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Job Title:  PHYSICAL SCIENCE TECHNICIAN, GS-1311-06/07/08/09
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Food and Drug Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-FDA-ORA-MP-13-919021

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$36,475.00 to $64,450.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 to Thursday, August 22, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
3 vacancies in the following location:
Atlanta, GA 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 (DHHS) 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,  DD-214 IF APPLICABLE or other documents to verify  eligibility.


This position is located in DHHS, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Southeast Regional Laboratory, Atlanta, GA.


TYPE OF POSITION:  This position is being filled on a full-time, permanent basis. 

PROMOTION POTENTIAL: This position is being filled at the GS-06, GS-07, GS-08  or GS-09 level, with promotion potential to GS-09. 

Salary range listed includes locality pay. 

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





  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Travel required: 15% Domestic


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Major Duties:

At the full performance level, the incumbent will perform analyses of samples and is responsible for the integrity and accountability of samples assigned.  Conducts analysis such as sanitation, tobacco, drug, food additives, chemical contaminants, medical device, and/or pesticide.  Modifies procedures and analytical methods to accommodate new or difficult situations encountered during the analysis of unusual samples.  Coordinates with laboratory sections to accomplish multiple analyses.  Performs chemical analyses for compounds that indicate problems in FDA-regulated products.  Performs sample preparation, solvent  extraction, ion-exchange column chromatography, fluorescence spectrophotometry, and high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC). 


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Basic Qualifications: 

Specialized Experience: Examples of qualifying specialized experience include work in the fields of astronomy, physics, geophysics, chemistry, hydrology, health physics, engineering, electronics, geology, oceanography, and metallurgy.  Experience as a laboratory mechanic or in a trade or craft may be credited as general or specialized experience when the work was performed in close association with physical scientists or other technical personnel and provided intensive knowledge of appropriate scientific principles, methods, techniques and precedents.  


Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service, conducting laboratory analyses under any chemistry program.  -or- 

Six months of graduate level education where it is directly related to the work of this position.


Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 grade level in the Federal service, using a variety of equipment and instruments to collect, prepare, and/or analyze samples; setting up and starting automated laboratory equipment.       -or-

One full year of graduate level education where it is directly related to the work of this position. 


Applicants must have one year of experience, equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service, conducting laboratory analyses of sanitation, drug, food additives, chemical contaminants, medical devices and/or pesticides.  -or-

One and one half (1 1/2) years of graduate level education where it is directly related to the work of this position.


Applicants must have one year of experience, equivalent to the GS-08 level in the Federal service, that included using various equipment and instruments to make complete and accurate records of receipt and handling of samples on analytical worksheets, recording procedures, observations, measurements, interpretations and evaluations of sanitation, drugs, food additives, chemical contaminants, medical devices and/or pesticides.



Applicants must have 52 weeks at the GS-05 grade level to meet eligibility at the GS-06 level.

Applicants must have 52 weeks at the GS-06 grade level to meet eligibility at the GS-07 level.

Applicants must have 52 weeks at the GS-07 grade level to meet eligibility at the GS-08 level.

Applicants must have 52 weeks at the GS-08 grade level to meet eligibility at the GS-09 level.


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
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 Please submit copies of transcripts.


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: YES

6. Drug Screening Required:  NO

7. Travel Required:  YES 15% Domestic

8. 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. 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 and rated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics): 

1.  Knowledge of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and related laws, policies and procedures. 

2.  Knowledge of the principles and techniques of physical science. 

3.  Ability to communicate in writing. 

4.  Ability to communicate orally.


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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



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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, August 22, 2013 to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
   ·Other Veterans Document

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 919021.

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, August 22, 2013  to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

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 Customer HelpDesk at (888) 478-4340; TTY/TDD: (800) 877-8339; or by email  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

For Résumé and Application Tips visit:


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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