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Rockville, Maryland
Closing date
Feb 4, 2023

At the full performance level of this position (GS-13), you will serve as a subject-matter expert in a specialized area of toxicology (such as risk assessment, dose-response assessment, read-across, computational toxicology, reproductive toxicology, developmental toxicology, inhalation toxicology, neurotoxicology, or carcinogenicity) and will be responsible for providing advice and recommendations to the Directorate, other offices within the Agency, and the Commission.

Your primary responsibility will be to critically review, evaluate, and interpret current scientific literature, research data and investigative reports, medical findings and reports, and proposed and existing mandatory and voluntary standards criteria, to determine whether exposure to and/or use of particular consumer products can result in adverse chronic and/or acute health effects. Your written and/or oral conclusions and recommendations must be concise, clear, scientifically sound, and reflect the significance of the information applicable to agency activities, including the development of mandatory and voluntary standards and support of compliance and enforcement actions.

Your assignments will involve a high degree of complexity and often will require innovative solutions to resolve any conflicting data. In some cases, you may serve as the Commission's expert witness and may be required as such to testify in court on behalf of the Agency. You will prepare oral and written responses to inquiries involving potential toxicological effects of exposure to consumer products; make formal and informal presentations to the Commission as the technical expert; represent the Agency on interagency committees and at voluntary standards meetings; maintain liaison with other scientists and public health authorities whose work has direct bearing on ongoing Agency work.

You may also serve as a project manager for various Agency hazard identification and reduction projects, leading a multidisciplinary team, with responsibility for developing and coordinating work plans, tasks, and schedules to meet program.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Background Investigation Required.
  • Must meet education requirements.

Must be a U.S. Citizen.

This is a Public Trust Position. Employment in this position requires a background investigation. If you are selected and cannot obtain a favorable security determination within a reasonable period of time due to disclosed or undisclosed background issues, the tentative employment offer may be withdrawn.

If you are a male born after December 31, 1959 you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Please see for more information.

Selectees will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to appointment and the appropriate background investigation forms to determine suitability for Federal employment. False statements or responses on these forms can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

The selectee will be required to complete a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the I-9 Form . We will compare information provided on the I-9 Form to records available from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The system confirms employee's identity and eligibility to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.

Upon appointment, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually.

Depending on your status, this position may require serving a 1-year probationary period.


In addition to the mandatory education requirement, all applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

GS-11: Applying professional knowledge of toxicological principles, theories, methods or research to assist in the determination whether exposure to and/or use of certain products are a hazard OR assisting in developing toxicological analyses in order to produce reports.

GS-12: Analyzing and applying professional knowledge of toxicological principles, theories, methods or research to determine whether exposure to and/or use of certain products are a hazard OR developing toxicological analyses in order to produce reports.

GS-13: Extensive experience in analyzing and applying professional knowledge of toxicological principles, theories, methods or research to experience determine whether exposure to and/or use of certain products are a hazard OR developing complex toxicological analyses in order to produce reports.

Evidence of the above specialized experience must be supported by detailed documentation of duties performed in positions held. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience or based on job titles alone. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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. 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.

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.

Applicants must meet the qualifications for this position by the closing date of this announcement.


Mandatory Education Requirement. All applicants must meet one of the following requirements to qualify:

A degree in toxicology OR an appropriate discipline of the biological, medical, or veterinary sciences that included at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, biochemistry, or physiology, and 12 semester hours in toxicology.

Evaluation of Education: The positions in this series are multidisciplinary positions because the work may involve the application of a scientific knowledge of anatomy, chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, pathology, toxicology, and related sciences such as microbiology, biophysics, entomology, genetics, mathematics, and statistics.

A Ph.D., D.V.M., M.D., or D.O. is preferred, or a master's degree is highly desirable in toxicology or a related scientific or medical field.

In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements indicated above, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below:

GS-11: Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree OR 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level as described in the Qualifications section.

GS-12: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11.

GS-13: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12.

There is no substitution for specialized experience for the GS-12 and GS-13 grade levels.

You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable during the application process. Official transcripts will be required upon appointment.

All materials must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement.

All education claimed by applicants will be verified.

Additional information

CPSC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in this vacancy announcement.

Payment of relocation expenses is NOT authorized. The agency may utilize recruitment incentives for this position.

All the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application, by checking reference and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you or for firing you after you begin work.

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

A selectee receiving a first appointment to the Federal Government (Civil Service) is entitled only to the lowest step of the grade for which selected. The display of a salary range on this vacancy shall not be construed as granting an entitlement to a higher rate of pay.

As a condition of employment, the selectee must reside in the local commuting area of the duty station listed in this announcement. Telework schedules (within the local commuting area) are approved on a case-by-case basis. Employees will have an onsite requirement each week. Proof of residence may be required.

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the CPSC will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. The CPSC will request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

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