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Job Title:Supervisory Interdisciplinary Scientist

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Food and Drug Administration

Job Announcement Number:HHS-FDA-01-MP-13-761319

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


Friday, October 05, 2012 to Monday, October 15, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Silver Spring, MD United StatesView Map


Food and Drug Administration employees only


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:

This vacancy is open to current permanent Title 5 Food and
Drug Administration employees and individuals eligible under CTAP
only.  Title 42 employees are not eligible.  YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR SF-50.

PHS Commissioned Officers in the Food and Drug Administration interested in performing the duties
of this position should also apply online in order to receive

This position is being advertised concurrently with HHS-FDA-01-MP-13-761150, Supervisory Interdisciplinary Engineer.  NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered. 

This position will be filled in one of the following occupational series:  GS-401, Biologist; GS-403, Microbiologist, or GS-415, Toxicologist.

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Office of Device Evaluation, Division of Reproductive, Gastro-Renal and Urological Devices. 

This position has supervisory/managerial responsibilities.
A one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period is required
upon selection/placement.  This may be waived if you have
successfully completed the supervisory/managerial probationary

Salary range listed includes locality pay.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Travel Required: Occasional
  • Please carefully read and follow the instructions for HOW TO APPLY.
  • Please submit SF-50.
  • Please submit a copy of your transcripts.


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Major Duties:

As the Branch Chief, you will provide technical leadership and expert scientific and engineering judgment for various urology and lithotripsy medical devices.  Duties include:

·         Managing a staff of scientists, engineers, CSOs and health care professionals in the administrative, regulatory and scientific review of pre-market notifications (510(k)s), IDEs, PMAs and reclassification petitions.  

·         Providing technical leadership and judgment in the evaluation of complex issues involving devices which have a significant impact on the safety and effectiveness of various urology and lithotripsy medical devices or other medical device products.

·         Providing expert and authoritative advice, guidance, assistance, interpretations, consultations and recommendations to top level and senior Agency and Departmental officials, program directors, scientific and professional personnel and industry representatives.

 ·       Coordinating the work of personnel which include Scientists, Engineers, Consumer Safety Officers, Health Care Professionals and support personnel in the administrative, regulatory and scientific review of pre-market notifications and petitions.

·         Providing overall management and administrative direction to the clerical and professional staff.

·         Reviewing and evaluating scientific activities in terms of achieving program goals and objectives and accomplishing assigned functional responsibilities.


·         Representing the Division Director or Deputy Director at various meetings, if necessary, with foreign manufacturers, health care professionals and/or government officials.

·         Conferring with industry officials and medical and/or scientific experts in the urology and lithotripsy device area regarding the regulation of these device products. 


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    Interdisciplinary positions are classified to the specific series
    which have been determined to be appropriate for the vacancy based
    on the duties and responsibilities of the positions and the general
    qualifications to perform the work.


    Basic Requirements for the GS-401 series, Biologist:

    Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


    Combination of education and experience--Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


    Basic Requirements for the GS-403 series, Microbiologist:

    Degree: microbiology; or biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms, and 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent.


    Combination of education and experience--courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included courses as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


    Basic Requirements for the GS-415 series, Toxicologist:

    Degree: toxicology; or an appropriate discipline of the biological, medical, or veterinary sciences that included at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, biochemistry, or physiology, and 12 semester hours in toxicology.


    Combination of education and experience -- course work equivalent to a major as shown above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.



    In addition, you must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service, serving as a scientific or engineering reviewer, supervisor or senior advisor in the area of  medical device evaluation as it relates to the review and evaluation of  premarket notification submissions, premarket applications and/or  investigational device exemptions for premarket approval prior to entry into the marketplace.

    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: No

    9. Drug Screening Required: No

    10. Recruitment Bonus may be authorized:  No

    11. Time in grade (TIG) must be met by closing date of the announcement.


    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. 

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

    1.  Knowledge of medical devices, drug and biologic laws; including the knowledge of FDA and ODE policies and guidelines, CFRs and parts of the FD&C Act.

    2.  Skill in coordinating the scientific and technical workflow of the staff; managing scientific activities and the ability to manage a multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, etc.

    3.  Ability to prioritize workloads and make complex scientific decisions.

    4.  Knowledge of various medical device products and the ability to review research and clinical studies. 


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


    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 761319.  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.

    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, 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, 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 Monday, October 15, 2012.


    FDA 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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