- Silver Spring, MD
US Food and Drug
$72,750 - $134,798 a year - Full-time
$72,750 - $134,798 a year
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Full Job Description
This position is with the Food and Drug Administration and is
located in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. CDRH provides
consumers, patients and their caregivers with accessible science-based
information about the products we oversee. The Center facilitates medical
device innovation by advancing regulatory science, providing industry with
predictable, consistent, transparent, and efficient regulatory pathways, and
assuring consumer confidence in devices marketed in the U.S.
- This position(s) is located in the Food
and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Devices and Radiological Heath
(CDRH), in Silver Spring, Maryland.
- As a Chemist in CDRH you will:
- Works closely with senior level reviewers
in the review and evaluation of scientific data submitted to the FDA by
medical device industry to determine safety and efficacy of routine and
non-complex medical device products.
- Serves as consultant and advisor to
scientific and technical personnel inside and outside the agency in a
wide-ranging arena of scientific subject matters to include the field of
medical devices and/or radiological product analysis and methods.
- Conducts and participates in discussions
with industrial scientists and management officials regarding the
development and regulation of medical devices.
- Writes and evaluates guidelines
concerning the data required in submissions to the Agency for medical
devices and their marketing.
- Develops, modifies, and evaluates
guidelines concerning data required in device actions submitted to the
Agency for medical devices.
25% or less - You may be expected to travel 25% or less for this
- Chemists, Food
- Chemists, Industrial
- Food Chemists
- Industrial Chemists
- Citizenship Requirement: You must be a
U.S. Citizen to be considered for this advertisement unless explicitly
- Direct Deposit: You will be required to
have all federal salary payments electronically deposited into a bank
account with a financial institution of your choice.
- Background Investigation Requirement:
All employees must pass a security investigation. Failing to pass the
background check may be grounds for removal or legal action. If hired,
you may be subject to additional investigations at a later time.
- FDA participates in e-Verify:
All new hires must complete the I-9 form; this information will be
processed through e-Verify to determine your
employment eligibility. If a discrepancy arises, you must take
affirmative steps to resolve the matter.
- Certification of Accuracy: All
information concerning eligibility and qualification is subject to
investigation and verification. False representation may be grounds for
non-consideration, non-selection, or appropriate legal action.
The position of Chemist falls under the 1320 occupational
series. To qualify for this position at grade GS-11/12/13, you must meet the following:
- Degree: 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
- Combination of education and experience - 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
NOTE: Applicants must submit all relevant transcripts that demonstrate you
possess the required education to meet the Basic Qualifications.
Specialized Experience. Specialized experience is experience that
equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities
to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in
or related to the work of the position to be filled.
Specialized Experience: For the GS-11 level, you must possess one
year of experience, equivalent to at least the GS-9 level in the Federal
service, experience includes: conducting studies and investigations
concerning chemical and/or physical processes that affect chemistry related
resources; writing reports that provide recommendations for change or
improvement; and analyze conventional issues.
Specialized Experience: For the GS-12 level, you must possess one
year of experience, equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal
service, experience includes: developing scientific experiments, conducting
chemical studies/investigations and following established experimental
protocols or developing new experimental/ chemical protocols; interpreting
scientific and regulatory directives to provide recommendations to other
scientists; and preparing synopsis of data submitted for review.
Specialized Experience: For the GS-13 level, you must possess one
year of experience, equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal
service, experience includes: providing scientific expertise of review
chemical experimentation processes; serving as an expert to provide technical
advice for complex, scientific tests, investigate environmental/ chemical
conditions and/or protocols to develop new techniques; and analyzing
scientific data to evaluate chemical conditions and preparing synopsis of
data submitted for review; and interpreting scientific directives to provide
recommendations to other scientists.
All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on
09/13/2021. 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. You must continue to meet all requirements through the hiring
You may be asked to provide additional information at a later time. All
interview requests and selection decisions are at the full discretion of the
NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and
appropriate documentation is 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.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT
MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Qualifications are based on
breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed,
applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from
MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As
qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the
required information, failure to provide this information may result in
disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder
to develop their federal resume.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work
done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and
other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual;
community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical
competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and
experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive
credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
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.
Submitting Your Transcripts: Positions which are scientific or
technical in nature often have very specific educational requirements. A
transcript is required to verify educational achievement. Pay careful
attention to the Qualifications and Education sections to identify vacancies
where a transcript is required. Even if you hold a similar position or are a
current employee, you are not exempt from transcript requirements.
Electronic Transcript Caution: If you have obtained your
transcripts electronically, the file might contain security measures that
could prevent our application system from reading the file. Therefore, you
should consider asking the institution to provide the file in a non-secured
electronic format. Alternatively, you could scan or take a photo of the
printed copy of the transcript. If your uploaded transcript cannot be read by
our system, you may only receive consideration and credit for the information
we can access.
See the Application Manager Documentation for tips on
submitting your paper-based documents.
For some advertisements, the Food & Drug Administration
receives hundreds, even thousands, of applications from job-seekers. Because
of this high level of interest in positions with the FDA, the agency reserves
the option of setting an application number limit. When an application limit is set, USAJOBS will close the
vacancy at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on either:(A) the day the limit
is reached,-OR-(B) the
pre-defined closing date of 09/13/2021, whichever comes first. If the limit
is reached before 11:59 pm ET, all applications in excess of the limit will
continue to be accepted until 11:59 pm ET. The application limit, if
applicable, for this advertisement is: 100For more information
about announcement closing,
Conditions of Employment:
- Pre-employment physical required: No
- Drug testing required: No
- License required: No
- Mobility agreement required: No
- Immunization required: No
- Bargaining Unit Position: Yes, 3591
- Telework eligible position: Telework is at the discretion of the supervisor.
