This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to and essential for satisfactory performance of the job). Selective placement factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.
The selective placement factor for this position is: experience conducting research studies involving human research subjects and familiarity with Institutional Review Board (IRB) procedures. This experience must be detailed in your resume to receive credit.
BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT: A bachelor's or higher degree with a major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences that is appropriate to the work of this position. The number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the amount specified by the college or university attended. If this number cannot be obtained, 24 semester hours will be considered as equivalent to a major field of study. You must submit transcripts to support this requirement.
EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT: One year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-05 level of Federal service. Examples of related experience include: conducting clinical research studies involving human subjects; knowledge of Institutional Review Board (IRB) policies; completing IRB paperwork and ensuring compliance with regulations; screening and evaluating candidates for clinical studies; obtaining informed consent; and performing administrative duties in support of a research program. Your experience must be detailed in your resume to receive full credit.
SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT (SAA): Superior academic achievement at the baccalaureate level may be substituted for the experience required at the GS-07 level. If you qualify by SAA, transcripts are requested. SAA may be achieved by one of the following:
A. Standing in the upper third of their class in the college or university or major subdivision.
B. College grade of B (3.0 or higher on a 4 pt. scale). This is either:
1. The average of all college courses, OR
2. The average of all college courses completed during the last two years of the undergraduate curriculum.
C. College grade average of B+ (3.5 or higher on a 4 pt. scale) in the major field of the position to be filled. This is either:
1. The average of completed courses in the major field, OR
2. The average of college courses completed in the major field during the last two years of the undergraduate curriculum.
D. Election to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi or one of the other national honorary scholastic societies meeting the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor societies, other than freshman honor societies.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: One year of graduate level education that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position may be substituted for the experience required at the GS-07 level. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered an academic year of graduate study. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. If you are using education to qualify, transcripts are requested.
COMBINATION: a combination of specialized experience and graduate level education as described that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position may be substituted for the experience required at the GS-07 level. To calculate the combination of education and experience, determine the amount of experience you have as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level. Then determine the amount of education you have as a percentage of the education required for the grade level. Add the two percentages; the total percentage must equal at least 100% to qualify for the grade level. If you qualify by a combination, your experience must be detailed and transcripts are requested.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
· Ability to implement and follow research protocols.
· Ability to recruit and schedule subjects for research studies.
· Ability to maintain research files and patient records.
· Skill in performing data entry and developing reports.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work of this position is sedentary. Typically, the Health Science Technician may sit comfortably to perform portions of the work. However, there is periodic walking, standing, bending, and carrying of light items such as medical records, food trays, instructional materials, books, and manuals. No special physical demands are required to perform the work. The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meeting and training rooms, libraries, and residences or commercial vehicles. The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is 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 signed.
Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:
- Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
- Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
- Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
- Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.
After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.