Job Overview

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.

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:  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), Office of Science (OS), Silver Spring, Maryland.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement FDA-CTP-14-DE-1138037 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:

  • July 22, 2014
  • August 21, 2014
  • September 22, 2014

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

Duties

  • Evaluate tobacco product marketing applications.
  • Assess data and information related to tobacco product composition and manufacture to determine whether to allow marketing of products.
  • Serve as scientific lead in developing rulemakings, guidance documents, and other policy documents.
  • Communicate with a broad audience, including consumers, industry, academia, and public health advocates.
  • Evaluate scientific studies to determine whether study methodologies are scientifically sound.
  • Analyze and interpret data using appropriate quantitative methods.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Domestic and International (10%)

Relocation Authorized

  • No