Health Science Specialist (Remote)

Washington, D.C
Jun 28, 2022
Jun 29, 2022
Full Time

Major Duties include but may not be limited.
  • Manage implementation, control and reporting on clinical test.
  • Implement data collection and monitor protocols for difficult clinical research studies. Administer or monitor administration of tests and measurements required by project design.
  • Record data from samples and specimens to ensure that all tracking data is organized and is monitored during the progress of the study.
  • Identify test results and trends requiring further analysis.
  • Maintain all study and regulatory records.
  • Prepare project and statistical reports for review process.
  • Coordinate the accomplishment of the scientific (merit) review and evaluation of research programs to provide recommendations or decisions for program strategies, modification, budgeting, or improvements.
  • Participate in activities preparing for, and subsequent, collection of study data.
  • Assist with data analysis from a variety of sources, including databases and spreadsheets,. and conceive and write reports as needed.
  • Monitor data collection processes ensuring data integrity and completeness.
  • Help respond to inquiries from a sponsor, clinical research coordinating center and/or site PI on matters related to data, data compliance, and subject complaints related to data collection.
  • Help ensure data collection and transmission activities are compliant with applicable data security and privacy policies.
  • Creates and maintains complex research databases, working with existing VA administrative databases, and managing spreadsheet files for data tracking, budget tracking, and other project management tracking tasks.
  • Records and maintains results and records all test or assessment as per protocol and in a manner complying with research regulations, prepares project administrative and statistical reports, and organizes and maintains the resulting database(s).
  • Develop maintains/update study database in accordance to sponsor and/or PI's specification. Assist PI with data analyses and interpretation.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Remote: YES This is a remote position.
Position Description/PD#: Health Science Specialist (Remote)/PD99718S
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to background/security investigation
  • Must have a valid state Drivers License
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/28/2022.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-9. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

Basic Education Requirement: This position includes a basic education requirement. You must possess a Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree with a major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. This degree must be from an educational program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education Accreditation: Postsecondary Education Institutions | U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration. Evidence of meeting the basic education requirement must be reflected in your resume
You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:
  • Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-9 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Experience in a health science research environment utilizing knowledge of federal regulations involving clinical trails and human subject research to manage, control and report on clinical research studies; develop administrative record keeping procedures to assist in investigations, oversights, and audits; and comprehensive data collection to extract, organize, track and analyze data, produce reports, memorandums and presentations. OR,
  • Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience (Transcripts required). To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have successfully completed three years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a PH.D degree or PH.D or equivalent doctoral degree. (Must be related to the position) OR,
  • Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level (Transcripts required). Equivalent combination of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience as described above may be used to meet total experience requirement. Only graduate education in excess of 2 years of progressively higher-level graduate education or Master's degree may be combined with experience. Note: Education must be related to the work of the position.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
  • Data Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Partnering
  • Project Management
  • Research

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; religions; 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.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary with occasional walking, standing, and handling and carrying items such as paper and books. There may be occasion needs to assist study participants with mobility to study locations (s). Some travel will be required.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .


A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: . If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: .

Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

Additional information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified : applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a VA job announcement includes language requiring applicants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply to this Job Announcement. VA may request information regarding your vaccination status, if selected, for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

Due to COVID-19, VA is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement. Management officials will provide information about returning to the official, pre-pandemic worksite, when applicable. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework depending upon the terms of your organization's telework policy and the duties of the position.

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