also:
Perform chemical analysis of material with specific expertise in the area of instrument analysis.
Provide scientific support, data, expertise and analytical instrument support for laboratory projects, customers and other organizations.
Develop and document instrumental procedures for analyzing unknown materials.
Be the analytical expert on composite materials analysis using research, specification comparisons and methods development.
Provide laboratory support for accident investigations, material reviews and preplanning.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Attainment of knowledge, skills, and abilities (and a minimum of 52 weeks of specialized experience) is required before promotion to the next higher grade.
IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE BASIC EDUCATION LISTED BELOW: REQUIRED SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-07/09/11: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level close to the work of this position that has given you the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform. Typically, we would find this experience in work within this field that is closely related. To be creditable, the specialized experience must have been equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-05/07/09), pay band or equivalent. _ Specialized experience _at GS-05/07/09 grade levels is described as trainee assignments consisting of specific tasks that are selected to orient the Chemist in the practical application of theory and basic principles; and to relieve senior Chemists of detailed and simple work. Entry level Chemists know and apply basic principles, elementary theories, and the readily available data in their fields. _ Specialized experience _for GS-12 which is equivalent to one year at the next lower level (GS-11), pay band or equivalent is described as a thorough knowledge of the duties involved in analysis, identification and testing of materials such as plating solutions, toxic and hazardous chemicals, drugs, environmental pollutants, unknown chemicals and petroleum products.
OR EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION FOR GS-07: Successfully completed 1 full year of graduate level education _or_ Bachelor's degree with superior academic achievement (SAA). (See assessment tool for description of SAA).
OR EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION FOR GS-09: I have a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.
OR EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION FOR GS-11 : I have successfully completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related._ NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT COPIES OF YOUR UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS WITH YOUR APPLICATION IF USING EDUCATION AS A SUBSTITUTION OF EXPERIENCE.
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COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE : Equivalent combinations of successfully completed required education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. _ NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT COPIES OF YOUR TRANSCRIPTS WITH YOUR APPLICATION IF USING EDUCATION AS A SUBSTITUTION OF EXPERIENCE. _
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas: 1. Knowledge of the principles of chemistry, chemical theory, and modern practices.
2. Knowledge of established methodology for performing the full range of duties involved in analysis, identification and testing of materials such as plating solutions, toxic and hazardous chemical, drugs, environmental pollutants, unknown chemical and petroleum products.
3. Knowledge of engineering and industrial processes; the chemical products used in conjunction with aircraft, aerospace ground equipment; and the industrial waste treatment and control of such products in harmony with environmental and reclamation concepts.
4. Skill in modifying and developing methods of analyzing and identifying chemicals, chemical compounds and derivatives.
PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE : Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.
_VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE:_ Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL GRADES:
A 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. _NOTE: _YOU MUST_ SUBMIT COPIES OF YOUR UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS WITH YOUR APPLICATION._
OR A 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. _ NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT COPIES OF YOUR UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS WITH YOUR APPLICATION. _
ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You _MUST_ provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. __
_ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:_
Employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays.
Shift work and emergency overtime may be required.
Position may require an appropriate security clearance.
PHYSICAL EFFORT : The work requires some physical exertion with periods of prolonged standing at test benches, walking, bending, and lifting/carrying of moderately heavy items weighing between 15 and 24 pounds.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Special safety precautions are required and the chemist uses protective clothing and gear such as laboratory coats, gloves, safety goggles, etc., to avoid exposure to hazardous chemicals and equipment. Routine physical examinations are required.
Your latest resume will be used to determine your qualifications.
Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Your responses to the questionnaire may be compared to the documents you submit. The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.
Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your Resume (your latest resume will be used to determine your qualifications)
If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent (latest) version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent". It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, you will not be considered for this vacancy.
For qualification determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and dates of employment (i.e., hours per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position.
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below). Ensure all submitted documents contain your full name, address, phone number and last four digits of your social security number.
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, September 19, 2014
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, clickhere for the required cover page. This Vacancy ID is 1212529. Fax your documents to .
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
2. OPM Form 1203-FX must be provided to show your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numbering sequence on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire. Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire restarts with number one, so when entering your responses please continue regardless of number sequence. This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible. Applicants are responsible for ensuring their responses are transferred accurately.Clickhere for the OPM Form 1203-FX., and
3. Fax all required documents to . Your OPM Form 1203-FX will be the cover page for your fax transmission.
PLEASE NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is received, accurate and submitted by the closing date. You may verify your documents have been processed with your application package successfully by clickinghere. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan. Faxed documents take 2-3 business days to process.
Human Resources WILL NOT modify or change any answers submitted by an applicant.
The following documents are required and must be provided with your application for this Public Notice:
Online Application (Questionnaire)
1) Resume (must include beginning/ending month & year for each employment period)
2) Transcripts (must contain the university logo, can be a copy)
3) Registration/License, active, current registration if applicable for the position
4) Veterans' Preference - a copy of your DD Form 214 which must include character of service or a Statement of Service/Proof of Service which must include service dates and character of service. In addition, if claiming 10 point preference you must submit a VA Letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces (or documentation of purple heart, if applicable) and a SF 15 (Application for 10-point veteran preference).
ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS: The VOW Act Chapter 21 of Title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 2108a, requires the active duty service member to furnish a "certification" of active service. A "certification" is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the "certification" is signed . Agencies are required to accept, process, and grant tentative veterans preference to those active duty service members who submit a certification along with their job application materials. The "certification" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin (if applicable), your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable). Your preference and/or appointment eligibility will be verified prior to appointment. Active duty members that fail to provide a valid "certification" of service with their initial application will be found "not eligible". Military members may be appointed before the effective date of their military retirement/separation if member is on terminal leave.
If selected, you will be required to submit the following documents to substantiate your eligibility and/or qualifications. A list of required documents for all eligibilities may be located here:
Eligibility Documentation, SF50, Proof of Disability, Certification of Job Readiness, etc.
Transcripts, if qualifying based on education or positive education series.
After you submit your application, you will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required.
The length of time your application will remain active will vary based on the closing date of this Public Notice.
The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program . In addition to your take-home pay, click here for an overview of benefits currently offered to Federal employees.
Direct Deposit : All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click _here_. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated well qualified or above for this position.
Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants) : Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Clickhere for more information.
T emporary and Term Appointments: If you are selected for a temporary or term position, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition.
Selective Service: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. For additional information, clickhere.

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