Interdisciplinary Scientist (Technology Based Expert), GS-13

Company Name:
Department Of Health And Human Services
United States Citizens Permanent Full Time 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 FDA's Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) is the lead office for all FDA Field activities as well as providing FDA leadership on imports, inspections and enforcement policy. ORA supports FDA Product Centers by inspecting regulated products and manufacturers, conducting sample analysis on regulated products, and reviewing imported products offered for entry into the United States. ORA also develop FDA-wide policy on compliance and enforcement.
This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in one of the following disciplines:
GS-0401, Biologist
GS-0403, Microbiologist
GS-0414, Entomologist
GS-1320, Chemist
WHO MAY APPLY: Open to all United States Citizens
LOCATION: This position is located in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Pacific Region, San Francisco Laboratory, Chemistry Section, Alameda, CA.
Salary range listed includes locality pay.
Additional selections may be made.
U.S. Citizenship is required. Please carefully read and follow the HOW TO APPLY instructions. All application materials must be received by the closing date. One year probationary period required. Background security investigation required. College transcript required. This position serves as an analytical instrumentation expert within an FDA ORA Regional or Field Laboratory in the color food additives or element instrument analysis section. Major duties include:
Operate and maintain highly technical scientific equipment
Formulate and conduct research that evaluates new instrumentation and its applicability to the required analyses
Analyze samples by reviewing background material, pertient agency regulations, federal laws, and other relevant material
Serve as a scientific advisor to othe ORA field professionals
Provide advice and serve as a technical expert concerning instrumentation and methodology problems
Organize and present seminars and training sessions on specialized instrumentation and related analytical methods and research
Write professional reports of findings and offer them for publication in recognized scientific journals
Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience directly related to the position to be filled which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes knowledge of one or more scientific fields operative within the laboratory; develop, improve, or validate analytical procedures; analyze samples; prepare written reports, findings and recommendations.
GS-13: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-12 level in Federal service.
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.
EDUCATION STATEMENT - Individual Occupational Requirement: This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades) to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to beginning employment. Most colleges and universities offer unofficial transcripts online. Please check your school website to obtain a copy quickly. If you have Federal status and have never been on an appointment in this occupational series, you must submit your transcripts as indicated above. If you have Federal status and are currently or were previously on an appointment in this occupational series, you do not need to submit transcripts at the time of application. Instead, you should submit an SF-50 showing that you were on an appointment in this occupational series.
EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Applicants must have successfully completed one of the following:
For GS-0401, Biologist:
A. Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management,chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; -OR-
B. Combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
For GS-0403, Microbiologist:
A. Degree in microbiology; or biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms, and 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent; -OR-
B. Combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or medical science that included courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
For GS-0414, Entomologist:
A. Degree in entomology or a related discipline of the biological or physical sciences that included at least 16 semester hours in entomology; -OR-
B. Combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major that included course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
For GS-1320, Chemist:
A. Degree in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differentials and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours in physics; -OR-
B. 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.
Foreign Education: 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; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: .
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.
4. Pre-employment physical required: No
5. Drug testing required: No
6. License required: Valid driver's license
7. Mobility agreement required: No
8. Moving expenses authorized: No
9. Immunization required: No
10. Relocation Incentive authorized: No
11. Recruitment Incentive authorized: No
12. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: No
13. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: No
14. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes
15. Physical ability agreement required.
16. 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.
Once the job opportunity announcement closes, a review of your r sum and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.
If, after reviewing your r sum and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, 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.
BASIS OF RATING: Category rating 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 assigned to one of the following quality categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified
Category rating procedures do not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).
Your qualifications will be evaluated and rated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
1. Knowledge of the pertinent laws, regulations, policies, precedents, program goals, and objectives
2. Ability to interpret analytical data and organize scientific information
3. Ability to analyze samples
4. Ability to communicate orally
5. Ability to communicate in writing
To begin, click the Apply Online to create an USAJOBS account or log into your existing account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire, select your USAJOBS resume, and upload other supporting documents. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
To verify if 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.
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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. 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 an ineligible rating.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:
1. Complete the United States Government Application Cover Page using the following Vacancy ID 1261091.
2. Fax your documents to .
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click on the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print the 1203FX (Form C) to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire.
3. Fax the completed 1203FX and supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
Due to our security procedures, applications cannot be accepted via email or standard mail. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, December 29, 2014.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package which includes:
1. Your R sum - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. If you use your own r sum , curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.
2. Complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. College transcript(s) must meet the basic requirement as noted in the qualification section of this job announcement.
4. Other supporting documents (if applicable):
Veterans' preference documentation (i.e., SF-15, DD-214, statement of service, service connected disability letter, etc.)
CTAP/ICTAP documentation (copy of separation notice, SF-50, current performance evaluation)
NOTE: You may submit an unofficial transcript or a list of college courses completed indicating course titles, credit hours, and grades received. An official transcript from an accredited educational institution is required if you are selected for the position.
All supporting documentation must be received by the closing date of the vacancy announcement to claim certain types of preference.
For R sum and Application Tips visit: .
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).
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at:
VETERANS' PREFERENCE: If you are claiming veterans' preference under competitive procedures, you must submit a copy of your military discharge certificate (DD 214 member 4 copy), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other proof of eligibility. To be acceptable, the document must show character of service. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference (SF-15) and the required documentation specified on the reverse of the SF 15. Preference will be granted based on the documents received. For more information visit:
CAREER TRANSITION PROGRAM: This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed 'surplus' or no longer needed, or an employee has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service. 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. For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as a CTAP/ICTAP eligible, go to: /.
SELECTIVE SERVICE: The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position. For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit: /.
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 Center HelpDesk ; TTY/TDD ; or by email . The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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