Interdisciplinary (Research Biologist/Research Microbiologist/Research Chemist)
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About the Position: This position is located at the Dalecarlia Water Treatment Plant, 5900 MacArthur Boulevard NW, Washington, DC. This position is under the supervision of the Washington Aqueduct. The Aqueduct, while part of the US Army Corps of Engineers, is a large scale, vital public utility, wholly financed through the sale of potable water. The job provides the opportunity to work at one of the largest water utilities in the nation, serving the public and producing a product which impacts the lives of all metropolitan area citizens and businesses on a daily basis. To be successful in this position, you will need to commit yourself to the Aqueduct's mission of providing safe, reliable and cost effective water.
This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled either as a GS-1320-11 Chemist, GS-0403-11 Microbiologist, or GS-0401-11 Biologist.
Who May Apply:
- Not Required
In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.
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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
BASIC EDUCATION FOR THE RESEARCH BIOLOGIST - 0401: Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
2. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
BASIC EDUCATION FOR THE RESEARCH MICROBIOLOGIST - 0403: Degree: microbiology; or biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms, and 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent.
2.Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Graduate Education: Microbiology, or specific area of study such as bacteriology, virology, mycology, algology, protozoology, parasitology, immunology, serology, microbial genetics, or soil microbiology; or specific applied fields of microbiology such as clinical and public health microbiology, food tech-nology, production processes, industrial fermentation, pollution, etc. Graduate study in related fields such as experimental pathology, infectious diseases, epidemiology, biochemistry, animal or plant physiology, genetics, plant pathology, and insect disease control, may also be pertinent, provided it has direct application to microbiological work.
Evaluation of Education: Microbiology is a broad field of science encompassing a number of scientific disciplines or areas of science, the fields in which this science is applied, and related fields where the work is concerned with or involves microbiology. The scientific disciplines or areas of this science include bacteriology, immunology, serology, algology, mycology, parasitology, protozoology, rickettsi-ology, tissue culture, virology, and similar disciplines or areas of science. The applied fields include environmental, food, dairy, soil, industrial, public health, clinical, and agricultural microbiology, and similar areas in which microbiology is applied. Related fields include taxonomy and systematics, plant, animal, or human physiology or pathology, infectious diseases, epidemiology, ecology, and similar areas of science where the work is directly related or applies to microbiology. Except where the course work deals with a limited and specific segment of the science, where it might be limited in usefulness, most of the work, including that dealing with the development and use of microbiological methods, procedures, and techniques, is qualifying. In interpreting the substantive value of the course work, credit may be given for courses in related fields, depending on the degree to which the courses are related to micro-biological work.
BASIC EDUCATION FOR THE RESEARCH CHEMIST - 1320: A. Degree: physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics.
B. Combination of education and experience -- course work equivalent to a major as shown in A above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the Basic Education Requirement, Qualified Candidates for this position must ALSO identify in their resume that they possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level (GS-09) in the federal service that demonstrates the following: 1) Performing chemical or microbiological analyses on raw and potable water samples. 2) Operating carious analytical instruments and interpreting analytical data. 3) Experience following the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification requirements.
You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:
1. KNOWLEDGE OF CHEMICAL AND BACTERIAL PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES
2. SKILL IN DATA ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION
3. ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE IN WRITING
Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you may qualify if your education meets the definitions below:
EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION: Master's or equivalent graduate degree. (NOTE: you must attach a copy of your transcripts).
Combination of education and experience.
NOTE: Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information with your application package.
Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html
Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.
- Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
- You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
- Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
- Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
- Must possess and maintain a valid State driver's license.
- Transcripts are required at the time of application.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain Secret Security Clearance.
- Incumbent must wear a laboratory coat and safety glasses while performing analyses and utilize other personal protective equipment as required by the nature of the task being performed.
- Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in the vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.