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Patent Examiner - Electrical Engineering

Job Type: Full time
Company/Firm: Patent and Trademark Office
Location: Alexandria, VA
Date posted: 10/09/10
Salary: From $41,969 to $78,881
Job Description:
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Job Title: Patent Examiner - Electrical Engineering Department: Department Of Commerce Agency: Patent and Trademark Office Job Announcement Number: LD394251
Salary Range: $41,969.00 - $78,881.00 /year

Series & Grade: GS-1224-05/09

Promotion Potential: 13

Open Period: Friday, October 08, 2010 to Friday, August 12, 2011

Position Information: Full TimeExcepted Service Permanent

Duty Locations: Many vacancies - Alexandria, VA

Who May Be Considered: United States Citizens

Job Summary: Do you enjoy technology? Have you ever explored the world of inventions and patents? If you are a degreedelectrical engineer your opportunity to begin or expand in this world just arrived.

Work for the largest intellectual property rights entity in the United States and benefit from a unique opportunity. Discover an exciting career with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a Patent Examiner! A career as a Patent Examiner is filled with endless possibilities, where you can be a part of something that makes a difference for the country and the world. It is a career that allows you to contribute to a strong global economy and to cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit for the 21st century.

A Patent Examiner reviews patent applications to determine if they comply with Federal law and regulations, in addition to scientific principle. The incumbent would be responsible for scrutinizing patent applications, determining the scope of protection claimed by the inventor, researching relevant technologies, and communicating findings and decisions to patent practitioners and/or inventors. The job is generally visually demanding in nature and almost all of a Patent Examiner's work is performed using a computer. The incumbent is required to conduct an extensive review of a large body of technical information which regularly includes detailed drawings as represented in electrical schematic, 3-dimensional mechanical portrayed drawings or chemical manufacturing process diagrams. The incumbent reviews patent applications and writes office actions, in a production oriented environment that requires the analytical ability to efficiently digest large volumes of scientific information and to use his information to make timely decisions regarding the patentability of an application.

The Office of Human Resources strongly encourages you to read the vacancy announcement in its entirety before submitting application materials. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the individual listed under "Contact Information." Failure to follow instructions may result in your application not receiving consideration.

Complete applications will be processed by a cut-off date. First consideration will be given to eligible applicants who submit all required application materials by the early cut-off date of October15, 2010. Subsequent cut-off dates will be on the last Friday of every month or upon management request. If you are qualified, you will be referred to the selecting official. You may be notified that you were referred more than once during a six month period of time.

Key Requirements: You must be a U.S. citizen Resumes required Transcripts required Supporting documents (DD214, SF-50, etc.) if applicable Registered for Selective Service, if applicable (See Other Information) Major Duties: Patent Examiners are responsible for the qualityand timely processing of patent applications.

At the GS-5 level, the employee receives formal classroom instruction and/or on-the-job training in the principles, concepts work processes, regulations, and reference materials fundamental to the patent examination process. Performs various patent examining tasks of a simple nature. The employee receives specific and detailed guidance and training in all aspects of work assignments. On-the-job training assignments provide a practical understanding of the organization, programs, policies, and objectives of the agency as well as furnish experience in the application of principles, procedures, and work techniques to actual patent examination situations.

At the GS-7 level, the employee performs basic patent examining functions (e.g., planning and conducting the search, applying references to the claimed invention, etc.) only after receiving extensive preliminary instructions from the supervisor. Training emphasizes developing an understanding of the relationship of the technical concepts underlying the specialty technology area to the patent examining process. Assignments are pre-selected to combine performance of productive work with supervised on-the-job training in both the judgmental and methodological aspects of the work.

At the GS-9 level, the employee independently performs basic patent examining functions (e.g., planning and conducting the search, applying references to the patent application, etc.) with no preliminary instructions from the supervisor. The employee performs assignments of average difficulty in the assigned area of technology relative to the patent examining function requiring the application of fundamental principles, concepts, techniques, and guidelines relative to patent examining. May perform advanced patent examining functions (e.g., the evaluation of special claim constructions, the requirement of restrictions, the recognition and development of probable interferences, etc.) only after obtaining instructions from the supervisor and all determinations involving such functions are subject to close review.

Qualifications: Note: Applications will be accepted from students who expect to complete qualifying education within 9 months from the date of application. However, the agency will verify that the education was completed successfully before the applicant can be appointed.

