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Job Title:Health Scientist Administrator - NIA - DE

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:National Institutes of Health

Job Announcement Number:NIH-NIA-DE-14-1019710

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SALARY RANGE:

$75,621.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, May 05, 2014 to Wednesday, May 14, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0601-12/14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Montgomery County, MD View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

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.

The Individual Behavioral Processes Branch (IBP) in the Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) is recruiting a dynamic and experienced psychological or behavioral scientist with academic training and expertise related to behavioral medicine, mechanisms of behavior change, life course development, and the design and conduct of behavioral and/or community interventions.  

 

The successful candidate will play a leading role in the implementation of a research agenda to advance the next generation of interventions for healthy and adaptive aging, with a particular focus on translating recent advances in use-inspired basic behavioral, psychological and social science.  As a Health Scientist Administrator, you will work at the intersection of behavioral, social and biomedical sciences, e.g. psychology, economics, neuroscience, medicine, genetics, epidemiology, or sociology/demography.   

 

The NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers at NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. The Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) supports social, behavioral, and economic research and research training on the processes of aging at both the individual and societal level. BSR fosters cross-disciplinary research, at multiple levels from genetics to cross-national comparative research, and at all stages from basic through translational. The Individual Behavioral Processes Branch (IBP) supports research and training on health and behavior, cognitive and emotional functioning, technology and human factors, and integrative approaches to the study of social, psychological, behavioral, genetic and physiological influences on health and well-being over the full life course, with emphasis on midlife and older age, and on early life (including prenatal) influences on later life outcomes.

 

The ideal candidate will possess a Ph.D. and substantial research training in psychological, behavioral or biobehavioral sciences and/or related fields. 

 

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Aging (NIA), Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) in downtown Bethesda, Maryland.

 

For more information regarding the NIA, please visit http://www.nia.nih.gov/

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • 2-4 times a year for 1-4 nights

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses may be authorized.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Education Requirement - transcripts required

DUTIES:

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As a Health Scientist Administrator, you will: 

  • Advise the Branch Chief, the Division Director(s), the NIA Director and other NIA officials on basic and translational behavioral and psychological science research activities, policies and opprtunities.
  • Lead and manage complex, multidisciplinary grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements.
  • Conduct and support formative behavioral or psychological research related to life course development and behavior change.
  • Disseminate research findings, recommendations, and priorities to relevant scientific and governmental agencies.
  • Assess and evaluate emerging trends and pertinent research focused at the intersection of psychology and other behavioral, social and biomedical sciences (e.g. economics, neuroscience, genetics, or sociology/demography).
  • Identify new opportunities for innovative, high impact behavioral and psychological research in life course development and behavior change, relevant to the promotion of healthy aging and reduction of health inequalities in later life.
  • Serve as an institute expert on basic and translational psychological and behavioral science, representing the NIA by responding to questions or issues identified by institute-level advisory bodies or other groups.

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC WORK QUALIFICATIONS: You must demonstrate that you have:  Worked independently in planning, organizing, and conducting health-related use-inspired basic behavioral or social research or behavioral or community interventions in human subjects in the psychological, biobehavioral, behavioral or social sciences; 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. AND

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

Requirements for Applicants to the GS-12 level: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must possess at least one year of professional experience in one of the following areas:

 Academic Environment – serving as principal investigator or equivalent on a grant or contract which may include institutional grant support or foundation funds, but should have been obtained competitively; independent research, as evidenced by the development of a research project, and primary authorship of research publications in peer-reviewed journals; held position of Instructor, Assistant Professor, or equivalent. OR

Intramural Environment – independent research, as evidenced by the development of research projects, and primary authorship of research publications in peer-reviewed journals; evidence of responsibility for significant aspects of laboratory/research unit (at least 3 years postdoctoral research); held position of Staff Fellow, Senior Staff Fellow, Research Associate or equivalent. OR

Private Sector (Profit/Nonprofit) – conceptualization and implementation of a research project, primary authorship on internal research reports or patents and/or publications in peer-reviewed journals; held position of Research Scientist or equivalent. OR

You must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service obtained in the private or public sector, performing the following types of review or program tasks: review for completeness applications for research grants or contracts in the psychological, behavioral, biobehavioral or social sciences; study  scientific literature in order to place the proposed research project in its relationship to scientific developments in the psychological, behavioral or social sciences in areas related to use-inspired basic research or mechanistically-informed behavioral and/or community intervention research in human subjects ; respond to issues and concerns about specific applications or proposals pertaining to these areas of behavioral and social science.

