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    NIH Recent Graduates perform duties in one of the Institutes or Centers in the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH Recent Graduates receive on-the-job training for one year and complete at least 40 hours of formal interactive training while in the program. Assignments are aimed at developing the employee's skills and knowledge to progressively perform more difficult duties.

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    • Investigate project sites to determine the condition of a facility or property and records observations and technical information.
    • Make in-progress inspections, checking in detail all phases of contract compliance with specifications and drawings, and verify quality and acceptability of work.
    • Prepare detailed fee estimates used for negotiating and estimating projects with construction support as well as A/E firms for design services.
    • Ensure regulatory knowledge and construction technologies are up-to-date by keeping abreast of emerging technologies.
    • Use information management, project tracking and computer aided design and drafting (CADD) programs to solve engineering problems and facilitate work.
    • Ensure construction contractors are meeting local, state and federal health and safety requirements.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0801 General Engineering

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
    • Position is subject to a background investigation.
    • Must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal resident.
    • Must be a U.S. citizen prior to conversion to competitive appointment.
    • Must have completed within the last 2 years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree, or certificate from a qualifying accredited institution.
    • Must have obtained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
    • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.



    In order to meet the Basic Qualification Requirements of an Engineer, GS-801 position, you must:

    A. have a degree in professional engineering from a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; OR
    B. have a degree in professional engineering that includes differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced that first-year physics and chemistry) in 5 of the following 7 areas of engineering science or physics: (1) statics, dynamics; (2) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (3) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (4) thermodynamics; (5) electrical fields and circuits; (6) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (7) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics; OR
    C. be registered as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico; OR
    D. be currently registered as an Engineering Intern (EI) or an Engineer in Training (EIT); OR
    E. have successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.; OR
    F. have successfully completed 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 above; OR
    G. have successfully completed a curriculum that led 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 AND I have at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.


    In addition, in order to qualify for an Engineer, GS-801 position at the GS-9 level, you must:

    A. possess 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education that is directly related to the duties of this position leading to a master's degree or master's equivalent graduate degree, OR, I have completed the requirements for such a degree in a field of engineering appropriate to this position; OR
    B. have completed a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering AND I have 1 year of appropriate professional experience. Professional experience is defined as non-routine engineering work that required and was characterized by 1) professional knowledge of engineering; 2) professional ability to apply such knowledge to engineering programs; and 3) positive and continuing development of professional knowledge and ability; OR
    C. meet one of the requirements for superior academic achievement described above AND I have 1 year of appropriate professional experience; OR
    D. have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: participating in projects with low construction costs, small size, and standardized engineering elements; searching technical reports to obtain project information; identifying project limits and providing design specifications to complete work; making financial estimates on costs and conducts life-cycle analysis of existing structures; and preparing preliminary drafts, graphs, tables and minor detail designs; OR
    E. have a combination of post baccalaureate education and experience that is directly related to the duties of this position that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.

    A combination of education and specialized experience that meets the qualification requirements for this position.

    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, student, 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.

    Preview assessment questionnaire before you apply: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10412125


    This position has an education requirement.You must submit a copy of your transcripts. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer. Please note that unofficial transcripts attached to the application must reflect that the degree or certificate has been awarded or conferred. The date that the degree was awarded or conferred must meet the program criteria at the time of application. Applicants who have completed their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization and must provide a copy of the evaluation at the time of application. Click here for information on Foreign Education.

    All documents must be received at the time of application.

    You must have received a degree or certificate from an institution that is accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. To verify that your degree or certificate is from an accredited institution, please visit http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ and search for your institution.

    Applicants must have graduated with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. We do not round the GPA.

    Additional information

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    This announcement accepts applications during the open period -02/08/2019 ; unless the applicant cut-off (50 applications) is reached. This announcement will close at 11:59PM EST on the day the 50th application is received. Early submission of your application is highly encouraged.

