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.

These vacancies will be filled through OPM's Direct Hire Authority. Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to positions filled under this announcement.

1st Cut-Off Date: 4/18/13; 2nd Cut-Off Date: 5/2/13; 3rd Cut-Off Date: 5/16/13; 4th Cut-Off Date: 5/30/13; 5th Cut-Off Date: 6/13/13; 6th Cut-Off Date: 6/27/13

This announcement is being used to create an inventory of qualified applicants for Pharmacists positions and will be used to fill immediate and future vacancies. 

Applications received as a result of job fairs, recruitment events, and emergency hiring mechanisms in support of this hiring initiative will also be accepted during the duration of the Direct Hire Authority.

These positions are located in one of the Divisions in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, MD.

Additional selections may be made within the same geographical area HHS-wide.


Major Duties:

Reviews, evaluates, interprets, analyzes, and abstracts pertinent adverse drug reaction reports in the Adverse Events Reports Systems (AERS). 
Utilizes the medical-scientific judgment in determining the adequacy of clinical documentation, the severity of the adverse reaction, and the possible causal relationship between specific therapeutic agents and the adverse reaction. 
Prepares summaries describing clinical assessment of adverse reaction analyses. 
Contributes to the development and improvement of procedures for post-marketing surveillance and the processing and evaluation adverse drug product reaction reports. 
Keeps abreast of new developments in drug products and their applications in order to anticipate possible safety and reporting problems.

Additional Information

What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  Selections maybe made after specified cut-off dates or within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).


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Other Information

Theses vacancies will be filled through OPM's Direct Hire Authority.  Veteran's preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to positions filled under this announcement.

Position may be filled through a noncompetitive appointment.  This includes applicants who are eligible for special or noncompetitive appointment authorities such as 30% or more compensable disabled veterans, persons with disabilities (Schedule A), PHS Commissioned Corps Officers and applicants that meet the qualifications for this position and that  have previously held or currently hold a Federal position at the grade of this position.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans’ preference see

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

How to Apply

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


Note:  To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 871512.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the FDA HelpDesk (888) 478-4340, TTY/TDD (800) 877-8339; or email  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

How You Will Be Evaluated

For more information on OPM's authorization of Direct Hire Authority, please visit


Your qualifications will be evaluated and rated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

1. Knowledge of laws, regulations, and guidelines relating to labeling, drug classification and therapeutic biologic drugs and/or drug products.

2. Skill in evaluating and incorporting the latest developments and changes in the area of post-surveillance of drug product.

3. Ability to communicate scientific information orally.

4. Ability to communicate scientific information in writing.

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. 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.

  2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

  3. Other supporting documents:

  4.      - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable

         - College Transcripts, if applicable

Note:  You may submit an unofficial transcript or a list of college courses completed indicating course titles, credit hours, and grades received.  An official transcript from an accredited educational institution is required if you are selected for the position.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, July 12, 2013.

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