Requirements for Applicants to the GS-13 level: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must possess at least one year of professional experience in one of the following areas:

Academic Environment – the management of significant independent research projects (analogous to an R01 and R21 grant) and supervision of graduate researcher or technicians; publications in refereed journals, presenting published work to scientific organizations and teaching graduate level courses in biomedical/behavioral or health-related disciplines; served as a reviewer on peer-review panels or journals; held position of Assistant or Associate Professor or equivalent. OR

Intramural Environment – responsible for multiple scientific projects,supervising graduate researchers or technicians; publications in refereed journals, presenting published work to scientific organizations and teaching graduate level courses in biomedical/behavioral or health-related disciplines; served as a reviewer on peer-reviewed panels or journals; held position of Research Scientist (permanent position), Section Chief, or equivalent. OR

Private Sector (Profit/Nonprofit) – evidence of increasing responsibility in research or administration within the company; held position of Senior Research Scientist/Project Manager or equivalent. OR

You must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service obtained in the private or public sector, performing the following types of review or program tasks: review the technical and scientific merit of applications and proposals received requesting grant or contract funds; provide advice in program development, planning, solicitation, and evaluation to perform day-to-day administrative functions related to research grants and interagency agreements supporting research projects conducting use-inspired basic research or translational research on psychological/social/behavioral mechanisms of behavior change in human subjects ; monitor technologic, scientific and policy developments in areas related to use-inspired basic research or mechanistically-informed behavioral and/or community intervention research in human subjects and establish priorities and areas for emphasis; identify new use-inspired basic research or translational research concepts, projects and initiatives in the behavioral and social sciences to appropriate advisory groups and formulate and develop Program Announcements, RFAs, RFPs, or a combination of these, to advance research on mechanistically-informed behavioral or community interventions in human subjects.   

Requirements for Applicants to the GS-14 level: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must possess at least one year of professional experience in one of the following areas:

Academic Environment – served as an appointed member of a scientific peer-review panel or editorial board; held position of Associate Professor, Professor, or equivalent. OR

Intramural Environment – responsible for at least two concurrent research projects with separate staff and budgets and supervising doctoral level staff; held position of Section Chief or equivalent for at least 2 years. OR

Private Sector (Profit/Nonprofit) – evidence of increasing responsibility in research or administration within the company; held position of Senior Research Scientist/Project Manager or equivalent. OR

You must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service obtained in the private or public sector, performing the following types of review or program tasks: organize and conduct workshops, conferences, symposia or similar activities to foster the aims of the program, to facilitate communication among investigators, or to advise on the status of progress and emerging directions in use-inspired basic psychological, behavioral or social science and/or in mechanistically-informed behavior change or community health-related intervention research in human subjects ; monitor technologic, scientific and policy developments in these areas of psychological, behavioral and social science in human subjects and establish priorities and areas for emphasis; manage the initial scientific and administrative review of center grant, program project grant, and training grant applications, as well as research project applications submitted in response to requests for applications, multicenter clinical trial applications, and contract proposals in use-inspired basic or translational psychological, behavioral or social sciences  research in human subjects; plans, advises, and evaluates program activities for a portfolio of research project, research program and other grants/awards, cooperative agreements, and/or contracts in the assigned psychological psychological, behavioral or social science domains and promotes the discovery, development and evaluation of associated prevention and therapeutic strategies; review and evaluate periodic and interim progress reports to determine effectiveness of support and achievement of objectives; recommend  funding plans for initiatives.

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BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: You must have successfully completed all the 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., psychology, behavioral medicine, biobehavioral science, applied behavioral science, etc.) allied to health or health related research. OR

You must have successfully completed a 4-year course of study in an accredited college/university, leading to a bachelor's or higher degree, with major study in an academic field of the health or pertinent sciences which you have applied and utilized in health or health-related research AND have at least 1 year of qualifying progressively responsible experience that is qualitatively equivalent to that acquired in meeting all the requirements for a Ph.D. (or equivalent doctoral degree), including the dissertation; PLUS have at least one year of independent health research beyond the doctoral degree and one year of health research program administration experience.

 

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,  Wednesday, May 14, 2014, to be considered.


BENEFITS:

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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.

OTHER 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.

 

Relocation expenses may be authorized.  

 

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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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.)

 

For additional information, click on the links below:

 

Additional Information on How to Apply

 

Information on Reasonable Accommodation

 

For technical difficulties, contact HR Systems Support between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM ET Monday through Friday at hrss@nih.gov.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following information must be received by 11:59pm ET on the closing date of the announcement, Wednesday, May 14, 2014.  

  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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Antoinette M. Hazel-Cannon
Phone: (301)594-2283
Email: HAZELCANNONAM@MAIL.NIH.GOV
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
2115 E Jefferson St
Bethesda, MD
20892

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Within 15 business days of the closing date, Wednesday, May 14, 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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Job Announcement Number:

NIH-NIA-DE-14-1019710

Control Number:

368968500