This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.
The selective placement factor for this position is: Experience recruiting and retaining human subjects for clinical trials for patients with heart failure and stroke. This experience must be detailed in your resume to receive credit.
BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited college or university with a major study in an academic field related to the health or allied sciences appropriate to the work of this position. You must submit transcripts with your application for verification of this requirement.
IN ADDITION TO THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR AND BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT, THIS POSITION REQUIRES: One (1) year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level of Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: screening and assessing candidates for clinical research studies; knowledge of chronic diseases and medical terminology; researching literature; managing the implementation, control and reporting of clinical trials; performing statistical analyses; tabulating and summarizing data; presenting research results; monitoring informed consent; writing and formatting scientific publications including tables and graphs; and ensuring compliance with Institutional Review Board (IRB) guidelines governing the participation of human subjects in research studies. To receive credit for these skills, they must be documented in your resume.
SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT (SAA): Superior Academic Achievement at the baccalaureate level in the coursework detailed above is fully qualifying. Applicants who wish to apply under this provision must submit proof from their educational institution that they meet one of the criteria listed below. To qualify for SAA, applicants must have completed all the requirements for a bachelor's degree in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled and meet one of the following:
1. Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university or major subdivision.
2. A grade-point average of "B" (a GPA of 2.95 or higher out of a possible 4.0) for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last two years of undergraduate study.
3. A grade point average of "B+" (a GPA of 3.45 or higher out of a possible 4.0) for all courses in your major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study.
4. Membership in a national honor society (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. For a list of recognized honor societies please visit http://www.achsnatl.org/quick_link.asp.
SUBSTITION OF EDUCATION: One year of graduate level education from an accredited institution with a major study in an academic field related to the health or allied sciences that provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of this position may be substituted for the experience required at the GS-7 grade level. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered an academic year of graduate study. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. If you are using education to qualify, transcripts are required.
COMBINATION: A combination of specialized experience and graduate education as described that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position may be substituted for the experience required at the GS-7 grade level. If you qualify by a combination, your experience must be documented in your resume and transcripts are required.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
1. Skill in applying basic research methods to develop factual data.
2. Skill in applying basic research concepts, theories, scientific methods, and techniques.
3. Knowledge of data entry and analysis activities.
4. Ability to use proper writing techniques and formats to present results in scientific publications.
5. Ability to perform administrative duties in support of a research project.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work is primarily sedentary. The employee sits comfortably most of the time. However, there may be periodic standing, walking, bending, carrying of light items such as papers and books. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:
- Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
- Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
- Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
- Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.
After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.