Food and Drug Administration Chemist - GS-1320-12/13 (TERM) in Silver Spring, Maryland

Food and Drug Administration
Many vacancies in the following location:
  • Silver Spring, MD
Work Schedule is Full Time - Term NTE 2 years

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (5 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (5 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

Positions are located in the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ), located in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Who May Apply: Open to all United States Citizens.

This is a TERM appointment Not to Exceed 2 years.

This TERM appointment does not provide a permanent career-conditional appointment or reemployment right to a previous permanent appointment held. TERM appointments do not provide status in the competitive service.

NOTE: The agency has the option of extending a term appointment up to the 4-year limit.

Additional selections may be made within the same geographical area FDA-wide.


As a Chemist, you will:

  • Conduct quality assessment for drug applications, such as the design, control, and quality standards for drug substances/products proposed by the applicants, following established regulations, policies, guidance and/or quality standards.
  • Serve as a regulatory review scientist.
  • Provide science- and risk-based regulatory recommendations regarding the approvability of drug applications.
  • Draft quality assessment documents to support recommendations related to drug applications.
  • Work with other disciplinary experts/scientists during the quality assessment of new drug applications.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Less than 10%
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • One year probationary period may be required.
  • Transcripts required.

Basic Qualification Requirements for GS-1320, Chemist:

A. Possess a degree in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics.


B. Possess a combination of education and experience--course work equivalent to a major as shown in A above, including at least 30 hours of chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to the Basic Qualification Requirements you must also meet the following:

For the GS-12

*Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 in the federal service. *Such experience includes experience in designing and developing drug substances/products, and related control strategies and quality standards; performing scientific analyses and testing; interpreting and evaluating the results of the analysis; preparing scientific reports documenting the performed analysis.

For the GS-13

*Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 in the federal service. *Such experience includes independently designing and developing drug substances/products, and related control strategies and quality standards; performing scientific analyses and testing; interpreting and evaluating the results of the analysis; determining whether analytical methods are suitable for regulatory purposes; and preparing scientific reports documenting the performed analysis with minimal supervisory input.

If you are claiming education as any part of your qualifications for this position, you must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. 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. For further information, click on foreign education.

Conditions of Employment: 1. Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action. 2. 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. 3. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing. 4. Pre-employment physical required: No5. Drug testing required: No6. License required: No7. Mobility agreement required: No*8. Immunization required: No*9. A background investigation may be required. 10. 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. 11. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes12. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing of the announcement. 13. Financial disclosure statement required: No

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement. Once this process is completed, you will be notified of your status via e-mail.


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Other Information

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 (Member 4 copy) 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

Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed "surplus" or no longer needed, or an employee who has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service. To receive selection priority for this position, you must be rated "well-qualified". Well-qualified means eligible applicants whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements of the position. For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as an ICTAP eligible, see:

Candidates must meet time-after-competitive appointment, time-in-grade (if applicable), qualification requirements, licensure requirements, performance requirements, citizenship and suitability requirements, and any other eligibility requirements. All requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

Salary Range: $77,490.00 to $119,794.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-1320-12/13

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452445800

Job Announcement Number: FDA-CDER-17-DE-1817763WH