    Recent Graduates and their supervisors must sign a Pathways Participant Agreement which outlines expectations for the internship prior to entrance on duty.

    All NIH Pathways Recent Graduates are hired at the Step 1 of the grade in which they are selected.

    We are unable to pay relocation expenses.

    Applicants must have graduated with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. We do not round the GPA.

    This announcement can be used to fill a variety of administrative positions such as: HR Specialist, Program Specialist, Administrative Officer, Management/Program Analyst, Budget Analyst, Health Specialist, Grants Management Specialist, IT Specialist, Engineer, as well as many others. For example descriptions of major positions filled by this announcement, please visit https://jobs.nih.gov/globalrecruitment/ .

    While conversion is not guaranteed, Recent Graduates, with U.S. citizenship, may be converted to a career-conditional appointment (a term position lasting 1-4 years or a permanent position) upon successful completion of all program requirements specified by the Pathways Participant Agreement.

    This announcement can be used to fill a variety of engineering positions such as: Engineer (801), Fire Protection Engineer (804), Architecture (808), Civil Engineer (810), Mechanical Engineer (830), Electrical Engineer (850), Computer Engineer (854), or Industrial Engineer (896). An individual participating in the Recent Graduate Program who otherwise meets the Program requirements for conversion (i.e., satisfactory performance, educational requirements, training completed, etc.) may be converted to a position that has an established career ladder.

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

    We may make additional selections for similar positions within the commuting area(s) of the locations listed through this vacancy announcement. By applying, you agree to have your application shared with any interested selecting official(s).

    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

    Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply to this vacancy. Applications will be evaluated against the basic qualifications.

    Veteran's Preference does apply. If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, you MUST submit supporting documents with your application package to verify your preference claim and receive preference. These documents may include, but are not limited to: DD-214 member 4 copy (which indicates character of service), SF-15, VA Letter and/or Activation/Deactivation orders. If you are a veteran, click here for additional information and about required documents.

    Selections will be made in preference order. All individuals in the highest preference group must be selected before making selections from the next lower preference eligible group. All preference eligibles must be selected before making selections from the non-preference eligible group.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    RESUME:Your resume must thoroughly describe 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. We cannot assume you have performed the necessary experience required for this position regardless of your employment history or academic career.To ensure all of the essential information is in your resume, we encourage you to use the USAJOBS online Resume Builder.
    If you choose to use your own resume, you must ensure it contains all of the required information and you organize it so we can associate the following information for each experience/position:
    1. Job title
    2. Name of employer
    3. Beginning and ending dates of employment (month/day/year format)
    4. Hours worked per week. We will assume full-time unless otherwise stated. We will prorate part-time employment in crediting experience.
    5. Detailed description of job duties, accomplishments, related skills, and responsibilities to include any supervisory/managerial responsibilities and number of staff supervised (if applicable)
    6. Series and grade or equivalent (if a federal position)If the position has an education requirement or you are qualifying on the basis of education, you need to list your education history including the type of degree and your major of study. If the position requires a certain number of credit hours, you are strongly encouraged to list the relevant courses in your resume.

    Do not include a photograph or video of yourself, or any sensitive information (age, date of birth, marital status, protected health information, religious affiliation, social security number, etc.) on your resume or cover letter. We will not access web pages linked on your resume or cover letter to determine your qualifications. For resume writing guidance, please visit the following resources: NIH Jobs website, USAJOBS Resource Center, and the USAJOBS Resume Writing Video Tutorial.

    TRANSCRIPTS:You must submit a copy of your transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are accepted in the application. Official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer.

    ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRE:You must submit a completed assessment questionnaire.All of the above information is necessary to determine your qualifications for the position. Please help us make an informed decision regarding your eligibility by providing complete and thorough information on your experience and qualifications. Not providing all of required information may result in a determination that you do not meet minimum requirements for the position (e.g., an ineligible rating) or a lower rating.

    REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION FOR PREFERENCE OR ELIGIBILITY CLAIMS To claim veterans' preference or career transition selection priority, you must provide the documentation listed below AND respond accordingly to the associated question on the online questionnaire.

    • Veterans' preference (DD-214, VA Disability Letter, etc.): Reference Standard Form 15 (SF-15) for required documentation for 10 point claims. Submission of SF-15 is not required, unless you are claiming derived preference (XP) as described in questions 7, 8, or 9 on the SF-15. In those cases, you must submit a completed SF-15 and the required documentation. For 5 point claims, you must submit your DD-214 (if separated) or any written documentation from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted with your application package.
    If you do not provide the required information, we will assume you are not eligible or you do not wish to be considered for any preference or eligibility.Please do not submit any other supplementary documentation that is not requested of you. To protect your personal information, we will only send your resume and cover letter to the selecting official or hiring manager.

    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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    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.


    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

    To apply for this position, please read and follow all instructions in this announcement, complete the online application, and submit the documentation specified in the "Required Documents" section. Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time (ET) on 02/08/2019 to receive consideration.

    1. To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply.

    2. Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package (see the "Required Documents" section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required). You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. You must submit your documents through the online application. Unfortunately, we cannot accept emailed or mailed documents. NOTE: that your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    3. Read all Eligibility questions and respond accordingly to any Eligibility you wish to claim. NOTE: You will only be considered for those Eligibility questions (Status Applicant, Reinstatement, Schedule A, etc.) you respond in the affirmative to, including veterans' preference, regardless of what documentation you submit. We use these questions to assist in determining your eligibility for appointment, preference, and consideration. We cannot assume you intended to respond differently to a question based on other information in your application package. We cannot accept responsibility for granting you eligibility for something you did not claim other than what you provided us in the questionnaire.
    4. Complete the assessment questionnaire. Applicants are asked all questions regardless of their consideration preferences. NOTE: We will only consider you for the grades, series, and specialties that you self-identify as being qualified for. We cannot assume you intended to respond differently to a qualification question based on other information in your application package. Preview assessment questionnaire before you apply: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10412125
    5. Verify all required documentation is included in your application package, review your responses to the assessment questionnaire for accuracy, and then submit your application.
    In addition to the required documents, we encourage you to submit the following although they are not required at the time of application (these documents may be requested later in the process).

    • - Cover letter
    • - Copy of transcripts (if applicable). Official transcripts will be required if selected.
    • - Copy of current, valid, unrestricted professional license/registration (if applicable).
    To check your application status or to update your application, log into your USAJOBS account. Access the USAJOBS help page for guidance on navigating the system.
    We cannot assume responsibility or grant extensions for personal issues (e.g., power outage, loss of internet, not understanding a question) when applying to our announcements. For technical difficulties, contact HR Systems Support between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM ET Monday through Friday at hrss@nih.gov.

    If you need any other accommodation or assistance with applying please contact Saimantha Kinsella at .kinsellase@mail.nih.gov. Requests for reasonable accommodations must be made before the announcement closing date.

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    Next steps

    Once you submit your application package, you will receive an acknowledgement email. Your application will be assessed to determine your qualifications and eligibility for the position. After the assessment is complete, you will be notified of the status via email. In addition, you can track the progress of your application package through your USAJOBS account.

    The selecting official, hiring manager, or someone acting on their behalf will review the applications of the referred candidates and determine who to interview. We may contact you for an interview or to provide additional information after a few days or up to several months from the closing date of the announcement. We may contact you through email or phone so please ensure you have provided us with your accurate and current contact information. To remain in consideration for this vacancy announcement, you must respond in a timely manner to our correspondence and requests for documentation or information throughout the selection and hiring process.
    This announcement accepts applications during the open period -02/08/2019; unless the applicant cut-off (50 applications) is reached. This announcement will close at 11:59PM EST on the day the 50th application is received. Early submission of your application is highly encouraged.

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

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/522951500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.