Patent Examiner (Electrical Engineering) Job in Alexandria County, VA

Vacancy No. PATS - DCOM-23-12128161-DE Department Patent and Trademark Office
Salary $61,325.00 to $107,186.00 Grade 7 to 11
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 9/18/2023 Close Date 6/24/2024
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public
Alexandria County, VA

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)


Do you aspire to use your engineering or science background to serve on the cutting edge of innovation? Now you can, by being the first to examine new inventions to determine and grant patents as a Patent Examiner at America's Innovation Agency!

>> EXPLORE becoming a patent examiner
>> MEET our diverse employees
>> LEARN key details about the role

*** The Patent Examiner (Electrical Engineer) position may include a $20,000 recruitment bonus (with a 20 month service commitment). ***

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Clarification from the agency

Applications will be accepted from all U.S. Citizens or Nationals. The vacancy announcement open period will have multiple cut-off dates when applications will be reviewed for consideration by the Hiring Manager: 1st cutoff: October 1, 2023; 2nd cutoff: November 23, 2023; 3rd cutoff: January 21, 2024; 4th cutoff: March 12, 2024; 5th cutoff: May 1, 2024; and 6th cutoff: June 24, 2024.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

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 self-assessment questions (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold).

Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate possession of any specialized experience and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement. Responses to job questions that are not fully supported by the information in your resume may result in adjustments to your rating. Any experience claimed in a cover letter should be substantiated by information contained in your resume. A HR Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the hiring official.

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; Please do not provide a separate written response.

  • Oral Communication
  • Technical
  • Written Communication

For more information on category rating, please go to: DOC Bulletins

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Please answer each question to the full extent of your experience/ability and be sure to consider ALL of your experience when answering.

Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.