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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.

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 position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Southeast Regional Laboratory located Atlanta, GA.

The FDA's Office of Regulatory Affairs is the lead office for all FDA Field activities as well as providing FDA leadership on imports, inspections, and enforcement policy.  ORA Supports FDA Product Centers by inspecting regulated products and manufacturers, conducting sample analysis on regulated products, and reviewing imported products offered for entry into the United States.  ORA also develops FDA-wide policy on compliance and enforcement.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-FDA-ORA-DE-13-876445 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.


The incumbent serves as a technology based expert in a newly established laboratory performing testing and research on tobacco products.  Incumbent operates and maintains highly technical scientific equipment such as Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GM/MS) Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS) or Electron Microscopy (EM) and develops evidence in order to identify and quantify ingredients or contamination in FDA-regulated products.  Formulates and conducts research that evaluates new instrumentation and its applicability to the required analyses.  Plans and performs the development of analytical methods in accordance with FDA needs and priorities.  Analyzes samples by reviewing background material, pertinent Agency regulations, federal laws, and other relevant material.  Interprets and evaluates instrumental results of the analyses to decide validity and scientific significance and ensure instrumentation is working properly.

Serves as a scientific advisor to other ORA field professionals.  Attends meetings with federal, state and local officials regarding scientific/instrumentation issues.  Reviews analytical worksheets and suggest further analysis that could or should be done.  Interprets data and explains the significance of findings.  Organizes and presents seminars and training sessions on specialized instrumentation and related analytical methods and research.