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Job Title:  Health Scientist Administrator - NIAID - MP
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  National Institutes of Health
Job Announcement Number:  NIH-NIAID-MP-13-868930

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Monday, April 08, 2013 to Friday, April 12, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Montgomery County, MD United StatesView Map
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


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.

This position is located in the Office of Research Training and Special Programs (ORTSP), Division of Extramural Activities (DEA), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).  The DEA serves NIAID's extramural research community and the Institute by overseeing policy and management for grants and contrats, including research training, small business, and international awards.


  • Time in grade met within 30 days of closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Position requires overnight travel that might be up to 2 nights per month.


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If selected for this position, you will perform the following duties:


Serve as the manager of the NIAID Small Business Center and a senior program leader and advisor to the ORTSP Director and the DEA Director, and provide leadership, coordination, and oversight of a broad range of scientific and managerial activities and processes within the ORTSP and the DEA. 


Develop and manage business practices to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of DEA, NIAID, and NIH programs and activities. 


Manage and coordinate the NIAID SBIR/STTR portfolio.  Interpret legislation, review basic and applied scientific opportunities, and promote these programs among the NIAID extramural biotechnology small business and academic communities. Represent NIAID in national and international meetings on these mechanisms and more broadly on the application of biotechnology to infectious diseases and immunology.


Serve as a principal advisor to senior DEA staff on the identification and implementation of changes in current scientific and managerial activities and processes that could promote scientific progress and increase efficiency such as the promotion of public-private partnerships to facilitate translation of discoveries in to products.


Serve as NIAID representative and spokesperson for small business biotech outreach activities with state, national, and regional organizations and universities.


Coordinate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NIAID program staff, and members of the NIAID Interagency Select Agent Review Group (ISARG) to improve and define possible changes and collaborate on laboratory review and personnel security risk assessments in the area of select agents research conducted outside of the U.S. and funded by the NIAID.


Determine the need for and write or direct the preparation and implementation of scientific, technical, or small business administrative guides, standards, and criteria to accomplish the mission of the Division.


Respond to requests from NIAID and NIH leadership, investigators, government and nongovernmental, national and international research and health-related organizations. Prepare DEA responses and input to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests as they relate to the areas of SBIRs, STTRs, and biotechnology.





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To qualify for this position, you must meet the basic requirement:


A) Completed all of 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;




B) Completed 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 health-related research AND have at least one (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.


IN ADDITION : You must demonstrate that you have: 1) worked independently in planning, organizing, and conducting biomedical behavioral health, or health-related research; 2) served effectively, in research program administration in these fields; and 3) 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), to be eligible for each successively higher grade level.

In addition to the above basic requirement you must have:


Academic Environment - Served as an appointed member of a scientific peer-review panel or editorial board; held the position of Associate Professor, Professor, or equivalent.




Intramural Environment - Responsibility for at least two concurrent research projects with separate staff and budgets and supervising doctoral level staff; held position of Section Chief or equivalent for at least two (2) years.




Responsibility in private sector (profit/non-profit) research or administration within the company; held position of Senior Research Scientist/Project Manager, or equivalent.




One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service obtained in the public sector performing the following types of tasks: managing scientific research programs that include Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR); applying analytical methods and skills that involve extensioin changes in the direction of biomedical research; interaction with academia and government in partnerships to foster development of biomedical products; development of scientific funding initiatives; expertise in select agents policy or research; and/or representing an organization on scientific issues to senior level personnel.

View Assessment Questions

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.


Evaluation Method


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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.


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 unable to pay relocation expenses.


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


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.


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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 .    Include the vacancy announcement number for the job to which you are applying, 868930.   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
  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

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.


The following information must be received by 11:59pm ET on the closing date of the announcement, Friday, April 12, 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.
  4. If submitting a copy of your Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50), or equivalent, submit one that shows the effective date of your current position and the full performance level. You may obtain a copy of your SF-50 from your HR Office or, if you are an HHS employee, from eOPF. If you have separated from Federal Government employment, you may obtain a copy of your SF-50 via: Federal Records Center, National Archives and Records Administration, 111 Winnebago Street, St. Louis, MO 63118-4126 or Email CPR, or visit the National Archives Website.


Laverne Coleman
Phone: (301)402-3942
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
2115 E Jefferson St
Bethesda, MD


Within 15 business days of the closing date, Friday, April 12, 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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