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Job Title:INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENTIST, GS-13

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Food and Drug Administration

Job Announcement Number:HHS-FDA-ORA-MP-13-936731

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, August 12, 2013 to Friday, August 23, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401/0403/0414/1320-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
Rockville, MD United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

GOVT-WIDE

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.

The FDA's Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) is the lead office for all FDA Field activities as well as providing FDA leadership on imports, inspections, and enforcement policy.  ORA supports FDA Product Centers by inspecting regulated products and manufacturers, conducting sample analysis on regulated products, and reviewing imported products offered for entry into the United States.  ORA also develops FDA-wide policy on compliance and enforcement.

The position serves as the Agency headquarters technical specialists in an area of analysis of foods, drugs, devices, instrumentation, pesticide residues, antibiotic residues, sterility, cosmetics, laboratory information technology and information systems, laboratory accreditation, etc.
  

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 and individuals with disabilities.

YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR SF-50 AND/OR DD FORM 214 OR YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED INCOMPLETE.
 

PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps may apply online to this announcement.   Candidates will be referred to the selecting official as Commissioned Corps (CC) personnel and not as candidates for conversion to a permanent career or career-conditional appointment.

LOCATION:  This position is located in the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Regulatory Science (ORS), Office of Operations, Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Office of Global Regulatory Operations and Policy located in Rockville, Maryland.  

The salary listed in the vacancy announcement includes the geographical locality pay.

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

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:  GS-13 is the full performance level.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • All application materials must be received by the closing date.
  • Please carefully read and follow the instructions for HOW TO APPLY.
  • Must meet time-in-grade requirement within 30 days of the closing date.

DUTIES:

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If selected for this position, you will: 

  • Serve as the reviewing authority on field guidance including compliance programs and field assignments in the specialized area.
  • Plan, manage, and monitor field methodologies to develop new, improve, and validated methodology suitable for regulatory analysis, including food safety and defective applications.
  • Monitor and evaluate field laboratory analytical capabilities and effectiveness of field laboratory staff to accomplish mission goals and operations.
  • Review compliance programs in the specialized area, and prepares and/or modifies the instructions for the analytical accomplishment of the program.
  • Serve as the focal point for day-to-day liaison between headquarters and the field facilities on scientific matters in their specialized area.
  • Develop, implement and manage standard operating procedures for day-to-day operations for the ORS and field laboratories.
  • Prepare, revise and/or edits appropriate laboratory manuals in the specialized area if unavailable, or if needed to be developed.
  • Serve as the reviewing authority on technical laboratory issues involving State laboratories interacting with the Agency.
  • Conduct laboratory quality assurance and quality control programs and practices, and develops standard operating procedures for laboratory operations in headquarters, the ORA field laboratories, and in District offices.
  • Attend scientific meetings and discusses the significance and impact of regulatory analyses.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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In addition to meeting the educational requirements, candidates must possess one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade

GS-13: one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-12 level.
 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  Experience directly related to the position to be filled which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.  Examples of specialized experience includes reviewing laboratory processes and procedures; conducting audits; examining work samples; identifying trend analyzes; preparing written reports, findings and recommendations; developing a variety of training programs to address the needs of  the staff and broaden expertise in specialty areas.

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.

 

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENT:  In addition to the specialized experience requirement, applicants must meet the following time-in-grade requirement within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

GS-13: Applicants must have 52 weeks at the GS-12 or higher


EDUCATION STATEMENT - Individual Occupational Requirement:
This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades) to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to beginning employment. Most colleges and universities offer unofficial transcripts online - please check your school website to obtain a copy quickly.

If you have Federal status and have never been on an appointment in this occupational series, you must submit your transcripts as indicated above.  If you have Federal status and are currently or were previously on an appointment in this occupational series, you do not need to submit transcripts at the time of application. Instead, you should submit an SF-50 showing that you were on an appointment in this occupational series.

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/.

To qualify, applicants must have successfully completed one of the following:

For Biologist, GS-0401:

A.  A degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; or

B.  A combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

For Microbiologist, GS-0403:

A.  A degree in 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.  A combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or medical science that included courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

For Entomologist, GS-0414:

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

B.  A combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major that included courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

For Chemist, GS-1320:A.  A degree in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differentials and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours in physics; or

B.  A 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. 

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.  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 choice.

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

5.  Financial disclosure statement may be required. 

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

7.  Bargaining Unit Position: Yes 

8.  Drug Screening Required: No 

9.  Recruitment Bonus may be authorized: No

10.  Supervisory position: No 

11.   Certain positions within the FDA are subject to strict restrictions on financial holdings (FDA regulated financial holdings).  To determine whether this position is affected, applicants are advised to seek additional information during the interview process from the Ethics and Integrity Staff, Office of Management Programs, Office of Management at (301) 796-8435 prior to accepting such a position.

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. 

Your qualifications will be evaluated and rated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):  

1.  Knowledge of the sciences principles/theories and laboratory methodology.

2.  Ability to analyze organizational and operational issues and problems.

3.  Ability to serve as a liaison with senior management.

4.  Ability to communicate orally.

5.  Ability to communicate in writing.


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). 

For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit http://opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP):  For information on how to apply as a CTAP eligible see http://opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ctap.  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans’ preference see http://www.usajobs.gov/veterans.asp.

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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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:  https://applicationmanager.gov

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 936731.  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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf 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. 

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 Center HelpDesk Telephone (888)-478-4340; TTY/TDD: (866)-539-4484; or by email quickquestions@psc.gov .  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  1. Your Résumé - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.
  2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
  3. Other supporting documents:
        • SF-50 (if you are a federal employee or have reinstatement rights as a federal employee)
        • PHS Commissioned Corps Officer must submit a copy of latest personnel order
        • Veterans Preference Documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-15, etc.)
        • College Transcripts (if the position has a positive education requirement)

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. 

For Résumé and Application Tips visit: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/ResumeAndApplicationTips#icc

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, August 23, 2013.

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-13-936731

Control Number:

348788200