U.S. Department of the Air Force, HQ USAF and Support – Linthicum Heights, Maryland

Information Technology Specialist (APPSW)


The primary purpose of this position is to conduct research, development, testing, and evaluation of digital forensic tools employed in support of cyber crime investigations and operations to identify and mitigate cyber threats to USAF and DoD personnel, interest, and resources worldwide.


  • Serves as a software or system product government liaison.
  • Performs research into cutting edge digital forensic, cyber and/or network security.
  • Develops and maintains applications to support digital forensics, cyber intelligence and/or network security.
  • Prepares presentations, reports, and formal analyses for participation in technical exchanges, discussions, meetings, and special projects.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov
  • A security clearance may be required
  • PCS expenses if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations
  • Recruitment incentives may/may not be authorized
  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • Position may be subject to random drug testing
  • Employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends and/or holidays
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade GS-12, or equivalent in other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience includes applying knowledge of IT principles, concepts, methods, standards, and practices to develop and interpret policies, procedures, and strategies governing the planning and delivery of services throughout the organization; providing advice, guidance, and recommendations to management and other technical specialists on critical IT issues; applying new developments to previously unsolvable problems and making decisions or recommendations on organization IT policies or programs; ensuring integration of IT programs and services and developing solutions to integration/interoperability issues; designing, developing, and managing systems that meet current and future business requirements by applying, extending, enhancing, or optimizing existing architecture; and applying knowledge of conventional methods and practices to complete forensic and cyber threat research projects involving computer systems.

FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-¬≠grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-13 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-14 level. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
1. Knowledge of application software and systems development disciplines to include software engineering concepts, network engineering concepts, software development best practices, and database design/development.
2. Ability to apply software engineering techniques to a variety computer forensic and cyber threat intelligence research initiatives. Should have a demonstrated ability to apply problem-solving techniques to suit various requirements or problem sets.
3. In-depth knowledge of software engineering disciplines, as demonstrated by specific coursework, experience, or certification.
4. Ability to communicate orally in writing, including providing accurate and timely technical reports is required.
5. Ability to perform work that involves the design, documentation, development, modification, testing, installation, implementation, and support of new or existing application software.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.