You must meet the following United States Office of Personnel Managements (OPM) qualification requirements for the advertised position. OPM's prescribed Group Coverage Qualification Standardsfor Professional and Scientific Positions can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-IV/A/gs-PROF.asp. It is available for your review in our office and in other Federal agency personnel office. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of the General Schedule Positions. You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FORELECTRICAL ENGINEERING:

A.Have at least a bachelor degree in professionalElectrical 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 areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, 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.

OR

B. Have a 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 electrical or computer 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.

Specified academic courses--Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.

Related curriculum--Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: In addition to meeting the BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS candidates must also:

FOR GS-5 GRADE LEVEL:

NOTE: Applicants must only meet theBasicQualificationRequirements described above to be rated eligible at the GS-5 level.

FOR GS-7 GRADE LEVEL:

A. Meet the Basic Qualification Requirements above and Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.)criteria. S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.

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.

Grade-point average (G.P.A.)--Applicants must have a grade-point average of: 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; or 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.

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. G.P.A. as recorded on the final transcript.

The final transcript must cover the period being used to determine G.P.A., i.e., all 4 years or last 2 years.

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. These honor societies are listed in the Association of College Honor Societies: Booklet of Information (1992-95) and/or Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities (1991).

OR

B. Haveat least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal service interpreting and applyingbasic engineering and/or scientific principles, theories, concepts and methodologies that are used in the evaluation of technology; planning and conducting research; applying appropriate references to the claimed invention, etc.

OR

C.Have at least one year of graduate level education from an accredited college and/or university in the fields of study as described in the BasicQualification Requirements. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours will be considered an academic year of graduate study.

OR

D. Have less than the full amount of graduate education as described in "C" above and less than the amount of experience described in "B"above, but have a combination of the type of graduate education and experience described above.

FOR GS-9 GRADE LEVEL:

A. Haveat least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service interpreting and applyingintermediate engineering and/or scientific principles, theories, concepts and methodologies that are used in the evaluation of technology; planning and conducting research; applying appropriate references to the claimed invention, etc.

OR

B. Have at least two years of graduate level education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree from an accredited college and/or university in the fields of study as described in the Basic Qualification Requirements. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours will be considered an academic year of graduate study.

OR

C.Have less than the full amount of graduate education as described in "B" above and less than the amount of experience described in "A"above, but have a combination of the type of graduate education and experience described above.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Below are the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.(KSAs) that are needed by applicants to successfully perform on the job.

1. Ability to analyze and interpret written materials, including technical materials, rules, regulations, instructions, and reports.

2. Ability to establish and maintain effective public relations with diverse user groups.

3. Skill in oral communications in order to make clear and convincing oral presentations.

4. Skill in written communications to produce written information which may be included in technical material.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

1.You must be a United States Citizen. Failure to provide your US Citizenship on your application materials will result in your application not be processed.

2. These positions are being filled through an Excepted Service Appointment. Individuals will be appointed to a 2-year trial internship period and receive extensive training that is tailored to the patent examiner position. Upon successful completion of the trial period, individuals will be placed into a permanent position in the Competitive service. For more information on the Patent Examiner Training Program, please visit http://www.usptocareers.gov/Pages/PEPositions/Training.aspx.

3.Employee must successfully pass a written test to be considered for promotionto the GS-13 grade level and meet time in grade requirements.

4.Selectee will be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for Federal employment, authorize a background investigation, and certify the accuracy of all the information in your application (or resume).

5. Selecteewill be required to schedule an appointment for fingerprinting and security badge prior to your entrance on duty date.

6. A background security investigation will be required for all new appointments. Your continued employment will be subject to your successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

7. This employer participates in E-Verify. This employer will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. If the Government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to provide you written instructions and an opportunity to contact SSA and/or DHS before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment. In order to determine whether Form I-9 documentation is valid, this employer uses E-Verify's photo screening tool to match the photograph appearing on some permanent resident and employment authorization cards with the official U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) photograph. For more information on E-Verify, please contact DHS at 1-888-464-4218.

How You Will Be Evaluated: Once an application is received, a review ofyour application will be made to ensure you meetthe job requirements. You will be notified of whether you are qualifiedand/or referred to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of:

Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire, and Your detailed resume; and Your transcripts: (BS, MS, JD, Ph.D) and Yourrequired supporting documentation. Failure to provide this information will affect your eligibility. Please note that a complete resume is required for consideration.

