The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) is seeking multiple qualified Health Scientists at the GS-12/13 grade levels. These positions are located in Office of Research and Development, National Center for Environmental Assessment in Durham, North Carolina or Washington, D.C.

The position responsibilities include developing assessments of environmental pollutants; providing expert epidemiologic advice and consultation to NCEA and EPA management; developing innovative methods for environmental assessments and applying them; and identifying research to improve scientific assessments. The job posting will be available until November 22.


Conditions of Employment

  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • Position has educational/degree requirements (see Qualifications section).
  • EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.
  • You must submit a resume and required documents (see How to Apply section).
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.

If you are selected, you must complete a one year probationary period.

This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation.  Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.


You need a degree or combination of education and experience as described below to qualify for this position.

Health Scientist

You must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in the following:  major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences related to the work of this position.

As part of the application process, you are required to submit college transcripts or a list of courses as described in the Required Documents section of this announcement.  However, if you are selected, you must provide official educational transcripts before you start work with EPA.  More information on verification of education can be found here:  EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

To qualify for the GS-12 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-11 level defined as analyzing epidemiologic data or assisting with epidemiological/population-based health studies that measure health effects of air quality in human populations.

To qualify for the GS-13 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-12 level defined as conducting the review and analysis of epidemiologic data or designing epidemiological/population-based health studies that measure the health effects of air quality in human populations.

Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:  1) Knowledge related to the principles, theories, and practices of epidemiologic studies; 2) Ability to serve as a technical authority in epidemiology; 3) Skill in oral communication; 4) Ability to adapt existing approaches and develop new approaches to current assessments; 5) Ability to analyze scientific assessments; 6) Skill in written communication.

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.


See Qualifications section.

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