Job Title: Food Technologist - College Park, MD


Department: Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency: Food and Drug Administration

Job Announcement Number: PH-370694-RM-Comp/Mp


$62,467.00 - $81,204.00 /year


Monday, August 09, 2010 to Friday, August 13, 2010




Full Time Career/Career Conditional




1 vacancy - College Park, MD


US Citizens and Status Candidates


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer and better for all Americans.

This position within the Food Labeling and Standards Staff, Product Evaluation and Labeling Team with the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. The responsibilities of the Team include: (a) promulgation, amendment and regulatory maintenance of food standards of identity, quality, and fill of container; (b) issuance of temporary marketing permits for food deviating from standards of identity; (c) development or amendment of various food labeling regulations; and (d) provision of technical comment and support of issues relating to food standards of identity, food labeling, food safety and nutrition.

One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.

Commissioned Corps Officers in the Public Health Service and "qualified" commissioned corps candidates may be considered for internal placement provided they submit a cover letter indicating commissioned corps status, a current resume or curriculum vitae, and provide all other required information specified in the vacancy announcement.



  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section)
  • This is a bargaining unit position
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized

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Additional Duty Location Info:


1 vacancy - College Park, MD


In this position you will be assigned to the full range of projects that involve complicating factors such as a high degree of consumer interest, a potentially significant economic impact on industry or consumers, and complex scientific and legal issues relating to nutrition, food composition, and food labeling.

In this role you will be rotated among several different projects related to the development or amendment of food standards of identity and food labeling policies and regulations; the development of responses to letters from Congress, industry, academia, consumers, or other government offices; and projects related to special agency initiatives. 

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Qualifications and Evaluations


Basic Requirement

To be basically qualified for the position, you must meet either A or B below:

A. A degree in one of the following: food technology, or dairy technology, microbiology, biology, chemistry, physics, or a related discipline or field of biological of 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.




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


Minimum Qualifications

In addition to the basic requirements, you must meet either A, B or C below to be qualified for this position.


A. At least one year of experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal Government.  Specialized experience includes assisting in the review of citizen petitions or Agency requests to develop and/or amend regulations; evaluating food processes and food composition; assisting with responding to letters and inquiries from consumers, industry, academia and other government agencies on policy issues related to food labeling and food standards of identity; monitoring the status of regulatory issues and food labeling actions.


B. Posess at least 3 years of graduate level education leading to a Ph.D. that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Such fields include dietetics, food, nutrition, food service management, institution management, food technology, or other closely related science.

C. Posess a combination of experience described in "A" above and education described in "B" above.


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).



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. The numeric rating you receive is based on your 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):

  • Knowledge of the principles, theories, practices and procedures of food science
  • Skill in applying legal/regulatory knowledge in coordination with scientific knowledge in formulating regulatory policy
  • Ability to communicate in writing
  • Ability to communcate orally

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Benefits and Other Info


The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


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 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

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

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How To Apply


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete
Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other
supporting documents:
         - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable 
         - College transcript(s), from all educational institutions attended
         - SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal service)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, August 13, 2010.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: PH370694.   Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
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.


The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete
Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other
supporting documents:
         - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable 
         - College transcript(s), from all educational institutions attended
         - SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal service)


Philadelphia Services Branch
Phone: (215)861-3074

Agency Information:
Philadelphia Services Branch
US Office of Personnel Management
600 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview. You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks)

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