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Job Title:Health Research Scientist

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Job Announcement Number:HHS-AHRQ-DE-13-863552

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


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


Tuesday, March 26, 2013 to Monday, April 22, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Rockville, MD 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 Center for Primary Care, Prevention and Clinical Partnerships, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in Rockville, Maryland.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-AHRQ-MP-13-859220 under merit promotion procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures.  NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

Who May Apply:  Open to all United States Citizens.

PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps (not as a career/career-conditional employee) are encouraged to apply under the merit promotion announcement indicated above.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background investigation required.


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Major Duties: GS-9

·   Conduct literature reviews and other background research; prepare or manage data files; develop or interpret statistical data; draft portion reports; manuscripts and papers.

·   Assist in the development of presentation materials for meetings and conferences; assist in the development of materials for publication in professional journals.

·   Perform project management responsibilities for defined programmatic areas and collaborates with Agency and Center staff in managing project requirements and monitor project progress through completion.

·   Provide assistance with all phases of the Center’s grant and contract activities which will include assisting in the development of grant/cooperative agreement funding announcements.

Major Duties: GS-11

·   Participate in the planning, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of Center programs and initiatives in the assigned specialty area(s).

·   Compile and analyzes data for the preparation of periodic and ad hoc reports for the Center.

·   Develop and maintains systems for tracking recurring requirements and progress toward fulfilling programmatic goals.

·   Track and analyzes data related to the operational and financial activities of assigned projects and larger, more complex projects being carried out by senior staff, also prepares briefings, presentation materials, and other reports in consultation with senior staff members.

·   Support senior staff members in the conduct of research by performing segments of the research activity, contributing to the preparation of complex and comprehensive reports on the results of the Center’s research, and assist with the dissemination of results.

Major Duties: GS-12

·   Serve as a member of a multi-disciplinary staff of researchers with responsibility for planning and conducting research activities for assigned programmatic areas.

·   Serve as a key member of project teams, in conjunction with other Agency staff, on extramural health services research projects.

·   Provide leadership for complex projects and studies covering a wide range of topics and assists in the preparation of papers and reports for distribution throughout AHRQ and beyond.

·   Serve as an advisor on scientific and technical issues to work groups, to researchers in other Federal agencies and to health services researchers and clinicians in public and private institutions. Provides technical and administrative guidance to potential grantees, to contractors, and others participating in the Center’s research opportunities. 





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Selective Factor: 

In order to meet minimum qualification requirements you must demonstrate possession of the selective factor of this position.  Selective factor includes:  Knowledge of health services research to evaluate grants, cooperative agreements and contracts.


Basic Qualification Requirements for Health Research Scientist, GS-601:


Have at least a bachelor's degree with major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. 

Additional Qualification Requirements: In addition to meeting the Basic Qualification Requirements candidates must also:

For GS-9 Grade Level:


Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service, assisting with conducting literature reviews and other background research; preparing and managing data files; conducting and/or interpreting statistical data; drafting portions of reports, manuscripts, and papers; and assisting in the development and dissemination of documents for publication.



Have two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.



Have a combination of graduate education and experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.


For GS-11 Grade Level:

Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service, planning, implementing, coordinating, and evaluating health care and primary care quality improvement projects/studies; compiling and analyzing data for periodic and ad hoc reports; developing and maintaining systems for tracking recurring requirements and progress toward programmatic goals; and preparing briefings, presentation materials, and other reports in consultation with senior staff members.



Have three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.



Have a combination of graduate education and experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.

For GS-12 Grade Level:


Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service, planning, implementing, monitoring, and disseminating a wide range of extramural research focused on improving access, effectiveness and quality of primary and preventive health care services; providing guidance and advise on complex health care services projects/studies; analyzing and synthesizing complex data pertaining to goals and objectives, and research activities for inclusion in reports, briefings, and presentations.

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: No


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.


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 the principles, practices, and theories applicable to administering health services research programs.
  • Skill in compiling and analyzing technical and scientific information.
  • Skill in the collection, arrangement, and organization of data to prepare tables, charts, graphs, summaries, and other materials.
  • Ability to communicate complex scientific information.
  • Skill in technical management and evaluation of grant and contract activities.


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    The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at


    If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by 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


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    To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, April 22, 2013 to receive consideration.

    1.    To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

    2.    Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

    3.    It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 

    4.    To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    5.    To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


    Other Supporting Documents: (Only submit if applicable to you.)

    ·         College transcripts

    ·         Veterans’ Preference documentation (i.e. SF-15, DD-214, Statement of Service, Service Connected Disability Letter, etc.)

    ·         CTAP/ICTAP documentation.


    All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

    Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
       ·Other Veterans Document

    Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

    You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

    NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

    If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

    1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 863552.

    2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    NOTE: If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, April 22, 2013  to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

    To complete the occupational questionnaire (1203FX form) and submit via fax:

    1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

    2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

    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 Maria J. Gonzalez at (301)427-1696.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


    For Résumé and Application Tips visit:

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, April 22, 2013.


    Maria J. Gonzalez
    Phone: (301)427-1696
    Agency Information:
    540 Gaither Road
    Rockville, MD


    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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