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Job Title:  Health Scientist (LAB), GS-601-13/14/15
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-CDC-OD-12-639919

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$71,674.00 to $129,517.00 / Per Year
Friday, April 06, 2012 to Friday, April 05, 2013
Full Time - Term NTE 2 year
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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.

Who May Apply:  All US Citizens


This announcement will be used to fill positions in various geographical locations.


This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-CDC-OM-12-621511 under competitive procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration.  NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.


Overseas Assignments: Overseas assignments are for two years and a rotational agreement must be signed. The assignment may be extended based on the needs of the agency.  Subsequent employment for other CDC positions must be through the appropriate competitive process or special employment program hiring authorities.
·     This position is eligible for special pay allowances (e.g., post differential, housing, relocation, etc.).
·     Immunizations are required and will be administered by the CDC before relocating overseas.
·     Security clearances are required for the selectee only and medical clearances are required for selectee and all family members before being posted overseas.  Inability of the selectee to secure the clearances for overseas duty within six (6) months will result in termination of appointment to the position.
·     Citizens or permanent residents of the host country are not eligible to be considered
·     Additional information on living and traveling abroad may be found at


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Medical and Security Clearances are required.


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If selected, you will consult on matters relating to laboratory systems analysis and developmental planning, operational research and all aspects of laboratory quality assurance.  Manage significant projects, programs and staff and will represent the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with the Embassy.  Conceive, implement and direct laboratory program activities.  Provide leadership in developing scientific policy as it relates to laboratory practice in chronic, infectious and zoonotic diseases.  Provide consultation to host country, international organizations and grantees.  Write reports, abstracts, articles, opinions and makes oral presentations to disseminate operational research findings and to advocate for laboratory programs.


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Must possess a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor`s or higher degree with major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position.


Minimum Qualifications for Health Scientist (LAB), GS-601-13/14/15:


In order to qualify applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (for which you are applying) in the Federal Service.  Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position as described in the vacancy announcement to include experience in providing scientific leadership for programs directed to eliminating health disparities in populations disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS, STDs, TB and other related diseases and conditions.


GS-13:  To be eligible for this grade you must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 grade level (or equivalent) in the Federal Service. 

GS-14:  To be eligible for this grade you must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-13 grade level (or equivalent) in the Federal Service.

GS-15:  To be eligible for this grade you must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-14 grade level (or equivalent) in the Federal Service


Documenting experience:  In accordance with Office of Personnel Management policy, federal employees are assumed to have gained experience by performing duties and responsibilities appropriate for their official series and grade level as described in their position description.  Experience that would not normally be part of the employee's position is creditable, however, when documented by satisfactory evidence, such as a signed memorandum from the employee's supervisor or an SF-50 or SF-52 documenting an official detail or other official assignment. The documentation must indicate whether the duties were performed full time or, if part time, the percentage of times the other duties were performed. It is expected that this documentation is included in the employee's official personnel record. In order to receive credit for experience in your resume that is not within the official series and grade level of your official position, you must provide a copy of the appropriate documentation of such experience as indicated above.

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 may be authorized.


8. Bargaining Unit Position:  No


9. Drug Screening Required:  No


10. Recruitment Bonus may be authorized.


11.  Travel required:  Yes; as required by the position


SPECIAL NOTES: Although this announcement is advertised for multiple duty locations, and grade levels, it is not intended to convey any implication nor expectation that positions will be filled at all grade levels or locations.  It is being used to create an inventory of applicants for Health Scientist (LAB) positions and will be used to fill immediate and future needs.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early in order to maximize their employment opportunities.  Your application will remain in the inventory of tentatively qualified applicants.  Applicants that are among the best qualified will be referred to the selecting official for consideration as requests to fill vacancies are processed by the Human Resources Center.  The first cut-off date for you to be referred will be May 7, 2012.  Thereafter, additional referral lists will be generated throughout the open period as vacancies occur.  If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.


Term appointments may be extended up to a maximum of four years based on the needs of the agency without further competition.

Supervisory Position:  This announcement may be used to fill supervisory positions. 



Once the application process is complete, a review of the 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.  Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates.  The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans’ preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligible within each category.  Preference eligible who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

1.  Designs, oversees, implements and conducts scientific studies.

2.  Provide direction and guidance.

3.  Skill in oral communication.

4.  Skill in written communication.

5.  Interpersonal skills.


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


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 639919.  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 Atlanta Customer HelpDesk (770) 488-1725; TTY/TDD: (866) 539-4484; or by email HRCS@CDC.GOV.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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


  1. Your Résumé - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.

  2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

  3. Other supporting documents:

  4.      - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable

         - College Transcripts


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.


For Résumé and Application Tips visit:


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, April 05, 2013


CDC HelpDesk
Phone: (770)488-1725
TDD: 770-488-1228
Agency Information:
OHR Enterprise
200 Independence Ave
Suite 801
Washington, DC


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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