Physicist | Department of the Army, United States Army Futures Command

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Position Location: 
White Sands Missile Range, NM
Job Description: 

Pay scale & grade

DB 3

Appointment type



$77,488 to $141,548 per year

Work schedule


Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

Citizenship Required

US Citizen

Security Clearance Required

Secret and/or Top Secret


This job is open to

  • Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

  • Federal employees - Competitive service

Current or former competitive service federal employees.

  • Land & base management

Certain current or former term or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency.

  • Military spouses

  • Veterans




About the Position: This position serves as a Physicists DB-1310-03 in DAC in White Sands Missile Range New Mexico. You will serve as a Physicists responsible for carrying out advanced research and development activities involving complex equipment, emerging technologies or scientific phenomena. 

The pay band DB-03 is equivalent to the former GS12 Step 1 through GS-14 step 10 grade level. 


  • Determine the effectiveness of survivability systems and integrated defense systems.
  • Provide Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) oversight support to system program managers.
  • Guide and evaluate the design and development activities in achieving new soldier survivability products in the fields of optics and electro-optical sensors and emitters operating within the infrared, visible, and ultraviolet wavelength bands.
  • Perform soldier survivability assessments (SSvA) for system program managers.
  • Perform research and scientific work in the investigation and applications of the relations between energy in the areas of optics and electro-optics.
  • Complete research of new equipment, material, or concepts that significantly add to the understanding and usefulness of previously unexplained or untested phenomena.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel upto 25% of the time for this position.

Supervisory status


Job family (Series)

1310 Physics


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • This position requires the incumbent be able to obtain and maintain a determination of eligibility for a Secret security clearance or access for the duration of employment.
  • This position requires a Financial Disclosure Statement. Financial Disclosure Statement OGE Form 450 is used to assist agencies and employees to avoid conflicts between duties and financial interest.
  • This position requires Temporary Duty Travel (TDY) up to 25% of the time.
  • A three year probationary period may be required in accordance with agency policy.


Who May Apply: Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility

for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities. 

  • Current Army Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) Employee
  • Current Permanent Department of Defense (DOD) Civilian Employee (non-Army)
  • Domestic Defense Industrial Base/Major Range and Test Facilities Base Civilian Personnel Workforce Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan
  • Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act
  • Military Spouses, under Executive Order (E.O.) 13473
  • Non-Department of Defense (DoD) Transfer
  • Priority Placement Program, DoD Military Spouse Preference (MSP) Eligible
  • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) of 1998

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Basic Education Requirement for a Physicist 1310: 

Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in physics, or related degree that included at least 24 semester hours in physics. The courses must have included a fundamental course in general physics and, in addition, courses in any two of the following: electricity and magnetism, heat, light, mechanics, modern physics, and sound. 


Combination of Education and Experience: Courses equivalent to a major in physics totaling at least 24 semester hours, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The courses must have included a fundamental course in general physics and, in addition, courses in any two of the following: electricity and magnetism, heat, light, mechanics, modern physics, and sound. 

In addition to meeting one of the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below: 

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes 1) knowledge of developing, and executing optical and electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) systems; 2) Review optical and electro-optical infrared test procedures and methodologies; and 3) write and review test reports, test plans, and test procedures. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service DB-02 or GS-11). 

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas: 

  • Physics
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Research

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (DB-02 or GS-11).


FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Additional Information

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct deposit of pay is required.
  • This position requires you to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) or a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450) upon entry, and annually thereafter.
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant
  • ( information sheet.
  • This is a Career Program (CP) 16 -Engineers and Scientists position.
  • You may claim military spouse preference (MSP).
  • If a MSP applicant is determined best qualified and selected, placement must be at the full performance level for priority consideration.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application (

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Contact Brandon K. Herl with Interest or call 575-678-8668.