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    This position is located in the Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration, Pittsburgh Safety & Health Technology Center (PSHTC), South Park, PA. The PSHTC conducts in-mine studies to maintain the health and safety of miners ; participates in accident investigations.

    -This position is at the full performance level.

    -This position is inside the bargaining unit.

    -Additional selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.

    -PCS Expenses will not be reimbursed 

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    Major Duties include:

    Serves as the Quality Assurance manager for Technical Support’s multiple laboratories in Pittsburgh, PA and Mt Hope, WV, overseeing a comprehensive Quality Control program ensuring the reliability of their various analyses. Serves as the Center’s technical authority on the quality assurance program and on the accreditation process for the multiple laboratories. Provides expert advice to the Center Chief and all Division Chiefs, on the establishment, interpretation, and maintenance of quality control programs for the four Center laboratories in order to ensure that the analyses performed are maintained in a state of statistical control. This includes QC programs for the analysis of particulate samples for quartz content, elemental constituents, particle characterization and mass concentration, as well as for organic substances and toxic gases and liquids.
    The incumbent is responsible for gaining accreditation of all MSHA Safety Center labs by the relevant outside professional organizations.  The incumbent provides direction and guidance to the Laboratory Directors and lower-graded chemists in the lengthy process of achieving and maintaining professional recognition of their labs.  This work has special significance for the entire Agency as the results of the lab work are the foundation of multiple Agency enforcement programs.  Lab results support fines levied by Enforcement Inspectors against mine operators and any subsequent litigation over the fines.  The particulate sample analysis is the critical element in the Agency’s campaign to reduce Black Lung illness among miners.  Professional recognition/certification of the four laboratories increases public confidence and enhances the standing of the laboratories in court proceedings. Provides assistance and guidance to multiple Center Laboratory Directors and lower-graded chemists for development and implementation of quality control programs for new analytical methods employed to determine quantitative levels of toxic contaminants in mine environments.  Coordinates recommendations for change with the Laboratory Director or Division Chief, as appropriate.  Conducts an annual Customer Satisfaction Survey and provides the Center Chief with a report on the results.  Oversees the development of quality control reports, reviews reports for accuracy, and maintains standard operating procedures for all Center laboratory processes.  Provides a quarterly Quality Assurance report to the Center Chief, which identifies deficiencies, corrective actions, and continuing needs of the laboratories.
    Conducts evaluations of current laboratory processes in order to upgrade and improve laboratory methods and for the development of new analytical procedures.  This involves studying and evaluating the precision and accuracy of existing laboratory procedures.  It also includes the modification of existing procedures to maximize the efficiency of routine sample analysis and utilization of personnel. Keeps abreast of developments in analytical methods through training and contacts within MSHA, manufacturers, and research organizations.  Works with MSHA’s Program Evaluation and Information Resources (PEIR) on developing modifications to computer tracking systems, and submits paperwork as required to initiate programming changes. Provides technical assistance, consultation, and guidance of a complex nature to MSHA staff, including solicitors and enforcement personnel, the mining industry, other government agencies, and private laboratories on sampling issues, methods, analytical reports, and policy recommendations relating to all types of analyses performed at the MSHA labs.  The employee is an Agency technical Expert on laboratory operations, sample analyses, sample reporting and methodologies.  Statistical analyses are conducted as necessary for determining compliance with establish policies and procedures.
    Conducts internal audits of laboratories in preparation for re-accreditation and provides recommendations for improving laboratory processes. 

    Incidental driver of a government passenger vehicle. Performs other duties as assigned.

    At the GS-13 level, this is a developmental position to the full performance level GS-14. The incumbent performs the duties with a higher degree of supervision and guidance than at the GS-14 level.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - 5%

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1320 Chemistry

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/513184700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.