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Job Title:  Health Scientist (Communications)
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Food and Drug Administration
Job Announcement Number:  FDA-CTP-14-DE-1137406SL

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$63,091.00 to $98,305.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 to Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Silver Spring, MD View Map
United States Citizens
Q - Nonsensitive


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.


The Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for implementing the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. This law gives FDA authority over tobacco products by adding a new chapter to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The Tobacco Control Act gives FDA the authority to regulate tobacco products and manufacturers based on the best available science and CTP is responsible for both assessing and fostering that science-base. CTP's actions have significant public health and consumer protection impact, and are among the most important issues faced by the Agency in its long and distinguished history.

Who May Apply: Open to all United States Citizens.

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 Health and Communication (OHCE) in Silver Spring, MD.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement FDA-CTP-14-MP-1137130SL under merit promotion procedures.Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures. NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.


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


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • One year probationary period may be required.
  • Background investigation required.


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  • Develop policy and objectives, evaluate communication campaigns, and initiate requirements for planning, design, implementation and analyses of projects.
  • Analyze surveys/studies concerning tobacco public health programs.
  • Prepare scientific articles and technical reports.
  • Communicate research and evaluation strategies and activities to various stakeholders.


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    Basic Requirements for the GS-601 series, Health Scientist:

    Degree: major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position.

    In addition to meeting the basic requirement for Health Scientist, GS-0601-11/12 you must meet the following:


    One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service, to include experience assisting in the development of research protocols, studies or projects that support the development of public health education initiatives, literature reviews, and analysis of scientific survey results.



    B. Have a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree that is directly related to Health Sciences or Allied Sciences appropriate to the work of the position.


    C. Have a combination of experience as described in "A" above and education as described in "B" above.


    One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service, to include experience in developing research protocols and conducting scientific surveys, studies or projects that support the development of public health education initiatives.

    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.  
    4. Pre-employment physical required:No
    5. Drug testing required:No
    6. License required:No
    7. Mobility agreement required:No
    8. Moving expenses authorized:No
    9. Relocation Incentive authorized: No
    10. Recruitment Incentive authorized: No
    11. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: No
    12. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: Yes 
    13. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes
    14. Financial disclosure statement required: No
    15. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


    Once the job opportunity announcement closes, a review of your résumé 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 résumé and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    Basis of Rating: Category rating 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 assigned to one of the following quality categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.

    Best Qualified – Applicants who have experience that is almost identical to those required by the position, including any quality ranking factors identified.

    Well Qualified – Applicants who have experience that is very similar to those required by the position.

    Qualified – Applicants who meet minimum qualification requirements, but do not identify any additional qualifying experience or skill.

    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. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).You do not have to respond to the KSA's separately, but your resume should contain sufficient information to demonstrate possession of the Compentencies/KSA's.

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

    1. Knowledge of public health and related communication sciences.
    2. Knowledge of health communication and education primary and secondary data sources, environmental scanning need assessments, and health risk communication.
    3. Oral communication
    4. Written communication


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    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 (Member 4 copy) 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

    Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

    For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit

    Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed “surplus” or no longer needed, or an employee who has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service.  To receive selection priority for this position, you must be rated “well-qualified”.  Well-qualified means eligible applicants whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements of the position.  For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as an ICTAP eligible, see:


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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, June 24, 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 are submitted prior to the closing date. 
    • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, 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.
    • Your Résumé - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose, then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.


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

    Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
       ·Other (CTAP-ICTAP documentation)
       ·Other Veterans Document

    Other Supporting Documents:  (only submit if applicable)
    • College transcripts (unofficial copy acceptable)
    • Veterans’ Preference documentation [e.g., DD-214 which shows type of discharge/character of service (Copy 4), SF-15, VA letter, etc.]
    • CTAP/ICTAP documentation

    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 and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1137406.

    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, June 24, 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

    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 HelpDesk at (888) 478-4340; TTY/TDD: (800) 877-8339; or by email  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    For Résumé and Application Tips visit:


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


    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. Once this process is completed, you will be notified of your status via e-mail.

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