<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This position is located in the Security Test, Validation & Measurement Group, Computer Security Division, Information Technology Laboratory in Gaithersburg, MD.<br /><br />Are you ready to explore your future with NIST?<br /><br /><strong>Your application package may be shared with other selecting officials at NIST with opportunities like the one you are applying to. Additional selections may be made through this vacancy. </strong><br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />The incumbent will assist in the analysis, review, and validation of test reports for the Cryptographic Module Validation Program; assist in the development of user requirements; and provide design and programming support for automated cryptographic testing and validation systems. S/he will assist in the development of standards, guidelines, and derived test requirements.<br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 02 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must be a U.S. citizen</li> <li>You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov)</li> <li>You must be suitable for Federal Employment</li> <li>Merit applicants must meet time-in-grade/band requirements, as applicable</li> </ul> <br /><br />Applicants must meet requirements by the closing date of this announcement.<br /><br />Time-in-grade/band requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement unless eligible for special hiring authority, reinstatement eligible, non-current Federal employee applying as a VEOA eligible which do not require time-in-grade/band.<br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />To qualify, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level (or ZP-I at NIST). Specialized experience is defined as experience reviewing and validating Cryptographic Module Validation Program submissions.<br /><br />OR<br /><br />1 full year of graduate level education<br /><br />OR<br /><br />superior academic achievement<br /><br />Education must demonstrate the competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.<br /><br />Superior Academic Achievement is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership. <br /><br />1. Class standing — Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses. <br /><br />2. Grade-point average (G.P.A.)– Applicants must have a grade-point average of: <br /><br />a. 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; <br /><br />or <br /><br />b. 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum. <br /><br />Grade-point averages are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9. <br /><br />3. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society — Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies listed below. These honor societies are listed by the Association of College Honor Societies . Agencies considering eligibility based on any society not included in the following list must ensure that the honor society meets the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies. Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.<br /><br />Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.<br /><br />Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains Federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the OPM website located at http: /www.opm.gov/qualifications <br /><br />Applicants may request reconsideration of their qualifications determination within three business days from the date their applicant status was changed. Applicants should email the Agency Contact listed in this vacancy announcement with their written request listing the announcement number; explaining why the original determination was improper; what factors were not considered; and, should provide any other pertinent information that would enable reevaluation. <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />This position allows you to qualify and be considered based on your education. To receive this consideration, please submit a copy of your transcripts to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. However, official transcripts will be required prior to a final offer of employment.<br /><br />Foreign education: Individuals educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for a U.S. equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. View a listing of these accredited organizations from the Department of Education's website . Provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing.<br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />A probationary period may be required.<strong> <br /> </strong><br /><br />This position is covered by an Alternative Personnel Management System (APMS). This system replaces the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and grade with career paths and pay bands. For information regarding how the pay bands correspond to the General Schedule, click here. <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. <br /><br />Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, salary, duties performed for each position, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level/pay band.<br /><br />Please also include in your resume a list of all publications and patents/patent applications on which you are a named inventor and provide the title and patent/patent application number for each.<br /><br />The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:<br /><br /><strong>*</strong> Ability to apply Derived Test Requirements<br /><br /><strong>*</strong> Ability to apply Implementation<br /><br /><strong>*</strong> Skills in teh data formats used in teh testing and validation of cryptographic modules<br /><br /><strong>*</strong> Knowledge of the standards, guidelines and protocols for cryptographic validation<br /><br /><strong>*</strong> Ability to research security controls, threats and vulnerabilities<br /><br /><strong>*</strong> Knowledge of automated test suites and methodologies<br /><br /><strong>*</strong> Ability to coordinate and prioritize feedback<br /><br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />The documents you are required to submit vary based on how you're applying (i.e., as a veteran or disabled veteran, current or former Federal employee, etc.). Please review the information on the following link to determine if there are any documents you need to provide – REQUIRED DOCUMENTS <br /><br />Failure to submit required documents, based upon how you apply, may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted. Official documents are not required at the time of application, copies are sufficient. If selected, official documentation must be submitted prior to appointment.<br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.