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Job Title:Pharmacist (Pharmacokinetics)-CC-DH

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:National Institutes of Health

Job Announcement Number:NIH-CC-DH-14-1028909

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$111,203.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, February 12, 2014 to Friday, February 21, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Bethesda, MD View Map


This position is being filled through the Direct Hire Authority for this occupation and is open to all US Citizens.


Q - Nonsensitive




The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. 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.

This position is the Coordinator of the Clinical Pharmacokinetics Research Laboratory (CPRL) within the Clinical Center Pharmacy Department’s Pharmaceutical Development Section (PDS). The PDS is responsible for development, formulation, and stabilization of suitable dosage forms of chemicals and drugs for investigational use in Clinical Center patients.  CPRL is a specialized service-oriented facility which deals with the application of basic pharmacokinetic principles to the optimization and individualization of drug dosage regimens in patient care. Fellowship training in pharmacokinetics, specialty residency training in infectious diseases, and board certification (BCPS) with additional qualifications in infectious diseases are highly desirable.


The Pharmacy Department strives to exceed the expectations of patients, investigators, and co-workers in an environment that provides the pharmacy staff with motivation, challenge, and professional growth.


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  • U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Pre-employment medical screening may be required.
  • This position is emergency essential.


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As the Pharmacist (Pharmacokinetics)  in the Pharmacy Department for Clinical Center (CC), your duties will include but are not limited to the following:  

  • Serves as a leading expert and technical authority in pharmacokinetic research for NIH conducting the most complex and difficult collaborative and independent applied research on drugs used in several different institutes;
  • Determines staff resources, budgeting, equipment and other resources to accomplish the work of the Clinical Pharmacokinetics Research Laboratory (CPRL);
  • Oversees the development of new methods for the quantization of low levels of drugs from biological fluids; 
  • Advises, interfaces, and participates with Clinical Center and Institute investigators in the design of complex drug treatment plans;
  • Evaluates complex drug literature in order to compare and contrast therapeutic regimens and uses for new and existing products;
  • Coordinates and prioritizes the daily and ongoing activities of the CPRL;
  • Demonstrates exceptional communication skills, both oral and written to staff and patients;
  • Provides direction and supervision to trainees in clinical pharmacokinetics research activities;
  • Conceives designs and conducts research as a principal investigator leading to publication of results in a peer-reviewed professional journal and presentation at national meetings;
  • Serves on an Institute Institutional Review Board; and
  • Reviews, directs, and analyzes research data generated by selection of appropriate kinetic principles to adequately describe absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (ADME) of drugs.


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GS-14 Basic Qualification Requirements: 

Education: Four-year Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy recognized by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

Licensure: All applicants must be licensed to practice pharmacy in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.

Additional Requirements: You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal Government obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following types of tasks: designing, conducting and implementing studies, audits and evaluations of pharmacotherapy practices; designing projects and research protocols in the area of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics; collaborating with physicians on the design of drug treatment plans; reviewing research protocols for appropriateness of design and utilization of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles; ensuring compliance with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements; reviewing pharmaceutical data on investigation agents in order to appropriately respond to requests for information; monitoring and evaluating patients' responses to drug therapy; educating and counseling patients on drug therapy; advising physicians on possible safety issues; identifying and preventing drug reactions or interactions; provide pharmacy related clinical educational programs for the organization; and preparing research reports for publication in scientific journals.

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This position has an education requirement. You are strongly encouraged to 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. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees 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.


Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply to this vacancy. Applications will be evaluated against the basic qualifications. Qualified candidates will be referred for consideration in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management direct hire guidelines.  Veteran's Preference does not apply to the direct hire recruitment procedures. Selections made under this bulletin will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. Current civil service employees would, therefore, be given new appointments to the civil service.


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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.  


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


NIH may repay certain outstanding Federally-insured student loans to facilitate the recruitment and retention of highly qualified people. Recipients will be determined on a case-by-case basis based on organizational need, specific case justification, and budget limitations.


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.


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.)
  • A complete Assessment Questionnaire, View Assessment Questions.
  • Other required supporting documents (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.) 

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The following information must be received by 11:59pm ET on the closing date of the announcement, Friday, February 21, 2014.  

  1. Resume via USAJOBS.
  2. Responses to online questionnaire.
  3. If applicable, supporting documentation (CTAP/ICTAP, 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.


Amanda J. Clatterbaugh
Phone: (301)234-6509
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
2115 E Jefferson St
Bethesda, MD


Within 15 business days of the closing date, Friday, February 21, 2014, 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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