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Job Title:Health Scientist

Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:DE-13-OSHA-31

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$51,630.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, December 10, 2012 to Monday, December 24, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0601-09/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location(s):
Washington, DC, USView Map
20210View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

U.S. Citizens; ICTAP and CTAP eligibles in the local commuting area.

NOTE:  THIS JOB ANNOUNCEMENT IS ALSO BEING ADVERTISED WITH JOB ANNOUNCEMENT MS-13-OSHA-31 FOR GOVERNMENT-WIDE STATUS EMPLOYEES.  IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR BOTH JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS, YOU MUST APPLY TO EACH.  

JOB SUMMARY:

Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow.  DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

The Department of Labor values its customers. Every DOL employee is responsible for delivering good customer service through accurate, courteous, efficient and effective transactions.

This position is location in:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Directorate of Standards and Guidance

Office of Biological Hazards

Washington, DC

The Office of Biological Hazards contributes to the Directorate's mission, in part, by developing and implementing methods for the elimination or control of biological hazards such as viruses, bacteria, protozoans, their metabolites, fungi, and other harmful biological hazards.

Salary range:

GS-09: $51,630 - $67,114 per year

GS-11: $62,467 - $81,204 per year

GS-12: $74,872 - $97,333 per year

(includes Locality Pay)

Promotion Potential: GS-12

Bargaining Unit - Local 12

NOTE:  THIS JOB ANNOUNCEMENT IS ALSO BEING ADVERTISED CONCURRENTLY WITH JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS DE-13-OSHA-30 AND MS-13-OSHA-30, GS-0690-9/11/12, INDUSTRIAL HYGIENIST, IF SELECTIONS ARE MADE FROM THE CONCURRENT JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS, THEN THIS JOB ANNOUNCEMENT ALONG WITH MS-13-OSHA-31 WILL BE CANCELLED.

THE DIRECTORATE OF STANDARDS AND GUIDANCE WILL NOT PAY FOR TRAVEL AND RELOCATION COSTS.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Copy of college transcript.
  • A writing assessment may be conducted at time of interview.
  • DD-214, SF-15 and Veterans Letter if claiming Veterans Preference.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Requires a security clearance.

DUTIES:

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GS-09:

The incumbent typically performs as a team member, assisting senior level health scientists or other occupational health professionals in the development of proposed and final draft standards and guidance documents.

Provides technical support during the hearing process, as appropriate, on routine and less complex health-related issues.

With close supervision and/or in the company of senior level health scientists and/or occupational health professionals, meets with employees, employers, scientists and other interested parties regarding the standard being developed; aids in the evaluation of public comment and hearing records with respect to the draft standard; prepares  limited sections of the draft preamble of proposed or final standards and/or guidance documents.

As assigned, assists in the preparation and review of specific sections of directives and memoranda to provide field personnel information on health standards development and in providing technical information for the drafting of interpretations by the Directorate of Enforcement.

Prepares replies to routine correspondence and other less complex technical inquiries received from the public or referred by the supervisor.

GS-11:

The incumbent compiles data, analyzes comments from affected groups and assists in preparing all necessary documents, including decision papers, work plans, analyses, standards packages and related documents.

Studies developments in emerging biological health issues and associated workplace exposures, standards developed by other organizations, safety and health reports, scientific and technical periodicals, and other sources of background information to determine pertinent factors which make up work processes and health hazards created by such factors; with other occupational health specialists or health scientists, as appropriate, may visit workplace facilities to analyze work processes and health hazards evidenced.

Participates with senior level health scientists and/or occupational health professionals on technical committees, on boards, at public hearings, and at stakeholder meetings to assist in the presentation of background information relating to proposed standards and to consider objections, proposed improvements, and modifications advanced by interested parties to proposed standards or guidance documents.

As assigned, assists in the preparation and review of directive and memoranda to provide field personnel information on health standards development and in providing technical information for the drafting of interpretations by the Directorate of Enforcement.

Prepares replies to routine correspondence and other less complex technical inquiries received from the public or referred by the supervisor. 

