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This position is located in the Office of Research and Development, National Center for Environmental Assessment, Integrated Risk Information System Division, Toxic Pathways Branch in Durham, NC.
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As Branch Chief, exercise supervisory personnel management responsibilities;
Plan and direct the development of quantitative analytical approaches for human health and/or environmental risk assessments;
Formulate teams and work groups that will incorporate advanced risk assessment methods, procedures and techniques into assessments to advance the science of risk assessment;
As an expert in human health risk assessment, conduct briefings on work products to key Agency program managers, the Science Advisory Board and other high-level officials.
You will spend less than 25% of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.
Physical Scientists, All Other
Scientists, Physical, All Other
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
You must submit resume and required documents (see How to Apply section).
You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.
Position has educational/degree requirements. (See Qualifications Section)
This is a temporary position (see Other Information on assignment limits).
If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement.
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.
You must meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement.
If you are selected, you must complete (or have already completed) a 1-year supervisory or managerial probationary period.
Upon acceptance of an initial appointment to a supervisory or managerial position with the EPA, you agree to complete all elements of the EPA Successful Leaders Program. This development program is designed to enhance leadership skills and abilities and meet the Agency's goal of providing new leaders with the skills and tools you need to be successful.
You need a degree or combination of education and experience as described below to qualify for this position.
A bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in:
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 one of the following: 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.
Physical Scientist: You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in one of the following: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics; OR a combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Statistician: You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc.; OR a combination of education and experience with courses as mentioned above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.
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: EPA Announcement 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 the GS-14 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience equivalent to the GS-13 level defined as providing leadership, oversight or technical expertise for human health risk assessments and/or risk characterizations; coaching, mentoring or leading others.
To qualify for the GS-15 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience equivalent to the GS-14 level defined as providing technical direction and guidance to staff; developing human health risk assessments and/or risk characterizations; and leading human health risk assessment projects.
Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 1) Knowledge of management and administrative policies and procedures; 2) Ability to lead staff by evaluating work performance and giving advice, counsel, and instruction; 3) Knowledge of applied quantitative methods; 4) Ability to incorporate new methods and/or approaches into risk assessments; 5) Ability to coordinate activities across organizational lines; 6) Skill in oral communication; 7) Skill in written communication.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
See qualifications section.
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