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.
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
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.
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.