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Job Title:  Supervisory Medical Officer (Research)
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Federal Aviation Administration
Job Announcement Number:  AAC-EXT-13-AAM600-31841

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$141,444.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Friday, July 26, 2013 to Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Oklahoma City, OK   View Map
U.S. Citizens - This announcement is open to United States citizens.


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About the FAA         Employment Information

Business Component: FAA Aeronautical Center Region, Office of Aerospace Medicine, Civil Aerospace Medical Institute, Aerospace Medical Research Division, AAM-600

Additional Salary Information: Salary includes 14.16% percent locality pay.

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) - Employees with status: A fixed relocation payment of $10,000 will be paid.


  • U.S. Citizen
  • Successful completion of a security investigation will be required.
  • A one-year supervisor/managerial probationary period may be required.
  • Positive education requirement, transcripts, licenses and certs required.
  • Managerial Selection Factors - Responses required.


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Frequent contact with the Director, Civil Aerospace Medical Institute & Federal Air Surgeon, determines overall Division goals to be accomplished. Supervises & directs a professional, scientific, technical, and admin staff engaged in a program of multidisciplinary research activities required for solution of current & anticipated aeromedical problems. Keeps current on the latest developments in the field of aerospace medicine and applying them to the research program. Conducts conferences with branch managers & individual scientists to discuss progress of investigations, offering assistance, advice & recommendations for alternate approaches.

Ensures soundness & applicability of research proposed by branch managers by analyzing studies for scientific rigor, methodology, technique, non-duplication of efforts & other factors. This involves other considerations such as feasibility of the studies, interpretation, and evaluation of directives, regulations, and scientific reports to determine technical, scientific & medial trends, anticipated or predicted needs in specialized areas, integration of research task into the overall research program, scientific value of the contributions, and control of the emphasis of investigation by defining areas and establishing, maintaining, or revising the priority of Division research program. Supervise research in the biomedical and human performance aspects of civil aviation designed to contribute to the prevention of aircraft accidents & injuries, and to increase the efficiency of the civil aviation system & the National Airspace Systems. Provides consultation services in the medical & other scientific specialties represented in the laboratories & conducts formal instruction in aerospace medicine.

Responsible to the Director, Civil Aerospace Medical Institute, for conceiving, planning, directing, coordinating, evaluating, and reporting on a high priority program of research in the fields of aviation toxicology, physiology, and protection & survival. Total research activity consists of various in-house research projects, each projects consisting of numerous tasks which are coordinated widely with other agency personnel, allied scientists & affiliated institutions. Responsible for the review and/or scientific merit of written & oral presentations by scientific personnel to ensure that information pertinent to their research, such as purpose, methods procedures, techniques employed, analysis of accumulated data, and discussion of the interpretation & significance of the results are valid, correct, and related to aerospace medical missions. Performs as the medical authority for research task formulation and planning.

Works closely with the Director, Deputy Director, Manager & Program Management Staff of the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute on all aspects of immediate and long-range budget and financial planning for the Institutes's research program, and preparation of written justifications for personnel, equipment, and other requirements in light of the type & nature of research tasks contemplated.

Advises on special research task or portions of studies involving the use of human subjects. Participates in experiments as a medical observer to ensure that medical treatment is available & appropriate for human subjects undergoing experiments such as in survival equipment evaluation, emergency aircraft evacuation, altitude & hyperbaric chamber exposures (including training flights), drug & alcohol effects, human tolerances, stress, and other medical aspects of research tasks. Advises & recommends special research projects or portions of studies that could be accomplished by contractual research. Analyzes & reviews research proposal submitted, and makes recommendations insofar as scientific and technical aspects are concerned. Acts as consultant to monitor contractual research in progress through periodic review of progress reports.


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Reference: OPM Individual Occupational Requirements for Medical Officer, 602 series and Supervisory Qualification Guide. Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

1) DEGREE: Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accrediting body in the year of the applicant's graduation. A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provided education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United States may be demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) (or a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country).

2) GRADUATE TRAINING: Subsequent to obtaining a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree, a candidate must have had at least 1 year of supervised experience providing direct service in a clinical setting, i.e., a 1-year internship or the first year of a residency program in an institution accredited for such training. For purposes of this standard, graduate training programs include only those internship, residency, and fellowship programs that are approved by accrediting bodies recognized within the United States or Canada. Listings of accredited programs are published yearly in the "Directory of Residency Training Programs" and the "Yearbook and Directory of Osteopathic Physicians."

