Applicants may qualify for this position as an Interdisciplinary Scientist (Technology Based Expert), Biologist or Chemist. The basic qualification requirements for each of these series are provide below:
Basic Qualifications - Biologist- GS-0401
A. I have a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. or,
B. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a major, as described in "A" above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Basic Qualifications - Chemist- GS-1320.
A. I have a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in 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. I have 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.
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service performing as an analytical instrument specialist operating highly technical scientific equipment such as Mass Spectrometer (MS) in order to develop, improve, or validate analytical procedures for analysis involving contaminants, additives, adulterants, composition, and efficacies of FDA regulated products.
TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT:
Applicant must have one year (52 weeks) at the GS-12 grade level to meet eligiblity 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 position within the Food and Drug Administration are subject to strict restrictions on financial holdings (regulated financial holdings). To determine whether this position is affected, applicants are advised to seek additional information during the interview process from the Ethics Staff, Division of Management Programs at (301) 796-8435 prior to accepting such a position.
4. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: NO
5. Bargaining Unit Position: YES
6. Drug Screening Required: NO
7. Recruitment Bonus may be authorized: NO
8. Research position: NO
9. Supervisory position: NO
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, precedents, program goals and objectives.
2. Ability to interpret analytical data and organize scientific information.
3. Ability to analyze samples.
4. Ability to communicate in writing.
5. Ability to communicate orally.