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Science Officer

Atlanta, GA
Expiration Date: April 2, 2018

What exciting career opportunities await you at CDC?

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the agency Americans trust with their lives. As a global leader in public health, CDC is the nation's premier health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency. Whether we are protecting the American people from public health threats, researching emerging diseases, or mobilizing public health programs with our domestic and international partners, we rely on our employees to make a real difference in the health and well-being of people here and around the world.

 

This position is located in Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC), Atlanta, Ga.

 

Additional selections may be made within the same geographical location CDC-wide.

 

CDC Financial Disclosure -OGE form 450

 

Holding ourselves to a higher standard; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention inspires public confidence in its trust responsibilities and mission by maintaining high ethical principles. This position is subject to the confidential financial disclosure requirements of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-521). Therefore, if selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with the agency. This Information will be required annually.

 

CDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Responsibilities

 

As a Science Officer you will:

 

Travel Required

 

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Serves as the primary scientific advisor to the CIO Director and Deputy Director, and other senior staff.

Advise on scientific studies/surveys or projects at local, state, and national levels.

Prepare research or study finding for dissemination.

Consult on scientific and technical issues.

Engage in scientific collaboration.

Lead and manage teams.

 

Conditions of Employment

 

Conditions Of Employment

 

U.S. Citizenship is required.

Background Investigation required.

 

Additional Security and Background Requirements: May be referred depending on the position being filled. 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.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

Travel, transportation, and moving expenses will be paid: No

Bargaining Unit Position: No

Drug Screening Required: No

Recruitment Incentive may be authorized: No

Research position: No

Supervisory position: Yes. Since this is a supervisory position, candidates must also have demonstrated or shown the potential to develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities. A supervisory probationary period may be required. Applicants should describe any previous experience or responsibilities which could be used in relation to the supervisory requirements of this position.

Promotion potential: No

Time in grade (TIG) must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

 

Qualifications

 

Basic Qualification Requirements:

 

Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree: major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position.

 

Minimum Qualification Requirements

 

In addition to meeting the Basic Qualifications, Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-14 level of difficulty and responsibility in the Federal service as defined in the next paragraph.

 

Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the position which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position to include experience in creating and reviewing scientific policies to include using innovative research methodologies; providing advice on issues related to science and policy in occupational health epidemiology, biostatistics, economics, behavioral science, toxicology, and/or related disciplines.

 

Documenting experience: In accordance with Office of Personnel Management policy, federal employees are assumed to have gained experience by performing duties and responsibilities appropriate for their official series and grade level as described in their position description. Experience that would not normally be part of the employee's position is creditable, however, when documented by satisfactory evidence, such as a signed memorandum from the employee's supervisor or an SF-50 or SF-52 documenting an official detail or other official assignment. The documentation must indicate whether the duties were performed full time or, if part time, the percentage of times the other duties were performed. It is expected that this documentation is included in the employee's official personnel record. In order to receive credit for experience in your resume that is not within the official series and grade level of your official position, you must provide a copy of the appropriate documentation of such experience as indicated above.

 

Education

 

Foreign Education

 

Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the education requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: .

 

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

 

For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit .

 

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

 

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an

 

How You Will Be Evaluated

 

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

 

Once the application process is complete, a review of the 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. 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 eligibility.

 

Your qualifications will be evaluated and rated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

 

Background checks and security clearance

Apply knowledge of public health principles, theory & policy to improve public health approaches.

Use relevant primary and secondary research findings to make action-oriented recommendations.

Apply scientific principles & techniques to develop/enrich knowledge of a topic & advance science.

Identify and apply analytical methods, techniques, and tools to analyze and interpret data.

Translate findings into evidence-based recommendations to inform public health practice.

Administer & manage resources, projects & activities to meet program goals & agency objectives.

Gather/analyze information to identify gaps & determine needs related to public health problems.

Apply different evaluation approaches & methodologies to assess program and system effectiveness.

Design methods and tools to collect valid and reliable qualitative and quantitative information.

Establish and maintain relationships for the purpose of achieving business goals.

Build professional skills and competencies and improve work processes.

Commit to satisfying internal and external customers.

Make decisions in a timely manner.

Recognize each person's differences and utilize those to increase organizational effectiveness.

Deliver clear, effective communication and take responsibility for understanding others.

Accurately assess problems and effectively and efficiently arrive at effective solutions.

Focus on desired results and set and achieve challenging goals.

Express oneself clearly in business writing.

Respond quickly to change and easily considers new approaches.

Ability to work with teams with multidisciplinary groups.

 

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

 

Your résumé showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.

Other supporting documents:

 

Cover Letter, optional

 

College Transcript(s)

 

SF-50

 

Note: You may submit an unofficial transcript or a list of college courses completed indicating course titles, credit hours, and grades received. An official transcript from an accredited educational institution is required if you are selected for the position.

 

Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

 

For Résumé And Application Tips Visit

 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 01/02/2018.

 

Current or Former Political Appointees: Agencies must seek prior approval from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you MUST disclose that to the Human Resources Office. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service. Current or Former Political Appointees: Submit SF-50.

 

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.

 

Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

 

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

 

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 federal career very rewarding.

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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 offered.

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

 

A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 01/02/2018 of this announcement to receive consideration.To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.

 

Follow the prompts to select your résumé and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

 

After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.

 

You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

 

If You Cannot Apply Online

 

You are encouraged to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, please use the Alternate Application link listed in the Other Information section of this vacancy announcement. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online if at all possible. Applying online, through your USAJOBS account, will expedite the application process and allow you to check your application. If you utilize the Alternate Application method, your USAJOBS account will not display this application and you will not receive status updates.

 

Next steps

 

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.

 

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).

Interest Area 
Project Management
Research
Position Type 
Part-Time
Minimum Degree Requirements 
College Degree
Position Level 
Entry level