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Vacancy No.: VHA-689-18-MSGI-10233011
Department: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

income: $84,035.00 to $129,906.00
Grade: 12 to 12

Perm/Temp: Permanent
FT/PT: Full-time

Open Date: 6/14/2018
Close Date: 6/25/2018

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   » Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates 06/14/2018 to 06/25/2018
   » income
$84,035 to $129,906 per year
   » Pay scale & grade
GS 12
   » Work schedule
   » Appointment type


2 vacancies in the following Job location:
   » West Haven, CT
West Haven, CT
Relocation expenses reimbursed

This job is open to


Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

Federal employees - Competitive service

Current or former competitive service federal employees.

Federal employees - Excepted service

Current excepted service federal employees.

Individuals with disabilities


Military spouses


Special authorities

Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.


Clarification from the agency

This vacancy announcement is open to Veterans, current and former Federal status employees, Individuals with disabilities and Military Spouses.

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Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Compressed/Flexible: Not available
Telework: Not available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Statistician (Health) 689-00298-A (GS-12)/689-00297-A (GS-13)
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Lgain more about this agency


This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major tasks listed below represent the full performance level of GS-13. At the GS-12 grade level, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to execute at the full performance level of GS-13. Promotion is at the discretion of the manager and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availcapability of higher level work, and availcapability of funds. Promotion is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.

The biostatistician provides guidance and direction in study design, statistical methodology for sample size estimation and data analysis, protocol requirements, data collection and management, inputs to the study budget, and adherence to International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH), Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and VA CSP guidelines and policies.

The incumbent will perform all related tasks as assigned to include the following:
   » Responsible for research data and to execute informatics; data processing activities and conduct critical interim (as applicable); final statistical analysis using appropriate statistical methodology.
   » Serve as a liaison for numerous aspects of the CSP clinical trial(s) including administrative and quality issues.
   » Initiates and conducts research activities that may involve modification of existing statistical methods or development of new and innovative statistical methods for a specific study.
   » Provides expert consultation in support of other related and non-related CSP activities. Preparation of literature searches as background for further research.
   » Prepares parts of internal documentation or proofreading documentation with researchers.
   » Is expected to attend professional statistical or clinical meetings for professional development and to present research results at local and national conferences.
   » Serves as an expert consultant and advisor to the Study Team and establishes close working relationships with the study chairperson(s), participating site investigators and coordinators, study committee members, CSPCC Study Team and upper management.
   » Independently identifies, distributes, and balances workload and tasks among one or more Study Team(s) in conformity with established work flow, skill level.
   » Makes adjustments to accomplish the workload and in conformity with established priorities, ensure timely accomplishment of assigned tasks.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
managery status
Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)

1530 Statistics

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Conditions of Employment

   » You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
   » Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
   » Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
   » You may be required to serve a probationary period
   » Subject to background/security investigation
   » Selected candidates will be required to complete an online onboarding process


To qualify for this position, candidates must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/25/2018.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: candidates who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-12 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

A. Degree: that includes 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements should be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing. OR,
B. Combination of education and practice: courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate practice or additional education. The practice should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.


Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. candidates who do not meet Information technology are ineligible for further consideration. The Selective Placement Factor for this position is: expertise of International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH), Good Clinical Practices and Standard Operating Procedures for clinical trials.


You may qualify located on your practice and/or education as described below:

Specialized practice: One year of specialized practice that equipped you with the particular expertise, expertise, and abilities to execute prosperously the tasks of this position and that is typically in or related to the work of the position. To be creditable, specialized practice must have been equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in Federal service. Examples of specialized practice include: performing statistical tasks in support of health science research; evaluating health programs using statistical data sets and databases; processing and analyzing data; and utilizing statistical software such as SAS, SPSS, Microsoft Excel, and SQL - using common terminology in health care services, writing methods/results in manuscripts to summarize statistical data for submission to peer-review scientific journals; utilization of paradigms, theories, instruments and techniques of health services; epidemiological or clinical research. Your practice must be detailed in your resume to receive full credit. OR,
suitable education candidates may substitute education for the practice required for the GS-12 level. candidates for such research positions can be considered qualified for GS-12 if they possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. If you are using education to qualify, a transcript is required with your application. OR,
Combination of Education/practice: A combination of specialized practice and graduate education as described that demonstrates your capability to execute the tasks of this position may be substituted for the practice required at the GS-12 level. For this level, only graduate education in excess of 36 semester hours may be used to qualify. To qualify by a combination, the total qualifying practice will be calculated as a percentage of the practice required for the grade level; and the education will be calculated as a percentage of the education required for the grade level. These two percentages will be added, and the total percentages must equal at least 100 percent. If you qualify by a combination, your practice must be documented and a transcript is required.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
   » Communication - Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information; makes clear and convincing presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues and responds appropriately.
   » Mathematical Reasoning - Solves practical problems by choosing appropriately from a variety of mathematical and statistical techniques.
   » Research - expertise of the scientific principles, methods, and processes used to conduct a systematic and objective inquiry; including study design, collection, analysis and interpretation of data; and the reporting of results.
   » Written Communication - Expresses facts and ideas in writing in a succinct and organized manner.
   » Computer Languages - expertise of computer languages and their applications to enable a system to execute specific functions.practice refers to paid and unpaid practice, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, expertise, and expertise and can provide valuable training and practice that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying practice, including volunteer practice.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time practice will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. candidates wishing to receive credit for such practice must indicate clearly the nature of their tasks and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary. However, the work does require the capability to travel.


A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for Information technology to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, candidates must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. candidates can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by candidates will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Additional information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at uide-to-career-transition/.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job located on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the expertise, expertise and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Q - Nonsensitive
   » Required Documents

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
   » Resume - All candidates
   » Transcript - All candidates
   » Most Recent SF-50 (that is not an award) - All Current and Former Federal Employees.
   » DD-214 - All Veterans
   » Any forms listed in the checklist below if applicable to your eligibility claim.
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
   » Cover Letter
   » DD-214
   » OF-306
   » Documents in support of Eligibility
   » Resume
   » SF-15
   » SF-50
   » Transcript

Veterans' PListing reference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification Requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for Information technology to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very compensateing. Lgain more about federal benefits.

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   » How to Apply

How to submit the application:

All candidates are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 06/25/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click
   » To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
   » Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.NOTE: Information technology 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 USA JOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Agency contact information

Marisella Souza Marisella Souza

203 932-5711 X3804 Email
West Haven VA Medical Center
950 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT

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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and candidates will be notified of their status by email. Referred candidates will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred candidates receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center.
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Job Location: WEST HAVEN, Connecticut
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