GS-12:

As a project officer or project team member, depending on the complexity and scope of assignment, develops requirements and criteria for new or revised occupational health standards, which may include monitoring employee exposure, medical surveillance, work practices, limits on exposure levels, methods of compliance, employee training and recordkeeping.

Compiles data, analyzes comments from affected groups and assists in preparing all necessary documents, including decision papers, work plans, analyses, standards package and related documents.

Prepares draft sections of preamble for proposed and final standards, draft and final guidance products, and other documents.

Meets with employees, employers, scientists and other interested parties regarding the standard or guidance product being developed; evaluates public comment and hearing records with respect to the draft standard or guidance product.

Assists other offices and Directorates in responding to public inquiries on technical matters.

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Degree: major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. 

GS-09: Applicants are required to have a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position.  

GS-11: Applicants are required to have a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education in the field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position.

Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, in the Federal Service.  Specialized experience includes: Knowledge of the concepts, principles and practices in at least one of the physical or life science fields and familiarity with epidemiology, biostatistics, toxicology, industrial hygiene, public health and risk assessment.  Knowledge of and ability to recognize potential physical hazards associated with a variety of operations and processes.  Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.


College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - Transcripts (in English) must be submitted if (a) a degree is required for the position, and/or (b) education is used as the basis for qualifying for this position.  The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education.  Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position.  Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements.  Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.
Categories

GS-09

Category A:   Qualified applicants who, on average, have experience or education as a team member working with senior level health scientists or other occupational health professionals in the development of proposed and final draft standards and guidance documents.  Experience or education replying to technical correspondence and other complex technical inquires received from the public or referred by the supervisor on safety and health issues.  Experience or education with providing technical support during the hearing process on complex health-related issues. 

Category B: Qualified applicants who, on average, have experience or education as a team member assisting with senior level health scientists or other occupational health professionals in the development of proposed and final draft standards and guidance documents.  Experience or education replying to routine correspondence and other routine inquires received from the public or referred by the supervisor on safety and health issues.  Experience or education with providing routine support during the hearing process on routine health-related issues. 

Category C:  Meets the minimum qualifications requirements, work experience or education and demonstrates competence in the areas of occupational safety and health and medicine. 

GS:11

Category A:  Qualified applicants who, on average, have experience or education as a team member, either independently performing or working with senior level health scientists or other occupational health professionals in the developments in emerging biological health issues and associated workplace exposures, standards developed by other organizations, safety and health reports, scientific and technical periodicals and other sources of background information to determine pertinent factors which make up work processes and health hazards created by such factors; with other occupational health specialists or health scientists, as appropriate.  Experience or education in technical writing sufficient to participate in the development and/or modification of occupational health standards and guidance materials.  Experience or education in meeting with employees, employers, scientists and other interested parties regarding the standard being developed; evaluates public comment and hearing records with respect to the draft standard; prepares sections of the draft preamble of proposed or final standards and/or guidance documents.  Experience or education compiling data, analyzes comments from affected groups and assists in preparing all necessary documents, including decision papers, work plans, analyses, standards packages and related documents. 

Category B:  Qualified applicants who, on average, have experience or education as a team member assist performing or working with senior level health scientists or other occupational health professionals in assisting  in the developments in emerging biological health issues and associated workplace exposures.  Experience or education in non- technical writing sufficient to participate in assisting the development and/or modification of occupational health standards and guidance materials.  Experience or education in meeting with employees, employers regarding the standard being developed.  Experience or education compiling data from affected groups and assists in preparing all necessary documents.   

Category C:    Meets the minimum qualifications requirements, work experience or education and demonstrates competence in the areas of occupational safety and health and medicine. 

GS:12

Category A:  Qualified applicants who, on average have experience independently performing or assisting senior level health scientists or other occupational health professionals in the performance of duties and responsibilities.  Experience as a project officer or project team member, depending on the complexity and scope of assignment, develops requirements and criteria for new or revised occupational health standards, which may include monitoring employee exposure, medical surveillance, work practices, limits on exposure levels, methods of compliance, employee training and recordkeeping.  Experience preparing replies to correspondence and other technical inquiries received from the public or referred by the supervisor.  Experience in meeting with employees, employers, scientists and other interested parties regarding the standard or guidance product being developed; evaluates public comment and hearing records with respect to the draft standard or guidance   Experience providing technical support during rulemaking hearings, stakeholder meetings or other public meetings, including the formulation of technical questions on health-related issues.  Experience compiling data, analyzing comments from affected groups and assists in preparing all necessary documents, including decision papers, work plans, analyses, standards package and related documents. 

