The Food and Drug Administration - Protecting and Promoting Your Health
Help protect public health by joining the FDA's Center for Devices & Radiological Health (CDRH). From reviewing applications for innovative medical devices to educating industry on relevant policies and regulations to providing accurate, science-based health information to the public, CDRH is at the forefront of in ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of the medical devices and radiation-emitting products that millions of Americans use daily.
This announcement will have an early cut-off date of April 18, 2012. Applications received by 11:59 p.m. EST on that date will be referred first for review. Application received after that date will be reviewed and referred after the close of this announcement.
One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.
You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section)
As the Deputy Division Director for the Office of Science and Engineering Labs, Division of Biology, you will be responsible for supporting the Center's mission to assure the safety and effectiveness of medical devices in the areas of biological risk assessment, bisensors/nanotechnology, genomic and genetic technologies, infection control and sterility, tissue-device interactions, toxicity/biocompatibility, and radiation bioeffects. Duties include:
Directing and managing five specialty laboratories in the absence of the Director;
Evaluating laboratory programs to ensure their safety and effectiveness;
Coordinating the identification of new research areas and directing the development of research programs and policies in those areas;
Developing collaborative agreements with outside groups to advance and expand the scientific knowledge used in regulatory, compliance, and standards-setting activities;
Delivering presentations to national and international bodies, including chemical and physics organizations, industry liaisons, and standards development organizations; and
Providing supervision to staff, including evaluating staff performance, assigning work, and recommending staff for promotion, awards, etc.
In order to be qualified for this position, you must possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service, planning and conducting research into the safety or efficacy or medical devices; determining research program resources (e.g. financial, personnel, equipment, etc.) to ensure program needs are met; providing program guidance or developing operating procedures for scientific laboratories or testing facilities; interpreting regulations or scientific studies related to the development or review of medical devices for research staff; and delivering scientific or technical presentations national conferences. Your resume must detail how you meet this requirement.
In addition, you must meet the basic requirement(s) for the series for which you are applying. Transcripts demonstrating how you meet these educational requirements are required of all applicants.
For the GS-0401 Biologist, you must possess:
A. A Bachelor's or higher degree in the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. - OR -
B. A combination of education and experience. This includes courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
For the GS-0415 Toxicologist, you must possess a Bachelor's or higher degree in toxicology; or an appropriate discipline of the biological, medical, or veterinary sciences that included at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, biochemistry, or physiology, and 12 semester hours in toxicology. (Courses in anatomy, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, biology, histology, and animal, human, microbial, or cellular physiology may be used to meet the 30-semester-hour requirement in chemistry, biochemistry, and physiology. Courses in statistics, bioassay, and test design may also apply to this requirement. Courses in cytology, embryology, cellular or microbial genetics, and biophysics may also be used to meet this requirement in those instances where the course work provided additional insight into the biophysical, biochemical, and physiological relationships involved. Only toxicology courses may be used to meet the requirement for 12 semester hours in toxicology. This may include courses dealing intensively with toxicological search, methods in toxicology, essentials of toxicology, the study and review of toxicological literature, special reading courses, or other toxicologically-oriented subjects.)
For the GS-0602 Medical Officer, you must possess:
A. A Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accrediting body in the year of my graduation and have had at least 1 year of supervised experience providing direct service in a clinical setting, i.e., a 1-year internship or the first year of a residency program in an institution accredited for such training. - OR -
B. A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provided education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United States AND can demonstrate this equivalency because you possess permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) (or a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country). In addition, you have had at least 1 year of supervised experience providing direct service in a clinical setting, i.e., a 1-year internship or the first year of a residency program in an institution accredited for such training.
For the GS-0701 Veterinary Medicine Specialist, you must possess:
A. A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree, i.e., Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD), obtained at a school or college of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA). - OR -
B. A degree foreign veterinary medical school that is not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education AND one of the following: 1) Proof of certification of the final transcript by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG); 2) Possession of a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice veterinary medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States that includes successful completion of the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) or its predecessors, the National Board Examination (NBE) and the Clinical Competency Test (CCT); or 3) Proof that the education obtained in a foreign veterinary medical program is equivalent to that gained in a veterinary medical program that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education. Under this provision, equivalency is established only if an AVMA-accredited veterinary medical school or college accepts the graduate's final transcript from the foreign veterinary medical school at full value for placement into an advanced degree, postgraduate educational program, or training program (e.g. residency or graduate program). In addition, you can provide proof of proficiency in the English language as you have successfully completed one of the nationally and internationally recognized examinations that incorporate assessments of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.
For the GS-1320 Chemist, you must possess:
A. A Bachelor's or higher 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. A combination of education and experience. This includes 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.
ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.
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:
Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of your 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. Applicants applying under Delegated Examining (all U.S. citizens) procedures will be rated using Category Rating, meaning that qualified candidates will be placed into one of the following categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Although veterans do not receive additional points, veterans' preference is still applied. Applicants applying under merit promotion procedures will receive a numeric rating you receive is based on their responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position. 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 rating. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
Skill in planning and conducting scientific studies
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