3) LICENSURE: Candidates must have a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.

AVIATION MEDICAL PROGRAMS: In addition to a residency in aerospace medicine, knowledge, skills, and abilities for work in this program area may have been acquired in fields such as internal medicine, pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease, family practice, preventive medicine, occupational health, or public health. AND 1-year of work experience equivalent to at least the FV-L level in aviation or aerospace medical programs.

RESEARCH PROGRAMS: Including 1-year of experience equivalent to at least the FV-L grade level that demonstrated ability to do significant medical research in a particular medical field.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: To qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-L grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is typically in, or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience may include but not limited to: leading and mentoring medical research staff in a research environment; providing leadership in the planning, directing and coordination of aerospace medical research programs and activities, including administrative, regulatory and scientific matters; managing and evaluating research projects that are broad and complex in scope and require unconventional approaches or complex research techniques; establishing goals and objectives for assigned research area, and coordinating efforts to facilitate the resolution of critical issues involving accomplishment of the research; reviewing research data and progress reports, and implementing corrective actions needed to achieve established research goals and objectives; making recommendations to senior personnel for facilitating new aerospace medical research efforts, clinical studies, clinical trials, or other initiatives required to meet program needs.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, the following has been determined to be a selective factor for this position. This means possession of this criterion is part of the minimum qualifications and is essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position. Applicants who do not possess this criterion are ineligible for further consideration.

  • SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR (SPF): Applicant MUST have experience in aerospace medical research as evidence by publications as first or principal author in peer reviewed journals, text books or other professional media and demonstrated experience.

We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.

IMPORTANT: Ensure that your work experience supports your Leadership and Management Dimensions, and Other Factors answers. Your answers and associated work experience will be evaluated further to validate whether the answers that you selected are appropriate. Answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate.


Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated.

Leadership and Management Dimensions

1. Managerial Selection Factor 1: Ability to Achieve Results - Successful managers promote a sense of individual responsibility, professionalism, and pride for organizational performance. They set clear individual and unit or organizational performance objectives. They adjust the way work is performed to meet changing conditions and demands. They hold individuals accountable for achieving their performance objectives; and, they recognize and reward high performance. They take into account a variety of complex factors; and, they stay alert to changing customer needs and challenges. They evaluate business successes and failures and apply lessons learned.

2. Managerial Selection Factor 2: Ability to Lead People - Successful managers create an environment in which people thrive and accomplish their best. They use teamwork effectively to achieve business results. They ensure equal opportunity for all employees or applicants through compliance with applicable EEO laws and regulations. They capitalize on the full range of talent to enhance team performance; and, they provide feedback to employees to support their development. They consider the future talent needs of the unit or organization and implement appropriate workforce planning.

3. Managerial Selection Factor 3: Skill in Building Relationships - Successful managers communicate openly and honestly. They pay attention and communicate understanding. They foster open communication and exchange of ideas and knowledge. They consistently treat others with respect; and, they handle emotionally charged or controversial issues responsibly. They work collaboratively to resource and achieve critical priorities. They present viewpoints with courage and conviction; and, they make tough decisions and stand behind them.

4. Managerial Selection Factor 4: Ability to Lead Change - Successful managers build a shared vision with others across their organization. They plan for changing trends that can affect operations. They will change viewpoints, behavior and work methods in response to new information. They anticipate barriers and resistance to change and seek solutions. They recover quickly from setbacks; and, they handle complex or ambiguous situations effectively. They demonstrate a positive attitude to achieving results.

Other Factors

1. SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR (SPF): Applicant MUST have experience in aerospace medical research as evidence by publications as first or principal author in peer reviewed journals, text books or other professional media and demonstrated experience.

2. QUALITY RANKING FACTOR (QRF): Well-qualified applicant will have supervisory experience over research programs (i.e. aerospace medicine and/or aviation safety).

To preview the application questionnaire, click the following link: View Application Questionnaire


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FAA offers an excellent comprehensive benefits programs. To learn more about the federal government benefits, please click here.


We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
Travel may be required.
Position may be subject to a background investigation.
A one-year probationary period may be required.
As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.
Direct deposit of pay is required.
The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.

