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Job Title:Research Psychologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-523-13-780157

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$89,449.00 to $116,282.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, November 16, 2012 to Friday, December 07, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Term NTE 2 Years

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Boston Metro Area, MA United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Service:   Research & Development

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 780157

***POSITION IS LOCATED AT THE JAMAICA PLAIN, MA CAMPUS***

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. 

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. 

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

Who May Apply:
U.S. Citizens

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

POSITION SUMMARY:  The Research Psychologist will have two primary focus areas: (1) a multi-site DoD-funded study to examine neuropsychological correlates and predictors of the mental health outcomes of war zone deployment, and (2) research geared at the development and conduct of research with a focus on chronic pain and its management.   The incumbent will work on behavioral science research teams, performing a full range of research duties relevant to clinical psychology research. The incumbent may also be asked to serve on research-related committees (e.g., IRB, R & D) and Psychology committees (e.g., education committees), and participate in direct clinical care, clinical supervision, and psychology education activities, as appropriate.  The Research Psychologist will attend meetings within the research context(s) assigned (i.e., lab meetings) and as required by Psychology Service and the Research & Development Program.  Additionally, the incumbent will maintain a current status on all mandatory trainings and requirements pertinent to research credentialing and maintenance, as appropriate, of clinical credentials.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

Functional Statement # 904710

NOTE:   This position is an AFGE Bargaining Unit position.

NOTE:   This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay.

NOTE:   Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.

NOTE:   Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.

NOTE:   Candidates who meet the qualification requirements within 15 calendar days following the closing date of the announcement will be considered.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:   The basic requirements for employment as a VHA psychologist are prescribed by:   Public Law 96-151 codified in Title 38, U.S.C. § 7402.   To qualify for appointment, all applicants for the position of psychologist in VHA must meet the following:  

a . Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.  

b . Education.   Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).   The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. 

                                                                                          AND 

Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA.   Exceptions: (1) new VHA psychology internship programs that are in the process of applying for APA accreditation are acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement, provided that such programs were sanctioned by the VHA Central Office Program Director for Psychology and the VHA Central Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern and (2) VHA facilities who offered full one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement.                                                             

Licensure.   Hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral

level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE :   In addition to the basic requirements, the candidate must possess at least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the GS-12 grade level and must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations. 

    2. Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.  

    3. Knowledge of clinical research literature.

NOTES/ADDITIONAL INFORMATION : EXCEPTED APPOINTMENT NTE 2 YEARS


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


BENEFITS:

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

 

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.



OTHER INFORMATION:



HOW TO APPLY:

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 780157.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, December 07, 2012.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).  
  6. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Job Information
Phone: (774)826-1269
Email: VHABHSJOBS@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
Research and Development Service
940 Belmont St
Brockton, MA
02301

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

Control Number: 331448600
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