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Job Title:  Director, Division of Systems Biology,RS-0401-00
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Food and Drug Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-FDA-13-RS-933731

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$123,753.00 to $199,700.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 to Friday, August 30, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Jefferson, AR United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


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.


This position is located in the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) in Jefferson, Arkansas.  The mission of NCTR is to conduct scientific research and develop innovative tools and approaches for FDA to protect and promote public health. 

Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified persons, including non-citizens and Public Health Service Commissioned Officers.  No previous federal experience is required.  This is an Excepted Service position under Title 42.  This appointment does not confer any entitlement to a position in the competitive service and no entitlement to Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) appeal rights.


Executive level compensation package is commensurate with qualifications and experience, which may result in a higher salary than reflected above.

This position is in the Senior Biomedical Research Service (SBRS).



  • A background investigation is required.


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As Director for the Division of Systems Biology, the incumbent will provide leadership, managerial oversight, and direction for all research-related activities within the Division.  The incumbent will address Agency scientific issues using a systems approach that links data from "omics" technologies with in-vivo data to provide a comprehensive mechanistic assessment.  The incumbent will also provide expertise to NCTR/FDA scientists responsible for directing various model systems used to address critical issues including hepatotoxicity, cardiotoxicity, developmental toxicity, and disease and toxicity/disease susceptibility.


The roles/functions to be carried out by the Director, Division of Systems Biology include:


-Performing the full range of administrative duties required to manage and supervise a diverse staff of professional research scientists with expertise in areas including, but not limited to biology, chemistry, and toxicology;


-Having responsibility for recruiting senior level scientist and post doctoral staff to maintain a state-of-the-art systems biology research program;


-Participating in the development of intermediate and long-range research plans and goals, evaluating specific research proposals, conducting employee appraisals, identifying budget and facility needs, critiquing manuscripts and abstracts and furthering the goals of equal employment opportunity by adhering to nondiscriminatory employment practices.


-Managing and directing scientific, professional, managerial, and technical-support personnel engaged in activities related to advancing  research in systems biology.  Continuing to publish in peer reviewed journals and present work at national and international scientific meetings. 


-Serving as a senior-level research performance manager; setting and overseeing NCTR strategies, milestones, and deliverables.  Assuring accountability and timeliness within the Office.





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Basic Qualifications for RS-0401:  Applicants must have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor or higher degree that includes a major field of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position or combination of education and experience.  Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate expereince or additional education.



In addition, applicants must possess either a Ph.D., DVM, M.D. or other earned doctorate in a field related to the position to be filled.

Candidates must show clear evidence of specialized experienceSpecialized experience with substantial postgraduate experience in both research and the practice of regulatory toxicology or related expertise.

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:



How You Will Be Evaluated:
Applicants must meet the qualification requirements as outlined above to be eligible for further consideration.  You must provide detailed evidence of the experience, knowledge, skill, ability, and other personal characteristic requirements and show how and when they were used.  This evidence must include clear, concise examples that show level of accomplishment and degree of responsibility.  Qualification determinations will be based on the information provided in your application and the requirements of the position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):


QUALIFICATION STATEMENTS:  Experience in both research and the practice of regulatory toxicology or related expertise.

Conditions of Employment:

1. Security and Background Requirements:  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. E-Verify:  If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

3. Direct Deposit:  All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

5. Financial disclosure statement may be required.

6. One-year probationary period may be required.

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

8. Bargaining Unit Position: No

9. Drug Screening Required: Yes

10. Recruitment Incentive may be authorized:  May Be Authorized.


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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 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: 785558.  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 Rockville Center HelpDesk Telephone (888)-478-4340; TTY/TDD:  Rockville/Bethesda Use (800) 877-8339; Baltimore Use (410) 786-0727, email; please contact the Customer HelpDesk Telephone (770) 488-1725; TTY/TDD: Atlanta Use (866) 539-4484; email HRCS@TARGET.CDC.GOV. 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

2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

3. Other supporting documents:

         - College Transcripts, foreign education evaluation, SF-50 (if prior federal service)

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.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, August 30, 2013.


FDA Helpdesk
Phone: (888)478-4340
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
HHS FDA Center Executive Resources
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.  When the vacancy announcement closes, an evaluation of your qualifications will be determined by a panel of experts.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.

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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