Research Chemist (Chemometrics)

US Government, Department of Justice

This position is located in the Drug Enforcement Administrator (DEA), Office of Forensic Sciences. This position(s) primary purpose is to support the Special Testing & Research Laboratory (SFL1), Sterling, VA.


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Job Grade: 14
Total Openings: 1


As a Research Chemist (Chemometrics) your typical work assignments may include: Serves as an internationally recognized expert in chemometrics, relating to controlled substances and similar material. Provides statistical support to U.S. policy makers through the interpretation of forensic data. As directed, performs other duties directly related to intelligence programs, operation, and functions of the laboratory. Expected to propose effective areas of research related to the agency’s needs; to formulate complete and logical research plans and hypotheses; and take full technical responsibility for interpreting findings and analytical methodology.


Applicants must meet the Basic Requirements AND Specialized Experience requirements as noted below. Qualification claims will be subject to verification. You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of qualifying specialized experience. Specialized 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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Applicants must meet ONE of the qualifications requirements (A or B) as described below: A. Degree: physical sciences, life sciences or engineering 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 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. One year of specialized experience for this position includes: evaluating and interpreting data; keeping track of current literature, developing trends and new technologies; planning, evaluating, and implementing complex research projects related to chemometric methods and chemical data analysis; resolving matters pertaining to the integrity of application of statistical methods to data that might significantly affect the organization’s programs; developing new methods or using traditional approaches to solve problems; preparing reports, scientific manuscripts, presentations and lectures. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. COVID-19: To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to E.O. 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. For current federal government requirements, please visit Careers |

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