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Job Title: Computer Scientist - GS 7/9/11/12/13, Albany Field Office/Albany, NY (EXTERNAL)
Company Name: FBI
Location: ALBANY, NY,
Position Type:
Post Date: 10/16/2020
Expire Date: 12/31/2020
Job Description
Computer Scientist - GS 7/9/11/12/13, Albany Field Office/Albany, NY (EXTERNAL)

Open to ALL U.S. Citizens

Opening Date: October 16, 2020

Closing Date: October 30, 2020 11:59 pm (EST)

Questions regarding this opening should be directed to HRS Erin M. Everly at emeverly@fbi.gov.

Job Summary

Position: Computer Scientist, GS 7/9/11/12/13

Division:  Albany Field Office

Location:  Albany, NY

Working Hours:  8:15am-5:00pm

Salary:

GS 7:  $49,610.00 - $64,489.00

GS 9:  $59,315.00 - $77,111.00

GS 11:  $65,141.00 - $84,682.00

GS 12:  $77,998.00 - $101,402.00

GS 13:  $92,749.00 - $120,577.00

Full Performance level: GS 13

Number of Positions Available:  1

Duration: Full Time/Permanent

Additional selections may be made from this announcement to fill positions within the same division when the position includes substantially the same duties, responsibilities, and qualifications.

Key Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret-SCI clearance
  • Some travel may be required

    ALL applicants must verify completion of the basic education requirement by submitting a copy of college transcripts by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the FBI is to protect the American People and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

Major Duties:

  • Performs system and network procurement, installation, administration and security
  • Develops and implements custom tools and methods, and uses, troubleshoots and modifies existing tools and methods to identify, isolate, preserve and analyze digital data
  • Identifications, vets and implements new tools and methods
  • Develops and uses basic computing environments for analysis
  • Provides technical assistance in conducting interviews, searches and other investigative and operational activity; performs liaison and outreach
  • Testifies in court
  • Drafts documents on technical and other professional matters in varying degrees of difficulty and at the appropriate technical level
  • Stays current with major new advances in relevant technology-related topics; provides guidance on tools and methods related to these advances
  • Coordinates with private sector and other divisions to resolve technical and other relevant issues


Qualifications and Evaluations

Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume. Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the FBI’s Candidate Rating Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement and will be compared to your responses to the online assessment questionnaire. High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from Most Competitive status.

Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Most Competitive, Competitive, or Least Competitive. Names of candidates in the Most Competitive category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Veterans’ preference will be applied.

All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies:

  • Analytic Thinking
  • Problem/Solving Judgment
  • Communication
  • Technology Awareness
  • Interpersonal Ability

Positive Education Requirement

This position has a specific education requirement; all applicants must verify completion of this basic educational requirement by submitting a copy of their college transcripts by the closing date of the announcement. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements provided you can show foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must have a bachelor's degree in Computer Science or bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in combination of mathematics, statistics, AND computer science (15 of the 30 semester hours MUST have been in any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus). Courses designed to provide an introduction to computer science techniques and methodologies are acceptable; courses in teaching elementary, business or shop mathematics are NOT acceptable.

Specialized Experience (SE):

GS 7: Applicant must possess at least one (1) year of SE equivalent to the GS 5 grade level. SE is defined as follows:

  • Uses existing tools and methods to identify, preserve, and analyze digital evidence
  • Assists with implementation of custom tools, techniques, and procedures used to address unique investigative situations
  • Provides basic technical and other professional assistance in conducting interviews, searches and other investigative, operational, liaison, and/or outreach activity
  • Assists in drafting documents on basic technical and other professional matters

GS 9: Applicant must possess at least one (1) year of SE equivalent to the GS 7 grade level. SE is defined as follows:

In addition to the above duties of the GS 7, applicants must also possess:

  • Troubleshoots, and modifies as needed existing tools and methods to identify, preserve and analyze digital evidence
  • Assists with the development of custom tools and methods to identify, analyze, and preserve digital evidence
  • Assists in drafting documents on more advanced technical matters

GS 11: Applicant must possess at least one (1) year of SE equivalent to the GS 9 grade level. SE is defined as follows:

  • Assists others with basic system and network procurement, installation, administration, and security.
  • Uses, troubleshoots, and modifies existing cyber tools and methods to identify, preserve, and analyze digital evidence.
  • Assists with the development and implementation of custom tools and methods.
  • Provides basic technical and other professional assistance in conducting interviews, searches and other investigative, and operation activity.
  • Drafts documents on basic technical and other professional matters, and assists in drafting documents on advanced matters.
  • Assists in coordinating with the private sector and other divisions.

GS 12: Applicant must possess at least one (1) year of SE equivalent to the GS 11 grade level. SE is defined as follows:

  • Performs basic computer system and network procurement, installation, administration and security and assists other on more complex matters
  • Uses, troubleshoots, and modifies existing cyber tools and methods to identify, preserve, and analyze digital evidence
  • Develops and implements basic custom tools
  • Provides technical and other professional assistance in conducting interviews, searches and other investigative activity
  • Drafts documents on technical and other professional matters, and assists in drafting documents on advanced matters
  • Performs liaison and outreach

GS 13: Applicant must possess at least one (1) year of SE equivalent to the GS 12 grade level. SE is defined as follows:

