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Job Title:Interdisciplinary Engineer

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Food and Drug Administration

Job Announcement Number:FDA-CTP-14-MP-1088850ND

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$42,631.00 to $116,901.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, April 7, 2014 to Tuesday, August 12, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0801/0806/0830-07/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

4 vacancies in the following location:
Rockville, MD View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Q - Nonsensitive

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

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; individuals eligible for VRA appointments (at the GS-11 and below grade levels); and individuals with disabilities.

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), Office of Science (OS), Rockville, MD.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement FDA-CTP-14-DE-1081137ND 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.

EARLY CUT-OFF DATE:  FIRST CONSIDERATION MAY BE GIVEN TO THOSE WHO FILE ALL OF THE REQUIRED FORMS BY May 16, 2014.   YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY EXPEDITIOUSLY. 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN CONTINUOUS FOR 90 DAYS WITH THE FOLLOWING CUT-OFF DATES:

  • May 16, 2014
  • June 30, 2014
  • August 12, 2014

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

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Estimated Travel is less than 10% (Domestic)

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.

DUTIES:

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  • Develop new approaches to engineering problems.
  • Analyze and determine the adequacy of data and tests submitted by a manufacturer regarding the safety and public health impact of regulated products.
  • Assist staff in performing a variety of projects that include reviewing a wide range of tobacco products to determine the adequacy of the results from engineering disciplines and/or other studies concerned with exposure and health determinations of product reports/applications.
  • Prepare detail synopsis of reviews of reports/applications with recommendations for revision, acceptance or rejection, and providing specific supporting reasons for the reviewer's recommended disposition and any technical deficiencies requiring action by the sponsor.
  • Review study protocols and offer recommendations related to study design.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Qualification Requirement:

A. I have a degree in professional engineering from a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum.

-OR-
B. I have a degree in professional engineering that includes differential and integral calculus and courses in at least 5 of the following 7 areas: (1) statics, dynamics; (2) strength of materials; (3) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (4) thermodynamics; (5) electrical fields and circuits; (6) nature and properties of materials; (7) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics or electronics.

-OR-
C. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering as demonstrated by my current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.

-OR-
D. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering as demonstrated by passing the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination or the written test required for professional registration.

-OR-
E. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering which includes at least 60 semester/90 quarter hours in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences that included the courses specified in B above. All courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum.

-OR-
F. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering that includes a bachelor`s degree in a related curriculum (engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology), AND at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirement for Interdisciplinary Engineer (General, Materials, or Mechanical), GS-801/806/830-07, you must meet the following:
Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-5 in the Federal service, participating in the evaluation of the design and manufacture of regulated products, such as tobacco products; assisting in the review and evaluation of scientific data to determine its completeness or accuracy; and/or editing existing reports, memos, presentations, or correspondence related to the results of scientific tests or studies.

OR

Have a bachelor's degree in a professional engineering curriculum AND meet one of the Superior Academic Achievement Provisions. 1. Maintained a grade-point average of "B" (a GPA of 3.0 or higher) for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last two years of undergraduate study. - OR - 2. Maintained a grade-point average "B+" (a GPA of 3.5 or higher) for all courses in your major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study. - OR - 3. Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision. - OR - 4. Be a member of a national honor (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. Please submit a college transcript(s) showing your grade point average for all four years of undergraduate study, including all transferred courses. NOTE: GPA's are to rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9. If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, your claim must be based on class standing or membership in an honor society.
OR
Possess a one year (18 semester hours) of graduate level education in engineering, physics, or a closely related field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully complete the work of the position.

OR
Possess a combination of specialized experience as described in A and graduate level education as described in C that, when combined, equal 100% of the total requirement.

OR
Have successfully completed a five-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering from an accredited institution.

 

In addition to meeting the basic requirment qualification for Interdisciplinary Engineer (General, Materials, or Mechanical), GS-801/806/830-09, you must meet the following:
I have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-7 in the Federal service, basic knowledge of the design and manufacture of drugs, biologics, medical devices, veterinary medicines, foods, cosmetics, or tobacco and other regulated products; and/or performing literature reviews to gather information used for regulatory or scientific purposes.

OR

Have at least 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in a field that is directly related to the work of the position or LL.B. or J.D.

OR

A combination of superior academic achievement (SAA) and one year of appropriate professional experience.
Completed a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering and 1 year of appropriate professional experience.
Documenting experience: In accordance with Office of Personnel Management policy, federal employees are assumed to have gained experience by performing duties and responsibilities appropriate for their official series and grade level as described in their position description.  Experience that would not normally be part of the employee's position is creditable, however, when documented by satisfactory evidence, such as a signed memorandum from the employee's supervisor or an SF-50 or SF-52 documenting an official detail or other official assignment. The documentation must indicate whether the duties were performed full time or, if part time, the percentage of times the other duties were performed. It is expected that this documentation is included in the employee's official personnel record. In order to receive credit for experience in your resume that is not within the official series and grade level of your official position, you must provide a copy of the appropriate documentation of such experience as indicated above.


If you are claiming education as any part of your qualifications for this position, you must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program.  For further information, click on foreign education.

Conditions of Employment: 
1. Security and Background Requirements:  If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action. 
2. E-Verify:  If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant. 
3. Direct Deposit:  All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
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. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing of the announcement.
5. Pre-employment physical required: No
6. Drug testing required:
No
7. License required:
No
8. Mobility agreement required:
No
9. Moving expenses authorized:
May be authorized
10. Relocation Incentive authorized:
May be authorized
11. Recruitment Incentive authorized:
May be authorized
12. Time in Grade (TIG) must be met within 30 days of the closing of the announcement.
13. Student loan repayment incentive authorized:
May be authorized
14. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized:
May be authorized
15. Bargaining Unit Position:
Yes
16. Financial disclosure statement required: No

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.  If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.  Merit Promotion Procedures for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates.  The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of two categories:  Best Qualified or Qualified.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

1. General Engineering
2. Writing
3. Oral Communication


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.



OTHER INFORMATION:

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov).

For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit http://opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or Career transition Assistance Program (CTAP): 

For information on how to apply as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible see: http://opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap.  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Resume
   ·Transcript

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·DD-214
   ·Other (CTAP or ICTAP Documentation, Commissioned Corps Documentation)
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1088850.

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

4. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Bethesda Customer Help Desk at (888) 478-4340; TTY/TDD: (800) 877-8339; or by email quickquestions@psc.gov.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

For Résumé and Application Tips visit: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Tips.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

FDA Helpdesk
Phone: (888)478-4340
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: QUICKQUESTIONS@PSC.GOV
Agency Information:
HHS FDA Center
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD
20993 Fax: (478)757-3144

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

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Job Announcement Number:

FDA-CTP-14-MP-1088850ND

Control Number:

366151700