Electronics Engineer - FE, 0855/GS 13/14/(FBI ONLY)Laboratory Division/Huntsville, AL

Who May Apply

Open to current , permanent FBI employees in all locations

Opening Date: 09/08/2017

Closing Date: 09/21/2017 (11:59 pm) Eastern Standard Time

Questions regarding this opening should be directed to Brenda Robinson at (703) 632-3182 or Brenda.Robinson @ic.fbi.gov

Job Summary

Position: Electronics Engineer - FE, GS 13/14

Division: Laboratory

Unit: Technical Exploitation

Location: Huntsville, Alabama

Working Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Salary: GS-13: $87,875.00 - $114,236.00; GS 14: $103,842.00 - $134,996.00

Full Performance level: GS-14

Number of Positions Available: 1

Duration: Full Time

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 current, permanent FBI employee.
  • Must be able to obtain an SCI clearance.
  • Some Travel is required
  • Selectee will be required to complete form FD-887, Request for Access to Sensitive Compartments Information (SCI).
  • 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.
  • Must successfully complete up to a two-year training program necessary for qualification as an FBI Forensic Examiner (FE). Must sign a Forensic Examiner Training Service Agreement (FETSA) to remain a FE for two years after the completion of training, with the understanding that failure to complete training may lead to termination or change to a similar position at a lower grade. Failure to fulfill the FETSA will require reimbursement for the prorated expense of his/her training, unless a waiver is granted. Applicant is required to serve a two-year probationary period as a FE, beginning when he/she enters on duty as a FE trainee.
  • Candidates who are hired for this position will not be eligible for promotion until they successfully complete their Forensic Examiner training.

Major Duties

  • Serves as a senior Electronic Engineer Forensic Examiner and stays abreast of the latest research to determine best methods to examine evidence.
  • Provides forensic analysis of electronic evidence in cases involving multiple submissions where intercomparison of evidence is necessary
  • Initiates and performs full range of technical procedures in a variety of settings, including examinations.
  • Prepares and furnishes authoritative oral and written reports to FBI field investigators, U.S. Attorneys, state and local police and prosecutors as well as others within the law enforcement community.

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.

If you are deemed Most Competitive, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.

All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies :

  • Innovative Thinking
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving/Judgment

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 vacancy announcement.

Basic Degree Requirement

All applicants must have the following basic degree requirement of a Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven area of engineering science or physics: (a) statistics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics


Combination of education and experience - college level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • Professional registration – Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  • Written Test – Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-In-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements provided you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.

In addition to the above educational requirements, applicants must meet the following requirements

GS-13: Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level.

Specialized Experience is:

  • Experienced with reverse engineering electronic design
  • Experience in design, modification, installation and maintenance and implementation of cellular based communication systems.
  • Experience with systems engineering of hardware and software from electronic devices to backend Information Technology systems.
  • Experience in design, modification, installation and maintenance and implementation of devices using mobile communications and network technology.

GS- 14: Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level.

Specialized Experience is :

  • Experience with reverse engineering electronic devices.
  • Experience in design, modification, installation and maintenance and implementation of Radio Frequency electronic systems and technology.
  • Experience in design, modification, installation and maintenance and implementation of cellular based communication systems.
  • Experience with systems engineering of hardware and software from electronic devices to backend Information Technology systems.
  • Experience in design, modification, installation and maintenance and implementation of devices using mobile communications and network technology.

How to Apply

The following instructions outline our application process:

Step 1: Click the Apply Now button to apply to this opening using your employee profile. Updates to your skills made during your application will be automatically added to your existing employee profile.

Step 2: Paste your text resume in the space provided.

Step 3: Answer the assessment questionnaire included in the opening.

Step 4: Complete the application sections requested and submit your application.

Required Documents

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

  • Your resume, specifically noting relevant work experience and associated start and end dates.
  • A complete assessment questionnaire
  • Other supporting documents :
  • College transcripts, (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)

How to Attach Documents

To attach documentation for submission, please follow the instructions below. Once documents are successfully attached, they will automatically be sent to HR.

Step 1: Login to your FBI Jobs account, and click the "My Career Tools" hyperlink at the top of the page.

Step 2: Click the "Add Attachment" hyperlink located under the "Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

Step 3: Select the appropriate Attachment Type (or "Other" if one is not available).

Step 4: Populate the Attachment Purpose field.

Step 5: Click the Add Attachment hyperlink.

Step 6: Upload the desired attachment.

Step 7: Click "Save & Add More" (if you are attaching more than one) or "Save & Return" if you have finished attaching documents.

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. 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

  • 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. Your application will be evaluated solely on the basis of information you have submitted.
  • Limited Movement : Any Professional staff employee who enters a position through a competitive or non-competitive action is prohibited from moving to another position within the Bureau by means of reassignment or change to lower grade for a minimum of twelve months. Probationary employees are generally precluded from being considered for all job opportunities until their 12-month 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.
  • Candidates will not be considered if currently on a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP); a Letter of Requirement (LOR); or have failed a PIP or LOR and are currently awaiting the final action by HRD.

a. A Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) is a 90-day written developmental plan for an employee whose performance on one or more critical elements is rated "Unacceptable."

b. A Letter of Requirement (LOR) is issued when a supervisor identifies leave abuse and/or when frequent absences negatively impact operations of an office.

  • Relocation expenses will be borne by the FBI.
  • Candidates receiving a transfer of physical location, whether at the expense of the FBI or not, will be required to complete a one year commitment to the assignment, prior to moving to a new position at the FBI. The 12-month waiting period begins the day an employee reports for duty at the new location.
  • Employees selected for positions at the GS-14 level or higher, as well as employees selected for positions where a transfer of location is required, will be processed through the name check program prior to being notified of their selection.
  • Memorandum of Understanding: Work performed outside assigned duties (that would not normally be documented on a 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):
  • Percent of time worked in the particular position (cannot conflict with main duties)
  • The month/year work began
  • Frequency worked (i.e., daily, monthly, etc.)
  • 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."


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 [email protected] , telephone at 202-324-2158, 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 provided 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.

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