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Job Title:Interdisciplinary Scientist

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Food and Drug Administration

Job Announcement Number:HHS-CDER-DE-11-542945

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, October 26, 2011 to Friday, October 26, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




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United States Citizens


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.


The position may be filled in the areas of GS-1515 Operations Research Analyst or GS-1520 Mathematician or GS-1529 Mathematician Statistician or GS-1530 Statistician.

This position is located in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), Office of Planning & Informatics (OPI), White Oak, MD.


PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps (not as a career/career-conditional employee) are encouraged to apply under the merit promotion announcement indicated above.

The first cut of will be 7 days after the initial opening of the announcement. Additional selections may be made from this announcement.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • You must meet minimum requirements stated in announcement.
  • Background and/or security investigation are required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" section for all required documents.
  • You maybe required to complete 1 year probationary period.


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The employee serves as an Interdisciplinary Scientist.  Applies professional knowledge in operations research analysis and is responsible for planning, organizing, and carrying to completion various operations research studies involving the substance of major programs and the policies associated with those programs.

Duties related to this Interdisciplinary Scientist GS-1515/1520/1529/1530-13 position include but are not limited to:

Designs and conducts comprehensive studies to assess the consistency and adequacy of reviews, from both regulatory and scientific standpoints. Defines critical problems, advises management of alternatives to correct problems found, and designs methods to implement necessary program changes.


Serves as an expert and conducts quantitative and qualitative studies, to

critique, design, install, and improve management planning systems, organizational development, strategic planning, survey, and decision models.

Serves as a research leader and resource for information on supply projections, development and implementation of models, and analysis activities. Plans, directs and conducts a broad program of supply, utilization and related studies; reviews other such related studies being performed; provides suggestions on ways to improve the collection and assessment of supply/utilization/requirement information; and applies findings to improve the supply/utilization of health personnel in assigned occupational areas and promote new concepts and methods.

Develops appropriate models, to explicitly describe the factors in the

problems studied. Exercises judgment to select factors and in making valid

assumptions; provides for weighing constraint factors such as congressional intent, or resource limitations; and applies analytical techniques to focus upon management options rather than theoretical elegance.  


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A determination of your minimum qualifications will be based on the requirements listed below.  You will be evaluated based upon the experience and/or education reflected in your resume. Please use clear and concise description/examples when describing you experience. Applicants are advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigations. False representation may be grounds for nonconsideration, nonselection, and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

You must possess the Basic Requirements for the series for which you are applying.

To meet the GS-1515 Operations Research Analyst Basic Requirement, you must have a Degree: in operations research; or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.

To meet the GS-1520 Mathematician Basic Requirementyou must possess Degree in mathematics; or the equivalent of a major that included at least 24 semester hours in mathematics OR combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in mathematics (including at least 24 semester hours in mathematics), plus appropriate experience (1 year equivalentat at GS-13 level) or additional education.

To meet the GS-1529 Mathematical Statistician Basic Requirement, you must possess a Degree: that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics OR combination of education and experience -- at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, including at least 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, plus appropriate experience (1 year equivalent at GS-13 level) or additional education.

To meet the GS-1530 Statistician Basic Requirement, you must possess a Degree that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements should be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing OR combination of education and experience -- plus appropriate experience (1 year equivalent at GS-13 level)or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.

Applicant must possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level of GS-13 or the equivalent that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position.


Specialized experience is experience which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience includes: Designing and conducting comprehensive studies of the work processes and activities isolating and defining unknown conditions, resolving critical problems, or developing new theories and providing recommendations on the basis of findings; and providing advice and guidance to senior management, customer/clients, or other external representatives.


Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Conditions of Employment:

1. Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

2. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

3. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

5. Financial disclosure statement may be required.

6. One-year probationary period may be required.

7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid.

8. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes

9. Drug Screening Required: No

10. Recruitment Bonus may be authorized: No


Once the application process is complete, a review of resume 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 resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.  Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category (Best-Qualified, Well-Qualified, and Qualified).  The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.

Qualified candidates assigned to a category are not given numeric ratings (scores); therefore, preference eligibles receive points, as prescribed by 5 U.S.C. § 3309.

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

Knowledge, Ability, and Skills:

Knowledge of a professional field to apply experimental theories and new developments to problems not susceptible to treatment by accepted methods.

Skill in designing and conducting comprehensive studies of the work processes and activities found in the organization, and the way that those processes affect other organizations.

Ability to communicate orally to provide consultation, present findings to various audiences; represent the office and/or Center on  committees, task forces, and in meetings, and to facilitate and negotiate discussions for results.



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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.


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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 542945.  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 Rockville Center HelpDesk Telephone (888)-478-4340, TTY/TDD (800)-877-8339; email The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

1. Your Resume'
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other supporting documents:
    - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable
    - College transcript, State license, current registration if applicable

For Resume' and Application Tips visit:


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


1. Your Résumé

2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

3. Other supporting documents:

         - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable
              - College Transcripts, State license, current registration, 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, October 26, 2012.



Bethesda Center Helpdesk
Phone: (888)478-4340
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
OHR Bethesda Operations Center
7700 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD
20814 Fax: (478)757-3144


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).

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