This position, located at the NJ War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC), Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence (AHBPCE) in East Orange, New Jersey, works as a research scientist for large, grant-funded research projects designed to understand and improve post-deployment health. The mission is to provide expertise in the health outcomes of deployment and military exposure through research, education, and clinical services. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position. Education Requirement: You must possess a bachelor's degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university with a major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of this a Health Science Specialist - Research. Note: Transcript(s) must be submitted at the time of application. Please ensure that your transcripts show that a degree was conferred in the appropriate field. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. ~ AND ~ In order to meet the minimum qualifications for this position at the GS-13 level you must have: At least one (1) full year of specialized experience, equivalent to at the least the next lower grade level (GS-12), that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the Health Science Specialist - Research. Specialized experience is experience where you were responsible for conducting analytical studies, statistical methods, and interpretation of results to coordinate the evaluation of programs and research projects; providing problem-solving assistance to scientific investigators and technical staff in the area of health science research; analyzing, evaluating, and providing consultation regarding clinical research programs; utilizing strong written and oral communication skills to respond to inquiries, prepare technical reports, manuscripts, and grant proposals; maintaining the safe operation of a laboratory; and providing scientific advice, consultation, and leadership in designing new research projects and coordinating ongoing research projects. NOTE: Resume must clearly document this experience to be creditable. We will not make assumptions regarding experience. You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position: Critical ThinkingResearchTeamwork IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. 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. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. ["***THIS IS NOT A VIRTUAL POSITION, YOU MUST LIVE WITHIN OR BE WILLING TO RELOCATE WITHIN A COMMUTABLE DISTANCE OF THE DUTY LOCATION*** Duties include but not limited to: Data Analysis and Reporting Conducts major statistical studies for continuing projects that represent an important segment of one of the organizations primary research programs Leads preparation and statistical analyses of research data which includes utilizing new methodologies or existing techniques Prototypes, tests, and develops novel approaches for analyzing data Identifies and analyses trends in big datasets related to clinical research projects Technical Writing Collaborates with other researchers and clinicians to prepare scientific and other articles and technical reports for publication (i.e., manuscripts, reports, abstracts) and presentations for professional meetings (PowerPoint presentations and posters) Leads drafting of manuscripts for scholarly peer-reviewed research across broad disciplines of: clinical exercise physiology, exposure science, environmental health, respiratory physiology, biomedical engineering and biochemistry Evaluates, synthesizes, scopes and cites past related literature Coordinates preparation, compilation, and submission of grant proposals for VA and non-VA funding agencies Research Project Coordination and Management Designs, oversees, implements, and conducts major scientific research studies or projects to identify and solve Veteran health problems Participates and, as needed, leads team meetings and other stakeholder meetings Plans and carries out prioritization of project tasking and project timelines Performs research tasks for clinical studies (this includes interaction with human subjects in the consent process and facilitating their participation in questionnaires) Development of Policies and Procedures Maintains and monitors safety protocols used in laboratory to ensure safety of staff and patients Liaises and coordinates with hospital industrial hygiene to ensure organizational compliance with the hospital's Respiratory Protection Program Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm\nRecruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized Telework: VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process. Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required"]
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