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Job Title:  Interdisciplinary Scientist, GS-401/415/1301-13/14
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Food and Drug Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-FDA-MP-13-906728

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,033.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 to Friday, July 05, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
Many vacancies in the following location:
Silver Spring, MD United StatesView Map
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


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. 


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 to (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, Food and Drug Administration, Office of the Commissioner, Office of the Chief Scientist, Office of Regulatory Science and Innovation (ORSI), Silver Spring, MD.

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


This position will be filled in one of the following occupational series:  GS-401-Biologist, GS-415-Toxicologist or GS-1301-Physical Scientist. YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR SF-50 or DD-214 if applicable.

Salary range listed includes locality pay.


Additional Selections may be made. 




  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Please carefully read and follow the instructions for HOW TO APPLY.
  • Please submit SF-50.
  • Please submit a copy of your transcripts.
  • No relocation expenses will be paid.


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Major Duties

The incumbent of this position serves as a Biologist, Toxicologist or Physical Scientist in the FDA, Office of the Commissioner, Office of the Chief Scientist, Office of Regulatory Science and Innovation will be responsible for a variety of duties such as: 

 --Serves as a Program Lead and is responsible primarily for program management, administration, and evaluation of advanced development of nanotechnology related project and activities and other scientific priorities as assigned by senior leadership of the Office.


--Provides scientific and program management expertise in identifying, addressing and coordinating research initiatives relevant to development of assigned scientific priorities (regulatory science and nanotechnology).


--Manages a comprehensive program of advanced development for cost, schedule and performance acquisition of scientific priorities and/or other nanotechnology activities including providing a programmatic interface to logistics support.


--Develops and submits operating budgets for maintaining Office facilities and systems.  Coordinates completion of the relevant Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the acquisitions operation in the Office. 


--Manages the project through the complex acquisition process coordinating through functional areas.  Specifically, analyzes the expected impact of contemplated budget revisions, program adjustments, economic trends, or directives from higher echelons upon the assigned project and takes independent action to minimize adverse effects and provide information to FDA senior leadership.


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One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level of GS 12 or equivalent band level of responsibility in the Federal Service which includes experience providing scientific and/or program management expertise in identifying, addressing and coordinating nanotechnology related research initiatives relevant to development of assigned scientific priorities.  In addition, experience leading a program for the development of cost, schedule and performance acquisition of scientific priorities.  Experience preparing a variety of comprehensive scientific status reports, management summaries and briefing papers.



One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level of GS 13 or equivalent band level of responsibility in the Federal Service which includes experience providing scientific and/or program management expertise in identifying, addressing and coordinating nanotechnology related research initiatives relevant to development of assigned scientific priorities.   Experience managing a comprehensive program of advanced development for cost, schedule and performance acquisition of scientific priorities.  In addition, experience participating and contributing to the decision making process, attends meetings and discussions providing recommendations. Experience conducting reviews, and assessments of the scientific and regulatory issues.

Basic Requirements   




A) Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


B)  Combination of education and experience--Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.




Degree: toxicology; or an appropriate discipline of the biological, medical, or veterinary sciences that included at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, biochemistry or physiology,

and 12 semester hours in toxicology.    




A) Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.                                                                                                               


B) Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.                                                       


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:



Conditions of Employment:


1. Additional Security and Background Requirements:  May be referred depending on the position being filled.  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. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: No


5. Bargaining Unit Position: No


6. Drug Screening Required: No


7. Recruitment Bonus may be authorized: No


8. Research position: No


9. Supervisory position: No


10. Time in grade (TIG) must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.


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.


Your qualifications will be evaluated and rated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

1.  Ability to implement and apply agency policy, guidelines, regulations and laws related to intra and inter agency issues.

2.  Knowledge of scientific and program management issues. 

3.  Ability to manage Nanotechnology Projects.

4.  Skill in written communications.

5.  Skill in oral communications.  


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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at


Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see


For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit


Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP):  For information on how to apply as a CTAP eligible see  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


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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:


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 906728.  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 Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire 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.
  4. 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  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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:

  4.      - SF-50 (if you are a federal employee or have reinstatement rights as a federal employee)

         - PHS Commissioned Corps Officer must submit a copy of latest personnel order

         - 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:


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, July 05, 2013.


FDA Helpdesk
Phone: (888)478-4340
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
HHS FDA Center
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD
20993 Fax: (478)757-3144


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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