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Job Title:Health Scientist Administrator-NINDS-DE

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:National Institutes of Health

Job Announcement Number:NIH-NINDS-DE-13-856821

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 to Monday, March 25, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0601-15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

3 vacancies in the following location:
Montgomery County, MD United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview.

If you are an exceptionally talented, knowledgeable, and motivated individual interested in joining a dynamic team of professionals involved in administering and funding clinical research projects that will advance our understanding of neurological disorders and their treatments, you should consider a Health Scientist Administrator position with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).  These positions are located within the NINDS, Division of Extramural Research (DER).

Neural Environment Cluster -(DER) -  The Neural Environment Cluster seeks a candidate with a broad background in neuroendocrinology and physiology.  Specific knowledge of neuregulin function and of the effects of stress on behavioral and physiological responses is particularly desirable.  The incumbent will manage an extensive portfolio of grants and cooperative agreements and develop initiatives to accelerate the progress of research. 

Repair and Plasticity Cluster - (DER) -   The Repair and Plasticity Cluster seeks a candidate with a strong, broad background in the areas of spinal cord injury, or related basic science, e.g. research on axon development and regeneration, who will manage the NINDS grant and cooperative agreement portfolio in spinal cord injury and peripheral nerve regeneration and repair and will be involved in other research programs, both within NINDS and more broadly at the NIH and elsewhere.

Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience Cluster (SCN/DER)- The Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience Cluster  seeks a candidate with a strong background in nociception and/or neuropathic pain research who will manage the NINDS Pain Management grants and cooperative agreement portfolio and be involved in other initiatives and research programs relevant to neuropathic pain, both within NINDS and more broadly at the NIH and elsewhere. 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Confidential Financial Disclosure OGE 450 Form required.
  • Overnight travel 1-3 nights per month required.

DUTIES:

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  • Perform scientific and administrative reviews and analyses of applications/proposals.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate program activities for portfolio research projects, research program and other grants/awards, cooperative agreements, and/or contracts in assigned program areas.
  • Provide recommendation concerning program directions, priorities and funding levels for areas of responsibility.
  • Prepare and present information at meetings and workshops.
  • Organize and conduct discussion with basic, preclinical and/or clinical researchers concerning research opportunities for program areas.
  • Develop policies and plans for strengthening NIH and national programs of scientific and public importance for areas assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC EDUCATION:

To be minimally qualified, applicants must meet the basic requirements in either A or B:

A.Successful completion of all the requirements for a Ph.D. (or equivalent doctoral degree), in an accredited college or university, including acceptance of the dissertation, in an academic field of the health or pertinent sciences (i.e. biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, etc.) allied to health or health related research.

OR

B. Successful completion Of a 4-year course of study in an accredited college/university, leading to a bachelor's or higher degree, with major study in an academic field of the health or pertinent sciences which have been applied and utilized in health or health-related research and have at least 1 year of qualifying progressively responsible experience that is qualitatively equivalent to that acquired in meeting all the requirements for a Ph.D. (or equivalent doctoral degree), including the dissertation.

BASIC WORK QUALIFICATIONS:

Applicants must demonstrate that they have: worked independently in planning, organizing, and conducting biomedical behavioral health, or health-related research; served effectively, in research program administration in these fields; and acquired an understanding of the history, interests, internal dynamics, and relationships of organizations in which health research is conducted. This experience may be gained as a principal investigator of a grant or contract, or may otherwise be gained through active involvement in initiating research projects, developing protocols, conducting studies, documenting findings, interpreting results in a published report (journal), supervising staff, and managing the budget.

 

The background of the applicant must show progressively responsible and successful experience (complexity of work in independent research and research program administration).

 

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

GS:15:

In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants must posses at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal service obtained in the public sector, performing the following types of tasks: Professional experience that demonstrates the management of large and diverse research programs having national or international collaborations, scope, and impact.  Managerial experience in organizational and program development includes having responsibility for the development of plans for the resolution of major organizational and operational problems and issues, and allocating funds among competing programs; recognized as distinguished scientists with major research experience and accomplishments, be members of prestigious national professional organizations or societies, and have published in refereed journals; served as organization's representative on permanent and ad-hoc committees established to evaluate research issues;  management of extramural activities inclues program planning, evaluation and review assessment, and monitoring of major basic, clinical, and/or applied research supported by the agency with national or international scope and impact; published extensively in leading scientific journals.  Similar experience may have been gained in the following work environment:

Academic Environment: held position of Professor and/or Department Chair or equivalent.

