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    Summary

    If you have experience as a scientific professional dedicated to improving human health by promoting the development and accelerating the application of biomedical technologies; AND, you want to play a significant role in a dynamic organization, then consider joining the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)! For more information, visit http://www.nibib.nih.gov/ .

    This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB).

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    Responsibilities

    The candidate selected for this position will:

    • Perform professional engineering and scientific program management to enrich practices, techniques, and knowledge in the medical and biological sciences.
    • Management of biomedical engineering research, such as research and development of new and revised medical devices and new uses of existing medical devices.
    • Identify and formulate program needs to achieve an integrated and responsive effort in the assigned area.
    • Formulate and present new basic, translational and clinical research concepts, projects and initiatives to appropriate advisory groups.
    • Serve as a primary reviewer for assigned concepts, focusing on scientific relevance, and feasibility of the concept and evaluate the seriousness of problems in achieving program objectives and advancing the state of the art.
    • Perform scientific and administrative review and analyses of applications/proposals from a programmatic viewpoint and advise on the selection of consultants to ensure the complete and fair scientific evaluation of applications/proposals.
    • Provide expert advice and make recommendations regarding actions on matters relating to research for specific research proposals in assigned program area.
    • Consult with and advises grantees/contractors during the preparation of applications/proposals and provide guidance on program issues and monitor scientific progress, and program relevance and merit.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - 5 nights per year

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    14

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date.
    • Position is subject to a background investigation.

    Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.

    Qualifications

    To qualify for the GS-14


    Basic Requirement:
    Degree:
    professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
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    Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering.

    • Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
    • Written Test-- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
      Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A.
      Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.
    • Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.
    • Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

    Additional Qualifications:
    You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS- 13 grade level in the Federal Government.
    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience, performing the following types of tasks: serving as a technical advisor and consultant on a variety of complex electronic instrumentations systems; designing custom devices and systems for use of in basic and clinical biomedical imaging and bioengineering research projects; creating and approving the design or overseeing the design of new systems; assessing trends in biomedical instrumentation. 

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    Education

    This position has an education requirement.  You are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts    (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package.  Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer.  Click here for information on Foreign Education .

    Additional information

    PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps should also apply online to this announcement in order to receive consideration.

      

    A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/ placement.

    Unable to paid relocation expenses.  

    A newly appointed or reappointed employee may receive service credit for prior work experience or active duty uniformed service that otherwise would not be creditable for the purpose of determining his or her annual leave accrual rate. All creditable service must be directly related to the duties of the position being filled and decisions to allow for such credit must be finalized prior to the selectee's entrance on duty. The use of this service credit incentive is at the discretion of the selecting official and service credit is granted only for a position deemed hard-to-fill. 

    Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.  The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify).  E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.  The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, your application and responses to the online questionnaire will be evaluated under Category Rating and Selection procedures for placement in one of the following categories:

    • Best Qualified – for those who are superior in the evaluation criteria
    • Well Qualified – for those who excel in the evaluation criteria
    • Qualified – for those who only meet the minimum qualification requirements

    Candidates determined to be Best Qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.

    If you are a veteran, CTAP or ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links for additional information and required documents:

    All such documents MUST be received by 11:59pm ET of the closing date,  Friday, September 02, 2016, to be considered.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Applicable

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    Required Documents

    The following information must be received by 11:59pm ET on the closing date of the announcement, Friday, September 02, 2016.  

    1. Resume via USAJOBS.
    2. Responses to online questionnaire.
    3. If applicable, supporting documentation (including DD214 to support Veterans' Employment, CTAP/ICTAP, Schedule A, or other information requested in the announcement such as transcripts). To ensure your information is secure, please block out any Social Security numbers (SSNs). Clean copies may be requested if you are hired.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  For more information, check out New Employee Benefits at NIH andOPM's Employee Benefits Information.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application.  You must provide a complete online Application Package which includes:

    • Your Resume must clearly articulate how your skills and experiences align to the criteria defined in the qualifications section of this announcement and it must support your responses to the assessment questionnaire.  Your resume must also include the day, month, and year that you began and ended for each position held.   Full-time employment will be assumed unless otherwise stated on your resume. Part-time employment will be prorated in crediting experience.  Not providing this information may result in the lowering of your assessment score or an ineligible rating.  For resume writing guidance, please visit the USAJobs Resource Center or view their video tutorial.
    • A complete Assessment Questionnaire, View Assessment Questions.
    • Other required supporting documents (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)

    For additional information, click on the links below:

    Additional Information on How to Apply

    Information on Reasonable Accommodation

    For technical difficulties, contact HR Systems Support between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM ET Monday through Friday at hrss@nih.gov.

    Agency contact information

    Yolette Lee

    Address

    National Institutes of Health
    2115 E Jefferson St
    Bethesda, MD 20892
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    The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world.  Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation.  For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visitNIH Overview

    Next steps

    Within 15 business days of the closing date, Friday, September 02, 2016, you may check your status online at USAJOBS.  We will update your status after each key stage in the application process has been completed.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/448977200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.