Health Scientist – Washington, DC
Posted: Feb 19, 2020
Open & closing dates
02/19/2020 to 03/02/2020
Pay scale & grade
GS 09 – 12
$59,534 to $112,240 per year
Relocation expenses reimbursed
Yes as determined by agency policy
This position is located in the United States Department of Labor (DOL), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Directorate of Standards and Guidance (DSG). DSG works to ensure safe and healthful working conditions in covered workplaces throughout the United States.
– This position is inside the Bargaining Unit.
– Up to 40 % telework may be offered.
Our mission is accomplished through the development of workplace standards, regulations, and guidance that address significant safety and health risks to workers. All rules developed by the Directorate consider feasibility, economic effects, paperwork burden, affected industries, and impact on small businesses, as required by the OSH Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act, and applicable executive orders.
- Is divided into eleven (11) offices responsible for various standards and guidance activities in areas including chemical, physical, and biological hazards; engineering and safety; maritime/shipyards; agriculture; information quality and paperwork reduction; economic analysis; and technological feasibility.
- Is responsible for rulemaking and developing guidance products related to health and safety topics.
- Works closely with other OSHA directorates to produce materials to help employers and workers maintain safe and healthful working conditions.
Major duties for this position include but are not limited to, the following:
- Writes and researches extensively at a high technical level. Written work is expected to consist of well-supported critical analysis that evaluates and synthesizes evidence, including scientific research findings, technical literature, and stakeholder experience and opinions. Written work requires translating statistics and complex data analysis into technically accurate narratives.
- Applies evidence-based critical thinking skills to advance an argument or position that is grounded in primary sources and scholarly literature; and written for an informed audience (e.g. DSG director, Agency/Department senior leadership, solicitors, judges). Demonstrates appropriate grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, sentence structure, redundancy, composition, and style in written work.
- Gathers and analyzes data and information (e.g., news, scientific literature, government sources) in areas of expertise or those assigned to identify hazards and possible means of abatement. Develops summary outlines of pertinent issues related to the hazard under review.
- Analyzes scientific information about workplace illness, disease, and/or health conditions in assigned health science discipline and related specialties. Analyzes sources of exposure, procedures, and existing occupational health programs. Identifies questions and concepts that guide scientific investigation. Formulates and revises scientific explanations and models using logic and evidence. Recognizes and analyzes alternative explanations and models.
- Researches, proposes, and/or participates in the formulation of innovative initiatives and programs to assist with compliance with OSHA standards, to promote understanding and acceptance of OSHA’s mission and overall goals and objectives, and foster a collaboration between OSHA and the workforce at large to create safe and healthy work environments in all industries throughout the United States.
- Conducts research and assists in the development, writing and review of various rule-making sections (e.g., health effects, risk, regulatory text, summary and explanation of regulatory text, technological feasibility) for all documents at each stage of the rule-making process, including Requests for Information, Notices of Proposed Rule-making (Proposals) and Final Rules.
- Researches information and data to develop content for publications on a variety of occupational safety and health topics. Develops and writes for a variety of OSHA publications including Fact Sheets, Hazard Alerts, and QuickCards.
- Identifies sources needed to support projects. Reviews published literature and other scientific information. Extracts, collects, aggregates, and organizes information on workplace hazards to support agency rulemaking and guidance activities. Creates summaries to support project activities.
- Conceptualizes and creates presentations on occupational safety and health topics. Identifies subject matter content for use in presentations. Delivers presentations in a clear and concise manner. Answers questions from participants at stakeholder meetings, public hearings, and other public venues. Initiates contact with other groups within OSHA to develop networks to assist in assigned projects. Participates in both intra- and inter-agency work- groups.
- Represents OSHA and DSG to outside stakeholders and interested groups, organizations, and individuals. Prepares and delivers seminars and speeches/presentations. Develops written guidance documents to assist employers and employees in understanding the provisions of new or current standards or hazards. Writes and comments on guidance documents developed within or outside of OSHA that addresses workplace hazards to inform employers and workers. Interacts with stakeholders on issues of concern and their requests for Agency action.
Occasional travel – Minimal travel may be required per year.
12 – There is no obligation to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the need for an employee promoted to the higher level, and supervisory approval.
