Department Of Defense Aberdeen Proving Ground , MD 21005

Posted 2 months ago

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This is a Direct Hire Authority (DHA) solicitation utilizing the DHA for STEM positions to recruit and appoint qualified candidates to positions in the competitive service.

About the Position: CARA is a subordinate unit of the 20th CBRNE Command which is a major subordinate command to US Army Forces Command. We are building a highly trained and mobile command and control headquarters charged with defending the Nation both overseas and in the homeland.

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  • Plan, direct, coordinate and accomplish analytical chemistry studies and qualitative and quantitative analyses pertaining to inhalation toxicology and field hazard assessments.

  • Prepare, plan and conduct difficult and complex analyses on a variety of sample matrix types to determine toxic industrial chemical/materials (TICs/TIMs) explosives and chemical warfare agents (CWAs).

  • Operate advanced spectroscopic and chromatographic instrumentation.

  • Advise on analytical schemes using chemical instruments and air-monitoring which will include sampling and analysis and method development.

  • Perform analysis using techniques such as gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS), liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS), fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) to support laboratory activities.

  • Perform analysis using techniques such as Raman, X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence to support laboratory activities.

Travel Required

50% or less - You may be expected to travel up to 50% for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

1320 Chemistry

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  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.

  • This is an EMERGENCY ESSENTIAL (E-E) position subject to deployment. Anthrax inoculation program participation may be required to meet deployment requirements.

  • E-E civilians are required to undergo nuclear-biological and chemical training, and are required to participate in readiness tests, mobilization, alerts, and field training exercises.

  • Incumbent must pass a medical examination and receive required immunizations for the overseas/deployed location. Position requires employee be able to pass a medical examination annually.

  • Incumbent must undergo urinalysis screening under the Civilian Drug Abuse Testing Program prior to appointment and randomly thereafter.

  • This position requires temporary duty up to 50% of the time. Mobility for temporary duty assignments or temporary change of station both CONUS and OCONUS are required.

  • This position may require the employee to perform mission requirements in hostile environments. Therefore, incumbent will be designated as 'Emergency Essential' IAW DoD Directive governing retention of DoD Civilians in overseas locations.

  • Incumbent must be able to obtain and maintain a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) with Hazardous Material Endorsement within 24 months of employment.

  • Must obtain and maintain a Government driver's license within 30 days of employment.

  • Must obtain and maintain a stateside driver's license within 30 days of employment

  • This position is covered by the Lautenberg Amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968. Incumbent must be able to carry a weapon and qualify in the use of assigned weapon(s).

  • Must be able to work outside in all weather conditions and unpredictable terrain or access. Must be able to walk long distances, carrying light to moderately heavy objects (50 pounds or more), and

  • crouching all while wearing up to and including OSHA Level C Personnel Protective Ensemble for extended periods of time (e.g., 1 hour or more in duration).

  • Must work with or in close proximity to hazardous chemical and biological warfare materiel, recovered chemical warfare materiel, toxic industrial materiel, toxic industrial chemicals, and explosives.

  • Must follow standard operating procedures and regulations to ensure personnel safety.

  • This position has a mandatory seasonal influenza vaccination requirement and is subject to annual vaccination.


Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. 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. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Basic Requirement for Chemist:

A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in the 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.


B. Combination of Education and Experience: Course work equivalent to a major in the physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering, 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.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

GS-12 Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes: (1) Evaluate the physical or chemical reactivity of compounds; (2) Analyze complex materials such as

toxic industrial chemicals (TICs), toxic industrial materials (TIMs), explosives and chemical threat agents in varies matrices; and (3) Calibrate analytical instruments such as gas

chromatograph/ mass spectrometer (GC/MS), liquid chromatography/ mass spectrometry (LC/MS), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF). This definition of specialized

experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-11).

GS-13 Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes: (1) Provide qualitative or quantitative chemical analyses pertaining to chemical warfare agents such

as gas chromatograph mass selective detector or liquid chromatography; (2) Provide in-depth understanding of organic synthesis methods/pathways such as a documented research

paper or completed research method involving chemical agents; and (3) Conduct research studies to formulate systematic research investigations to enhance chemical detection

limits. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-12 or above).

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.


FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

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