Candidates may also apply & be considered for this vacancy based on eligibility under a Special Appointing Authority (e.g.: Disabled Veteran with 30% or more disability, or Persons with Targeted Disabilities - PWTD, etc.). To be considered, you must submit: a separate complete application package referencing the Special Appointing Authority & the vacancy announcement number & documentation that provides evidence of eligibility for the special appointing authority. The application package must be mailed to the address listed in the announcement or FAXED to 405-954-3003 by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. On-The-Spot Hiring Authorities website(s): Disabled Veteran with 30% or more disability -
Persons with Targeted Disabilities (PWTD) -


1) As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.
IN LIEU OF PROVIDING A KSA NARRATIVE RESPONSE IN THE TEXT BOX LISTED BELOW EACH Leadership and Management Dimensions; & Other Factors, in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your Leadership and Management Dimensions; & Other Factors answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate.
2) Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on your Demonstrated Abilities; and Other Factors listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or priority grouping and referred to the selecting official for consideration.
4) In accordance with FAATP 302-8.2, applicants outside CONUS (continental United States) are not eligible for a fixed rate relocation.
5) Applicants must apply online. Faxed, mailed or emailed applications cannot be accepted.
6) Some, none, or all applicants may be interviewed.
7) Position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information about core compensation is available on the following website:
8) Applicants may be asked to verify information on their application for employment with the FAA.
9) FAA organizations may offer enhanced annual leave accrual to newly appointed or reappointed employees. In order to receive consideration for such a benefit, applicants' prior non-Federal service or active duty uniformed service must directly relate to the duties of the position to which appointed. Granting enhanced annual leave is at the sole discretion of the hiring organization, and granting such benefit is not an entitlement nor guaranteed to any newly hired employee.

This is not a bargaining unit position.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay, COLA, Citizenship


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You must apply online to receive consideration. Your application must have a status of "Submitted" by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the Close Date for it to be accepted. If you are applying for positions associated with FAA registers, your application must have a status of "Submitted" each time a referral list is created in order to receive consideration for positions associated with register.


We strongly encourage applicants to utilize the USAJOBS resume builder in the creation of resumes.

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)
  • Duties (be specific in describing your duties)
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor name and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)
  • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
  • Salary

  • Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information may result in a finding of ineligible.

    You may upload completed documents to your USAJOBS Account. This will provide you the opportunity to utilize the uploaded information again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide, Document Upload Guide, for more information on uploading and re-using the documents in your applications.

    • SF-15  : Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference


All Veterans: You must submit a DD Form 214, Military Discharge (Member Copy 4 or equivalent). If you are claiming 10 point preference, in addition to your DD Form 214, you must submit a completed SF-15 and supporting documents outlined on the SF-15. Documents must be uploaded or faxed to the Servicing Human Resource Office listed in this announcement and all documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you fail to submit documentation, you will be assessed as a non-veteran.

If you are claiming 10 point preference and submit a DD Form 214 but fail to submit the supporting documents outlined on the SF-15, you will be assessed as a 5 point preference eligible if your DD Form 214 reflects you have the service qualifying for tentative preference (i.e. served in a war, campaign or expedition). Documents must be uploaded or faxed to the Servicing Human Resource Office listed in this announcement and all documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you fail to submit documentation, you will be assessed as a non-veteran.

Veterans on active duty claiming veterans' preference: You will be granted a tentative preference if your application shows that you have the required service (i.e. served in a war, campaign or expedition). Prior to being appointed, you must provide to the Servicing Human Resource Office a DD Form 214 documenting that the service was honorable or general. If you are on terminal leave, you must provide documentation certifying authorized terminal leave.


Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website:

Supplemental documentation, e.g. SF-50, transcripts or veteran's documentation will be accepted in combination with your on-line application. These documents must be uploaded or faxed to (405) 954-3003 by the closing date of this announcement. All submitted documents should reference the announcement number.


Karen Hunter
Phone: 405-954-7958
Fax: (405) 954-3003
Agency Information:
Federal Aviation Administration
6500 S. MacArthur Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
Fax: (405) 954-3003


Candidates for FAA positions are evaluated using our Automated Vacancy Information Access Tool for Online Referral (AVIATOR) system. AVIATOR compares your skills and experience as described in your application with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be an eligible, highly-qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official.

Important - If you make any change to your application, you must resubmit it. If you change your application and do not resubmit it, your changes will not be considered part of your application package, and your previous application will be considered.

FAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors. DOT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Additional information on reasonable accommodations procedures or on EEO Programs is available on or by contacting the local FAA Civil Rights Office.

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