Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Technical Writer (Medical Science) in Madison, Wisconsin
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
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The Technical Publication Writer-Editor writes, critiques, and completes technical edits of lengthy, complex proposals describing clinical, basic science, and/or health sciences research. This position is located in the Research Service Line at the VA Medical Center, Madison, WI. Duties include:-Perform scientific reviews of biomedical research proposals for content suggestions on such topics as the hypothesis, aims, background, preliminary data, approach, sample size calculations, pitfalls, etc., and advise on the scientific accuracy of material in these grant sections.
Perform scientific reviews of biomedical research proposals for content suggestions on such topics as the hypothesis, aims, background, preliminary data, approach, sample size calculations, pitfalls, etc., and advise on the scientific accuracy of material in these grant sections.-Performs technical review on content of both research proposals and other grant text sections to identify suggestions to enhance clarity, persuasiveness, and effectiveness of organization as well as queries on factual content.
Reviews grant critiques, advising grant writers on rebuttal strategy and preparing detailed initial drafts of rebuttal letters outlining all concerns to be addressed.
Provide advice and instruction prior to starting grant writing to guide research development.
Advise grant writers on strategies for making key grant text documents focused on and of relevance to the research mission of the funding agency.
Writing grant text documents which require comprehension of many proposal details and scientific concepts.
Performs line-by-line technical edits of content, advising on suitability of material for target audience.
Makes suggestions for rewriting, restructuring and filling in missing content gaps.
Advises applicants on their fit to specific applicant eligibility or grant scoring criteria, and develops strategies for successfully meeting these criteria.
Provides training to prospective investigators in grant writing of those grant components that impact grant scores.
Critiques research ideas from new investigators thinking about applying for grants.
Recruits and motivates investigators to apply for grants, through such methods as advertising to potential writers, meeting with new applicants to present funding overviews, and review key grant requirements.
Uses relevant software at an advanced level to solve proposal design problems, create or style figures and other illustrations, and develops easy to understand tables made up of complex units of information.
Analyzes complex and lengthy regulations to identify requirements to be followed.
Translates regulations into simpler instructions to grant writers and adapts guidance to the unique circumstances of each application.
Writes or rewrites advertising materials such as research summaries and brochures to promote a better understanding and image of research.
Work Schedule:Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm Telework:Not Available Virtual:This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: 03543O Relocation/Recruitment Incentives:Not Available Financial Disclosure Report:Not required
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1083 Technical Writing And Editing
- Medical Writers
- Technical Writers
- Writers, Medical
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 applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 15 days of the closing date of this announcement, 12/27/2018.
Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants 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.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:Must meet one of the following Education or Experience Requirements:
EDUCATION: Undergraduate and Graduate Education is required. Must have included a total of 15 semester hours in an appropriate scientific, technical, or social science field(s), and at least one course above the introductory level in the field(s) covered by the position. For technical manuals and specifications writers or editors, the equivalent of 15 semester hours may have been gained through vocational or educational training above the high school level at a public, private, or Armed Forces school. -OR GENERAL EXPERIENCE: Experience that provided an understanding of the basic principles, practices, operations, and specialized vocabulary of the appropriate scientific, technical, or social science field(s), or with equipment or technical systems. The applicant must have acquired the ability to describe information in simple, clear language. -OR
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that required substantial subject-matter or technical knowledge of the field. This experience must have demonstrated the ability to acquire and present technical information through independent reading, interviews with subject-matter specialists, observation of tests and experiments, interpretation of blueprints or diagrams, or other appropriate methods. Such experience may have been acquired as a writer or editor of technical reports, articles, manuals, or specifications.
GS-12 GRADE REQUIREMENTS:
You must have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level that equips you 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? Examples of specialized experience are: Performing scientific reviews of research proposals to improve clarity, persuasiveness, and organization, and to provide suggestions for improvement of grant sections, including hypothesis, aims, background, preliminary data, approach sample size calculations, pitfalls, etc., and advises on the scientific accuracy of material in these sections. Demonstrated scientific knowledge sufficient to be able to write, critique and edit clinical, basic science or health sciences research proposals. Experience reviewing grant critiques, advising grant writers on rebuttal strategy and preparing detailed initial drafts of rebuttal letters outlining all concerns to be addressed. Experience writing grant application documents such as summaries, human subjects, vertebrate animals, resources available in accordance with the requirements of prevalent biomedical research funding sources. Experience training prospective investigators in grant writing of those grant components that impact grant scores.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
- Critical Thinking
- Database Administration
- Grants Management
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; religions; 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.
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
There is no educational substitution at this grade level.
PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants 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.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced 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 CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-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 based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
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 knowledge, skills 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
Drug test required
- Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
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
- Other Veterans Document
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 it 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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How to Apply
All applicants 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 12/27/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10373268.
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Agency contact information
(608) 256-1901 X17565
William S Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital 2500 Overlook Terrace Madison, WI 53705 US
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/518718200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 12/06/2018 to 12/27/2018
Pay scale & grade: GS 12
Salary: $73,375 to $95,388 per year
Appointment type: Permanent
Work schedule: Full-Time