Heatlh Scientist Administrator (Scientific Review Officer)-NIDDK-DE
Department Of Health And Human Services - Montgomery County, MD

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The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview .

If you are an exceptionally talented, knowledgeable and motivated individual with experience as a Health Scientist Administrator AND you want to play a significant role in a dynamic organization, then consider joining the Division of Extramural Activities (DEA), Scientific Review Branch (SRB), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH)! The NIDDK offers career enhancing opportunities thorough challenging work assignments, exciting special projects, and exceptional professional training. For more information, please visit http://www2.niddk.nih.gov .

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Position is subject to a background investigation.

Education requirement please provide transcript

Must be a U.S. Citizen

Travel required

DUTIES:
Major Duties:
Utilize scientific knowledge and expertise to perform a variety of management functions associated with the scientific peer review of IC research and research training support activities, as well as contract activities.
Manage the initial scientific and administrative review of center grant, program project grant applications, as well as research project applications submitted in response to requests for applications, multicenter clinical trial applications, and contract proposals assigned to the IC.
Establish the criteria and standards for the review panel to follow based upon expert knowledge of the relevant scientific fields and of NIH and IC review policies and procedures.
Provide information to the consultants on each committee assembled as a basis for reviewing and evaluating grant applications and contract proposals and collect and provide essential information for committee members.
Orient new review members and ensure continuity in their approach toward evaluating applications and proposals, as well as adherence to peer review policies and procedures.
Prepare summary statements of review committee findings and recommendations for use by an IC advisory committee.
Respond to questions of a scientific nature and function in a lead role for the NIH seeking a balanced research environment.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
To be minimally qualified, applicants must meet the basic requirements in either A or B:

A. Must have successfully completed all requirements for a PhD. (or equivalent doctoral degree) in an accredited college or university, including acceptance of the dissertation, in an academic field of the health or pertinent sciences allied to health or health-related research;

OR

B. Successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an academic field of the health or pertinent sciences which has been applied and utilized by the applicant in health or health-related research and, in addition, at least 1 year of qualifying progressively responsible experience; or any equivalent combination of graduate study and research experience in these fields. This education and experience must demonstrate that the applicant has acquired the scientific knowledge, skills and abilities to apply and utilize them successfully in health or health-related research at a level which is the qualitative equivalent of that acquired in meeting all the requirements for the Ph.D. or M.D. degree (or equivalent doctoral degree), including the dissertation as indicated above. The appropriate doctoral equivalence must be supported by publications in health or health-related research accomplishment in appropriate scientific journals, or other objective evidence in such form that it may be reviewed and evaluated.

Applicants must demonstrate that they have:
1. worked independently in planning, organizing, and conducting biomedical behavioral health, or health-related research;

2. served effectively, in research program administration in these fields; and

3. acquired an understanding of the history, interests, internal dynamics, and relationships of organizations in which health research is conducted. This experience may be gained as a principal investigator of a grant or contract, or may otherwise be gained through active involvement in initiating research projects, developing protocols, conducting studies, documenting findings, interpreting results in a published report (journal), supervising staff, and managing the budget.

The background of the applicant must show progressively responsible and successful experience (complexity of work in independent research and research program administration), to be eligible for each successively higher grade level.

Additional Experience for the GS-12 level:
The basic requirements for fully qualifying at this level are one year of independent health research beyond the doctor degree and one year of health research program administration experience (can be undertaken concurrently). Examples of qualifying experience may include: In an Academic Environment: serving as principal investigator or equivalent on a grant or contract which may include institutional grant support or foundation funds, but should have been obtained competitively; independent research as evidenced by the development of a research project, and primary authorship of research publications in peer-reviewed journals; held position of Instructor, Assistant Professor or equivalent. In an Intramural Environment: independent research, as evidenced by the development of research projects, and primary authorship of research publications in peer-reviewed journals; evidence of responsibility for significant aspects of laboratory/research unit (at least 3 years postdoctoral research); held position of Staff Fellow, Senior Staff Fellow, Research Associate or equivalent. In the Private Sector (Profit/Nonprofit): conceptualization and implementation of a research project, primary authorship on internal research reports or patents and/or publications in peer-reviewed journals; held position of Research Scientist or equivalent.

Additional Experience for the GS-13 level:
In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants must possess at least one year of professional experience. Examples of Qualifying Experience may include: In an Academic Environment: management of significant independent research projects (analogous to an RO1 and R29 grant) and supervision of graduate researchers or technicians; publications in refereed journals, presenting published work to scientific organizations and teaching graduate level courses in biomedical/behavioral or health-related disciplines; served as a reviewer on peer-review panels or journals; held position of Assistant or Associate Professor or equivalent. In an Intramural Environment: responsible for multiple scientific projects, supervising graduate researchers or technicians; publications in refereed journals, presenting published work to scientific organizations and teaching graduate level course in biomedical/behavioral or health related disciplines; served as a reviewer on peer-review panels or journals; held position of Research Scientist (permanent position), Section Chief, or equivalent. In the Private Sector (Profit/Nonprofit): evidence of increasing responsibility in research or administration within the company; held position of Senior Research Scientist/Project Manager or equivalent.

Additional Experience for the GS-14 level:
In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must possess at least one year of professional experience . Examples of Qualifying Experience may include experience that demonstrates extensive scientific expertise incorporating research experience with varied responsibilities for providing leadership in a scientific area; functioning as a leader for a variety of efforts, such as directing research and coordinating committee and teaching activities, and organizing and chairing sessions at national scientific meetings. In an Academic Environment: serves as an appointed member of a scientific peer-review panel or editorial board; held position of Associate Professor, Professor or equivalent. In an Intramural Environment: responsible for at least two concurrent research projects with separate staff and budgets and supervising doctoral level staff; held position of Section Chief or equivalent for at least 2 years. In the Private Sector (Profit/Nonprofit): evidence of increasing responsibility in research or administration within the company; held position of Senior Research Scientist/Project Manager or equivalent. View Assessment Questions

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). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign Education . If you are currently or were previously in this occupation series you do not need to submit transcripts at this time. Instead, submit an SF-50 showing the appointment in this occupational series.

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, your application and responses to the online questionnaire will be evaluated under Category Rating and Selection procedures for placement in one of the following categories:

Best Qualified - for those who are superior in the evaluation criteria
Well Qualified - for those who excel in the evaluation criteria
Qualified - for those who only meet the minimum qualification requirements

Candidates determined to be Best Qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.

Click here to view vacancy questions: View Assessment Questions

If you are a veteran, CTAP or ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links for additional information and required documents:

Veterans

CTAP

ICTAP

Schedule A Appointments for the Disabled

All such documents MUST be received by 11:59pm ET of the closing date, Friday, January 25, 2013, to be considered.

BENEFITS:
The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. For more information, check out New Employee Benefits at NIH and OPM's Employee Benefits Information .

OTHER INFORMATION:
PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps should also apply online to this announcement in order to receive consideration.

We are unable to pay relocation expenses.

A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/ placement.

The position requires overnight travel that might be up to one (1) night per year.

A newly appointed or reappointed employee may receive service credit for prior work experience or active duty uniformed service that otherwise would not be creditable for the purpose of determining his or her annual leave accrual rate. All creditable service must be directly related to the duties of the position being filled and decisions to allow for such credit must be finalized prior to the selectee’s entrance on duty. The use of this service credit incentive is at the discretion of the selecting official and service credit is granted only for a position deemed hard-to-fill.

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program ( E-Verify ). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus .

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