Research assistant / technician
15 vacancies in the following locations:
Los Angeles, CA
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Jose, CA
WHAT IS THE LARGE BUSINESS & INTERNATIONAL (LB&I) DIVISION?
A description of the business units can be found at: https://www.jobs.irs.gov/about/who/business-divisions
The following are the duties of this position at the full working level. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform these duties and will receive training to help you grow in this position.
- Makes field investigations of real and personal property and of documentary and accounting records of very large and complex organizations with extensive operations and subdivisions.
- Estimates value of real and personal property, utilizing generally accepted valuation principles, including market data, income and cost approaches to valuation.
- Reviews and investigates engineering features of issues of very large and complex assigned tax cases involving the area of his/her specialty. Valuation issues associated with industries examined typically include: depreciable life, salvage, investment tax credit, sales of property, research and experimental expenses, casualty loss, contribution of property, valuation of intangible and tangible property in acquisitions, mergers, and liquidations, and other engineering determinations related to the assigned case.
- Researches available guidelines and reference material to resolve valuation issues that may arise during the course of the investigation that are typically the subject of confecting precedents or without precedents. Research may establish a principle or without precedents or without precedents. Research may establish a principle for future examinations involving varied and complex industry practices.
- Prepares written technical and valuation findings resulting from field, records examinations, and presents findings to taxpayer or representative. Assures taxpayer's understanding of these findings. Obtains agreement from a taxpayer whenever possible. Prepares engineering reports.
Conditions of Employment
- This position requires frequent walking, climbing, and stooping in the examination of property.
- We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. Additional jobs may be filled.
- This is a bargaining unit position.
- Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may be available.
- If you are in a telework eligible position, you may be directed to temporarily telework on a full-time basis due to COVID 19. Employees must be within a 150-mile radius of their official assigned post-of-duty (POD) while in a telework status. Once normal operations resume, employees may be directed back to the office to perform the duties of their position. Telework eligibility does not guarantee telework; employees must meet and sustain IRS telework eligibility requirements and supervisor's approval to participate in the IRS Telework Program. As a reminder - If you are selected for a position, you are responsible for reporting to your designated POD (location) on the negotiated start date or as directed by management.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
- A 1-year probationary period is required.
- Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
- Must successfully complete a background investigation, including a FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check).
- Complete Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by agency.
- If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt.
- Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. These documents must be unexpired original or certified copies.
- The employment of any candidate, including a current employee or a new hire, selected for this position may be conditional upon classification and/or audit of federal tax returns. This audit may include up to 2 years of returns.
-Provide proof of U.S. Citizenship. (Birth certificate showing birth in the U.S; Unexpired U.S. Passport; Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization; or Report of Birth Abroad of a U.S. Citizen
- Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:
BASIC REQUIREMENT : To qualify for this grade 13 General Engineer position you must meet the following minimum requirements: Completion of a four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher professional engineering degree. The curriculum must:
1) be in a school of engineering accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) 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.
A combination of education and experience. The education must include courses equivalent to a major in engineering, as shown above. To be qualifying your experience must be sufficient to demonstrate: Thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. This must be demonstrated by meeting one of the following:
1.Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
2.Written Test showing evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, or any other written test required for professional registration.
3.Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements.
4.Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided that you have at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.
In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience for this position includes:
- Experience applying fundamental and diversified professional engineering concepts, theories, and practices to achieve engineering objectives with versatility, judgment, and perception;
- Experience adapting and applying methods and techniques of related scientific disciplines; and organizing, analyzing, interpreting, and evaluating scientific data in the solution of engineering problems.
Federal experience is not required. The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-timework is considered on a prorated basis.
- To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.
For more information on qualifications please refer to OPM's Qualifications Standards.
For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.
A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page.
If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.
Research assistant / technician
Internal Revenue Service