Monday, December 24, 2012

Supervisory Interdisciplinary Scientist, (Microbiologist/Chemist), GS-403/1320-13

Job Title:Supervisory Interdisciplinary Scientist, (Microbiologist/Chemist), GS-403/1320-13

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Food and Drug Administration

Job Announcement Number:HHS-FDA-ORA-MP-13-779519
    $81,823.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year
    Monday, December 10, 2012 to Friday, December 28, 2012
    Full Time - Permanent
    1 vacancy in the following location:
San Juan, PR United StatesView Map
    Current employees with the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Southeast Region with career or career conditional appointments in the competitive service

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.

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), San Juan District Office, located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Who May Apply:  This vacancy is open to current Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), employees in the Southeast Region with competitive status.  Competitive status refers to employees who are serving on a career or career conditional appointment.


FDA-ORA PHS Commissioned Corps Officers in the Southeast Region who are interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps may apply on line to this announcement.  Candidates will be referred to (CC) personnel and not as candidates for conversion to a permanent career or career-conditional appointment.

This position is interdisciplinary and may be filled as a Chemist, GS-1320-13 or Biologist, GS-0403-13.

This announcement may be used to fill multiple positions in multiple locations.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Federal employees living in Puerto Rico are authorized a 4.20% cost of living allowance (COLA) not included in the salary range identified above.  For more information click here:


    U.S. Citizenship is required.
    Applicant must have a valid driver's license.
    Supervisory probationary period is required.
    15% travel is required.
    Relocation expenses will be paid.

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This position is located in the Southeast Region, San Juan District Office, Laboratory Branch located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The position serves as a first line supervisor in an ORA field laboratory over a unit of scientists.  The incumbent is recognized as an authority in drug chemistry and deals with the legal and scientifically difficult and sensitive issues in this area.  The functions and activities in this area impact the work of regulated industry; State, local and foreign governments, as well as the general public.  This incumbent is responsible for the technical and administrative supervision of a chemistry unit (including Physical Science Technicians, Biological Science wage grade employees and support staff) which includes planning, budgeting, assigning, reviewing, and evaluating the work and performance of the employees under his/her supervision.

Major duties include:

    Perform the administrative and personnel management functions for the subordinate staff.
    Plans and assigns work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts short-term priorities and prepare schedules for completion of work.
    Prepares budget needs/request for the unit.
    Responsible for personnel issues relating to subordinates under his/her supervision including but not limited to; evaluating performance, minor disciplinary actions and career development needs.
    Participate in seminars, workshops and other professional activities.
    Serves as Acting Director of the Science Branch with full responsibility.
    Testify in court as necessary.

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Microbiologist (GS-0403)

A. Degree: 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 basic medical science that included courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Chemist (GS-1320)

A. Degree: 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. 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 one of the basic requirements as stated above, applicants must possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade which equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and is typically related to the work of the position to be filled.  Specialized experience can be identified through comprehensive knowledge of the basic legislation, laws, precedents, and regulation which governs the activities of a laboratory, skills in negotiation and the function of a laboratory.

Applicant must have one (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-12 to meet eligibility at the GS-13.

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:

Conditions of Employment:

1. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

2. Financial disclosure statement may be required.  Certain positions within the FDA are subject to restrictions on financial holdings specifically FDA regulated financial holdings.  This position could be subject to these restrictions.  During the application and interview process, and prior to accepting this position, we advise applicants to seek additional information from the FDA Ethics Office at (301) 827-5511.

3. Bargaining Unit Position:  No

4. Travel required:  15%.

5. Time-in-grade (TIG) must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

6.  Incumbent must serve a one year supervisory probationary period if this requirement was not previously met.

7.  Must have a valid driver's license.


Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume 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 resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

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

1.  Knowledge of pertinent laws, regulations, policies and precedents.

2.  Knowledge of major issues, program goals and objectives, substantive work processes and program operations.

3.  Knowledge of principles, concepts, practices of various scientific fields and specialty areas..

4.  Ability to plan, organize and oversee progress and programmatic results and scientific programs within a laboratory.

5.  Skill in adapting analytical technique and evaluation criteria to measure program efficacy and productivity.

6.  Ability to communicate in writing.

7.  Ability to communicate orally.

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Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP):  For information on how to apply as an 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 begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note:  To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 779519.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

        Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
        Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
        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.
        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 HelpDesk 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.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    Your Résumé - 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 résumé, 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.

    A complete Assessment Questionnaire

    Other supporting documents:

         - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable

         - College Transcripts (if the position has a positive education requirement)

For Résumé and Application Tips visit:

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, December 28, 2012.

FDA Helpdesk
Phone: (888)478-4340
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
HHS FDA Center
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD
20993Fax: (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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