Computer Scientist, **TEMPORARY** (Senior Computer Scientist)

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Miscellaneous


Criminal Investigation is the investigative and law enforcement arm of the IRS. When individuals or corporations deliberately don't comply with the tax laws, Criminal Investigation responds with financial investigations and potential criminal prosecutions to promote compliance and confidence in the fairness of the tax system.

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WHAT DOES A COMPUTER SCIENTIST DO? As a Computer Scientist you provide professional leadership and direction in cyber research, acquisition, prototype development, and maintenance of information systems, for Cyber Crimes. In coordination with the Information Technology Organization, the incumbent also plays a significant role in planning, developing, and implementing investigative systems, standards and policies. The position is in Criminal Investigation, Refund and Cyber Crimes. A key function of the office is to act as the subject matter expert in the areas of dark web research, virtual currency analysis, and social media exploitation to assist CI in cybercrime investigations. Another key function of the office is to develop the architecture and infrastructure strategy and standards for CI's Cyber Crimes Section and operational units, provide engineering and architecture support to selected projects, and support the business and information technology infrastructure modernization objectives and projects.

As a Computer Scientist you will:

Conduct research into areas such as artificial intelligence including the application of computers to solve problems and to understand the principles of human intelligence.Consult and collaborate with other national/international experts from industry and other governments to develop policies and direction; represent IRS-CI and the U.S. in national and international technical committees and consortia as a speaker and/or participant; primarily assist the Cyber Crimes Section as well as the Cyber Crime Support Unit to provide guidance, direction and expertise in the areas of dark web monitoring, social media research and virtual currency analysis.Conduct technology surveillance to identify effective technological methods and services to investigate cybercrimes, based on analytical needs that are identified during work within the cybercrime program area.Perform research and development related to the identification, analysis, and development of cutting-edge techniques aimed at enhancing the investigative capabilities of CI’s cybercrime program.Provide expertise with investigations into criminal activity which leverages the Open Internet, Deep Web, Dark Web, or virtual currency by leveraging a broad understanding of cyber intelligence, methods used by cyber criminals to evade detection, as well as technical and case-related operational knowledge. This includes, but is not limited to, activity monitoring, data collection, interpretation, and visualization, as well as virtual currency activity monitoring and analysis.

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Travel Required

Occasional travel - 1 to 5 Nights per Month

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

14 - Highest Achievable Grade: 14

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    You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

    GS-14 LEVEL: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes demonstrated professional competence in applying the theoretical foundations of computer science, including the design, development and application of computer systems and architectures, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, deep learning, data ingestion, normalization, and ontologies; Specialized knowledge in software exploitation techniques, cryptanalysis, or blockchain technology; and Knowledge of relevant mathematical and statistical sciences.

    Qualifying experience would include: working complex assignments in research, acquisition, design, development and maintenance of information systems for identifying and tracing movements in cryptocurrency, deanonymization of online actors, identifying suspicious activity, or analyzing and organizing large volumes of unstructured data, and leading projects to design, acquire, and implement major prototype and developmental systems or make extensive modifications and upgrades to existing systems, taking into account changing requirements and interfaces, advances in technology, and evolving standards.- 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.


    BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  You must have a Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.

    Applicants should have sufficient knowledge to understand the fundamental concepts and techniques of computer science. Courses designed to provide an introduction to computer science techniques and methodologies, to problems of system design, and to other specialized fields are acceptable. Courses or experience in teaching elementary, business, or shop mathematics are not acceptable.

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