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Job opening: Biologist/Environmental Engineer/Physical Scientist

Salary: $102 613 - 133 395 per year
City: Durham
Published at: Aug 09 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
This position is in the Office of Research and Development (ORD), Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment, Public Health and Integrated Toxicology Division, Cardiopulmonary and Immunotoxicology Branch. About: ORD This is an office-centered position*--you must physically report to the duty station stated in this announcement on a regular basis.*Work-from-home flexibilities may be authorized as described in the Benefits section.


You will:


  • You must submit a resume and required documents--see How to Apply section.
  • Position has education requirements--see Qualifications/Education section.
  • EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.
  • You may have limited exposure to hazardous materials.


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-13 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-12 level defined as conducting research studies in a clinical or laboratory setting; participating in the development of new methods and approaches related to assessments of biological specimens; and communicating research to others. Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 1) Knowledge of development and application strategies for assessment of biological specimens from animal and cell based toxicology studies; 2) Skill in interpreting scientific data; 3) Skill in project coordination; 4) Ability to develop methodologies and approaches; 5) Skill in oral communication; 6) Ability to develop plans and program initiatives; 7) Ability to manage contracts and prepare procurement requests; 8) 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. If you have part-time work experience, read this: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.


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

Biologists: You must have a bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR a combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major, as listed.

Environmental Engineers: All applicants must meet one of the following requirements to qualify for consideration for an engineering position:

  • Successful completion of a professional engineering degree at an accredited university or college


  • Have a combination of college level education or training AND technical experience that has furnished you with (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering.  The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
  1. Professional registration as an engineer.
  2. Evidence of passing the Engineer-in-Training written test.
  3. Successful documented completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences as described by OPM.
  4. Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field and at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

Please review the OPM page on specifics about required curriculum and for more information on qualifications, please visit GS-800: All Professional Engineering Positions qualifications.

Physical Scientists: You must have a bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in one of the following:  physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics; OR a combination of education and experience with education equivalent to one of the majors listed that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

For information about accreditation requirements, visit EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.


  • Address Environmental Protection Agency US Environmental Protection Agency Human Resources Management Division 109 T.W. Alexander Drive, MD C639-02 Research Triangle Pk, North Carolina 27711 United States
  • Name: RTP Shared Service Center
  • Phone: 919-541-3014
  • Email: [email protected]