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 position may be subject to strict prohibited financial interest regulations for the employee, the spouse, and minor children of the employee.  The applicant may be required to contact the FDA Ethics and Integrity Staff to discuss these regulations and file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 450) which this position may have, and/or limit the ability of the employee to perform certain official functions.  Until the FDA Ethics and Integrity staff clear the selectee for this position, a final offer letter may not be granted. 


The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the agency Americans trust with their lives.  As a global leader in public health, DHHS is the nation’s premier health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency.  Whether we are protecting the American people from public health threats, researching emerging diseases, or mobilizing public health programs with our domestic and international partners, we rely on our employees to make a real difference in the health and well-being of people here and around the world.


This position is being filled through the Direct Hire Authority for this occupation and is open to all US Citizens.  All applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration. Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply.

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.


Some positions may be filled as Permanent or Temporary Appointments. 
This job opportunity announcement may be used FDA-wide to fill additional vacancies within the same geographical location.

Candidates may be eligible to receive Title 38 Physician and Dentist Pay (PDP) in addition to the regular General Schedule base salary.  Title 38 PDP is determined by the FDA Center to which you may become employed. Title 38 PDP includes additional pay based on the following:  Base Market Pay which ranges from $40,000 to $60,000; Clinical Specialty Pay which ranges from $0 to $40,000 and is dependent upon your medical specialty; FDA-related experience pay which ranges from $0 to $8,000 based on years of FDA-related experience or exceptional qualifications pay as determined by the Center; and Board Certification pay of $2,000 for each certification held.  To receive Title 38 PDP, you must have an active medical license.

  Additional selections may be made from this announcement.


In support of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) public health research and analyses, incumbent performs non-clinical duties involving the evaluation of medical research or the identification of causes or sources of disease or disease outbreaks.  Additionally, applies epidemiological principles and/or procedures to investigate, review, analyze, and/or determine the cause(s) of problems, situations, inconsistencies, and/or issues related to programmatic degradation or systemic or causal parameters.  Researches findings which impact significant public health programs, issues, problems, processes, and procedures and/or the transmission of other causation of disease or public health issues or situations.   Makes substantive, multi-layered, and/or multi-dimensional recommendations and/or courses of action to carry out control procedures, streamline public health processes and procedures, knowledge bases, and/or effect new approaches to resolve programmatic issues contributed to the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the HHS disease prevention, control and health promotion mission.


Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • Up to 25% travel may be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No

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.  We expect to make a selection 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).


The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at

Other Information

Are you eligible for 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 and PHS Commissioned Corps Officers.  This also includes applicants who meet the qualifications for this position and who 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 apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, May 19, 2014 to receive consideration.

1.    To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

2.    Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

3.    It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 

4.    To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. 

5.    To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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


These positions will be filled through Direct Hire Authority (DHA).  All applicants who meet the qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for further consideration. 

Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·TranscriptApplicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Other Veterans Document

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: 

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. 

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1049864.

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, May 19, 2014 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire (1203FX form) and submit via fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items 

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. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Rockville Center HelpDesk Telephone (888)-478-4340; TTY/TDD:  Rockville/Bethesda Use (800) 877-8339; Baltimore Use (410) 786-0727, email; please cont the Customer HelpDesk Telephone (770) 488-1725; TTY/TDD: Atlanta Use (866) 539-4484; email HRCS@CDC.GOV. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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