- Financial disclosure statement, OGE-450,
required: Please be advised that this
position may be subject to FDA's prohibited financial interest
regulation and may require the incumbent of this position to divest of
certain financial interests. Applicants are advised to seek additional
information on this requirement from the hiring official before
accepting this position.
- Ethics pre-clearance required: This position is subject to strict prohibited financial
interest regulations which could restrict the type of financial
interest (stock holdings) for the employee, the spouse, and minor
children of the employee. Selectee for this position will be required
to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 450) and may
require the selectee to obtain clearance from the FDA Division of
Ethics and Integrity before a final offer can be made. For additional
information on the prohibited financial interests, FDA Ethics and
- Incentives may be authorized; however,
this is contingent upon funds availability.
If authorized, certain incentives will require you to sign a service
agreement to remain in the Federal government for a period of up to 3
years. Note: This statement does not imply nor guarantee an incentive
will be offered and paid. Incentives include the following: recruitment
or relocation incentive; student loan repayment, superior
qualifications appointment, creditable service for annual leave for
prior non-federal work experience or prior uniformed military service,
- If you are serving, or have served in
the last 5 years (from 09/13/2021) as an Executive Branch political,
Schedule C, or Non-career SES appointee, HHS/FDA may be required to
obtain approval by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) prior to
beginning employment. You can
find out if you have held one of these appointment types by looking at
your Standard Form 50s in your Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF), in Section 5 where the legal authorities are
listed. If you have served or are currently serving, you must provide a
copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting this
appointment. In addition, you will be required to respond to the
question in the assessment and certify your responses to the
questionnaire. See Political Appointee FAQ - OPM for
How You Will
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you
meet the qualifications above.
This is a direct hire announcement. Traditional rating and
ranking of applications, and veterans' preference does not apply to this
vacancy. We will evaluate you against the basic qualifications. Qualified
applicants will be referred for consideration in accordance with the Office
of Personnel Management direct hire guidelines. Note: Volunteer
experience can also be used as qualifying experience. Once the job
opportunity announcement closes (at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on 09/13/2021),
a review of your résumé and supporting
documentation will be conducted, the information will be compared
against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine
your eligibility for Federal employment, and then whether
you are qualified for this particular position. 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. If you are referred to the hiring
manager for consideration, you may be further evaluated based on an
interview; review of requested work samples, writing samples, most recent
performance evaluation(s), or professional references; or results of an oral
presentation or work-related test. Failure to comply with any of the
additional assessment requirements will result in removal from further
consideration. These assessment methods/tools may also be listed under Key
Interagency / Career Transition Assistance Program (I/CTAP):Well-Qualified
is defined as an applicant who meets the qualification standards and
eligibility requirements for the position, including minimum educational and
experience requirements; any medical qualifications and suitability; is able
to perform the essential duties of the position, with or without reasonable
accommodation; meets any applicable selective placement factors for the
position (such as the ability to speak a specific language or any other
factor required immediately upon hire); and is able to
satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry. Learn
more on the USAJOBS Career Transition Assistance Site.
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may
affect your eligibility.
checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process
A document that is required must be submitted by all
applicants because the document is needed to verify your qualifications,
education, or other eligibility information. Failure to provide one of the
documents in the list below may result in your application being considered
- Cover Letter
- DD-214/ Statement of Service
- Disability Letter (Schedule A)
- Disability Letter (VA)
- Other supporting documentation not
- PCS Orders
- Performance Appraisal
- Professional Certification
- Separation Notice (RIF)
- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
These documents may be required for some applicants. Applicants
relying on education to qualify, those seeking consideration under a special
hiring authority, or those who need to verify a license or certification,
will need to submit appropriate supporting documentation from this list.
RESUME REQUIREMENTS: The federal government has very specific
resume requirements. If you have not written a federal resume before, you
should watch this Resume Writing Tutorial video on the
USAJOBS YouTube channel, or read through a helpful Resume Writing FAQ on
the USAJOBS Help Site to learn what details you should, and should not,
include in your resume.
At a minimum your resume should list the position title, employer, start
and end dates (including month and year), salary (or grade and step), hours
worked per week, and a list of duties performed or accomplishments, for EACH
position listed. A CV (curriculum vitae) may not contain enough information
to meet these resume requirements.
Displaced employees: If you are a former Federal employee who was
displaced due to a Reduction-in-Force (RIF) or surplused
by some other means, please submit a copy of the separation letter or RIF
notice from your agency. To be selected under I/CTAP, you must still be found
well-qualified for this position. See the How You Will Be Evaluated section
for the agency's definition of well-qualified. Learn more on
the USAJOBS Career Transition Assistance Site.
Learn more about supporting documents and documentation requirements on
- How to Understand the Required Documents
- What Types of Documents May I Need?
- How to Manage Your Documents on USAJOBS
If you are relying on your
education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees
from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as
stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may
affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with
a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family
will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position
you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent.
Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits
This job is open to
transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Federal employees who meet the definition of a
"surplus" or "displaced" employee.
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to
Clarification from the agency
You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National. Foreign nationals
or legal permanent residents are not eligible for consideration. This is a
direct hire authority announcement. Traditional federal rules regarding
rating, ranking, and veterans' preference do not apply. This vacancy will
also be used to clear CTAP/ICTAP.