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This is an open continuous announcement. Applicants will be referred with an initial cut off date of July 8, 2019.
After the initial cut off, applicants will be referred every month as follows: August 8, 2019, September 9, 2019, October 9, 2019 and November 4, 2019.
Note: Additional cut off dates may be established depending on the needs of the agency.
This position(s) is located in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), in Rockville or Laurel, Maryland.
As a Mathematical Statistician, assess the strengths and weaknesses of mathematical and statistical methods, procedures, inference and concepts involved in regulated products, submissions, applications, and/or special studies.
You will analyze statistical data to determine the safety and/or effectiveness of regulated products.
Job family (Series)
1529 Mathematical Statistics
Conditions of Employment
This position may be subject to completion of a 1-year probationary period (unless you have already satisfied this obligation).
Citizenship Requirement: You must be a U.S. Citizen to be considered for this advertisement.
Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
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.
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.
If you were born male, after, December 31st 1959, you must be registered with the Selective Service System, or have an approved exemption. Learn more at www.SSS.gov.
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. Your application may be shown to multiple hiring offices.
You may be asked to provide additional information at a later time. All interviews requests and selection decisions are at the full discretion of the hiring office.
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.
This position requires a Public Trust/moderate security clearance.
Telework is at the discretion of the supervisor.
In order be eligible for the position of Mathematical Statistician, (GS-1529-11/12/13) , you must meet the following requirements:
Possess a degree that includes 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics.
Courses acceptable toward meeting the mathematics course requirements must have included at least four of the following: differential calculus, integral calculus, advance calculus, theory of equations, vector analysis, advanced algebra, linear algebra, mathematical logic, differential equations, or any other advanced course in mathematics for which one of these was a prerequisite. Courses in mathematical statistics or probability theory with a prerequisite of elementary calculus or more advanced courses will be accepted toward meeting the mathematics requirements, with the provision that the same course cannot be counted toward both the mathematics and the statistics requirement.
A combination of education and experience, at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics to include at least 12 hours in mathematics and 6 semester hours in statistics as shown above plus appropriate experience or additional education.
The experience offered in combination with educational courses to meet the requirements mentioned above should include evidence of statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying known statistical techniques to data such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-11
Possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes applying statistical methods and theories to the review and analysis of scientific data from controlled human, animal, and laboratory experiments OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. If qualifying based on experience, this experience must be reflected in your resume. Volunteer experience can be used as qualifying experience.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-12
Possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes applying statistical methods and theories to the review and analysis of scientific data generated from controlled human, animal, and laboratory experiments; and providing statistical conclusions or recommendations on regulatory and compliance issues. This experience must be reflected in your resume. Volunteer experience can be used as qualifying experience.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-13
Possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes applying statistical methods and theories to the review and analysis of scientific data generated from controlled human, animal, and laboratory experiments; providing statistical conclusions or recommendations on regulatory and compliance issues and providing statistical expertise in support of the development of guidance and policy documents.. This experience must be reflected in your resume. Volunteer experience can be used as qualifying experience. NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login , select the Application Status link and then select the M ore Information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application , log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume.
All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on 11/04/2019 . 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.
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 .
Additional Conditions of Employment:
Pre-employment physical required: No
Drug testing required: No
License required: No,
Mobility agreement required: No
Immunization required: No
Bargaining Unit Position: Yes
Financial disclosure statement, OGE-450, required: Yes, if selected at the GS-13 level. Please be advised that this position may be subject to FDA's prohibited financial interest regulation and may require the incumbent of this position to divest of certain financial interests. Applicants are advised to seek additional information on this requirement from the hiring official before accepting this position.
If you are serving, or have served in the last 5 years (from 11/04/2019) 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. See Political Appointee FAQ - OPM for more...
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How You Will Be Evaluated
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 ET on 11/04/2019), your resume and all supporting documents will be reviewed by HR to determine your eligibility for Federal employment and your qualification for this position specifically.
Because this vacancy 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 announcement. 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. All qualified candidates will be referred for consideration; the hiring office may conduct interviews at their discretion.
Interview Process: Structured interviews; may be asked scenario-based interview questions concerning core competencies. Method/tools used to evaluate applicants: work samples, conducting a presentation, reference checks, tests may be used.
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
A document that is required must be submitted by all applicants because the document is needed to verify your qualifications, education, or other eligibility information. Failure to provide one of the documents in the list below may result in your application being considered incomplete.
SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
These documents may be required for some applicants . Applicants relying on education to qualify, those seeking consideration under a special hiring authority, or those who need to verify a license or certification, will need to submit appropriate supporting documentation from this list. RESUME REQUIREMENTS:
The federal government has very specific resume requirements. If you have not written a federal resume before, you should watch this Resume Writing Tutorial video on the USAJOBS YouTube channel , or read through a helpful Resume Writing FAQ on the USAJOBS Site to learn what details you should, and should not, include in your resume.
At a minimum your resume should list the position title, employer, start and end dates (including month and year), salary (or grade and step), hours worked per week, and a list of duties performed or accomplishments, for EACH position listed. A CV (curriculum vitae) may not contain enough information to meet these resume requirements.
Learn more about supporting documents and documentation requirements on USAJOBS:
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What Types of Documents May I Need?
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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.