Conditions of Employment
- Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
- Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
- Must be able to obtain/maintain a Low Risk Public Trust clearance.
- Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the “Required Documents” section for additional requirements.
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 scientific and technical work on occupational safety and health, i.e. epidemiology, biostatisitics, toxicology, environmental health, biochemistry, and risk assessment. 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. It is highly desirable if candidates with degrees in public health possess a degree from a program approved by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must meet the following.
To qualify at the GS-09 level: Applicants must possess 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level. Specialized experience is defined as experience in the concepts, principles and practices in the fields of epidemiology, biostatistics, toxicology, biochemistry, public health, or risk assessment to identify, evaluate and control occupational health hazards in industrial settings; and identification of health hazards to develop standards and training and outreach materials.
ORCompletion of two (2) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s equivalent graduate degree, in a field that is directly related to the work of this position.ORA combination of education and experience that when combined fully meet the minimum qualifications for this position.
To qualify at the GS-11 level: Applicants must possess 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level. Specialized experience is defined as experience in the fields of public health, occupational health and safety, epidemiology, toxicology, biochemistry, biostatistics, or risk assessment or the ability to deal with workplace hazards and recommending effective measures to reduce or eliminate hazardous working conditions.
Have a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree that is directly related to the work of the position.
Have a combination of education and experience.To qualify at the GS-12 level: Applicants must possess 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Specialized experience is defined as experience in the fields of public health, occupational health and safety, epidemiology, toxicology, biochemistry, biostatistics, or risk assessment and the ability to recognize potential occupational hazards, conduct studies and analysis to assess problems, and define issues regarding occupational health hazards and presenting and/or publishing such knowledge in peer reviewed journals developing written reports, studies, or recommendations to reduce or eliminate hazardous working conditions.
Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.
The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents. –
Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran’s Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days, click Active Duty). Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran’s preference. For more information, go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx
– Displaced Employee Placement Documents – Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.
– Please submit an academic writing sample that would demonstrate your analytical writing skills. It should be no longer than 3-4 pages written by you personally. For example, position paper, decision memo, white paper, options paper, etc.
– Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.
– Unofficial Transcript(s) (in English) – submit if using education as a basis for qualifying for this position. If so, you must submit all applicable academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements (ex. BA/BS, MA, JD, PHD, etc). If specific course work is required to qualify, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit.
You may upload your transcript(s) as one document (3 MB size limit). If over 3 MB, please submit via fax feature.
OFFICIAL Transcripts MUST BE RECEIVED prior to selection and report date. Reference the “Education Section” for College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the initial online application, to include submission of the required documentation specified in the Required Documents section. Follow the steps below to apply. Your application and ALL required supplemental documents MUST be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to receive consideration. Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered. Click here for information on Reasonable Accommodations. SAVE your information before the 30 MINUTE TIMEOUT! For help, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/. STEP 1 – Create USAJOBS Account on www.usajobs.gov, including Resume and Saved Documents Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If not, HR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content. FOR EACH EMPLOYMENT PERIOD, include: start/end month & year and note full-time or part-time (if part-time, include # of hours worked per week); otherwise, your application may be considered incomplete.
STEP 2 – Complete the 1st part of the application process (USAJOBS) Once you have identified a job on www.usajobs.gov that you wish to apply for, click on the title and click the Apply button . For questions about the vacancy, contact the Agency Contact at the bottom of the announcement. Click “Start Application” and proceed through 5 steps noted at the top of the USAJOBS page. You will be able to select a resume and documents from your USAJOBS Account that you can submit as a package as part of your DOL application. At Step 5, click “Continue to Agency Site”.
STEP 3 – Complete the 2nd part of the application process (DOL) On the Department of Labor (DOL) page, create a DOL Account if you have not already and click “APPLY TO THIS VACANCY”. Continue through the 7 progress steps indicated by circles at the top of the DOL page. The 3rd progress step is where you answer the vacancy specific questions. The 4th progress step “Documents” is where you submit required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the “Required Documents” section of this vacancy. If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.
STEP 4 – On the “Review and Submit” step, click “Submit Application” The last “Confirmation” step will turn green noting that your application was submitted successfully. STEP 5 – Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Closing Date by returning to USAJOBS, clicking the vacancy, then “Update Application”.