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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Supv Interdis. Scientist, GS-401/403/414/1320-Biologist/Microbiologist/Chemist/Entomologist-13

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Food and Drug Administration

Job Announcement Number:HHS-FDA-ORA-MP-13-930165

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$81,823.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, August 02, 2013 to Thursday, August 29, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401/0403/0414/1320-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Lenexa, KS United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status Candidates currently employed with the Food and Drug Administration.

JOB SUMMARY:

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:  This vacancy is open to current Food and Drug Administration (FDA) employees with competitive status only.  Competitive status refers to employees who are serving on a career or career conditional appointment.

 

PHS Commissioned Corps Officers currently employed with the Food and Drug Administration 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.

 

YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR SF-50 (AND DD-214 IF APPLICABLE).

(Applications received outside this area of consideration will not be considered)

 

This position is located in the Southwest Region, Kansas District Office, Laboratory Branch located in Lenexa, Kansas. 

 

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

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Will be required to serve a one year probationary period.
  • Relocation expenses may be authorized.

DUTIES:

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Major Duties:
This position serves as a first line supervisor in an ORA field laboratory over a section of scientists and non-technical support staff.  The incumbent is recognized as an authority in a scientific operational branch and deals with the legal, regulatory and scientifically difficult and sensitive issues in this area.  The functions and activities in this area impact the work of regulated industry; State, local and foreign governments, as well as the general public.  This incumbent is responsible for the technical and administrative supervision of an assigned  unit.

Major duties include:

  • Communicates program and management goals to staff, identifies targeted results and monitors time frames.  Allocates and adjusts resources in response to workload and priority changes.
  • Serves as technical expert in either microbiology or chemistry.
  • Participates in group efforts , work with other Agency's and organizations for the success of the group.  Maintains effective working relationships with group members.
  • Perform the administrative and personnel management functions for the subordinate staff. 
  • Plans and assigns work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts short-term priorities and prepare schedules for completion of work.
  • Prepares budget needs/request for the unit.
  • Responsible for personnel issues relating to subordinates under his/her supervision including but not limited to; evaluating performance, minor disciplinary actions and career development needs.
  • Participate in seminars, workshops and other professional activities.
  • Serves as Acting Director of the Science Branch with full responsibility.
  • Testify in court as necessary.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Qualifications:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:   Applicant must meet the  requirements of the Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions in one of the following series.

Microbiologist - GS-0403 

A.  Degree: microbiology: or biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms, and 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent. - OR-B. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Chemist - GS-1320 

A. Degree: physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics. -OR-
B. Combination of education and experience -- course work equivalent to a major as shown in A above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Biologist – GS-0403

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

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

Entomologist – GS-414

A. Degree: entomology; or a related discipline of the biological or physical sciences that included at least 16 semester hours in entomology. OR

B.  Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major that included course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:

In addition to meeting one of the basic requirements as stated above, applicants must possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade which equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and is typically related to the work of the position to be filled.  Specialized experience can be identified through comprehensive knowledge of the basic legislation, laws, precedents, and regulation which governs the activities of a laboratory, skills in negotiation and the function of a laboratory. 

Applicant must have one (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-12 to meet eligibility at the GS-13.

TIME IN GRADE:

Applicant must have one year at the GS-12 grade level to meet eligibility for the GS-13 grade 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 further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov.

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.

Certain positions within the FDA are subject to restrictions on financial holdings specifically FDA regulated financial holdings.  This position could be subject to these restrictions.  During the application and interview process, and prior to accepting this position, we advise applicants to seek additional information from the FDA Ethics Office at (301) 796-8435.

 

4.  Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses may be paid.

  

5. Bargaining Unit Position: NO

 

6. Drug Screening Required: NO

 

7. Recruitment Bonus may be authorized: NO

 

8. Research position: NO

 

9. Supervisory position: YES

Incumbent must serve a one year supervisory probationary period if this requirement was not previously met.

 

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

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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 pertinent laws, regulations, policies and precedents.

2.  Knowledge of major issues, program goals and objectives, substantive work processes and program operations.

3.  Knowledge of principles, concepts, practices of various scientific fields and specialty areas..

4.  Ability to plan, organize and oversee progress and programmatic results and scientific programs within a laboratory.

5.  Skill in adapting analytical technique and evaluation criteria to measure program efficacy and productivity.

6.  Ability to communicate in writing.

7.  Ability to communicate orally.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov).

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 29, 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·SF-50
   ·Transcript

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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 930165.

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 29, 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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf

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 quickquestions@psc.gov.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

For Résumé and Application Tips visit: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Tips.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

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

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

HHS-FDA-ORA-MP-13-930165

Control Number:

348056400