Washington D.C.
Sep 26, 2018
Sep 26, 2018
Full Time

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes You may/may not qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.

  • Citizenship Requirement: You must be a U.S. Citizen to be considered for this advertisement unless explicitly stated otherwise.
  • Selective Service Registration: All males born on, or after, 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service System OR have an approved exemption. VIsit for more info.
  • FDA participates in e-Verify: All new hires must complete the I-9 form; this information will be processed through e-Verify to determine your employment eligibility. If a discrepancy arises, you must take affirmative steps to resolve the matter.
  • Background Investigation Requirement: All employees must pass a security investigation. Failing to pass the background check may be grounds for removal or legal action. If hired, you may be subject to additional investigations at a later time.
  • You must meet ALL requirements by the closing date of this announcement to be considered. Only education, experience, and qualifications attained by this date will be considered. You must continue to meet all requirements through the hiring process.
  • Certification of Accuracy: All information concerning eligibility and qualification is subject to investigation and verification. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection, or appropriate legal action.
  • Direct Deposit: You will be required to have all federal salary payments electronically deposited into a bank account with a financial institution of your choice.
  • Additional selections may be made from this vacancy, within the same geographical area, by other organizational elements from within FDA, through shared corporate recruiting activities.
  • To qualify for the Pharmacologist, GS-405-11 position you must meet BOTH the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements:

    A bachelor's or higher degree in an appropriate biological, medical, veterinary, or physical science, or in pharmacy that included at least 30 semester hours in chemistry and physiology and 12 semester hours in pharmacology. Click on the link below to identify qualifying coursework. Note: When applying for this position, you must submit an unofficial transcript demonstrating your degree and appropriate coursework and semesters hours. If selected, an official transcript will be required upon appointment.

    Qualifying Coursework:

    You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service, to includes: assisting senior Pharmacologist in performing research and/or proposing solutions to support regulatory decisions actions; experience in a research facility and/or assisting in monitoring and/or evaluating scientific quality and validity of pharmacological studies; and assess the safety of the drug based experiments.


    Possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree (Must provide transcript(s) at time of application submission).

    Desired experience for the following Centers:

    CVM - Apply knowledge of the principles and practices of clinical pharmacology and pharmacokinetics (absorption, metabolism, distribution, and elimination) to inform scientific and regulatory decisions regarding the safety and effectiveness of animal drugs, foods, and devices. This includes employing pharmacostatistical methods to evaluate data as well as performing reviews of bioavailability, bioequivalence, and pharmacokinetic studies to assure the scientific integrity and appropriateness of study designs.

    CDER - Office of New Drugs/Office of Generic Drugs - Reviewing and interpreting pharmacology studies, data, applications, and/or reports; conducting research in pharmacology or the development of assessments that address nonclinical safety data from the pre and post marketing periods.

    CTP - Assisting in the conduct of research in pharmacology/toxicology; studies would have included adverse pharmacological effects endpoints; or instruction in pharmacological studies using computer modeling, to evaluate pharmacokinetics or adverse effects endpoints; or instruction in PBPK modeling of chemicals; or instruction in risk assessment of toxic chemicals or chemical mixtures. Provides advice and guidance in pharmacology and behavioral pharmacology science programs. Interprets invitro, preclinical, and Clinical studies used to evaluate the reinforcing effects, behavioral effects, abuse and addictiveness of related products.

    CFSAN - Assisting in developing new cutting-edge risk assessment, techniques, and methods that provide critical measurable, objective based data for assessing a broad range of risk scenarios to identify and address critical safety risk issues for a variety of hazards (i.e., biological, chemical, toxicological).

    You must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.

    Evaluation of Education:

    Additionally, please submit all transcripts that may help you meet the basic education requirement. If you have more than one degree, upload each transcript separately.

    Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that 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 more information about this requirement, please visit the U.S. Department of Education website for Foreign Education Evaluation.


    • If you are serving, or have served in the last 5 years (from09/25/2018 ) as an Executive Branch political, Schedule C, or Non-career SES appointee, HHS/FDA may be required to obtain approval by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) prior to beginning employment. You can find out if you have held one of these appointment types by looking at your Standard Form 50s in your Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF), in Section 5 where the legal authorities are listed. If you have served or are currently serving, you must provide a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting this appointment. In addition, you will be required to respond to the question in the assessment and certify your responses to the questionnaire. Political Appointee FAQ - OPM
    • Incentives may be authorized; however, this is contingent upon funds availability. If authorized, certain incentives will require you to sign a service agreement to remain in the Federal government for a period of up to 3 years. Note: This statement does not imply nor guarantee an incentive will be offered and paid. Incentives include the following: moving expenses, recruitment or relocation incentive; student loan repayment, superior qualifications appointment, creditable service for annual leave for prior non-federal work experience or prior uniformed military service, etc.
    • Pre-Employment Physical: No
    • Drug Testing Requirement: No
    • License Requirement: No
    • Immunization Requirement: No
    • Mobility Agreement Required: No
    • Bargaining Unit Position: Yes (TBD)
    • Veteran's Preference: If you plan to apply for any time of Veterans Preference, please pay careful attention to the "Required Documents" section for more information about what to provide in your application. See Veterans Preference for more.
    • Selective Service Registration: Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. You can learn more by visiting the Selective Service Registration site.
    • Schedule A: If you plan to apply under Schedule A based on a disability, please pay careful attention to the "Required Documents" section for more information about what to provide in your application. See Individuals with Disabilities for more.
    • Career Transition Assistance Programs: If you are a displaced Federal employee and plan to apply under CTAP or ICTAP, please pay careful attention to the "Required Documents" section for more information about what to provide in your application. See Career Transition Assistance for more.

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

    Once the job opportunity announcement closes (at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on 09/25/2018), a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be conducted, the information will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your eligibility for Federal employment, and then whether you are qualified for this particular position.
    If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, you may be deemed ineligible, or your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and abilities.
    Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    Basis of Rating: Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of the following quality categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified.
    The Category Rating Process does not add veterans preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 30 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).

    1. Knowledge of drug development, assessment, and its chemical effects in products.

    2. Ability to analyze and evaluate short-and-long term effects of drugs and therapeutic chemical on living systems and related parts.

    3. Communications

    To preview the application assessment questions, click the link below:

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    Drug test required No

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