Job Description

Job Summary

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

**THIS IS AN OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT starting March 6, 2013 – June 6, 2013. The cut-off date for the first referral will be April 5, 2013. Subsequent referrals will be issued every 30 days until the announcement closes. **

As a Chemical Engineer in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, you will provide special scientific expertise in the areas of both chemistry and engineering to respond to issues related to pharmaceutical manufacturing, formulation development, and drug product performance. 

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-FDA-CDER-MP-13-849968 under merit promotion procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures.  NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

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

Duties

As a Chemical Engineer in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, you will be responsible for:

  • Providing special scientific expertise in the areas of both chemistry and engineering to respond to issues related to pharmaceutical manufacturing, formulation development, and drug product performance.
  • Providing technical leadership and guidance in the understanding and regulation of the physical/mechanical processes of manufacturing products and the related quality control procedures.
  • Reviewing a wide range of drug applications received from the pharmaceutical industry to determine the adequacy of Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls (CMS), conducts/manages research to develop new CMC standards, and improves existing standards,
  • Preparing responses to the citizen petitions and other correspondence inquiries from congressional representatives, national and international organizations on matters related to the processes involved in the design, manufacture, and controls of generic drugs.

Additional Information

What To Expect Next

You will be notified of your status when the list of candidates has been referred to the hiring manager for employment consideration.  


BENEFITS

The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.opm.gov/retire/retire_jobseekers.asp.


Other Information

Veterans' Preference: If you are a veteran claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or an official statement (including Character of Service) from your command if currently on active duty. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the required supporting documents listed on that form.  For more information on veterans' preference see www.fedshirevets.gov

Career Transition Program:  This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed 'surplus' or no longer needed, or an employee has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service.  To receive selection priority for this position, you must be rated 'well-qualified.  Well-qualified means eligible applicants whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements of the position. For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as a CTAP/ICTAP eligible, go to: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp

Selective Service:  The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position.  For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit http://www.sss.gov/.

How to Apply

Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the on-line assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to your saved application materials, log in at: https://applicationmanager.gov/ and click on 849960.

If you cannot apply online, you will need to:

1) Print the instructions and questionnaire by clicking View Occupational Questionnaire.

2) Print the 1203FX form to record your responses to the questionnaire.

3) Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages but do not include a Cover Page for this document) to:  1-478-757-3144.

4) Print the Fax Cover Page and include with any supporting documents you fax (e.g., résumé, transcripts, veterans documentation, etc.) to the same fax number above.

Please do not complete steps 1-4 above if you are applying on-line.

How You Will Be Evaluated

Once the job opportunity announcement closes, a review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.

If, after reviewing your résumé and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and abilities.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Qualified candidates will be assigned to the following quality categories:

Best Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most requirements of the position.

Well Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and meets most requirements of the position.

Qualified - Meet the minimum qualification requirements, but does not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree. 

The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the required competencies listed below for this position.

  • Technical Competence
  • Leadership
  • Research and Development
  • Communication

Application of Veterans' Preference:  Under Category Rating procedures, veteran preference eligibles will receive selection consideration before non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link:View Assessment Questions

Required Documents

  • Your Résumé - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.
  • Responses to the Assessment Questionnaire

Other Supporting Documents: (Only submit if applicable to you.)

  • College transcripts (if qualifying all or in part based on your education)
  • Veterans' Preference documentation (i.e. SF-15, DD-214, Statement of Service, Service Connected Disability Letter, etc. ) 
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation

APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MIDNIGHT (EASTERN TIME) ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT

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