BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants for all grades must be U.S. Citizens and must meet the requirements described in paragraphs A or B below:
A. Successful completion of all 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. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university, leading to a bachelor's or higher degree, with major study in an academic field of the health or pertinent sciences which have been applied and utilized by the applicant in health or health-related research AND, in addition, at least 1 year of qualifying progressively responsible experience that is qualitative equivalent to that acquired in meeting all the requirements for the Ph.D. degree (or equivalent doctoral degree), including the dissertation.
Applicants must demonstrate that they 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.
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.
To qualify at the GS-12 level: The basic requirements for fully qualifying at this level are 1 year of independent health research beyond the doctoral degree and 1 year of health research program administration experience.
In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants must possess at least one year of professional experience that includes:
A. Academic Environment - serving as principal investigator or equivalent on a grant or contract which may include institutional grant support or foundation funds, but should have been obtained competitively; independent research, as evidenced by the development of a research project, and primary authorship of research publications in peer-reviewed journals; held position of Instructor, Assistant Professor, or equivalent.
B. Intramural Environment - independent research, as evidence by the development of research projects, and primary authorship of research publications in peer-reviewed journals; evidence of responsibility for significant aspects of laboratory/research unit (at least 3 years post doctoral research); held position of Staff Fellow, Senior Staff Fellow, Research Associate or equivalent.
C. Private Sector (Profit/Nonprofit) - conceptualization and implementation of a research project, primary authorship on internal research reports or patents and/or publications in peer-reviewed journals; held position of Research Scientist or equivalent.
D. One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service obtained in the public sector, performing the following types of review or program tasks: review for completeness applications for research grants or contracts; study scientific literature in order to place the proposed research project in its relationship to the research being done in the subject matter area; respond to issues and concerns about specific applications or proposals pertaining to the assigned program areas.
To qualify at the GS-13 Level- In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants must possess at least one year of professional experience that includes:
A. Academic Environment - the management of significant independent research projects (analogous to an R01 and R29 grant) and supervision of graduate researchers or technicians; publications in referred journals, presenting published work to scientific organizations and teaching graduate level courses in biomedical/behavioral or health-related disciplines; served as a reviewer on peer-review panels or journals; held position of Assistant or Associate Professor, or equivalent.
B. Intramural Environment - responsibility for multiple scientific projects, supervising graduate researchers or technicians; publications in referred journals, presenting published work to scientific organizations and teaching graduate level courses in biomedical/behavioral or health-related disciplines; served as a reviewer on peer-reviewed panels or journals; held position of Research Scientist (permanent position), Section Chief, or equivalent.
C. Private sector (profit/non-profit) - evidence of increasing responsibility in research or administration within the company; held position of Senior Research Scientist/Project Manager, or equivalent.
D. One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service obtained in the public sector, performing the following types of review or program tasks: review the technical and scientific merit of applications and proposals received requesting grant or contract funds; provide advice in program planning, solicitation, and evaluation to perform day-to-day administrative functions related to research grants and inter-agency agreements supporting research projects in your scientific area; identify new basic translational and clinical research concepts, projects, and initiatives to appropriate advisory groups and formulate and develop Program Announcements, RFAs, RFPs, or a combination of these, to achieve objectives.
To qualify at the GS-14 Level- In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants must possess at least one year of professional experience that includes experience that demonstrates extensive scientific expertise incorporating research experience with varied responsibilities for providing leadership in a scientific area; functioning as a leader for a variety of efforts, such as directing research and coordinating committee and teaching activities, and organizing and chairing sessions at national scientific meetings.
A, Academic Environment - served as an appointed member of a scientific peer-review panel or editorial board; held position of Associate Professor, Professor, or equivalent.
B. Intramural Environment - responsible 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 2 years.
C. Private Sector (Profit/Nonprofit) - evidence of increasing responsibility in research or administration within the company; held position of Senior Research Scientist/Project Manager or equivalent.
D. 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 review or program task: organize and conduct workshops, conferences, symposia or similar activities to foster the aims of the program, to facilitate communication among investigators, or to advise on the status of progress and emerging directions of research in the assigned program area; manage the initial scientific and administrative review of center grant, program project grant, and training grant applications, as well as research project applications submitted in response to requests for applications, multicenter clinical trial applications, and contract proposals assigned to the program area; plans, advises, and evaluates program activities for a portfolio of research project, research program and other grants/awards, cooperative agreements, and/or contracts in the assigned program area and the discovery, development and evaluation of associated prevention and therapeutic strategies; review and evaluate periodic and interim progress reports to determine effectiveness of support and achievement of objectives; recommend funding plans for initiatives; establish the criteria and standards for a review.
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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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, your application and responses to the online questionnaire will be evaluated under Category Rating and Selection procedures for placement in one of the following categories:
- Best Qualified - those who are superior in the evaluation criteria
- Well Qualified for those who excel in the evaluation criteria
- Qualified for those who only meet the minimum qualification requirements
Candidates determined to be Best Qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.
If you are a veteran, CTAP or ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links for additional information and required documents:
All such documents MUST be received by 11:59pm ET of the closing date, Thursday, June 27, 2013, to be considered.