Health Scientist (Open Continuous/Direct Hire Announcement)

Washington D.C.
Oct 04, 2018
Oct 04, 2018
Full Time

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel domestically 10% of the time for this position.

Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.


  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Background Investigation is required.
  • 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.
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
  • One-year probationary period may be required.
  • Travel, transportation, and moving expenses will be paid: May be Authorized
  • Bargaining Unit Position: No
  • Drug Screening Required: No
  • Recruitment Incentive may be authorized: May be Authorized
  • Annual Leave for non-federal service may be authorized: May be Authorized
  • Research position: No
  • Promotion potential: None
  • Supervisory position: No

Basic Qualification Requirement for GS-601: 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. This degree must be from an educational program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained.

Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service as defined in the next paragraph.

GS-13: 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 providing advice on design and implementation of scientific projects; conducting scientific studies or projects; conducting research and analysis using large data sets, and publishing and presenting research findings.

Special Notes:
This announcement is being used to create an inventory of applicants and will be used to fill immediate and future needs.

Although this announcement is advertised for multiple duty locations, it is not intended to convey any implication nor expectation that positions will be filled at all locations.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early in order to maximize their employment opportunities. Your application will remain in the inventory of tentatively qualified applicants. Applicants that are among the best qualified will be referred to the selecting official for consideration as requests to fill vacancies are processed by the Human Resources Office.

This announcement is being amended to fill some vacancies in support of OPM's Direct Hire Authority for the OPIOID Public Health Emergency Response positions.

Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to positions filled under this direct hire appointing authority.

Term Appointments are non-status appointments to the competitive service that can be made for a specified period of time exceeding one year and lasting no more than 4 years based on the needs of the agency without further competition. Subsequent employment for CDC positions must be through the appropriate competitive process or special employment program hiring authorities.

Some positions will be filled as permanent appointments from this announcement.

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:

This is an open continuous announcement for 90 days for potential vacancies in support of the OPIOID initiative. Vacancies will be filled with qualified applicants in various locations throughout the US as outlined in this announcement. The initial cutoff for any current vacancies is July 16, 2018. Subsequent cutoff dates will be midnight on the date a referral list is requested. Applications received after the initial cutoff date will be considered on future requests to fill vacancies until the closing date of this announcement.

This position is exempt from the HHS hiring freeze pursuant to HHS guidance.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-CDC-M2-18-10253398 under merit promotion procedures. Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps (not as a career/career-conditional employee) are encouraged to apply under the merit promotion announcement indicated above.

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

Positions may be filled from within this open continuous vacancy announcement within any CDC organization. This announcement will be used to fill positions in various geographic locations HHS-wide.

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 For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit

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If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document(s), view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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

Some vacancies will be filled through OPM's Direct Hire Authority. Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to positions filled under this direct hire authority. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be forwarded to the selecting official for consideration. Applications received as a result of job fairs, recruitment events, and emergency hiring mechanisms in support of this hiring initiative will also be accepted during the duration of the direct-hire authority. For more information on OPM's authorization of Direct Hire Authority, please visit

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

  • Collaboration / Partnering
  • Conflict Management
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Data and Information Synthesis
  • Data Collection
  • Diversity
  • Flexibility
  • Needs Assessment (2)
  • Oral Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Program Evaluation
  • Program Management
  • Public Health Knowledge
  • Research Translation
  • Resilience
  • Self-Direction
  • Technical Credibility
  • Written Communication

Read more Security clearance Q - Nonsensitive

Drug test required No

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