Naval Medical Command Toxicologist in Portsmouth, Virginia

Naval Medical Command
Few vacancies in the following location:
  • Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 9/28/2016 (24 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 10/26/2016 (4 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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This position is located in the Industrial Hygiene Department, Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, Portsmouth, Virginia. The incumbent provides high level professional expertise and technical management of toxicological analysis and quantitative human health risk assessments. Guidance is provided in all areas of toxicology and risk assessment for occupational and other health, safety and environmental programs to identify current and potential hazards to the health or performance of military and civilian Navy and Marine Corps personnel to analyze the nature and severity and recommend methods for controlling those hazards.

  • Serve as a technical expert in the field of Occupational Toxicology and human health risk assessment.

  • Serve as one of the Navy's leading scientists in the assessment of human health risk from exposure to chemicals, and is responsible for the technical direction of all activities that lead to the evaluation of chemical hazards and possible risk reduction.

  • Plan and direct the development and modification of risk analysis methodologies identify the expertise and funding requirements needed, provide technical direction to interdisciplinary teams of scientists and engineers, and is responsible for the timely and accurate completion and documentation of the risk analyses.

  • Write technical papers for internal Navy use and for publication in peer-reviewed scientific literature.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses may be authorized in accordance with applicable travel regulations and available command funding.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a US Citizen.
  • Males must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.
  • Selectee must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Selectee may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
  • Selectee is required to participate in the direct deposit pay program.
  • See Other Information section for additional requirements.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:All applicants must meet the basic requirements in order to qualify for this position:

Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a Bachelor's or higher degree in 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.

Courses in anatomy, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, biology, histology, and animal, human, microbial, or cellular physiology may be used to meet the 30-semester-hour requirement in chemistry, biochemistry, and physiology. Courses in statistics, bioassay, and test design may also apply to this requirement. Courses in cytology, embryology, cellular or microbial genetics, and biophysics may also be used to meet this requirement in those instances where the course work provided additional insight into the biophysical, biochemical, and physiological relationships involved. Only toxicology courses may be used to meet the requirement for 12 semester hours in toxicology. This may include courses dealing intensively with toxicological research, methods in toxicology, essentials of toxicology, the study and review of toxicological literature, special reading courses, or other toxicologically-oriented subjects. (You must submit a copy of your transcripts.)

POSITIVE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: This position has a Positive Education Requirement. In order to verify that you meet the positive education qualifications for this position, you should submit a complete copy of the transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (Course title, semester/quarter hours and grade). Failure to submit this information may result in an ineligible rating. You may submit your transcripts or list of college courses through the "Application Manager" or by fax. This is the only method in which transcripts can be submitted. Failure to provide this information may result in an ineligible rating. (Faxing instructions may be found under the "How to Apply" section.)

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:In addition to the basic requirements, in order to qualify for this position, your résumé must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level or pay band in the federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities, to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

  • Mastery of concepts, principles, theories and practice of toxicology, and of closely related sciences (e.g., chemistry, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology), sufficient to provide expertise in health risk assessment for chemical, biological and radiological hazards.
  • Implementing scientific research methods including experimental design, data acquisition, and data interpretation to plan and manage special studies relating to the assessment of chemicals for their impact on human health.
  • Producing and presenting articles for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals on controversial toxicological issues as they apply to risk/health assessments and associated exposures.
  • Expertise in computer database use, development management and use of statistical analysis software.

QUALITY RANKING FACTOR:This position has a Quality Ranking Factor (QRF) that could significantly enhance the performance of the applicant in the position. The actual QRF is: Certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology (DABT). You do not have to possess the factor in order to be rated eligible. Possession of the factor must be verifiable via your resume or submission of the certification with your application to the position.

Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management web site:

You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (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.

As part of the application process, you must complete and submit an occupational questionnaire. To preview this questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the required skills for this position, click the following link: View Assessment Questions

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating and/or appointment eligibility.

Are you using your education to qualify? For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you must submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned). See OPM's General Policies for information on crediting education.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying for further information, visit:

Special Requirements**Certification as a Diplomate American Board of Toxicology is desirable.

A pre-employment physical is required.

Some field, shipboard and/or work in an operational setting will be required to assess onsite specific exposure conditions and hazards. This will require physical agility and stamina, in order to walk, bend and climb and may also require the incumbent to wear personal protective equipment, including respirators. The incumbent may be required to handle loads up to 30 pounds (without mechanical or other assistance). Periodic travel by commercial or military plan (CONUS and OCONUS, on occasion) or automobile will be necessary for field and ship visits, consultations, professional meetings, and to obtain technical information regarding the task as well as to conduct briefings and provide presentations.

A Secret security clearance is a requirement of this position. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a position offer or removal. If you possess a security clearance, please indicate the level and termination date in your resume.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements for which you requested consideration. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to the questionnaire, along with your supporting documentation to determine your level of knowledge, skill, and ability, related to the job requirements.

Best qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager. The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.

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Department of the Navy offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, a 401K-type retirement plan, and an Employee Assistance Program. More information can be found at:

Other Information

This Position is covered by the Department of Defense Priority Placement Program.

Additional vacancies may be filled by this announcement.

A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

The Department of the Navy uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit

* Federal Annuitant Information:* The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at:

ICTAP Applicants: To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority as an ICTAP candidate, displaced Federal employees must satisfy all qualification requirements for the position and receive a rating of 85 or higher. For more information about ICTAP eligibility please review the following link:

Veteran's Preference Information

Military Spouse Preference (MSP)

Salary Range: $84,443.00 to $109,781.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0415-13/13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 451829500

Job Announcement Number: EA60415-13-1812794NI499145D