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Job Title:  Health Scientist Administrator - NIAID - MP
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  National Institutes of Health
Job Announcement Number:  NIH-NIAID-MP-14-1161532

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,924.00 to $116,901.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 to Sunday, July 20, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Montgomery County, MD View Map
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)
Q - Nonsensitive


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.

This position is located in the Office of Extramural Research Policy and Operations (OERPO), in the Office of the Director (OD), Division of Extramural Activities (DEA), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).  You will serve as an Extramural Research Policy and Operations Coordinator within the policy section of OERPO and will function as an expert authority on policies and operational procedures governing extramurally funded research.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Position requires travel an average of 1 night per month


  • No


  • Time in grade met within 30 days of closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.


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If selected you will perform the following duties: 

Function as an OERPO expert  resource, coordinator, and SME on extramural research  policy. Participate in the development, implementation, evaluation, coordination, and interpretation of policies and procedures pertaining to extramural research  and grant awards.  

Provide expert guidance and assistance in the development and maintenance of SOP and Guidance documents having policy relevance and/or control.  

Support the NIAID Animal Events Responder or accept delegated authority to fulfill this role.  Plan and coordinate OERPO activities pertaining to animal activism events targeting NIAID-funded principle investigators. 

Serve as the expert on policy issues related  to the use, possession, and security of foreign Select Agents projects, as well as all Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC). 

Organize and coordinate foreign select agent and all DURC (U.S. and foreign) laboratory reviews and site visits by the CDC laboratory inspectors. Oversee the NIAID foreign select agents and DURC MOU with CDC.  

Coordinate and oversee all activities involved in tracking and maintaining data on correspondence and required actions in the DART Correspondence Tracking system. 

Provide guidance and assistance to other DEA staff in utilizing and maintaining  the system, and in identifying and resolving systems problems and user issues.  

Review and update guidance documents pertaining to the DART System, to ensure current policies and  procedures are disseminated to system users throughout DEA.  

Ensure completed  responses are archived in accordance with applicable policies, procedures, and requirements.




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Applicants 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; or

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 the applicant has 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.

Applicants must demonstrate that they have:

1. Worked independently in planning, organizing, and conducting biomedical behavioral health, or health-related research;

2. Served effectively, in research program administration in these fields; and

3. 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.

The background of the applicant 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.

Requirements for applicants to the GS-13 level:

In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants must possess at least one year of professional experience that includes:

Examples of Qualifying Experience:  

At least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal Government obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: evaluating, and reporting on projects to assess the effectiveness of biomedical research programs; analyzing the impact of current and proposed health science policies and practices; identifying problems when assessing the effectiveness of programs and initiatives; analyzing data to develop summary reports, analyze facts, and draw conclusions; and presenting analyses with recommendations to senior analysts.

Academic Environment - the management of significant independent research projects (analogous to an R01 and R29 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. 

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.

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.

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This position has an education requirement. You are strongly encouraged to submit a copyof your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hourscompleted and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in theapplication package. Official transcripts will be required from all selecteesprior to receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign Education . If you are currently orwere previously in this occupation series you do not need to submittranscripts. Instead, submit an SF-50 showing the appointment in this occupational series.

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.


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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.


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.


If selected, you will be required to complete Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450 to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with the agency. This information is required annually.


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.


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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.)


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Additional Information on How to Apply


Information on Reasonable Accommodation


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The following information must be received by 11:59pm ET on the closing date of the announcement, Sunday, July 20, 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.
  4. If submitting a copy of your Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50), or equivalent, submit one that shows the effective date of your current position and the full performance level. You may obtain a copy of your SF-50 from your HR Office or, if you are an HHS employee, from eOPF. If you have separated from Federal Government employment, you may obtain a copy of your SF-50 via: National Personnel Records Center, Annex, 1411 Boulder Boulevard, Valmeyer, IL, 62295; FAX - 618-935-3014; Email CPR; or visit the National Archives Website.


Laverne Coleman
Phone: (301)402-3942
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
2115 E Jefferson St
Bethesda, MD


Within 15 business days of the closing date, Sunday, July 20, 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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