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Job Title:  Technical Information Specialist-NLM-MP
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  National Institutes of Health
Job Announcement Number:  NIH-NLM-MP-14-1175416

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
Thursday, August 7, 2014 to Monday, August 11, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
Few vacancies in the following location:
Bethesda, MD View Map
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)
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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.

Do you have a passion for health infromation and enjoy being a part of a dynamic, innovative team? If so, apply for one of several Technical information Specialist positions within the National Library of Medicine (NLM)!


More Than Just a Library!


The National Library of Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health, is the world’s largest biomedical library. The Library maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources used by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development, and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology. Visit for more information.


The National Library of Medicine is looking to fill 6 vacancies in the following areas: 

The Bibliographic Services Division (BSD), MEDLARS Management Section is looking to hire someone to serve as an expert and authority on databases, library and information search systems, bibliographic data, information standards, and internet applications as they relate to organizing, accessing and disseminating information of a highly specialized and technical nature. 


The BSD,  Index Section, Indexing Unit A is seeking an indexer and reviser to contribute to the development and implementation of technological solutions that enhance indexing quality, increase production, and streamline workflows.

The BSD, Index Section, Indexing Unit B is looking to hire a technical and research support specialist for a variety of initiatives within the Index Section by assisting with the development of automated systems for indexing biomedical literature. 


The Medical Subjects Headings (MeSH) section is looking to hire someone to play a role in quality assurance for the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) production. MeSH is seeking for a candidate with experience with, editing and analyzing medical terminologies from a variety of sources and an ability to work productively and cooperatively.


The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is looking for candidate with a comprehensive knowledge of online scholarly publishing, open access principles, and the public access policies of research funders.


The National Network Office (NNO) is seeking a candidate with experience in contract management including writing Statements of Work, coordinating proposal review activities, reviewing annual contract task and budget activities, and providing program assessment and evaluation. 


  • Not Required


  • No


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


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As a Technical Information Specialist, you will:
  • Serve as a specialist in state-of-the art information technologies and their application to library and information network automation and the development of new products, services, and delivery mechanisms.
  • Make written and verbal recommendations on new services to be offered that result in measurable improvements to NLM services.
  • Serve as a manager, database administrator, project officer or page editor of a shared network or Internet/Intranet database or system such as MedlinePlus.
  • Investigate and tests new technologies, provide technical assistance, and develop procedures and policies that will improve access to information from and use of the systems.
  • Serve as liaison between NLM’s Office of Computer and Communications Systems (OCCS) and Library Operations for recommending, testing, and implementing institutional-wide and external networking services.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative working relations with interagency groups, national and international organizations, academic institutions and members of industry for the purpose of exchanging information, improving services and establishing cooperative projects.
  • Apply knowledge of the principles of information organization, dissemination and systems to test and evaluate new library systems, internet applications and network services before they are released to the staff or to the public.


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Basic Requirements:

You must have a full 4-year course of study that meets all the requirements for a bachelor's degree with major study in the subject-matter field of the position to be filled.




You must have four years of experience that provided a knowledge of the basic principles, theories, practices, techniques, and terminology of a discipline or subject-matter field; an understanding of the standard methods, procedures, and techniques of research and analysis in the subject-matter field; and where appropriate, ability to read and comprehend nontechnical material in one or more foreign languages.  Such experience must have been equivalent to that which would have been gained through a 4-year college curriculum.




You must have a combination of education and experience as described above.


In addition to meeting the basic requirements:

In order to qualify at the GS-12 level, you must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Government.  Examples of qualifying experience include:  Providing leadership and technical contributions in developing, supporting and improving systems; investigating and testing new technologies; conducting research, development, and evaluation on existing and new automated products and services; and provides policy guidance regarding systems and programs.


In order to qualify at the GS-13 level,you must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal Government.  Examples of qualifying experience include: Providing authoritative advice and recommendations on design development, selection, support and improvement of systems, internet applications and network services; provide expert leadership and technical contributions in developing, supporting and improving systems; investigating and testing new technologies; conducting research, development, and evaluation on existing and new automated products and services; and provides expert policy guidance regarding systems and programs.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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If you qualify on the basis of education in lieu of experience, you must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed, and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign Education .

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


Evaluation Method


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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.

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.

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.)


For additional information, click on the links below:


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, Monday, August 11, 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.


Zenaida M. Olivero
Phone: (301)435-5716
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
2115 E Jefferson St
Bethesda, MD


Within 15 business days of the closing date, Monday, August 11, 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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