BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree (or higher) with major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of this position. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)
This position includes two Selective Placement Factors (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 these are ineligible for further consideration.
The Selective Placement Factors for this position are:
Experience performing complex analytical studies and interpreting results to coordinate the evaluation of programs/research projects, and to recommend improvements in the areas of prosthetics/orthotics/rehabilitation engineering, biomedical engineering, physical therapy, assistive technology, or assistive device design.
Experience managing/administering research projects in the areas of prosthetics/orthotics/rehabilitation engineering, biomedical engineering, physical therapy, assistive technology, or assistive device design.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE - In addition to meeting the basic education requirement above, applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience that equipped them with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the Research Health Science Specialist position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience includes: knowledge of rehabilitation research; managing a research program/portfolio; participating in scientific peer review process; developing policies and procedures for administration of a research program; analyzing complex data and research methods from a variety of sources; and providing guidance and advice to managers and researchers.
A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
- Knowledge of the theories, principles, concepts, and methodologies applicable to rehabilitation research in fields such as biomedical engineering, rehabilitation, physical, or occupational sciences.
- Ability to perform complex analytical studies, interpret results to coordinate the evaluation of programs/research projects, and to recommend improvements.
- Ability to communicate effectively.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work is sedentary. No special physical demands are required to perform the work. The employee will be required to perform occasional and/or frequent travel (local, regional, national, or international) as part of their core duties.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
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. 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.