U.S. Mint Chemist in West Point, New York

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Summary

This position is located at the United States Mint, Manufacturing Department, Quality Assurance & Assay Division, West Point, NY.

The West Point facility produces coins in a variety of processes used in the making of circulated, un-circulated, commemorative and proof precious metal (gold, silver, platinum) coins and medals (domestic and foreign).

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Responsibilities

If you do not meet any of the categories listed above, you may wish to apply under announcement 18-MINT-390-P, which is open for any U.S. citizen to apply. Please refer to that announcement for details on open period, eligibility, and how to apply.

The following are the duties of this position at the GS-12. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

  • Overseeing particular projects or experiments, and developing methods and procedures to facilitate the analysis of alloys and metals used for coinage manufacture; the analysis and testing of a variety of substances used in the manufacture of coins by using established method and practices.
  • Performs the full range of qualitative and quantitative chemical and physical analyses on a variety of metals, metal products and alloys, which include fire assay, volumetric and calorimetric analysis utilizing a variety of analytical instruments and equipment as needed.
  • Interprets and evaluates analytical results to determine their validity and accuracy; and researches and devises new approaches to problems when standard techniques are not applicable.
  • Reviews the formulas of background material, all relevant Federal laws and regulations, manuals and scientific literature to determine the general approach necessary to develop the requested information.
  • Develops, tests, alters and adapts methods and procedures to improve or extend their application to new or unusual materials or situations.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional overnight travel may be required 2 to 3 times a year.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

12

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1320 Chemistry

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Conditions of Employment
  • Must be U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals
  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
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The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector or volunteer service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. Be sure all experience is documented in your resume by indicating place of employment, job title, length of time performing the duties, and the name and contact information for the supervisor. We must be able to verify this experience in your resume in order for you to receive credit.

Qualifications

You must meet the following requirements within 14 days of the closing date of this announcement.

Specialized experience:

For the GS-11: You must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-09 level or equivalent that is directly related to the position. Specialized experience for this position includes:

  • Performing a variety of chemical analysis such as utilizing modern chromatographic, spectroscopic, spectrometric or hyphenated analytical techniques, AND

  • Developing conclusions, and recommending actions, AND

  • Developing quantitative analytical methods and carried out qualitative and quantitative analysis for metals, metal alloys and/or chemical products.

OR

Education: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

For the GS-09: You must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-07 level or equivalent that is directly related to the position. Specialized experience for this position includes:

  • Performing standardized chemical tests and analyses on a broad range of samples in a laboratory setting, AND

  • Implementing new testing and analytical methods using either automated analytical systems or manual laboratory analytical procedures.

OR

Education: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree,

For the GS-07: You must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-05 level or equivalent that is directly related to the position. Specialized experience for this position includes:

  • Assisting chemists by performing laboratory work using principles of Analytical Chemistry methods, techniques, and precedents; AND

  • Using a computerized database to enter, retrieve, and manipulate data.

OR

Education: 1 year of graduate-level education; or superior academic achievement. *OR*For all grades: You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following time-in-grade requirement, if applicable:

For the GS-11, you must have been at the GS-09 level for 52 weeks.

For the GS-09, you must have been at the GS-07 level for 52 weeks.

For the GS-07, you must have been at the GS-05 level for 52 weeks.

Education

Basic Education Requirements for the Chemist:

  1. 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
  2. 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.

The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Additional information
  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

  • This is a bargaining unit position.

  • We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • A one year probationary period may be required.

  • Must successfully complete a background investigation.

  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employmentto determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.

  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.

  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.

  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.

  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your application includes your résumé, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your résumé includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your résumé may result in a “not qualified” determination.

Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: Analytical, Technical, and Communication. Your application will be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. A subject matter expert may be used in the evaluation. Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview.

If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)) you must receive a score of 85.0 or better to be rated as “well qualified" to receive special selection priority.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Not Applicable

Drug test required

No

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*A complete application includes 1. A résumé, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. * Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

All applicants are required to submit a résumé either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/date/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your résumé. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your résumé to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view résumé tips.

CURRENT AND FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES -- Documentation Relating to Your Federal Employment:

  • Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The “position occupied” block on the SF-50 should show a “1” and your “tenure” block should show a “1” or “2”.) Current US Mint employees are not required to submit an SF-50.

  • *VRA: *If you are currently on a Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA), submit a copy of an SF-50 showing that. Also, you must submit a copy of your DD214 or other documentation showing dates of service and type of discharge and any other applicable documents such as SF-15, VA letters, etc.

  • Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade, submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing this grade.

CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) OR INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents.

If you are applying under a special hiring authority (e.g. Military Spouses, Interchange Agreement, VEOA, VRA, Schedule A Disability, etc.), please see applicant guide for required documentation. In order to be eligible under one of these authorities, you must submit all required documentation as outlined in the applicant guide.

EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page.

If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.

Recommended Documents: In addition, we recommend that you submit copies of the following:

  • A list of awards received (if applicable). DO NOT send copies of awards.

  • A copy of your most recent completed performance appraisal.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

Our comprehensive benefits are very generous. Our benefits package includes:

  • Challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards.

  • Ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13 to 26 days of vacation time each year.

  • Access to insurance programs that may be continued after you retire.

  • A wide choice of health insurance plans, coverage for pre-existing conditions, and no waiting periods. We pay a substantial amount (up to 75%) of the health insurance premiums.

  • A retirement program which includes employer-matching contributions.

  • Learn more about Federal benefits programs at: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/PayandBenefits

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

The United States Mint has partnered with the Treasury's Bureau of the Fiscal Service to provide certain personnel services to its organization. Fiscal Service's responsibilities include advertising vacancies, accepting and handling applications, and extending job offers. The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date.

The United States Mint provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

To begin, either click the “Create a New Account” button and follow the prompts to register or if you previously registered, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts.

You will be re-directed to The United States Mint's Career Connector system to complete your application process; answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. (To submit supporting documents, click one of the available options; Upload; Fax; or Reuse existing documents. To protect your privacy, we suggest you first remove your SSN). Also, go to “My Account” to view and update your information, as necessary.

To complete, you must click the “Finish” button located at the bottom of the “Application Review” page.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

If you are experiencing system issues with your application, please contact the CareerConnector Help Desk at careerconnectorhelp@treasury.gov and/or the USAJOBS Help Desk.

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Agency contact information
Applicant Call Center
Phone

304-480-7300

Fax

000-000-0000

Email

MINTINQUIRIES@fiscal.treasury.gov

Address

United States Mint Please see "How to Apply" Parkersburg, West Virginia 26101 United States

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Next steps

To check the status of your application for this position, please follow these steps:

  1. Login to your USAJOBS account, select the "Applications" section and click on the vacancy you would like to view and have already applied for.

  2. Under "application status," click "additional application information" and you will be taken to the CareerConnector website where you can check your application status. The "additional application information" link may not be available if your application status says "Unavailable." This indicates that your application is not complete.

If the "additional application information" link is not available and the vacancy is still open, you can click on the job announcement and "Update Application" to be taken back to the CareerConnector portion of the application.

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/513123800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/09/2018 to 10/22/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 07 - 11

Salary: $47,374 to $91,147 per year

Appointment type: Permanent - Full-time

Work schedule: Full-Time - Career/Career Conditional