Senior Science Advisor

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Apr 27, 2018
Closes
Apr 27, 2018
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must submit resume and required documents (see How to Apply section).
  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • Pre-employment drug testing is required.
  • You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
  • EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.
  • The Ethics in Government Act, P.L. 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, prior to assuming the SL position, annually, and upon termination of employment.

    This position is designated as High 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.

    If you are selected, you must complete a one year probationary period.

    You need a degree or combination of education and experience as described below to qualify for this position.

    Biologist: You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in one of the following: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR a combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major, as listed.

    Toxicologist: You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university 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.

    Chemist: You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in one of the following: physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics; OR a combination of education and experience with education equivalent to one of the majors listed that included the described course work.

    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: http://www.epa.gov/careers/epa-job-vacancy-announcements-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 this SL position, you need to have at least one year of full time experience equivalent to the GS-15 level defined as performing work that involves evaluating risks to human health and the environment posed by pollutants and naturally occurring substances.

    You will be evaluated on the mandatory Technical Qualifications listed in this announcement. See the Evaluations section of this announcement.

    See Qualifications section.

    If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.

    Position has portable work and selectee may be authorized to telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the supervisor/manager.

    EPA participates in E-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

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

    We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your narrative statements addressing the Technical Qualifications. You are being evaluated under the category rating method which means, if you are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the ‘Best Qualified’, ‘Well Qualified’, or ‘Qualified’ category.

    Your responses should be clear and concise and show a level of accomplishment and a degree of responsibility.

    Technical Qualifications (TQs) - Mandatory - Failure to address these factors will result in your application being disqualified.

    TQ1. Demonstrated experience managing, directing, developing and providing guidance and policy direction for human health and/or ecological risk assessment policies and initiatives related to the development and use of traditional and advanced toxicology testing techniques, chemical exposure estimation methods, species and dose-response extrapolation, and probabilistic risk estimation.

    TQ2. Demonstrated experience applying advanced risk assessment methodologies relevant to chemical regulations.

    TQ3. Demonstrated experience communicating complex and politically sensitive environmental policy issues to higher management and externally.

    TQ4. Experience which demonstrates your knowledge of current domestic and international risk assessment issues for chemicals.

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