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Job Title:  Supervisory Health Scientist - NIAID - DE
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  National Institutes of Health
Job Announcement Number:  NIH-NIAID-DE-14-982675

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, November 06, 2013 to Monday, November 18, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Montgomery County, MD View Map
United States Citizens


The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is the nations medical research agency. 

Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview


The Vaccine Research Center (VRC) is an intramural research component of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a component of the National Institutes of Health.   The mission of the VRC is to conduct basic, translational, and clinical research dedicated to improving public health through discovery, design, and development of vaccines of public health importance.   VRC scientific staff have expertise in immunology, virology, structural biology, pathogenesis, laboratory animal medicine, regulatory science, clinical research, bio-engineering, and vaccinology. The Center's primary focus is to develop a vaccine against HIV/AIDS, with concomitant efforts directed against biodefense and emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases. The VRC has also created and utilizes specialized capabilities to quickly manufacture clinical grade vaccine products, utilizing a Vaccine Pilot Plant in Frederick, MD.   In addition, the VRC has created the NIAID Vaccine Immune T-Cell and Antibody Laboratory (NVITAL), which performs key end-point immune assays according to FDA guidelines on GLP.   If selected, you will execute all aspects of management, budgetary, and operational activities of the Center (comparable responsibilities of a COO/CFO in the private sector).


  • U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.


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The VRC has a position for a Supervisory Health Scientist, Associate Director for Management and Operations (ADMO). The ADMO serves as the principal advisor to the Director, VRC on scientific program development and management, with particular emphasis on efficient use of resources. The ADMO will manage the operational aspects of research, with specific responsibilities including the following:

  • strategic planning and direction of the VRC
  • science management
  • staff planning and implementation
  • technology transfer activities
  • management of bioinformatics, programming, local and wide-area network support
  • communicating the goals and results of VRC research programs, press releases and other informational materials, and reporting accomplishments to Congress
  • planning and policy guidance
  • overall financial management and budget activities of the VRC


The ADMO serves as a delegated representative of the Director, VRC, to guide all VRC staff operational activities, promote team building,  identify and implement ways to improve the efficiency of operations and increase workload productivity, develop scientific and operational infrastructure, serve as the Director's agent with full authority to negotiate and resolve policy issues, exercise responsibility for the execution of all aspects of management and operational activities, including oversight of approximately $100 million in annual operating funds.  The ADMO will interact with senior NIAID and NIH officials at the highest levels, and has specific supervisory responsibility for program analysts, visual information specialists, and science writers at the GS-12 through GS-14 levels.   


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Basic Qualification Requirements:

Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree with major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences.

In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirement indicated above, you must meet the additional experience as described below:

You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal Government obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks:  managing multiple research programs; developing policy and analyzing legislative issues pertaining to scientific and/or medical research; serving as a resource or liaison to staff, advocacy groups, and/or legislators on policy matters or legislative issues related to scientific research; providing strategic planning and direction for a public health program; developing long-range plans for a large biomedical research program including the commitment of financial and non-financial resources.

The ideal candidate will have advanced academic training and experience in a biomedical/scientific field, and ability to exercise effective management of a diverse and dynamic mission oriented scientific program.

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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). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer.  Click here for information on Foreign Education .  If you are currently or were previously in this occupation series you do not need to submit transcripts. Instead, submit an SF-50 showing the appointment in this occupational series.

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.


If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, your application and responses to the online questionnaire will be evaluated under Category Rating and Selection procedures for placement in one of the following categories:

  • Best Qualified – for those who are superior in the evaluation criteria
  • Well Qualified – for those who excel in the evaluation criteria
  • Qualified – for those who only meet the minimum qualification requirements

Candidates determined to be Best Qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.

If you are a veteran, CTAP or ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links for additional information and required documents:

All such documents MUST be received by 11:59pm ET of the closing date,  Monday, November 18, 2013, to be considered.


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The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  For more information, check out New Employee Benefits at NIH and OPM's Employee Benefits Information.


PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps should also apply online to this announcement in order to receive consideration.


We are able to pay relocation expenses.


A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.


A newly appointed or reappointed employee may receive service credit for prior work experience or active duty uniformed service that otherwise would not be creditable for the purpose of determining his or her annual leave accrual rate. All creditable service must be directly related to the duties of the position being filled and decisions to allow for such credit must be finalized prior to the selectee’s entrance on duty. The use of this service credit incentive is at the discretion of the selecting official and service credit is granted only for a position deemed hard-to-fill.


If selected, you will be required to complete Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450 to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with the agency. This information is required annually.


Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.


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Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application.  You must provide a complete online Application Package which includes:


  • Your Resume (Please provide sufficient details in your resume to enable us to determine if you meet the requirement for qualifying experience (as stated in the Qualifications section) and to support your answers to the online questionnaire. Providing insufficient details in your resume may result in a lower or ineligible rating.)



  • Other required supporting documents (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)


  • If you would prefer to submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) for consideration, you may submit a skeletal online resume and Fax your CV. Submission of a resume/CV alone IS NOT a complete application. You must complete the online questionnaire that will appear when you begin your application on USAJOBS. (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)


For additional information, click on the links below:


Additional Information on How to Apply


Information on Reasonable Accommodation


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The following information must be received by 11:59pm ET on the closing date of the announcement, Monday, November 18, 2013.  

  1. Resume via USAJOBS.
  2. Responses to online questionnaire.
  3. If applicable, supporting documentation (including DD214 to support Veterans' Employment, CTAP/ICTAP, Schedule A, or other information requested in the announcement such as transcripts). To ensure your information is secure, please block out any Social Security numbers (SSNs). Clean copies may be requested if you are hired.


Teresa Leary
Phone: (301)402-3907
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
10401 Fernwood Road 2D19
Bethesda, MD


Within 15 business days of the closing date, Monday, November 18, 2013, you may check your status online at USAJOBS.  We will update your status after each key stage in the application process has been completed.

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