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. YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR SF-50 AND/OR DD-214 TO DOCUMENT ELIGIBILITY.

This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in one of the following disciplines:

Chemist, GS-1320-14

Microbiologist, GS-0403-14

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


This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Northeast Regional Laboratory, Jamaica, Queens, New York. 

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


Serves as a Branch Director located in the FDA Northeast Regional Laboratory.  The Branch Director is a second line supervisor of a staff of professionals, technicians, wage grade employees and support positions. As a second level supervisor, the incumbent is  responsible for the recommendation of plans and establishment of goals and priorities in the assigned functional area. Formulates operating policies and procedures dealing with the analysis of samples, research and investigations in order to promote compliance with the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and other acts enforced by the Food and Drug Administration. The incumbent is responsible for the day-to-day supervision of two critical aspects: Quality Assurance and Technical Coordination. Plans and coordinates the laboratory operations under his/her direction with the other functions of the FDA Field Office. Incumbent is responsible to the Northeast Regional Laboratory Director  for the effective utilization of available resources and for providing leadership, guidance and technical direction necessary for full and effective program accomplishments. Incumbent brings to bear current scientific knowledge in the field of specialty and related technologies in making substantive decisions concerning the scientific process and work of the laboratory staff under the direction of the incumbent.