Social Scientist

Social Scientist

Posting Date: 02/25/2021

Closing Date: 03/04/2021

Job Information/Description:

This Direct-Hire position is in the Food and Drug Administration and is located in the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), Office Science (OS), Division of Population Health Science (DPHS) located in Beltsville, Maryland.

Participates in research related to the communication of information about tobacco products such as labeling, advertising, promotion and marketing.
Reviews, analyzes, evaluates, consults and measures outcomes of data obtained in studies designed to investigate comprehension, judgment, knowledge and behavior related to tobacco product labeling and/or advertisements.
Prepares reports on research results for supervisors, peers, professional societies and industry meetings.
Participates in the development of policy associated with providing or presenting information on current trends in social science.
Develops and maintains contacts within professional and scientific organizations.
The position of Social Scientist falls under the 0101 occupational series. To qualify for this position at grade GS-12/13, you must meet the following:

Basic Requirements

(A) You have a degree in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


(B) You have a combination of education and experience that provided you with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.


(C) You have four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that you have acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

NOTE: Applicants must submit all relevant transcripts that demonstrate you possess the required education to meet the Basic Qualifications.

Specialized Experience. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

In addition to meeting the basic qualifications for the Social Scientist, positions, you must also meet the following:

Minimum Qualifications
GS-12: Have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service which includes assisting in obtaining data and research to assist in developing consumer surveys to evaluate consumer perceptions, intention and/or use of products that could be applied to tobacco or other regulated products.

GS-13: Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service, which includes designing and developing research protocols and conducting research on consumer perception, intention and/or use of products that could be applied to tobacco or other regulated products.

Additional Information:

Citizenship Requirement: You must be a U.S. Citizen to be considered for this advertisement unless explicitly stated otherwise.

Direct Deposit: You will be required to have all federal salary payments electronically deposited into a bank account with a financial institution of your choice.

Background Investigation Requirement: All employees must pass a security investigation. Failing to pass the background check may be grounds for removal or legal action. If hired, you may be subject to additional investigations at a later time.

FDA participates in e-Verify: All new hires must complete the I-9 form; this information will be processed through e-Verify to determine your employment eligibility. If a discrepancy arises, you must take affirmative steps to resolve the matter.

Certification of Accuracy: All information concerning eligibility and qualification is subject to investigation and verification. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection, or appropriate legal action.

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