Health Scientist - EPA
These positions are located in Office of Research and Development, National Center for Environmental Assessment, Immediate Office. They may be located at Durham, NC or Washington, DC. The duty location will be determined after a selection has been made for this position. If selected, you must work at one of the locations stated in this announcement. The salary will be commensurate with the duty location. For more information on this office, visit their website.Skills/Eligibility:
Conditions of Employment
- If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
- Position has educational/degree requirements (see Qualifications section).
- EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.
- You must submit a resume and required documents (see How to Apply section).
- You must be a U.S. citizen.
- You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
If you are selected, you must complete a one year probationary period.
This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.
You need a degree or combination of education and experience as described below to qualify for this position.
You must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in the following: major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences related to the work of this position.
As part of the application process, you are required to submit college transcripts or a list of courses as described in the Required Documents section of this announcement. However, if you are selected, you must provide official educational transcripts before you start work with EPA. More information on verification of education can be found here: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.
In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:
To qualify for the GS-12 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-11 level defined as analyzing epidemiologic data or assisting with epidemiological/population-based health studies that measure health effects of air quality in human populations.
To qualify for the GS-13 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-12 level defined as conducting the review and analysis of epidemiologic data or designing epidemiological/population-based health studies that measure the health effects of air quality in human populations.
Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 1) Knowledge related to the principles, theories, and practices of epidemiologic studies; 2) Ability to serve as a technical authority in epidemiology; 3) Skill in oral communication; 4) Ability to adapt existing approaches and develop new approaches to current assessments; 5) Ability to analyze scientific assessments; 6) Skill in written communication.
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.
Documents to be submitted online:
--Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the Duties section and Qualifications section. In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.
--Responses to the online assessment questionnaire.
--College transcripts - required to submit either unofficial transcripts or a list of courses that includes school(s) attended, school address, course title, grades earned, completion dates, department, and quarter or semester hours earned.
--Veterans’ Preference Documents - DD-214 Member 4 copy (or other copy indicating character of service), VA letter stating overall/combined disability rating (percentage), and SF-15, if applicable; active duty service members: submit certification from the armed forces documenting active duty dates, expected discharge/release date, campaign medals/badges, and character of service (a certification is any written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged/released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after you submit the certification).
--Displaced Federal employees under ICTAP/CTAP: copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station.
Additional information can be found on our website: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.
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.