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Agency:  Environmental Protection Agency
Job Announcement Number:  RTP-ORD-42-2013-0004

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

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$155,500.00 to $200,000.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 to Friday, October 18, 2013
Full-time - This is a term position of up to 5 years which may be renewed
1 vacancy - Arlington, VA, US  View Map
Applications will be accepted from U.S. citizens and permanent residents as allowed by appropriations and statute.


Due to government shutdown, the open period of this vacancy is extended through October 18, 2013.

The Office of Research and Development (ORD) is seeking an internationally recognized science leader for the position of Director of the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Division of the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) in Arlington, Virginia.  Learn more about NCEA and IRIS at .

ORD is filling this position using EPA's Title 42 Authority, which offers up to 5-year renewable term appointments at highly competitive, market-based salaries. The salary may be up to $200,000 per year, dependent upon qualifications, experience and other factors (e.g., current salary). The position is part of a larger EPA effort to use state-of-the-science approaches and technologies in its mission of protecting human health and the environment.
SPECIAL NOTE:  The position is subject to the Ethics in Government Act of 1978. Appointment will be subject to applicant's completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Also, appointment will be subject to applicant's completion of a financial disclosure process which includes completing an OGE Form 278, Public Financial Disclosure Report.



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    This incumbent serves as the Director of the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Division of the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) in the Office of Research and Development (ORD) in Arlington, Virginia. 
    As the IRIS Division Director, the incumbent manages the Agency’s IRIS program, which is conducted in all four divisions in NCEA.  The incumbent is responsible for scientific leadership of the Division and has substantial hands-on involvement and participation in the scientific work of the Division.  The interdisciplinary staff develops IRIS assessments and develops and applies new methods and models targeted to improve the scientific and technical foundation for health risk assessments. 
    The IRIS Division coordinates cross-NCEA and cross-Agency production of complex, scientific assessments that undergo a series of internal and external reviews prior to being approved for inclusion into the IRIS database.  IRIS assessments include discussions of complex science issues such as uncertainty analysis, use of physiological-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models, mode(s) of action, use of emerging fields such as genomics and metabolomics information in risk assessment, inhalation dosimetry, and benchmark dose and pharmacokinetic modeling.  The IRIS Division Director represents the Agency and ORD in high level science and science policy discussions and helps to identify and oversee the development of key methods, models, and guidance that add to the national and international science discussion on these key human health risk assessment issues.

    Major duties are as follows:
    - Directs and manages the NCEA IRIS program operations to effectively achieve the IRIS program objectives across all four NCEA divisions;
    - Leads the development and oversight of an innovative, integrated chemical hazard assessment program that will incorporate a variety of disciplines including, toxicology, cancer biology, developmental biology, reproductive biology, endocrinology, and neuroscience;
    - Defines goals, develops program plans, establishes overall operating policies, priorities and procedures, initiates short and long-term projects, and recommends changes in program goals and policies to the National Center, to the National Program Director for Human Health Risk Assessment, and to ORD executive leadership;
    - Formulates and guides efforts directed toward broad scale resolution of scientific problems in frontier areas that are of critical importance and major national concern in the area of environmental pollution and related risk assessment issues;
    - Serves as ORD’s principal spokesperson for the IRIS program and principal spokesperson in the area of evaluating the effects that may result from exposure to chemical substances in the environment.


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    If selected for this position, you will provide leadership across ORD in the activities stated previously. You will have a combination of technical expertise, management, and supervisory experience applicable to the activities above.

    To meet the eligibility criteria, you must have a doctoral degree in a scientific discipline related to NCEA's research and substantive specialized experience in a type of work or a combination of functions directly related to this position. You should be nationally and internationally recognized as an authority and leader on complex problems of concern to EPA for which risk assessment is relevant. You should have received honors and awards from major national and/or international organizations for your accomplishments. You should be sought after as an advisor and expert on scientific and technological programs relevant to NCEA's mission. As evidence of your qualifications and scientific contributions, you may also: 1) hold, or have held, elected position(s) in scientific societies; 2) have served on journal editorial boards; 3) have received an extensive number of invitations to write and speak on issues related to chemical hazard assessment sciences; 4) have written numerous book chapters and peer reviewed publications in high quality journals; 5) have served in leadership roles on numerous task forces/committees; and/or 6) have been an advisor to national and international institutions/governments.

    Appointment will be subject to your completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.


    You will be evaluated on the basis of meeting the qualifications stated previously. In determining the degree to which candidates possess the required or desired knowledge, skills, and abilities, an evaluation panel will consider related experience, education, training, awards, and professional references.
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    Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options!  Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit Benefits.  


    This information is used to determine your qualifications for employment.  The use of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC, Sections 3302 and 3361.
    If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid by EPA according to applicable rules.  You can read more about these expenses on this web site:
    Non-U.S. citizens who are U.S. permanent residents may be appointed as allowed by appropriations and statute.  For more information on Federal employment of non-U.S. citizens, go to


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    Send the following information:
    - A cover letter (1-2 pages), to include your experience in leading a research program and how your experience relates to the duties of this position;
    - Curriculum vitae;
    - The names and contact information for three references;
    - Citizenship status;
    - Compensation requirements;
    - How you heard about this vacancy.
    Please cite announcement number RTP-ORD-42-2013-0004 in your application. Applications should be sent via email to or mailed to the attention of Ms. Dorothy Carr, U.S. EPA, HRMD, MD-C639-02, 109 TW Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711.
    Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on October 18, 2013, in order to be considered. Applications will not be considered if submitted via USAJOBS.


    Electronic submission of the application materials referenced above is encouraged. Applications sent via email must be submitted in a format readable by this office, such as MS Word, portable document format (PDF), rich text format (RTF), or plain text. Use of any format we cannot read may invalidate your application.


    Dorothy Carr
    Phone: 800-433-9633
    Fax: 919-541-0160
    Agency Information:
    Environmental Protection Agency
    Human Resources Management Division
    109 T.W. Alexander Drive, MD C639-02
    Durham, NC
    Fax: 919-541-0160


    For additional information, Ms. Carr can also be reached at (800) 433-9633. Technical questions pertaining to this vacancy may be addressed to Dr. John Vandenberg at (919) 541-4527.

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