Category B:  Qualified applicants who, on average have experience performing under close supervision performing or assisting senior level health scientists or other occupational health professionals in the performance of duties and responsibilities.  Experience as a project officer or project team member, depending on the complexity and scope of assignment, assist in developing requirements and criteria for new or revised occupational health standards.  Experience in meeting with employees, employers regarding the standard or guidance product being developed.  Experience providing routine support during rulemaking hearings, stakeholder meetings or other public meetings.  Experience gathering data. 

Category C:  Qualified applicants who, on average have experience in information sources and presentation methods to effectively gather data in a timely manner under the constraints of a regulatory schedule; and experience preparing or developing routine bulletins, instructions, etc.  Skill in writing and in the presentation of routine analyses. 


Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):

HEALTH AND RELATED SCIENCE -  Knowledge and experience of the concepts, principles in at least one of the physical or life science fields and familiarity with epidemiology, biostatistics, toxicology, public health and risk assessment applicable to a wide range of duties concerned with identification, evaluation, and control of occupational health hazards found in a variety of industrial settings.  Knowledge and experience with the signs and symptoms of occupational diseases and the ability to recognize potential emerging biological health hazards associated with a variety of demographic conditions sufficient to assist in the preparation of a qualitative risk assessment or rank ordering of exposures by functions performed for a health hazard. 

ANALYSIS IN WRITING -  Recognizes  or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience.

 

LEADERSHIP – Influences, motivates, and challenges others; adapts leadership styles to a variety of situations. 

TEAM SKILLS – Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals. 

LEGAL/RULEMAKING – Knowledge and experience in conducting studies developments in emerging biological health issues and associated workplace exposures, standards developed by other organizations, safety and health reports, scientific and technical periodicals, and other sources of background information to assist senior level health professionals in determining pertinent factors which make up work processes and health hazards created by such factors; with senior level occupational health specialists or health scientists, as appropriate. 

ANALYSIS – Knowledge and experience assisting in the compilation of data, analyzes routine and/or less complex comments from affected groups and assists in preparing all necessary documents, including decision papers, work plans, analyses, standards packages and related documents.
The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).  The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings.  Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.  Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

INFORMATION FOR ICTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration.  ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees.  The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year.  We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more.  For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM.  For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS.

OTHER INFORMATION:

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.  Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, PROBATIONARY PERIOD, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

HOW TO APPLY:

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Follow the 5 steps below to apply.  Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered.  Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.

For more details, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions Document or How To Apply Video.  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  SAVE your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT!

STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content.

STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS)
Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on www.usajobs.gov, click on the title and proceed.

STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents
Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy by the close date.  For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish  Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.

STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you.Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

- Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty)  Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  For more information, go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP Eligibility.

- Applicants with disabilities who wish to claim eligibility under SCHEDULE A)  of the excepted service (persons with severe disabilities) must submit the following documentation from a licensed medical professional or other authorized entity:
(1) proof of disability; and
(2) certification of job readiness.
For more details, please see http://www.usajobs.gov/IndividualsWithDisabilities.

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted

- Peace Corps Document (if applicable) - Certification of satisfactory service from the Director of Peace Corps to receive consideration.

Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

 

 

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - - Unofficial Transcript (in English) - submit if using education as a basis for qualifying.  OFFICIAL Transcripts MUST BE RECEIVED prior to selection and report date.  Reference the "Education Section" for College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Cynthia Anderson
Phone: 202-693-1800
Fax: 202-693-1697
TDD: 202-693-2349
Email: anderson.cynthia@dol.gov
Agency Information:
Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Admin
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Rm. N3308
Rm. N3308
Washington, DC
20210
US
Fax: 202-693-1697

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration.  Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.  A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

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Job Announcement Number:

DE-13-OSHA-31

Control Number:

333150500