Medical Officer - Direct Hire

Washington, D.C
Jun 01, 2023
Jun 08, 2023
Full Time

The ideal candidate for this position will be a physician in any specialty with some clinical experience who has extensive knowledge and experience in areas such as transportation safety, toxicology; clinical and forensic pathology; determinations of cognitive or physical impairment related to the cause of an accident, research methodology; injury analysis; and using medical literature to provide evidence-based support for medical conclusions. In addition, the candidate would also possess expertise in communicating complex medical issues in plain language, writing technical reports, and have the skills to develop and present educational programs dealing with medical issues in an accident investigation. Finally, the ideal candidate must be available to respond to transportation accidents, anywhere across the United States to investigate medical and injury issues related to transportation accidents.

As the Medical Officer, SL-0602-00, you will perform the following duties:
  • Serves as an expert consultant in researching, evaluating, and interpreting medical records and other evidence relating to NTSB accident investigations and safety studies across all transportation modes.
  • Conducts or leads a variety of safety studies related to medical fitness using accident investigation results as the basis for formulating recommendations for safety improvements. Adopted recommendations will impact worldwide transportation industries.
  • As the medical expert, provides written medical analysis of accident investigations, medical and toxicology findings.
  • Writes authoritative technical papers that analyze clinical medical, biomechanical, policy, epidemiologic, and/or ergonomic issues related to transportation safety. Provides technical review of such issues for NTSB reports.
  • As a recognized expert, provides consultative support on issues concerning the medical conditions and qualifications of transportation operators.
  • Analyzes and makes recommendations on issues related to medical priorities and policies and develops unique program evaluation and assessment ideas in anticipation of, or in response to, Congressional interest.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents (see "How to Apply" section.)
  • Suitability for Federal employment
  • Financial Interest in transportation enterprises will be evaluated on a case by case basis
  • Bargaining Unit Position: NO
  • Direct Deposit is required.
  • A probationary period may be required.
  • You may be required to complete and submit an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-278, prior to entering the position and annually thereafter.
  • Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


Basic Requirements for this position are:

DEGREE: Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine or equivalent from a school in the United States or Canada. This degree must have been accredited by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association; Association of American Medical Colleges; Liaison Committee on Medical Education; Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association, or an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained.

NOTE: Degree from Foreign Medical School: A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school must provide education and medical knowledge equivalent to accredited schools in the United States. Evidence of equivalency to accredited schools in the United States is demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country, or successful completion of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination.

GRADUATE TRAINING: Subsequent to obtaining a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree, a candidate must have completed residency training in at least one specialty recognized by the American Medical Association, (AMA) or Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

LICENSURE: For all grade levels and positions, applicants must possess a current, active, full, and unrestricted license or registration as a Physician from a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.

CERTIFICATION: Candidates must have attained Board Certification in a medical specialty recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties

In addition to the basic requirements above, candidates must also:
  • have completed a combination of graduate training and experience of at least 5 years in a specialized area of study (for example, aerospace medicine, occupational and environmental medicine, emergency medicine, or pathology).
  • possess at least 5 years of directly applicable qualifying experience. Qualifying experience is defined as: (1) interpreting toxicology, autopsy, and other medical data to evaluate impairment, (2) effectively communicating technical medical information in both verbal and written form to the public, (3) evaluating acute traumatic injury mechanisms and injury causation based on medical records, radiology reports and imaging and autopsy reports, and (4) developing and completing technical medical reports and presentations for medical audiences.
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As stated in the qualifications section.

GENERAL EDUCATION: All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at an institution that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for it to be credited towards qualifications. For a list of schools that meet these criteria, see . Applications submitted without the required supporting documents will not be accepted. An unofficial transcript; statement from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official; or equivalent documentation is acceptable at the time of application. Education submitted must be appropriately accredited by an accredited body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at:

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show 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:

Additional information

  • The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays and various benefits as well as work life amenities such as alternate work schedules, telework, flextime, fitness and transit benefits.
  • Moving expenses associated with permanent change of station (PCS) ARE NOT authorized for this position.
  • If you left Federal Employment and received a buy out and you are selected for this position, you may be required to repay the full amount of the payment.
  • Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) meet the basic qualification standards (including minimum educational and experience requirements; (3) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 90 and above on the rating criteria for this position; and, (4) submit the appropriate documentation ( to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit:
  • Note: ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. OPM's web site at
  • Telework may be authorized on a case-by-case basis.
  • Multiple and subsequent vacancies may be filled from this announcement.
  • NTSB uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit .