FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGIST

US Government, Department of Defense

The mission of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) is to provide the fullest possible accounting for our missing personnel from our Nation’s past conflicts to their families and our Nation. DPAA personnel research, investigate, recover and identify remains of DoD personnel unaccounted for from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and Iraq conflicts and Persian Gulf War. The Director, DPAA (SES-III), reports to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (USD(P)).

 

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Job Grade: 13
Total Openings: 1

Duties:

Incumbent typical work assignments may include the following: Serves as a forensic anthropologist providing professional, scientific leadership to a team engaged in forensic and biological anthropological studies and investigations leading to establish the medico-legal identity of skeletal remains. Serves as Program leader for overseeing and performing forensic recoveries of missing U.S. Service Personnel using modern forensic and archaeological techniques. Correlates investigative evidence with laboratory findings to achieve identification of casualties in accordance with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) Laboratory standards. Provides quality control services and control reviews to DPAA of identification determinations completed by laboratory teams prior to presentation of findings to external expert consultants, Agency leadership and files of missing U.S. Service personnel. Maintains a continuous liaison with other OSD agencies, other service headquarters counterparts and DOD offices to integrate DPAA plans with other defense agencies.

Qualifications:

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For qualifications determinations, it is recommended that applicants include their months and hours worked per week for each employment listed on their resume. If a determination is not able to be made about the length of your creditable experience for qualification requirements, you will be removed from consideration. Read more about what should I include in my federal resume? at https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/faq/application/documents/resume/what-to-include/ BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Degree: A degree in the appropriate field of anthropology. OR Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in an appropriate field of anthropology, or related course work, plus appropriate experience or additional education. OR Experience: Four years of appropriate experience in anthropology performing research, museum work, or similar professional-level work. **In addition to the basic education requirement, you must also meet the one year of specialized experience requirements: You may qualify at the level GS-13 grade level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service (experience may have been gained in the private sector) that demonstrates your experience in generating biological profiles (determination of age, sex, ancestry, stature) from skeletal material; distinguishing perimortem trauma from taphonomic processes; conducting archaeological excavation, evidence handling procedures, scientific investigation to achieve casualty resolution from covered conflicts; identification and analysis of human skeletal remains. 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