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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