Technical Writer-Editor
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, and are interested in being a science writer responsible for producing written materials on medical and scientific topics, drawing on your own scientific background and experience to interpret the news value of research findings from the National Institutes of Health, you should consider becoming a Technical Writer Editor with the Office of Communications and Public Liaison (OCPL)! The OCPL plans, develops, and operates a comprehensive communications and public liaison program to produce and disseminate science-based health information for diverse national audiences. For more information, visit http://www.nih.gov/icd/od/ocpl/ .

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Communications and Public Liaison (OCPL), Scientific Communication Office, on the NIH main campus.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date.

Position is subject to a background investigation.

Education requirements must be met by the closing date.

DUTIES:
As a Technical Writer-Editor, your major job duties will include the following :

Serve as a technical expert and write and edit products that articulate, interpret, and explain complex or potentially controversial policies, programs, and research findings. The products will include, but are not limited to, NIH Research Matters ( http://www.nih.gov/researchmatters/ ) and NIH News in Health ( http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/ ).
Participate in critical planning sessions to determine resources and/or approach for writing, editing, presenting, and distributing technical and scientific material.
Conduct extensive research on the subject matter including interviewing and/or observing subject matter experts, researching journals, on-line sources, and other substantive source material to write scientific and technical materials.
Authorize clearance of scientific and technical materials for publication.
Develop and/or makes available policies, procedures, and instructions for clearing materials.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
To qualify for this position at the GS-11 level, you must have:
Completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or an LL.M., if related. This degree must have included a total of 15 semester hours in an appropriate scientific, technical, or social science field(s), and at least one course above the introductory level in the field(s) covered by the position.

OR

One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: editing moderately complex scientific and technical material; writing printed or spoken media for a general scientific audience or informed laymen; and insuring that editing and writing conforms to all applicable requirements.

OR

A combination of post master’s level education and experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.

To qualify for the GS-12 level, you must have:
One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: editing moderately complex scientific and technical material; writing printed or spoken media for a general scientific audience or informed laymen; insuring that editing and writing conforms to all applicable requirements; and organizing, designing, and preparing communication materials, audio presentations, and PowerPoint slide presentations. View Assessment Questions

If you qualify on the basis of education in lieu of experience, 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 .

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 of the closing date, Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 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.

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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