Duties Serves as the Supervisory Research Medical Officer for the Life Sciences Research Section of the Protection and Survival Research Branch. Directly supervises team coordinators, scientists, physicians, engineers, and technician to conduct aeromedical research that focuses on epidemiology,
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Supervisory Research Medical Officer

Federal Aviation Administration • 
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Position Type: Permanent
Job Description:
Serves as the Supervisory Research Medical Officer for the Life Sciences Research Section of the Protection and Survival Research Branch. Directly supervises team coordinators, scientists, physicians, engineers, and technician to conduct aeromedical research that focuses on epidemiology, aircraft accident prevention & investigation, and aviation physiology. Exercises responsibility for all personnel actions for the Section's staff, which consists of approximately 12 professional and support personnel. Interviews and selects new employees, makes recommendations for appointments, promotion or reassignment. Evaluates performance of subordinates; resolves complaints; effects minor disciplinary measures; approves or disapproves leave requests. Plans and assigns work and provides for the training and development needs of employees.
Coordinates with the manager to develop and approve research projects. Plans and develops technical and administrative aspects of all approved projects and activities. Determines budgetary needs and necessary justifications for laboratory operations and purchases. Plans for financial and other resources Coordinates for products and services to include research contracts and grants. Interprets and evaluates directives, regulation, and scientific reports to develop and establish optimum programs. Ensures all experimentation complies with institutional review board standards for the protection of human volunteer research subjects.
Conducts research pertinent to aerospace medical safety, human function and survival. Research may involve the study of aviation accidents/ incidents and emergency situations to determine adequacy of survival equipment.
Presents program briefings relative to research requirements, results, and funding. Serves as a research principal investigator and advisory resource in areas relating to aeromedical factors affecting or expected to affect aerospace safety. Prepares and defends scientific research protocols. Defines and evaluates research objectives, reviews technical literature, addresses institutional review board guidelines for the protection of volunteer research subjects, conducts experiment, performs advanced statistical analysis and interpretation of research data, and publishes results in the technical & scientific literature. Develops tools and procedures for expanding the use of biological, medical, behavioral, or health data, including those to acquire, store organize, analyze, or visualize such data derived from medical and aircraft accident information. Reviews subordinates' research protocols, publications, and presentations for scientific rigor, policy compliance, and technical accuracy.
Support the aeromedical review of aircraft accidents program and provides recommendations regarding the intricacies of that process, which includes the utilization of healthcare industry information codes (e.g., ICD 9/10) and compliance with industry standards (e.g. Privacy Act and HIPAA). Monitors the resulting human factors and biomedical data to determine if trends develop that warrant remedial action. Studies medical and other data to determine the pattern and distribution of sudden and subtle pilot incapacitations, various diseases and the causes of various types of injuries in the flying population involved in mishaps. As a result of the aeromedical review of accidents, provides guidance to FAA, NTSB, and others.
Support CAMI education/training goals:1) Advises and guides university intern students (undergraduate and graduate), residents in aerospace medicine (RAMSs), visiting scientists, aviation medical examiners (AMEs) and others interested in aerospace medicine research and related projects, 2) provides briefings (e.g., at AME seminars, cabin safety workshops, and other learning forums), and 3) formulates student research projects and mentors students in the execution of the same.
Supervisory Status
Relocation Authorized
YesPermanent Change of Station (PCS) - U.S. Citizens: A fixed relocation payment of $10,000 will be paid to new hires to Federal service and student trainees; and a fixed relocation payment of $27,000 will be paid to employees with status.
Job Requirements:
Key Requirements
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Successful completion of a security investigation may be required.A one-year supervisor/managerial probationary period may be required.
  • This position has a positive education requirement, transcripts required.
  • Please review Required Documents & Additional Information.
Reference OPMs Qualification Standards, Individual Occupational Requirements for Medical Officer Series, 0602 in conjunction with the Supervisory Qualification Guide. Website:  https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0600/medical-officer-series-0602/
Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accrediting body in the year of the applicant's graduation [A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provided education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United States may be demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) (or a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country).]
Subsequent to obtaining a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree, a candidate must have had at least 1 year of supervised experience providing direct service in a clinical setting, i.e., a 1-year internship or the first year of a residency program in an institution accredited for such training. (This 1 year of supervised experience may be waived for research or administrative positions not requiring direct patient care.) For purposes of this standard, graduate training programs include only those internship, residency, and fellowship programs that are approved by accrediting bodies recognized within the United States or Canada. Listings of accredited programs are published yearly in the Directory of Residency Training Programs and the Yearbook and Directory of Osteopathic Physicians.

For positions involving patient care, candidates must have a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. Applications will be accepted from physicians who are not currently licensed; however, if selected for appointment, they must (a) obtain a license before entering on duty, or (b) meet one of the following provisions:

  • Waiver of Licensure Requirement: An agency may waive the licensure requirement for positions not involving direct patient care, e.g., positions performing disability evaluations, positions performing solely research, or administrative program managers. If the agency does not waive the license requirement for these kinds of positions, candidates may be appointed subject to obtaining a license within 1 year.
  • Appointments Pending Meeting Licensure Requirement: Individual circumstances may warrant appointments pending meeting the licensure requirement (e.g., when a candidate has a temporary license to practice until the next regular session of the licensing board). Persons appointed pending licensure may not be retained beyond 1 year of appointment if they do not obtain the license.


All successful applicants MUST have 3 years of residency training in Aerospace Medicine OR equivalent training, education, AND/OR experience that included at least 1 year of experience in Aviation Medical Programs that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position. In addition to a residency in Aerospace Medicine, knowledge, skills, and abilities for work in this program area may have been acquired in fields such as internal medicine, pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease, family practice, preventive medicine, occupational health, or public health.


FAA's CORE COMPENSATION PLAN This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information about core compensation is available on the following website: .http://jobs.faa.gov/FAACORECompensation.htm

Applicants must apply online to receive consideration for this vacancy announcement. Faxed, mailed or emailed applications cannot be accepted.

Applicants should include examples of Specialized Experience in their Work History.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Applicants may be asked to verify information on their application for employment with the FAA.

Information Regarding KSAs:  
As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA, in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA), Leadership and Management Dimensions and Other Factors listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or priority grouping and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, the following has been determined to be a selective factor for this position. This means possession of this criterion is part of the minimum qualifications and is essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position. Applicants who do not possess this criterion are ineligible for further consideration.
  • Selective Placement Factor (SPF): The applicant will possess current certification in Aerospace Medicine from the American Board of Preventative Medicine or American Osteopathic Board of Preventive Medicine. (Provide a copy of your certification)

Ensure that your work experience supports your Leadership and Management Dimensions, and Other Factors answers. Your answers and associated work experience will be evaluated further to validate whether the answers that you selected are appropriate.

Also See Qualifications Required.

This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcript(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcement. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or fax it to 405- 954-3003 (please include announcement number on each page). Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration. Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website:

Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited U.S. educational institution in terms of equivalency to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included, otherwise your foreign education will not be considered.

Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered for the position.
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