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Job Title:Interdisciplinary Scientist, GS-401/415/1301/1320-12/13

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Food and Drug Administration

Job Announcement Number:FDA-CVM-14-MP-1177127DT

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$75,621.00 to $116,901.00 / Per Year


Monday, August 11, 2014 to Sunday, August 31, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Rockville, MD View Map


Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


Not Applicable




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 Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine (OFVM), Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation, Division of Scientific Support, Environmental Safety Team is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Interdisciplinary Scientist with a focus on Environmental Science. The Division of Scientific Support provides expertise, leadership, and coordination to all CVM offices regarding environmental safety and biostatistical evaluations for reviews and research. Through our independent and collaborative reviews and evaluations, we support the Center's scientific and regulatory goals.


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 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine, (OFVM), Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation (ONADE) located in Rockville, Maryland.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement FDA-CVM-14-DE-1177125 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.Additional selections may be made within the same geographical area FDA-wide.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.


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As an Interdisciplinary Scientist, in this position you will work on the Environmental Safety Team in determining the environmental safety and impact of substances used in animal drugs and feed/food additives under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).   Specifically, you will conduct scientific reviews of environmental fate and effects data submitted by petitioners for chemicals to be considered for approval under new animal drug applications, feed/food additives and other applications.    You will conduct environmental exposure assessments and perform fate and transport modeling, as necessary.   You will also prepare environmental assessments, environmental impact statements and finding of no significant impacts to support the Center for Veterinary Medicine decisions regarding the impact of the substances on the environment.   


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Basic Qualifications - Biological Science, Toxicology, Physical Science, Chemist

Basic Qualification Requirements for Biological Science, GS-401

Have a degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


Have a combination of education and experience -- Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Basic Qualification Requirements for
Toxicology, GS-0415

Have a degree in toxicology; or an appropriate discipline of the biological, medical, or veterinary sciences that included at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, biochemistry, or physiology, and 12 semester hours in toxicology.


Have a combination of education and experience - courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or other education;
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study or specific course requirements generally as stated in paragraph A in the individual occupational requirements.

Basic Qualification Requirements for Physical Scientist, GS-1301.

Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.


Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Basic Qualification Requirements for Chemist, GS-1320

Have a degree in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics.


Have a combination of education and experience -- course work equivalent to a major as shown in A above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Minimum Qualification GS-12

Additional Qualification Requirements for Interdisciplinary Scientist, GS-12

Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service, reviewing, evaluating, or conducting environmental fate or effects studies; evaluating and documenting environmental data; and evaluating or preparing environmental risk assessments and risk decision documents.

Minimum Qualification GS-13

Additional Qualification Requirements for Interdisciplinary Scientist, GS-13

A. I have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service, to include experience includes, reviewing, evaluating, or conducting environmental fate or effects studies, or conducting exposure (transport and fate) modeling; evaluating environmental data, and writing environmental study evaluations; and evaluating and preparing environmental risk assessments and risk decision documents.Documenting experience:  In accordance with Office of Personnel Management policy, federal employees are assumed to have gained experience by performing duties and responsibilities appropriate for their official series and grade level as described in their position description.  Experience that would not normally be part of the employee's position is creditable, however, when documented by satisfactory evidence, such as a signed memorandum from the employee's supervisor or an SF-50 or SF-52 documenting an official detail or other official assignment. The documentation must indicate whether the duties were performed full time or, if part time, the percentage of times the other duties were performed. It is expected that this documentation is included in the employee's official personnel record. In order to receive credit for experience in your resume that is not within the official series and grade level of your official position, you must provide a copy of the appropriate documentation of such experience as indicated above.

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.
. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing of the announcement.
5. Pre-employment physical required:
6. Drug testing required: No
7. License required: No
8. Mobility agreement required: No
9. Immunization required: No
10. Moving expenses authorized: No
11. Relocation Incentive authorized: No
12. Recruitment Incentive authorized: No
13. Time in Grade (TIG) must be met within 30 days of the closing of the announcement.
14. Student loan repayment incentive authorized:
15. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized:
16. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes
17. Financial disclosure statement required: Yes

Please be advised that this position will be subject to FDA's strict prohibited financial interest regulation and therefore, may require the incumbent of this position to divest of certain financial interests.  Applicants are strongly advised to seek additional information on this requirement from the FDA hiring official before accepting this position.



If after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, you may be deemed ineligible or 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.

Merit Promotion Procedures for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 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 ranked into one of two categories:  Best Qualified or Qualified.

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

1. Chemistry/Biology Proficiency

2. Environmental Law & Regulation

3. Environmental Data Analysis and Interpretation

4. Communication and Environmental Risk Assessment



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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at


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 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

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or Career transition Assistance Program (CTAP): 

For information on how to apply as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible see:  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


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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 Sunday, August 31, 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 is 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.


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:

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 1177127.

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 Sunday, August 31, 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 Help Desk 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.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

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