Health Science Specialist
Department of Veterans Affairs - Mountain View, CA

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 656803 (Please include on all documents)

Our mission: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a US citizen to apply for this job

Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

DUTIES:
POSITION NUMBER: 5968A/5967A

WORK SCHEDULE: MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY - 8:00AM TO 4:30PM

***RELOCATION INCENTIVES/MOVING EXPENSES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED.***

NOTE: Appointment is in the Excepted Service under Title 38 authority for research positions. This appointment are non status, non permanent and does not confer eligibility to be non-competitively converted to career-conditional or career appointment. The duration of the appointment is not to exceed (NTE) 2 Years; however, it may be reduced/or extended depending upon the research project funding.

This position is located at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS), Research Service at the Palo Alto Division (PAD). The incumbent is responsible for form design, layout and setup while incorporating the specifications of data collection and coding procedures for the clinical trial. Performs data validation and quality control/quality assurance checks and procedures to ensure accuracy of study data and adherence to study protocol in preparation for analyses by the Statistical Programmer and Study Biostatistician. He/she acts as the liaison between the Coordinating Center, Study Chairman's office, and Clinical Study Sites by facilitating data collection, conducting data review, and resolving data discrepancies. Provides training to Study Site personnel on correct and accurate completion of Study Data Forms. Archives research materials at the completion of a study. Performs other related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Time-in-Grade Restriction - Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. The grade may have been in any occupation but must have been held in the Federal service.

BASIC REQUIREMENT:
Education: A bachelor's degree with the major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

AND In addition to meeting the basic education requirement noted above, this position requires:

GS-7

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is progressively responsible experience, which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is in or related to the work of the position.

Such qualifying experience should have been gained in clinical data management for a health science program using established clinical data management system (CDMS) software; training study site personnel on the use of CDMS software; performing data validation and applying quality control checks; participating in database setup, user acceptance testing, and documentation of clinical data management systems. OR SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: One full year of progressively higher level graduate education in a major field of study related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position . (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) OR SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT (SAA): Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) - (a) Class standing - Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision based on completed courses; or (b) Grade-point average (G.P.A.) - Applicants must have 3.0 or higher out of possible 4.0 as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (c) honor society membership. A copy of the final college transcript must be included in the application packet. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

GS-9

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is progressively responsible experience, which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is in or related to the work of the position. Such qualifying experience should have been gained in clinical data management for a health science program using established clinical data management system (CDMS) software; training study site personnel on the use of CDMS software; performing data validation and applying quality control checks; participating in database setup, user acceptance testing, and documentation of clinical data management systems. OR SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: Two (2) year of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree in a major field of study related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position . (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) OR

COMBINATION: A combination of specialized experience and related graduate education as described that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of the position is fully qualifying at the GS-9 grade level. If you qualify with a combination, your experience must be documented in your application/resume and transcripts are required.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

Knowledge and experience with methods and techniques of data coding, quality assurance, and common statistical procedures used in analysis

Ability to communicate verbally and in writing to facilitate productive interaction with research participants, coworkers and administrative staff

Ability to demonstrate proficiency with computer systems and software applications (e.g. Unix, NT, Windows, MS Office, etc)

Knowledge of the principles and procedures in the scientific area to support the organization's health science program

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***

Veterans Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

BENEFITS:
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

OTHER INFORMATION:
RPL/ICTAP/CTAP : The Reemployment Priority List (RPL), Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about RPL, ICTAP, and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at:

http://www.opm.gov/ctap/

Reasonable Accommodation: This office provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If requested and appropriate, and you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify this office either orally or in writing. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Information about Reasonable Accommodation is on OPM’s Reasonable Accommodation website at:

http://www.opm.gov/Disability/ReasonableAccommodation.asp

The Department of Veterans Affairs supports a drug-free environment.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

VA employees, applicants for employment, and former employees shall not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, gender (sex), national origin, age, physical or mental disability, and/or reprisal for filling a charge of discrimination, participating in an investigation, or having opposed prohibited discrimination. Sexual and non-sexual harassment based on the above categories is also prohibited.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave : Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within (90) days.

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