Benefits: The United States Patent and Trademark Office offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes,paid vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. Alternative Work Schedule (AWS) and Telework Program are available to eligible employees.Visit USPTO links below for information concerning USPTO New Employee Information:

USPTO Campus:

http://www.usptocareers.gov/Pages/NewEmployee/Campus.aspx

Reporting to Work:

http://www.usptocareers.gov/Pages/NewEmployee/ReportToWork.aspx

Work/Life Balance:

http://www.usptocareers.gov/Pages/NewEmployee/WorkLife.aspx

Financial:

http://www.usptocareers.gov/Pages/NewEmployee/Financial.aspx

Employee Assistance:

http://www.usptocareers.gov/Pages/NewEmployee/Assistance.aspx

Living in the D.C. Metro Area: http://www.usptocareers.gov/Pages/NewEmployee/Living.aspx

The following web address is provided for you to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To learn more please click on: http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp

Other Information: 1. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Please see http://www.sss.govfor more information.

2. If you are entitled to veteran's preference,you should indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide Member 4 copy of each Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214 or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., copy of military orders, campaign documents or expeditionary award citation, etc.) that proves your military service was performed under honorableconditions. For 10-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of our DD-214 (Member 4 copy), a Standard Form (SF) 15, “Application for 10-Point Veterans’ Preference” and an official statement, dated 1991 or later from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying to the veteran’s present receipt of compensation. For more information, please go to http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp#6. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

3. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will NOT be paid.

How To Apply: To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

1. Your Resume

2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire

3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, August 12, 2011.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompt to compete the occupational questionnaire.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID LD394251. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire,and

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf and

3. Fax the complete 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

Required Documents: Applicants applying for this position MUST submit the following REQUIRED documents.

· Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire

·Resume -Optional Application for Federal Employment (612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications. The dates on your resume must be in the following format (mm/yy) or (mm/yyyy).

· Transcript -Official, unofficial college transcripts, (Bachelor's, Master's, Juris Doctor, ect),or a statement from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official; or equivalent documentationwill be accepted. All transcripts must be submitted.Transcripts must show applicant's name, discipline, GPA, semester hours etc,. NOTE: An official transcript or equivalent documentation as listed above will be required prior to entrance on duty. If faxing or uploading transcripts, both front and back of transcripts must be submitted.

· ForeignEducation: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation offoreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs. A course by course evaluation is needed if applying to a vacancy that requires specific coursework.

· Veterans Preference documentation - Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214, Member Copy 4); if applicable, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) and the appropriate documentation. For claim as a disabled veteran provide an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying to the veteran's present receipt of compensation. For more information, please go to

http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp#6.

· Miscellaneous Documents:

Honor Society Membership documentation-Letter from the Honor Society granting membership.

Engineering In Training (EIT)Certificate

Contact Information: Workforce Division
Phone: (800)786-9757
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: OHRPATENTRECRUITMENT@USPTO.GOV
Agency Information:
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Workforce Division
550 Elizabeth Lane
Alexandria, VA 22313
Fax: (478)757-3144

What To Expect Next: You will be notified about your application status at the following points in the process:

1. When we receive your application, you will be notified immediately.

2. You will be notified whether you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position approximately 2 weeks from the date we receive your complete application.

3. If you meet the minimum qualification requirements, you will be referred to the selecting official approximately one week following the cut-off day (the last Friday of every month).

4. You will be notified of your selection or non-selection approximately 5 weeks from the referral date.

To obtain these status updates through USAJOBS, an applicant must select the Apply Online button at the bottom of the announcement and log into their USAJOBS account before completing the questionnaire in Application Manager. If you donot have a USAJOBS account,you will need to create one beforeyou can apply.

You can sign up to be automatically notified through email whenever your application status changes. Log into your USA Jobs account, click "Application Status" and then select the "Notification Settings" link at the bottom of the window.

EEO Policy Statement:http://www.usajobs.gov/eeo

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:http://www.usajobs.gov/raps

Veterans Information:http://www.usajobs.gov/vi

Legal and Regulatory Guidance:http://www.usajobs.gov/lrg


Control Number: 2061489


Necessary Experience: N/A
Contact: Workforce Division
Phone: (800)786-9757
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: OHRPATENTRECRUITMENT@USPTO.GOV

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