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-DE-13-849960under competitive procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under competitive procedures.  NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps may apply online to this announcement under noncompetitive merit promotion procedures. Candidates will be referred to (CC) personnel and not as candidates for conversion to a permanent career or career-conditional appointment.

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 Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions (you must submit a DD214-member copy 4).

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:www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp.

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:

http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/

Hiring Authorities for Veterans

People with Disabilities

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 849968.

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.

For Competitive Merit Promotion and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) Applicants:  The highest rated candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.

For Noncompetitive Applicants:  All qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.

The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure the following competencies that are required for this position:

  • Technical Competence
  • Leadership
  • Research and Development
  • Communication

         

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
  • Standard Form 50 (if you are a current or former Federal service employee)

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

  • College transcripts (if qualifying all or in part based on your education)
  • Veterans' documentation (i.e. SF-15, DD-214, Statement of Service, Service Connected Disability Letter, etc.)
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation
  • PHS Commissioned Corps Officer documentation (i.e. cover letter indicating such status)
  • Noncompetitive appointing authority documentation

APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59PM (EASTERN TIME) ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT

For Résumé and Application Tips visit: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/ResumeAndApplicationTips#icc