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Job Title:  Mathematical Statistician-1529-11/12
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Food and Drug Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-FDA-DE-13-856961

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,408.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 to Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Jefferson, AR United StatesView Map
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.

This position is located in the Food and Drug Administration, National Center for Toxicological Research, Office of Research, Division of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics. NCTR plays a critical role in the missions of FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services to promote and protect public health.  

Who May Apply:  Open to all United States Citizens.

This announcement may be used to fill multiple positions in multiple locations.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background investigation required.
  • Educational Requirement
  • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period


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Major Duties:

  • Write critical statistical reviews and evaluations of biomedical data, mathematical and/or statistical methods, procedures and concepts.
  • Provide advice on statistical aspects of research studies to include protocol design, definition of outcomes, sample size and power, methods of statistical analysis, interim monitoring, and the analysis of results.
  • Develop new statistical and mathematical hypotheses for biomedical research studies using state-of-the-art statistical methods.
  • Apply principles and techniques of probability theory, estimation, inference, quality control, etc. to a variety of situations and problems.
  • Develop or implement analytical or mathematical models for use in preparing data collection/evaluation criteria for research studies.
  • Evaluate available data or data to be collected to determine if statistical and mathematical hypotheses can be tested.
  • Define and develop new methods, tests, and procedures to evaluate new, novel, or complex problems.
  • Use statistical computing packages (e.g. SAS, SUDDAN, SPSS, S-Plus, STATA, etc.) to perform statistical analyses.
  • Apply computerized mathematical models to the statistical analysis of research data.
  • Prepare reports on the progress of projects to include documentation of methods of analysis, computer programs developed, and the results of the analyses.
  • Collaborate with scientists on the preparation of manuscripts and reports on statistical findings of research studies.
  • Write reports that summarize and analyze statistical data for publication.
  • Makes recommendations to others to accept, and/or adopt, or act on recommendations and determinations.
  • Works with scientific staff in providing consultation in the application of statistical theories, techniques and methods of gathering and or interpreting quantified information on various scientific and programs issues.
  • Interprets data, explaining the mathematical or statistical techniques and limitations.


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 BASIC Qualifications

To meet the basic qualification for the Mathematical Statistician position, an applicant must possess one of the following:

A.  A degree that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics. OR

B. A combination of education and experience - at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, including at least 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Minimum Qualifications

In addition to the Basic qualification requirement described above, this position also has a minimum qualification requirement. 

    • For the GS 11:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service that includes independently developing statistical analyses, mathematical models, and applying the appropriate statistical analysis and data processing software in the evaluation of broad and comprehensive research projects. OR
    • A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. OR
    • A combination of specialized experience and graduate level education that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position. To combine education and experience, determine the applicant's total qualifying education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level. Then determine the applicant's experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level. Finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.


  • For the GS 12:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service that includes skill in applying a wide range of complex statistical analyses, mathematical models, and applying the appropriate statistical analysis and data processing software in the evaluation of broad and comprehensive research projects.  There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS 12 level.

    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 be paid: No

    8. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes

    9. Drug Screening Required: No

    10. Recruitment incentives may be authorized: No

    11. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: No

    12. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized:    No


    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.

    Best Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most requirements of the position.

    Well Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and meets most requirements of the position.

    Qualified - Meet the minimum qualification requirements, but does not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree.

    The Category Rating Process does not add veterans’ preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.  Preference eligibles 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):


    • Knowledge of biomedical research sufficient to design clinical trials and other types of biomedical studies and to statistically evaluate data from studies.
    • Knowledge of theoretical statistics, probability, procedures, and methods appropriate to the design and analysis of biomedical studies.
    • Skill in using microcomputers and statistical software packages to analyze research data and develop methods to solve complex problems.
    • Ability to communicate orally.
    • Ability to communicate in writing.


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    Veterans' Preference: If you are a veteran claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or an official statement (including Character of Service) from your command if currently on active duty. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the required supporting documents listed on 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 856961.  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 Bethesda Customer HelpDesk at (888) 478-4340; TTY/TDD: (800) 877-8339; or by email  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 (if the position has a positive education requirement)
                         - Individuals with Disabilities (must submit proof on the organization's letterhead), if applicable
                            For Sample letter:


    For Résumé and Application Tips visit:


    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.


    FDA Helpdesk
    Phone: (888)478-4340
    Fax: (478)757-3144
    Agency Information:
    HHS FDA Center
    10903 New Hampshire Avenue
    Silver Spring, MD
    20993 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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