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Job Grade: 14
Total Openings: 1
This position is located in the Special Testing & Research Laboratory, Sterling, VA (SFL1); Mid-Atlantic Lab, Largo, MD (SFL3); North Central Laboratory, Chicago, IL (SFL5). The incumbent will perform the following duties:
· Supervises general laboratory activities and the analytical work of a group of forensic, clerical, or technical employees. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff members, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. Observes workers’ performance; demonstrates and conducts work performance critiques.
· Provides technical, administrative and authoritative advice and consultation on a broad-range of matters related to forensic chemistry.
· Monitors and enforces the policies for the strict chain of custody (security) procedures in handling, analysis, and preservation of evidence.
· Consults with attorneys and law enforcement officials in a variety of technical areas. Serves as an expert court witness and provides written reports on findings and conclusions of laboratory analysis that explain the results and validity of testing.
· Reviews reports and documentation, including in areas such as inspections, investigations, and laboratory analysis in order to evaluate impacts on the organization.
Basic Requirements: Applicants must meet ONE of the following qualification requirements: (A). Degree: 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. OR (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. Minimum Qualifications: In addition to meeting the basic requirements above, applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 Federal grade level in performing a full range of complex chemical analysis and physical tests on a variety of seized drug evidence and identifying such characteristics as the composition and purity using wet laboratory procedures or advanced analytical instrumentation; and writing complex reports on chemical analysis, stating technical findings and interpreting conclusions, serves as technical authority on assigned area, serves a subject matter expert to lower graded chemist and testifies in court. Competencies: Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competencies in the following areas: Administration and ManagementLeadershipPlanning and EvaluatingTechnical CompetenceWriting