Employment Opportunity

Physical Scientist (Forensic Chemistry)

U.S. Army Medical Command, Fort Meade, Maryland

Salary: $54,972 to $86,460 per year

Final Filing Date: November 23, 2017

The Forensic Toxicology Drug Testing Laboratory at Fort Meade is one of six drug testing laboratories within the Department of Defense. The Laboratory provides scientifically valid and legally defensible test results for selected drugs of abuse or drug metabolites in urine specimens to a defined population. The Fort Meade laboratory currently provides testing for half of the service members in the U.S. Army, all of the service members in the U.S. Army Reserve, and all DoD civilian employees in test designated positions. In addition to its primary testing mission, the laboratory provides litigation support to all it services.

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  • Performs forensic testing on specimens to screen for illegal drugs.
  • Troubleshoot extraction methods for accuracy before reporting the results.
  • Maintain analytical chemistry laboratory equipment.
  • Testify in court on the subject of operating procedures of extraction and gas/chromatography mass spectrometry analysis to confirm drug abuse in urine specimens.
  • Train and assist lower graded employees keeping supervisor informed of progress and training program.


  • Degree: Bachelors Degree in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
  • OR
  • Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service which includes performing accurate testing on human urine specimens for illegal drugs; troubleshoot extraction methods and resolve issues to maintain reliability of testing; perform maintenance, calibration and documentation of all analytical chemistry laboratory equipment and maintain chain of custody of all specimens at all times.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:
  • Applies Technology to Tasks
  • Attention to Detail
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Forensics
Education - Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required specialized experience in order to qualify. For this job, you may qualify if your education meets the definitions below:
  • Masters or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a directly related field such as physical science, chemistry, mathematics.
  • OR
  • A combination of education and specialized experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education in excess of 1 year (30 semester hours) by 18. Add the 2 percentages. Note: For the purpose of qualifications, 1 full year of graduate education is equivalent to 18 semester hours.
  • Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - and
  • Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please submit your foreign education evaluation with your application.

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Posted: November 13, 2017

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