Job Overview


Become a part of the Department that touches live of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer and better for all Americans.

Who May Apply:  Open only to current Food and Drug Administration, Office of Regulatory Affairs Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service.  YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR SF-50.

Applicants outside of the area of consideration will not be considered.

This position is located in the Detroit District Office Laboratory, Central Region, Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in Detroit, MI.

Current FDA Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position may also apply under this announcement.


As a Physical Science Technician, you will perform the following duties:

  • Perform the calibration of a variety of radiation detection instruments using X-ray sources.
  • Participate in the development of new calibration procedures.
  • Perform electrical recalibration measurements on the ionizing radiation instruments.
  • Maintain and update computer databases for calibration results and quality assurance procedures.
  • Work with both ionizing radiation for routine work and specialized research projects.
  • Serve as the Property Custodial Officer for all accountable field equipment for the ionizing Radiation Measurements Laboratory.
  • Analyze data through the operation of a computerized radiation calibration facility using complex scientific apparatus.
  • Decide on the modes of calibration, recognizes when subtle anomalies in equipment operations are significant and interprets data.
  • Work with a variety of highly complex scientific and electronic equipment and collects, organizes and interprets data, generates quality control charts and reports on the findings.
  • Participate in the review of laboratory protocols, instrumentation calibration procedures, quality assurance and quality control procedures.
  • Evaluate the condition and and operation of radiation measuring instruments submitted for calibration and performs necessary repairs.
  • Serve as a member of a Quality Circle responsible for developing the long-range strategy the Ionizing Radiation Measurements Laboratory uses to ensure the quality of laboratory calibrations.
  • Work closely with technical staff of NIST, the FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs, State radiation control programs, the CDRH Office of Communication, Education, and Radiation Programs, and Divsions outside of the Division of Imaging and Applied Mathematics that are within the Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories with regard to special and unique measurement problems associated with the precision calibration of ionizing radiation measuring instruments.
  • Assist in the development of special calibration procedures necessary to enforce X-ray requirements placed on electronic products by PL90-602.
  • Write summary reports of problems encountered during data analysis and makes recommendations when necessary.
  • Prepare technical memos and reportss on calibration procedures, quality control procedures and radiation dosimetry metrology.
  • Contribute to comprehensive technical reports prepared by Branch staff reflecting the results of calibration and instrument testing data reports of interest to other Federal agencies calibrating instruments.