BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants for all grades must be U.S. Citizens and must meet the requirements described in paragraphs A or B below:
A. Successful completion of all requirements for a Ph.D. (or equivalent doctoral degree), in an accredited college or university, including acceptance of the dissertation, in an academic field of the health or pertinent sciences (i.e., biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, etc.) allied to health or health related research;
B. 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 of the health or pertinent sciences which have been applied and utilized by the applicant in health or health-related research and, in addition, at least 1 year of qualifying progressively responsible experience; or any equivalent combination of graduate study and research experience in these fields. This education and experience must demonstrate that you have acquired the scientific knowledge, skills and abilities to apply and utilize them successfully in health or health-related research at a level which is the qualitative equivalent of that acquired in meeting all the requirements for the Ph.D. degree (or equivalent doctoral degree), including the dissertation as indicated above. The appropriate doctoral equivalency must be supported by publications in health or health-related research accomplishment in appropriate scientific journals; or other objective evidence in such form that it may be reviewed and evaluated.
IN ADDITION: You must demonstrate that you have: worked independently in planning, organizing, and conducting biomedical behavioral health, or health-related research; served effectively, in research program administration in these fields; and, acquired an understanding of the history, interests, internal dynamics, and relationships of organizations in which health research is conducted. This experience may be gained as a principal investigator of a grant or contract, or may otherwise be gained through active involvement in initiating research projects, developing protocols, conducting studies, documenting findings, interpreting results in a published report (journal), supervising staff, and managing the budget.
Your background must show progressively responsible and successful experience (complexity of work in independent research and research program administration), to be eligible for each successively higher grade level.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS needed to qualify at the GS-15 level:
Professional experience that demonstrates the management of large and diverse research programs having national or international collaborations, scope and impact. Managerial experience in organizational and program development includes having responsibility for the development of plans for the resolution of major organizational and operational problems an issues, and allocating funds among competing programs. Individuals should be recognized as distinguished scientists with major research experience and accomplishments, be members of prestigious national professional organizations or societies, and have published extensively in refereed journals.
- served as organization's representative on permanent and ad-hoc committees established to evaluate research issues
- management of extramural activities includes program planning, evaluation, and review assessment, and monitoring of major basic, clinical and/or applied research supported by the agency which are or national or international scope and impact
- published extensively in leading scientific journals
Examples of Qualifying Experience:
You must have experience that demonstrates progressively responsible and successful experience in independent research and research program administration. Such experience could have been gained in an Academic Environment where you held position of Professor and/or Department Chair or equivalent; OR In an Intramural Environment where you were responsible for at least two concurrent research projects with separate staff and budgets and supervising doctoral level staff; or held the position of Laboratory Chief or equivalent; OR In a Private Sector (Profit/Nonprofit) organization showing evidence of increasing responsibility in research or administration of a small company or a division of a large company; held position of Director of Research or equivalent; OR You have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal service. Such experience includes: developing one or more funding solicitations and managing grant portfolios to support scientific research; promoting coordination and collaboration among investigators; organizing workshops and developing reports related to programmatic initiatives; providing advice in program planning, solicitation, and evaluation to perform day-to-day administrative functions related to research grants and interagency agreements supporting research projects in your scientific area; identifying and developing new basic, translational and clinical research concepts, projects and initiatives to appropriate advisory groups, and formulating and developing Program Announcements, RFAs, RFPs, or a combination of these, to achieve objectives.
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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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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, February 24, 2014, to be considered.