Job Overview


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; individuals eligible for VRA appointments (at the GS-11 and below grade levels); and individuals with disabilities. 

This position is located in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), Office of Science (OS), Product Science, Rockville, MD.  

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement : HHS-FDA-CTP-DE-13-897342 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.


Incumbent works with substantial freedom within an area of primary interest in the field of chemistry or biochemistry. Within the context of a broad assignment, is fully responsible for identifying, defining, and selecting specific problems for review, study and determining what appear to be the most fruitful investigations and approaches to the problem area. Formulates hypotheses and develops and carries out the review of chemical studies, coping with novel, difficult, and unexpected problems. Leads reviews of tobacco products, formulating systematic approaches to complex problems in the field of chemistry/biochemistry.  Works with substantial freedom and exercises significant professional judgment.  Extends and modifies approaches, precedents, and methods to solve difficult chemical problems. Provides leadership within immediate organization involving the chemistry of tobacco products and enjoys recognition in the relevant research/review community.