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Job Title:Epidemiologist, GS-0601-12/13

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Food and Drug Administration

Job Announcement Number:HHS-FDA-CTP-MP-13-867433

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$74,872.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, April 29, 2013 to Friday, May 10, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0601-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
Rockville, MD United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

JOB SUMMARY:

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 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), Office of Science.

 

Join HHS/FDA/Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) and help make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.  CTP is the newest arm of the FDA.  CTP is the principal Federal agency charged to establish tobacco regulations in order to decrease the tremendous toll of diseases, disability and death caused by tobacco use in the United States.

 

Who May Apply:  Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service; former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility based on previous career or career-conditional appointments; displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP); veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service; Military Spouses; PHS Commissioned Corps Officers; and individuals with disabilities.

 

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-FDA-CTP-DE-13-866433 under competitive procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under competitive procedures.  NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.


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

 

Certain positions within the FDA are subject to restrictions on financial holdings (FDA regulated financial holdings).  To determine whether the position is affected, applicants are advised to seek additional information during the interview process from the Ethics and Integrity Staff, Office of Management Programs, Office of Management at (301) 796-8440 prior to accepting such a position.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Transcripts are required

DUTIES:

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The successful candidate will perform the following duties:

 

  • Applies epidemiologic theory, principles, and practice to the analysis of data to inform and/or evaluate government policy and regulations related to tobacco products.
  • Participates with scientists and program specialists in the design and conduct of surveys and/or epidemiologic studies.
  • Analyzes epidemiologic data, including from national surveillance systems, to inform tobacco regulatory policy development.
  • Analyzes study or project implementation procedures and works with program specialists and/or scientists to make improvements.
  • Evaluates epidemiologic study proposals, protocols, and results and provides assessment and recommendation.
  • Serves on panels, committees, or task forces as a representative for the organization on scientific, technical, or professional issues.
  • Works with multidisciplinary groups of researchers including subject matter experts, professionals and/or contractors through the planning, implementation, and/or evaluation phases of a project.
  • Identifies gaps in scientific knowledge and develops approaches to address gaps, and solve novel, difficult and/or unexpected programs.
  • Assists in the writing of comprehensive reports, manuscripts, and literature reviews.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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 BASIC QUALIFICATIONS (both grade levels):

 

Applicants must 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 from an accredited college and/or university.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

 

In addition to meeting the Basic Qualifications candidates must also:

 

GS-12:  Have at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service that included analyzing, evaluating and providing advice to scientific and program specialists on epidemiologic issues; critically reviewing, evaluating and synthesizing epidemiologic evidence; collecting, analyzing and interpreting scientific data as a part of epidemiologic studies; and making presentations and responding to inquiries.

 

GS-13:  Have at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service that included analyzing, evaluating and providing advice to scientific and program specialists on epidemiology issues; critically reviewing, evaluating, and synthesizing epidemiology evidence; collecting, analyzing and interpreting scientific data as a part of epidemiology studies; making presentations and responding to inquiries; and providing expert advice and consultation to staff and other individuals both inside and outside of the organization.

 

Documenting experience:  In accordance with Office of Personnel Management policy, federal employees are assumed to have gained experience by performing duties and responsibilities appropriate for their official series and grade level as described in their position description.  Experience that would not normally be part of the employee's position is creditable, however, when documented by satisfactory evidence, such as a signed memorandum from the employee's supervisor or an SF-50 or SF-52 documenting an official detail or other official assignment. The documentation must indicate whether the duties were performed full time or, if part time, the percentage of times the other duties were performed. It is expected that this documentation is included in the employee's official personnel record. In order to receive credit for experience in your resume that is not within the official series and grade level of your official position, you must provide a copy of the appropriate documentation of such experience as indicated above.


 

 

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: http://www.ed.gov.

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: May be authorized 

 

8. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes 

 

9. Drug Screening Required: No

 

10. Time in grade (TIG) must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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.  Merit Promotion Procedures for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 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 two categories:  Best Qualified or Qualified.
 

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

 

1.  Knowledge of epidemiologic theories, principles, and practices.

2.  Ability to collect and analyze epidemiologic data.

3. Ability to critically review, evaluate, and synthesize epidemiologic evidence to inform policy development and    product review.

4.  Knowledge of epidemiologic methods and their application to tobacco product research and surveillances.

5.  Ability to communicate technical and scientific information in writing.

6.  Ability to communicate technical and scientific information orally.

7.  Ability to lead or to collaborate with multi-disciplinary project teams on complex research and regulatory projects.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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 http://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans

 

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov).

 

For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit http://opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp

 

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap.  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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 Friday, May 10, 2013 to receive consideration.

 

  • 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.
  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.
  • 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.

 

Note:  To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:  https://applicationmanager.gov.

 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 867433.  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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf 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 Center HelpDesk Telephone (888)-478-4340; TTY/TDD: (866)-539-4484; or by email quickquestions@fda.hhs.gov.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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

         - SF-50 (if you are a federal employee or have reinstatement rights as a federal employee)

         - PHS Commissioned Corps Officer must submit a copy of latest personnel order

         - College Transcripts 

         - Individuals with Disabilities (must submit proof on the organization's letterhead), if applicable
                          For Sample letter: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AboutFDA/WorkingatFDA/UCM276860.pdf.

 

Note:  You may submit an unofficial transcript or a list of college courses completed indicating course titles, credit hours, and grades received.  An official transcript from an accredited educational institution is required if you are selected for the position.

 

For Résumé and Application Tips visit: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/ResumeAndApplicationTips#icc.

 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 10, 2013

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

FDA Helpdesk
Phone: (888)478-4340
Fax: (478)757-3144
TDD: 866-539-4484
Email: QUICKQUESTIONS@PSC.GOV
Agency Information:
HHS FDA Center
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD
20993 Fax: (478)757-3144

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

HHS-FDA-CTP-MP-13-867433

Control Number:

340737100