  • Performs advanced computer system and network procurement, installation, administration and security, and assists others on more complex matters
  • Uses, troubleshoots, and modifies existing cyber tools and methods to identify, preserve, and analyze digital evidence
  • Identifies, develops, vets, and implements new tools and methods
  • Provides advanced technical and other professional assistance in conducting interviews, searches and other investigative activity
  • Coordinates with the private sector and other divisions to lead in the resolution of technical and other relevant issues
  • Acts as a subject matter expert, and testifies as such in court
  • Remains current with major new advances in cyber and technology topics and provides guidance, tools, and methods on addressing these advances at the National level

Education

All degrees must be from an accredited college or university. Education may be substituted for SE as follows:

GS 7: Applicant must have a bachelor’s degree with superior academic achievement or one (1) full year of graduate level education. Superior academic achievement is the completion of all the requirements of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, which is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average of 3.0 or higher as recorded on an official transcript, or as based on courses completed during the final two years of the curriculum, or (3) honor society membership.

GS 9: Applicant must have a master’s or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.

GS 11: Applicant must have a Ph.D. OR equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.M., if related.

GS 12/13: Education may not be substituted for SE at this grade level.

How to Apply

The following instructions outline our application process:

Step 1:  Click the “Start” button to begin an application.  You will be prompted to either Sign In to continue the application or to register with FBIJOBS if you don’t already have an account.

Step 2:  Follow the Step by Step process to submit an application.  You will be guided through each step in the process.  You are required to complete all sections of the application to successfully submit your application.

Required Documents

To apply to this position, interested applicants must provide a complete application package by the closing date which includes:

  1. Your resume, specifically noting relevant work experience and associated start and end dates
  2.  A complete assessment questionnaire
  3. Other supporting documents (if applicable):
  • College transcripts, if qualifying based on education or if there is a positive education requirement
  • Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal; not applicable to current FBI employees
  • Veterans: DD 214; Disabled Veterans: DD 214, SF-15, and VA letter dated 1991 or later

How to Attach Documents

To attach documentation as part of your application, please follow the instructions below.  

Step 1: Follow the steps of the application process until you reach the Attachments step.
Step 2: Click "Add Attachment".
Step 3: Select the appropriate Attachment Type (or "Other" if one is not available).
Step 4: Populate the “Attachment Purpose” field. Click "Continue".
Step 5: Choose the device on which the attachment is located.
Step 6: Upload the desired attachment.
Step 7: To add additional attachments at this point in the application process click the "+" on the Attachments step.

To attach documentation to your Global Profile please follow the instructions below:
Step 1: Login to your FBI Jobs account, and click "My Submissions".
Step 2: Click the "Add Attachment" located under the "Cover Letters and Attachments" section.
Step 3: Follow steps 3 - 6 above.

You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying online is a hardship, please contact the HR Specialist listed in the vacancy announcement prior to the closing date for assistance.

What to Expect Next

Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The Most Competitive candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of your status throughout the process.

Additional Information

  • The FBI is in the Executive Branch of the federal government. It is one of the components of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The FBI is the principle investigative arm of the DOJ. All FBI positions are in the excepted service.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens and consent to a complete background investigation, urinalysis, and polygraph. You must be suitable for Federal employment; as determined by a background investigation.
  • Failure to provide necessary and relevant information required by this vacancy announcement may disqualify you from consideration. Additional information will not be requested if your application is incomplete. You application will be evaluated solely on the basis of information you have submitted.
  • Management may select any grade for which this position has been announced.
  • Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher-level duties.
  • If you are hired, you will be required to serve a two-year probationary period. Probationary employees are precluded from being considered for all job opportunities until 12-months of their two-year probationary period has concluded. Probationary Employees may be considered for competitive vacancies that are advertised within their respective division or field office after serving 90 days within the FBI.
  • Memorandum of Understanding: Work performed outside assigned duties (that would not normally be documented on an SF-50, i. e., back-up duties), has to be documented in detail by an immediate supervisor in order to receive full credit for amount of time worked in that position. If no documentation is furnished no credit will be given for time worked in that position. The following notations must be specified in the documentation (Memorandum of Understanding):

        a. Percent of time worked in the particular position (cannot conflict with main duties)
        b. The month/year work began
        c. Frequency worked (i.e., daily, monthly, etc.)
        d. Specific duties performed

Attach the Memorandum of Understanding to your application in the “Cover Letters and Attachments” section of My Career Tools on the Careers Home page. Please upload the attachment as type “Other.”

Veterans' Preference

If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume and application. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

Nepotism

Nepotism is the act of favoring relatives in the hiring process, and is prohibited by law. Public officials are prohibited from hiring or promoting relatives or relatives of officials in their chain of command, as well as actively or indirectly endorse a relative’s appointment or promotion.

During the hiring process, all selected candidates and FBI hiring managers will be required to certify they are not related to anyone involved in the hiring process.

Reasonable Accommodation Request

The FBI provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please notify the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Affairs (OEEOA) Reasonable Accommodation (RA) Program by either e-mail at REASONABLE_ACCOMMODATIONS@ic.fbi.gov, telephone at 202-324-4128, or FAX at 202-324-3976.  Your request will receive an individualized assessment.

This e-mail address is only for reasonable accommodation requests.  Please do not submit your application and/or any questions unrelated to reasonable accommodations.  Should any applications be received, they will not be forwarded for consideration during the hiring process.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The FBI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this vacancy. Except where otherwise prohibited by law, selection will be made without regard to, and there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factors.

Benefits

The FBI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.

This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:  http://www.opm.gov/insure/new_employ/index.asp

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