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Job Title:  Health Scientist Administrator-NICHD-MP
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  National Institutes of Health
Job Announcement Number:  NIH-NICHD-MP-14-1174859

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$106,263.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year
Monday, August 4, 2014 to Friday, August 8, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Bethesda, MD View Map
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)
Public Trust - Background Investigation


The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) was established by President John F. Kennedy, with the support of congress, in 1962 to study the "complex process of human development from conception to old age."  In pursuit of its broad mission, the NICHD conducts and supports laboratory research, clinical trials, and epidemiological studies that explore health processes; examines the impact of disabilities, diseases, and variations on the lives of individuals; and sponsors training programs for scientists, health care providers, and researchers to ensure that NICHD research can continue.

If you have experience in providing scientific leadership and guidance to the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of assigned biomedical research,AND you want to play a significant role in a dynamic organization, then consider joining the Child Development and Behavior Branch (CDBB)!

This position is located in the National Institute of Health (NIH), National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Division of Extramural Research (DER), Child Development and Behavior Branch (CDBB).  

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  • Occasional Travel
  • 2 nights per month


  • No


  • Time in grade met within 30 days of closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Education Requirement. Transcript required.
  • Confidential Financial Disclosure Form OGE 450 Required.


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As a Heath Scientist Administrator, you will:

  • Stimulate, plan, advise, direct, and evaluate program activities for a portfolio of research project, program and other grants/awards, cooperative agreements, and/or contracts in the assigned program area and the discovery, development and evaluation of associated prevention and therapeutic strategies.
  • Evaluate the significance of trends and emerging fields and assesses the adequacy of research competency within the field to achieve a quality and quantity of research to meet the agency's mission and objectives.
  • Formulate and present new basic, translational and clinical research concepts, projects, and initiatives to appropriate advisory groups and formulates and develops Funding Opportunity Announcements to achieve objectives.
  • Perform scientific and administrative reviews and analyses of applications/proposals from a programmatic viewpoint.
  • Serve as Program/Project Director to develop, coordinate, and administer grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts established to fulfill the mission of the Branch and the Division.
  • Provide technical leadership and guidance in clinical research related to complementary and integrative health approaches.


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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., biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, etc.) allied to health or health related research.


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 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.



You must demonstrate that you have:

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


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.


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.


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 of research in the assigned program area; 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 assigned to the program area; 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 program area and 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; establish the criteria and standards for a review panel.

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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.


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.


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.


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, Friday, August 08, 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.


Shauntell D. Embrack
Phone: (301)435-4756
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
2115 E Jefferson St
Rm 2F-207
Bethesda, MD


Within 15 business days of the closing date, Friday, August 08, 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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