Job Overview


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.

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; PHS Commissioned Corps Officers; and individuals with disabilities.

This position is located in the  Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), Office of Food Safety (OFS), Division of Seafood Science and Technology (DSST), located in Dauphin Island, AL.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-FDA-DE-CFSN-13-961495 under competitive procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under competitive procedures.  NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

Additional selections may be made within the same geographical area FDA-wide.


  • Plans, manages, organizes, and directs all research on the work carried out by subordinate supervisors and a highly trained and skilled staff of research scientists who are organized into formal subordinate organizations responsible for research on seafood safety.
  • Applies knowledge of administrative and program management principles and skills in carrying out the mission of the Division as well as to address and solve unusual and often precedent setting problems associated with Divisions research programs.
  • Initiates decision-making processes and documents, and participates fully in discussions and decisions concerning Office and Center research plans, programs, and activities, both in strategic planning and in the actual determination, allocation, and administration of Division research program segments, functions and activities.
  • Directs the preparation of analyses of the impact of proposed changes to Agency laws and regulations that affect the research functions, program segment, and activities of the Division.