Epidemiologist, GS-0601-14

Vacancy ID: 860388   Announcement Number: HHS-FDA-CDRH-MP-13-860388   USAJOBS Control Number: 339923600

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. Please read the following question carefully and select the one response that best describes your education as it pertains to the basic requirements for an Epidemiologist GS-601 position. You must select one response. Remember, if your answer is 'A' below, you MUST provide a copy of your college transcript.

A. I have a bachelor's or higher degree with major study in an academic field related to health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position, such as biochemistry, pharmacology, chemistry, epidemiology, or other related biological and medical sciences. (You must submit transcript at time of application submission)
B. I do not have the degree described in 'A' above.

2. Please read the following question carefully and select the one response that best describes your experience as it pertains to the specialized experience required for this Epidemiologist GS-601-14 position. Your response will be verified for accuracy. You must select one response.

A. I have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level or higher in the Federal Service (experience may have been gained outside the government): developing strategies to improve epidemiologic studies related to medical devices; and representing the agency on controversial epidemiologic issues at professional meetings and conferences.
B. I do not have the experience that is described above in 'A'.

In this part, you will respond to questions about experience you have had that is related to the requirements of the job for which you are applying. Carefully review the level descriptions listed below. For each statement, select the ONE response description that best describes your experience and record your selection.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

3. Review post-market medical device performance and clinical outcomes data.

4. Develop and implement epidemiologic and statistical methods for medical devices.

5. Develop policy for improving post-approval and postmarket surveillance programs, study designs, and analytical methods or procedures.

6. Serve as a focal point within a program on the evaluation of medical devices.

7. Evaluate the adequacy of study protocols and the appropriateness of analytical tests and procedures.

8. Develop strategies to improve overall epidemiologic evaluations of medical devices.

9. Adapt existing methods and techniques to resolve problems and fulfill objectives.

10. Oversee the quality and technical approaches for evaluating post approval and postmarket surveillance studies.

11. Render judgment on conclusions made in special hearings, conferences, and court appearances.

12. Negotiate acceptable epidemiologic approaches for resolving controversial claims made by medical device manufacturers.

13. Present results to the scientific community at professional meetings and conferences.

14. Contribute to national/international research organizations on clinical study design and epidemiology issues.

15. Provide counseling and training of epidemiologic concepts and methods to staff.