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Interdisciplinary Research Scientist (Research Biologist/Research Chemist)

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Food and Drug Administration

Location :
Jefferson, Arkansas

Expiry Date :
Fri, 16 Apr 2021 23:59:59 GMT

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Interdisciplinary Research Scientist (Research Biologist/Research Chemist) Summary This Direct-Hire position is in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is located in the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), Office of Research, Division of Biochemical Toxicology which is responsible for planning and directing research specifically designed to define the biological mechanisms of action underlying the toxicity of products either regulated by or interest to, the product centers of the Food and Drug Administration. Responsibilities Plan, develop, coordinate and conduct highly specialized toxicological research aimed at fulfilling FDA regulatory science needs. Remain current with scientific literature and advancing research technology. Lead a team of Ph.D-level staff in the development, validation, and implementation of specialized mass spectral and nuclear magnetic resonance methods capable of addressing critical analytical research needs of NCTR and other Agency Centers. Responsible (Principal Investigator) for complex research protocols addressing crucial toxicological aspects of products regulated by the FDA. On-site Project Officer of an Interagency Agreement (IAA with the National Toxicology Program (NTP), managing an annual research budget of approximately $7M. Responsible for canvassing the FDA for toxicological questions/proposals/nominations where data-gaps need to be addressed with toxicological studies. Act as the FDA Liaison to the National Toxicology Program (NTP). Attend and represent the FDA at the NTP Board of Scientific Counselors meetings, and additional meetings of the NTP where the FDA might have interest in the deliberations or outcomes. Serve on committees and attends and makes presentations at professional meetings. Develops literature review and background information to supports the questions/proposals/nominations submissions to the NTP for consideration of study. Assist in the protocol design, to ensure regulatory impact is maximized. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications The position of Interdisciplinary Research Scientist (Research Biologist/Research Chemist) falls under the 0401/1320 occupational series. To qualify for this position at grade GS-15, you must meet either of the Basic Requirements AND the Specialized Experience as follows: Basic Requirements Research Biologist GS-0401-15 a. Have a degree from an accredited college or university in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. b. Have a combination of education and experience -Course equivalent to a major (in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position) as shown in ‘A’ above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. OR Research Chemist GS-1320-15: a. Have a degree from an accredited college or university with a degree in the 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. OR b. 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. In addition to meeting either of the Basic Requirements stated above, applicants must ALSO meet the following experience: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade of GS 14 or equivalent band level of responsibility in the federal service planning, coordinating, conducting, managing and/or reporting biological/toxicological research projects related to animal studies evaluating toxicokinetics and/or toxicity of chemicals. Experience operating and maintaining mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy equipment and/or leading scientific interactions with other institutions. NOTE: Applicants must submit all relevant transcripts that demonstrate you possess the required education to meet the Basic Qualifications. All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on 03/17/2021. 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. You must continue to meet all requirements through the hiring process. You may be asked to provide additional information at a later time. All interview requests and selection decisions are at the full discretion of the hiring office. NOTE: 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. IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume. 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, student, 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. Education 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. Submitting Your Transcripts: Positions which are scientific or technical in nature often have very specific educational requirements. A transcript is required to verify educational achievement. Pay careful attention to the Qualifications and Education sections to identify vacancies where a transcript is required. Even if you hold a similar position or are a current employee, you are not exempt from transcript requirements. Electronic Transcript Caution: If you have obtained your transcripts electronically, the file might contain security measures that could prevent our application system from reading the file. Therefore, you should consider asking the institution to provide the file in a non-secured electronic format. Alternatively, you could scan or take a photo of the printed copy of the transcript. If your uploaded transcript cannot be read by our system, you may only receive consideration and credit for the information we can access. See the Application Manager Documentation for tips on submitting your paper-based documents. Additional Information Additional Conditions of Employment: Pre-employment physical required: NO Drug testing required: NO License required: NO Mobility agreement required: NO Immunization required: NO Bargaining Unit Position: YES, 3591 NTEU Telework eligible position: YES Financial disclosure statement, OGE-450, required: YES. Please be advised that this position may be subject to FDA’s prohibited financial interest regulation and may require the incumbent of this position to divest of certain financial interests. Applicants are advised to seek additional information on this requirement from the hiring official before accepting this position. Ethics pre-clearance required: NO Additional Information: Incentives may be authorized; however, this is contingent upon funds availability. If authorized, certain incentives will require you to sign a service agreement to remain in the Federal government for a period of up to 3 years. Note: This statement does not imply nor guarantee an incentive will be offered and paid. Incentives include the following: moving expenses, recruitment or relocation incentive; student loan repayment, superior qualifications appointment, creditable service for annual leave for prior non-federal work experience or prior uniformed military service, etc. Additional selections may be made for similar positions across the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) within the local commuting area(s) of the location identified in this announcement. By applying, you agree to have your application shared with interested selecting official(s) at HHS. Clearance of CTAP/ICTAP will be applied for similar positions across HHS. If you are serving, or have served in the last 5 years (from 03/17/2021) as an Executive Branch political, Schedule C, or Non-career SES appointee, HHS/FDA may be required to obtain approval by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) prior to beginning employment. You can find out if you have held one of these appointment types by looking at your Standard Form 50s in your Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF), in Section 5 where the legal authorities are listed. If you have served or are currently serving, you must provide a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting this appointment. In addition, you will be required to respond to the question in the assessment and certify your responses to the questionnaire. See Political Appointee FAQ – OPM for more.