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Job Title:Chemist, GS-1320-11/12

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Food and Drug Administration

Job Announcement Number:HHS-FDA-ORA-MP-13-894456

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$61,612.00 to $96,001.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, June 20, 2013 to Friday, July 05, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1320-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
Denver, CO United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Current career or career conditional employees in the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Regulatory Affairs

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.

Who May Apply: This vacancy is open to current Food and Drug Administration, Office of Regulatory Affairs employees with competitive status only. Competitive status refers to employees who are serving on a career or career conditional appointment.

 

YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR SF-50.

 

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Denver District Office located in Denver, CO. 

 

FDA/ORA Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps may apply online to this announcement.  Candidates will be referred to (CC) personnel and not as candidates for conversion to a permanent career or career-conditional appointment.


 

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

 

 

TYPE OF POSITION:  This position  is being filled as a permanent, full-time, career/career-conditional  appointment.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • 25% Travel required.
  • Please carefully read and follow the HOW TO APPLY instructions.
  • Driver's License

DUTIES:

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The incumbent will perform the full range of analytical chemistry procedures, including radiochemistry procedures, on a variety of samples, including the difficult, complex or unusual samples submitted by agency personnel in connection with regulatory monitoring and enforcement activities.  Duties could also include research and development of analytical methods.

 

Before analyzing a sample, reviews the background material submitted with the sample, agency reports on similar samples or situations and pertinent regulations.

 

Determines the approach, methods, and procedures to use to obtain the information requested, taking into consideration the requirements established by Agency regulations and Federal law.

Writes a report that identifies the sample, shows the methods and procedures used, any modifications data, the results and their interpretation, and whether the sample appears to be in violation of any agency regulation.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Education Requirement for the GS-1320, Chemist (Transcripts required)

 

A.  A bachelor's or higher level degree from an accredited college or university in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics.

 

OR

 

B. Combination of education and experience -- course work equivalent to a major as shown in A above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education. 

 

Additional requirements:

 

GS-11 Grade Level: Applicant must possess at least one full year of specialized experience at the GS-09 level in the Federal government to include experience in either analytical,  inorganic or organic or  physical chemistry performing scientific analyses; interpreting and evaluating the results of scientific analyses and preparing scientific reports; or three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree if related to the position being filled; or a combination of experience and education as described above. When combining education with experience, first determine the applicant's total qualifying education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; then determine the applicant's experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.

 

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENT:

 

To meet eligibility at the GS-11 grade level applicant must have one year at the GS-9 grade level.

To meet eligibility at the GS-12 grade level applicant must have one year at the GS-11 grade level.

 

GS-12 Grade Level:  Applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience at the GS-11 level in the Federal government to include experience in either analytical, , inorganic or organic or physical chemistry performing scientific analyses; interpreting and evaluating the results of scientific analyses in order to determine the validity and significance to ensure necessary information if obtained and experience preparing scientific reports.

 

  

 

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. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

 

3. Financial disclosure statement may be required.

 

4. One-year probationary period may be required.

 

5. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: May be Authorized

 

6. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes

 

7. Drug Screening Required: No

 

8. 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 the Food, Drug, Cosmetic Acts regulations, policies and procedures.

2. Ability to conduct hands-on experience in laboratory analytical instruments and experiments.

3. Ability to communicate in writing.

4. Ability to communicate orally. 

 


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:

 

HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
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 TAG:894456.  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 QuestionnaireLink to Full 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. 

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@psc.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

        - SF-50 (if you are a federal employee)
        - College Transcripts (if the position has a positive education requirement)

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, July 05, 2013


 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

FDA Helpdesk
Phone: (888)478-4340
Fax: (478)757-3144
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-ORA-MP-13-894456

Control Number:

343833500