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Job Title: FOOD TECHNOLOGIST - College Park, MD

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Food and Drug Administration

Job Announcement Number:FDA-CFSAN-15-DE-1386326PW

SALARY RANGE:

$107,325.00 to $139,523.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 to Wednesday, April 29, 2015

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1382-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
College Park, MD View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

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 Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Office of Food Additive Safety, Regulatory Team I.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently until April 29, 2015 with vacancy announcement FDA-CFSAN-15-MP-1386335PW under merit promotion procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures. NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

Who May Apply: Open to all United States Citizens.

Additional selections may be made within the same geographical area FDA-wide.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

·         Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

·         No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

·         U.S. Citizenship is required.

·         Only experience gained by closing date announcement will be considered.

·         One year probationary period may be required.

·         Background investigation may be required.

·         Be sure to read the "How To Apply" section for all required documents


DUTIES:

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The incumbent of this position will perform the following:

 

·         Provides technical guidance to the Office of Food Additive Safety and Center on a broad range of topics related to food technology and food safety, especially related to sodium reduction in foods.

·         Oversees development of a knowledge database that will include scientific literature on food reformulation and potential unintended consequences, food technology, food safety, and sensory aspects of sodium reduction in foods, current and new technologies being explored in the area of sodium reduction, and gaps identified in the research.

·         Leads research on various topics, track trends, analyze data, and prepare various journal articles, technical papers, and communication material.

·         Serves as a technical expert to inform policy decisions in meetings with internal and external stakeholders.

·         Provides expert review/response to technical comments on food safety and functionality.

·         Explores projects to monitor unintended consequences of food reformulation and of sodium reduction on the food supply (e.g. food safety issues, increases in the use of added sugars, etc.).

·         Independently leads development of scientific research database for sodium reduction in foods, which documents sodium reduction research and industry successes, challenges, and potential technologies.

·         Collaborates with other agencies and participates in workgroups as needed.

·         Monitors industry response to policy decisions.

·         Presents at internal and external briefings and professional meetings.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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In order to qualify for FOOD TECHNOLOGIST, GS-1382-14, you must meet both the Basic Education Requirement and Specialized Experience as follows:

Basic Educational Requirement:

 

A. A degree food technology, or dairy technology, microbiology, biology, chemistry, physics, or a related discipline or field of biological or physical science. The course work must have been comprised of at least 30 semester hours in the basic biological and physical sciences, and included at least 20 semester hours in food technology and closely related subjects, or 20 semester hours in subjects that can be applied directly to food technology.
OR

B. A combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major, including the course work specified, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:

 

In addition to meeting the Basic Educational Requirements, applicants must also have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade or equivalent band level of responsibility in the Federal service developing scientific databases, leading research, tracking trends and analyzing data related to food technology, and food safety as it relates to sodium reduction in foods.  Experience developing, implementing, interpreting and evaluating laws, policies and procedures relating to food technology and food safety.  Experience preparing reports, scientific analysis and summaries related to food technology and safety issues.

 




 

If you are claiming education as any part of your qualifications for this position, you must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. 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.  For further information, click on foreign education.

 

Conditions of Employment: 
1. Security and Background Requirements:  If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action. 
2. E-Verify:  If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant. 
3. Direct Deposit:  All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.  
4. Pre-employment physical required: No
5. Drug testing required: No

6. License required: No
7. Mobility agreement required: No

8. Moving expenses authorized: No
9. Immunization required: No
10. Relocation Incentive authorized: No
11. Recruitment Incentive authorized: No
12. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: No
13. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: No
14. Bargaining Unit Position: No

15. Financial disclosure statement required: YES

Please be advised that this position will be subject to FDA’s strict prohibited financial interest regulation and therefore, may require the incumbent of this position to divest of certain financial interests.  Applicants are strongly advised to seek additional information on this requirement from the FDA hiring official before accepting this position.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the job opportunity announcement closes, a review of your résumé 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 responses when compared to your background information, you may be deemed ineligible or your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and abilities.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Basis of Rating: Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of the following quality categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.

 

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. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics). You do not have to respond to the KSA’s separately, but your resume should contain sufficient information to demonstrate possession of the Compentencies/KSA’s.

 

1. Knowledge of one of more professional/scientific fields – Food Technology, Food Chemistry, Food Science, Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Toxicology, Pharmacology, Nutrition.

2.  Knowledge of the laws and practices of food technology, food safety, sensory attributes in food and food reformulation.

3.  Ability to communicate orally.

4.  Ability to communicate in writing.

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BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.

 

OTHER INFORMATION:

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy) or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans’ preference see http://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans.

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov).

For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit http://opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp

Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed “surplus” or no longer needed, or an employee who has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service.  To receive selection priority for this position, you must be rated “well-qualified”.  Well-qualified means eligible applicants whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements of the position.  For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as an ICTAP eligible, see: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp

 


HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 to receive consideration.

·         To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

·         Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

·         It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date. 

·         To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

·         To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

·         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.

 

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Resume
   ·Transcript

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·DD-214
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50


Other Supporting Documents:  (only submit if applicable)

·         College transcripts (unofficial copy acceptable)

·         Veterans’ Preference documentation [e.g., DD-214 which shows type of discharge/character of service (Copy 4), SF-15, VA letter, etc.]

·         CTAP/ICTAP documentation

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1386326.

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, April 29, 2015  to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf

3. 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.

4. 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 quickquestions@psc.gov.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

For Résumé and Application Tips visit: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Tips.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

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

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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. Once this process is completed, you will be notified of your status via e-mail.

 

Agency Contact Info

Job Announcement Number:

FDA-CFSAN-15-DE-1386326PW

Control Number:

401396600

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