This position is located in the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA), Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), Office of
Communications (OCOMM) which serves as the initial point of entry
for the public for inquires or to alert the agency about situations
when FDA approved marketed products may be in violation of existing
regulations, laws or causing harm to consumers. OCOMM handles
issues that affect the quality and availability of drug
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- Serves as an analyst, independently responsible for the design,
analysis, implementation and Interpretation of studies regarding
communications about FDA-regulated human drug products.
- Performs in-depth and computer analyses on databases and other
primary and secondary sources of data, including social media,
using software applications used to analyze social and behavioral
- Utilizes a working knowledge of the statutes, regulations, and
guidance that relate to how FDA conducts and regulates
communication about the products it regulates.
- Keeps current on traditional and specialized social media
networks and how they operate and conduct data collection from
- Develops and evaluates documents including statements of work,
social and behavioral science research proposals submitted by
external contractors; and prepare related written assessment
- Analyzes data and plans meetings to bring current research and
social science knowledge into focus on problems related to the
communication of information about regulated human drug
25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this
0101 Social Science
Conditions of Employment
- Citizenship Requirement: You must be a U.S. Citizen to be
considered for this advertisement unless explicitly stated
- Selective Service Registration: All applicants born male, on
(or after) 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective
Service System OR have an approved exemption. Visit www.SSS.gov for
- 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.
- 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.
- You must meet ALL requirements by the closing date of this
announcement to be considered. Only education, experience, and
qualifications attained by this date will be considered. You must
continue to meet all requirements through the hiring process.
- Direct Deposit: You will be required to have all federal salary
payments electronically deposited into a bank account with a
financial institution of your choice.
The position of Social Scientist falls under the 0101
occupational series. To qualify for this position at grade
GS-12/13, you must meet Time-in-Grade requirements by 11:59 pm EST
Basic Qualification Requirements for Social Scientist:
This position has a Basic Individual Occupational Requirement.
In order to be eligible for the Social Science series, 0101, you
must meet the following basic IOR:
A. Have a degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in
behavioral or social science, or related disciplines appropriate to
B. Have a combination of education and experience: A combination
of education and experience that provided the applicant with
knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences
equivalent to a major in the field.
C. Have experience: Four (4) years of appropriate experience
that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one
or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major
in the field.
Note: Transcripts must be submitted at time of application if
using education to meet this qualification requirement.
In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, you must
also meet the qualification requirements listed below:
Minimum Qualifications Requirements for Social Scientist:
In order to meet the minimum qualification requirement for the
Social Scientist, GS-0101-12 and/or GS-0101-13, you must meet the
specialized experience requirement listed below.
Have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the
GS-11 grade level in the Federal service that includes: 1)
assisting to design implement, analyze, and interpret qualitative
and quantitative public health and risk communication research
studies based on social science methods, theories and approaches;
2) assisting with analyzing and reporting qualitative data
collected from social media sites and focus groups, interviews, and
quantitative data, including using statistical software
applications to analyze social and behavioral science data; and 3)
performing critical reviews of a variety of documents, including
study materials, reports, meeting notes, journal articles, and
statements of work.
Have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the
GS-12 grade level in the Federal service that includes: 1)
conducting qualitative and quantitative public health and risk
communication research studies based on social science methods,
theories and approaches, including their design, implementation,
and interpretation; 2) performing analysis, interpretation and
reporting of qualitative data collected from social media sites and
through focus groups, interviews, and of quantitative data,
including data using statistical software applications to analyze
social and behavioral science data; and 3) providing detailed
critical reviews on a variety of documents, including research
protocols, study materials, reports, journal articles, and
statements of work; and technical guidance to team members.
Time-in-Grade: Any individual who is currently holding, or has
held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position
under non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted
service, must meet time-in-grade requirements (must have served 52
weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent in the Federal
service). Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing
date of this announcement.
In accordance with Office of Personnel Management policy,
federal employees are assumed to have gained experience by
performing duties and responsibilities appropriate for their
official series and grade level as described in their position
description. Experience that would not normally be part of the
employee's position is creditable, however, when documented by
satisfactory evidence, such as a signed memorandum from the
employee's supervisor or an SF-50 or SF-52 documenting an official
detail or other official assignment. The documentation must
indicate whether the duties were performed full time or, if part
time, the percentage of times the other duties were performed. It
is expected that this documentation is included in the employee's
official personnel record. In order to receive credit for
experience in your resume that is not within the official series
and grade level of your official position, you must provide a copy
of the appropriate documentation of such experience as indicated
If you are applying based on some other qualifying eligibility
(i.e. you are not applying as a current Federal employee), you must
meet the specific requirements of the eligibility you are claiming,
and must have sufficient past experience to demonstrate that you
are minimally qualified for this position. See Unique Hiring Paths
on USAJOBS for more information about various ways you may be
eligible to apply!
PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the
duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps may apply
online to this announcement. Candidates will be referred to (CC)
personnel and not as candidates for conversion to a permanent
career or career-conditional appointment.
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
select the Application Status link and then select the More
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
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.
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.
You must submit supporting documentation to verify your
eligibility to apply for this vacancy. For most applicants, an
SF-50 will be required. However, if you are applying as a Veteran,
individual with a qualifying disability, or a displaced employee,
you will be required to provide other supporting documents as
applicable. See the Required Documents section for details.
Be sure that any files you upload as supporting documentation
are free of security or compression features which render such
documents unreadable to our system.
Positions which are scientific or technical in nature often have
very specific educational requirements. 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, see the Foreign Education section below for
Pay careful attention to the Qualifications and Education
sections to identify vacancies where a transcript is required. Even
if you hold a similar position or are a current employee, you are
not exempt from transcript requirements.
Electronic Transcript Caution: If you have obtained your
transcripts electronically, the file might contain security
measures that could prevent our application system from reading the
file. Therefore, you should consider asking the institution to
provide the file in a non-secured electronic format. Alternatively,
you could scan or take a photo of the printed copy of the
transcript. If your uploaded transcript cannot be read by our
system, you may receive consideration and credit for the
information we can access.
See the Application Manager Documentation for tips on submitting
your paper-based documents.
using part or all of their education completed outside of the
U.S. to meet the qualification requirements
- must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited
organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to
education received in accredited educational institutions in the
U.S. We will only accept the completed foreign credential
To be acceptable, the foreign credential evaluation must
include/describe at a minimum, the following information: (1) The
type of education received by the applicant; (2) The level of
education in relation to the U.S. education system, and state that
its comparability recommendations follow the general guidelines of
the International Evaluation Standards Council; (3) The content of
the applicant's educational program earned abroad, and the standard
obtained; (4) The status of the awarding foreign school's
recognition and legitimacy in its home country's education system;
and (5) Any other information of interest such as what the
evaluation service did to obtain this information, the
qualifications of the evaluator, and any indications as to other
problems such as forgery.
Note: Some positions require the completion of specific courses
or a specified number of credit hours. Therefore, the foreign
credential evaluation should provide information similar to that of
an official transcript, to include a list of the courses taken,
quarter and/or semester hours awarded, the cumulative grade point
average (GPA), honors received, if any, date degree awarded.
Applicants can request an evaluation from a member organization
of one of the two national associations of credential evaluation
services listed below:
- National Association of Credential Evaluation Services
- Association of International Credentials Evaluators
Credential evaluations are not free, and applicants are
responsible for the cost of the selected service.
For more information about this requirement, please visit the
U.S. Department of Education website for Foreign Education