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Drug Enforcement Administration SUPERVISORY CHEMIST in United States


TOUGH WORK. VITAL MISSION. Challenge yourself! You have the power to help combat drug trafficking. Be a part of DEA! It's tough work, but a vital mission. Whatever your background or expertise, your work at DEA will be tremendously rewarding because it will have a daily impact on national security and the quality of life of all Americans.


The positions are located in the Mid-Atlantic Laboratory, Largo, Maryland (2) and the North Central Laboratory, Chicago, Illinois (1). 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. Writes DEA position in response to requests for advisory opinions from Congress, department officials, or a regulated industry.


Conditions of Employment


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 imported merchandise and identifying such characteristics as the composition, origin and method of manufacture 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: Accountability Customer Service Decisiveness Flexibility Interpersonal Skills Problem Solving Resilience


Additional Information

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