Intramural Environment:held position of Laboratory Chief or equivalent.

Private Sector (Profit/Non-profit): evidence of increasing responsibility in research or administration of a small company or a division of a large company; held position of Director of Research or equivalent.

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This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer.  Click here for information on Foreign Education .  If you are currently or were previously in this occupation series you do not need to submit transcripts. Instead, submit an SF-50 showing the appointment in this occupational series.

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, your application and responses to the online questionnaire will be evaluated under Category Rating and Selection procedures for placement in one of the following categories:

  • Best Qualified – for those who are superior in the evaluation criteria
  • Well Qualified – for those who excel in the evaluation criteria
  • Qualified – for those who only meet the minimum qualification requirements

Candidates determined to be Best Qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. 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.

Click here to view vacancy questions: View Assessment Questions

If you are a veteran, CTAP or ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links for additional information and required documents:

All such documents MUST be received by 11:59pm ET of the closing date, Monday, March 25, 2013, to be considered.


BENEFITS:

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The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  For more information, check out New Employee Benefits at NIH and OPM's Employee Benefits Information.

OTHER INFORMATION:

PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps should also apply online to this announcement in order to receive consideration.

 

We are able to pay relocation expenses.

 

A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/ placement.

 

NIH may repay certain outstanding Federally-insured student loans to facilitate the recruitment and retention of highly qualified people. Recipients will be determined on a case-by-case basis based on organizational need, specific case justification, and budget limitations.

 

A newly appointed or reappointed employee may receive service credit for prior work experience or active duty uniformed service that otherwise would not be creditable for the purpose of determining his or her annual leave accrual rate. All creditable service must be directly related to the duties of the position being filled and decisions to allow for such credit must be finalized prior to the selectee’s entrance on duty. The use of this service credit incentive is at the discretion of the selecting official and service credit is granted only for a position deemed hard-to-fill.

 

If selected, you will be required to complete Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450 to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with the agency. This information is required annually.

 

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application.   You must provide a complete online Application Package which includes:

  • Your Resume (Please provide sufficient details in your resume to enable us to determine if you meet the requirement for qualifying experience (as stated in the Qualifications section) and to support your answers to the online questionnaire.   Providing insufficient details in your resume may result in a lower or ineligible rating.)  
  • A complete Assessment Questionnaire, View Assessment Questions.
  • Other required supporting documents (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)
  • If you would prefer to submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) for consideration, you may submit a skeletal online resume and Fax your CV.   Submission of a resume/CV alone IS NOT a complete application.   You must complete the online questionnaire that will appear when you begin your application on USAJOBS.   (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)

To begin the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button at the bottom of this screen to log in to your existing USAJOBS account or to create an account if you do not already have one.

  • Follow the prompts to complete the Assessment Questionnaire. Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the process.
  • To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, you must use the fax coversheet found at http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf .    Include the vacancy announcement number for the job to which you are applying, 856821.   Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you have questions or require reasonable accommodation during the application process,  please contact the HR staff member listed below.   If you cannot apply online, these are the steps to follow:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203-FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one. This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.
  4. Fax the completed 1203-FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

If you have difficulties with hearing and are seeking assistance, please call a relay operator at 1-800-735-2258 or visit Maryland Relay or AT&T Relay.

For technical difficulties, contact HR Systems Support between 8 AM and 4:30 PM ET Monday through Friday at 301-451-1436 or hrsystemssupport@mail.nih.gov.

Additional Information on How to Apply

Information on Reasonable Accommodation

To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select "My Applications", and click on the "more information" link under the application status for this position.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following information must be received by 11:59pm ET on the closing date of the announcement, Monday, March 25, 2013.  

  1. Resume via USAJOBS.
  2. Responses to online questionnaire.
  3. If applicable, supporting documentation (including DD214 to support Veterans' Employment, CTAP/ICTAP, Schedule A, or other information requested in the announcement such as transcripts). To ensure your information is secure, please block out any Social Security numbers (SSNs). Clean copies may be requested if you are hired.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Christine Centeno
Phone: (301)435-3415
Email: CENTENOC@MAIL.NIH.GOV
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
2115 E Jefferson St
Bethesda, MD
20892

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Within 15 business days of the closing date, Monday, March 25, 2013, you may check your status online at USAJOBS We will update your status after each key stage in the application process has been completed.

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Job Announcement Number:

NIH-NINDS-DE-13-856821

Control Number:

339670400