Biological Scientist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Jul 17, 2018
Closes
Jul 17, 2018
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Occasional travel - Travel for training and work assignments may be required


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • US Citizenship is required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • Position may be eligible for telework.
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of one year trial period.
  • Special Conditions:

    • Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation
    • Successful completion of a 1 year probationary or trial period (if new hire to the Federal service)
    • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expense associated with reporting for duty to this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee [REMOVE]

    Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.

    BASIC REQUIREMENT: Biologist (0401)

    Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
    OR, Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    In addition to meeting the above criteria applicants must meet the following:

    FOR THE GS-11 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
    • Research leading to a master’s degree in molecular biology or genetics, microbiology, or plant pathology or pathogen biology, related to the agricultural sciences and involving biotechnology OR professional experience conducting biotechnology research or development related to plant pathogens, plant breeding, plant genetics, or other similar areas.
    • Authorship on one peer reviewed scientific publication or unpublished government, industry, or other document that analyzes, summarizes, and interprets technical and scientific data.
    • Composing, editing or revising technical or scientific issue papers, research proposals, research reports, memoranda, or risk or environmental assessments.
    OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in molecular biology or genetics, microbiology, or plant pathology or pathogen biology, related to the agricultural sciences and involving biotechnology 

    Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.

    FOR THE GS-12 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:

    • Research leading to a PhD in molecular biology or genetics, microbiology, or plant pathology or pathogen biology, related to the agricultural sciences and involving biotechnology OR professional experience conducting biotechnology research or development related to plant pathogens.
    • Lead authorship on one, or authorship on more than one, peer reviewed scientific publications or unpublished government, industry, or other document that analyses, summarizes, and interprets technical and scientific data.
    • Experience that demonstrates knowledge of laws, regulations or management practices associated with genetically engineered organisms or plant pests.
    • Participation in a research team that completed assigned tasks to meet program goals, including completing assignments within deadline and assisting with planning work assignments
    • Composing, editing, and revising one or more  formal correspondence dealing with technically complex or politically sensitive issues, guidance documents, standard operating procedures, or risk or environmental assessments .          
    (Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level.)

    FOR THE GS-13 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:

    In addition to meeting the GS 13 specialized experience the incumbent must also meet the criteria for the GS 12.
    • Research leading to a PhD in molecular biology or genetics, microbiology, or plant pathology or pathogen biology,  related to the agricultural sciences and involving biotechnology AND at least one year of post-doctoral employment in biotechnology research or development related to plant pathogens. 
    • Lead authorship of one or more peer reviewed scientific publications or unpublished government, industry, or other document that analyses, summarizes, and interprets technical and scientific data related to activities in biotechnology and plant pathogen or disease biology, pathology, or management.
    • Participation in the development, evaluation, or implementation of assessments or actions (including management practices) concerning plant pest or weed risk and environmental impacts of regulated activities in accordance and to ensure compliance with existing laws, regulations and management practices related to agricultural biotechnology
    • Experience leading a research or regulatory team that completed assigned tasks to meet program goals, including completing assignments within deadline and assisting with planning work assignments.
    • Composing, editing, and revising one or more of the following technical and scientific documents relating to complex activities in biotechnology and plant pathogen, disease, or weed  biology or management: issue papers, briefing or decision memoranda, formal  correspondence dealing with difficult issues, guidance documents, standard operating procedures, risk or environmental assessments to be published for comment, research proposals, research reports.
    (Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level.)

     TRANSCRIPTS are required:
    • This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified.
    • You are qualifying for the position based on education.
    • You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education.

    COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-11 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following:  Combining Education and Experience for Professional and Scientific Positions

    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.

    • This position is subject to unscheduled overnight details of undetermined lengths in the event of animal health emergencies or other conditions requiring immediate response, as required by the Agency. (Extensive periods of time may be designated for overnight details.)
    • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible see http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
    • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDAs TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
    • Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
    • E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
    • It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. See more information at: http://www.chcoc.gov/transmittals/TransmittalDetails.aspx?TransmittalID=6465

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. The category rating procedure is used to rank and select eligible candidates. Under category rating, applicants who meet basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position and whose job related competencies have been assessed are ranked by being placed in one of the following categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.

    You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your application package to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:

    • Knowledge and understanding of plant pathology (including mechanisms of plant disease, interactions between plants and organisms and environmental conditions that cause plant disease, and methods of managing plant disease) and biotechnology as well as knowledge in one or more of the following agricultural or biological sciences: molecular biology, plant biology, genetics, microbiology or virology, or another closely related scientific discipline.
    • Ability to research, analyze, interpret, summarize, draw logical conclusions from, and report technical and scientific data and information from multiple sources.
    • Ability to plan, coordinate, and implement activities and balance multiple assignments to achieve program goals, including ability to communicate, coordinate, and obtain or exchange information with diverse contacts in the private sector, academia, or government.
    • Ability to work in a team based environment, one that values diverse contributions to a common goal.
    • Knowledge of laws, regulations or management practices associated with genetically engineered organisms, plant pests, or weeds.
    • Ability to clearly and effectively convey technical and scientific information both verbally and in writing, to diverse audiences with varying levels of technical competency.

    Your final category placement will be based on the information provided in your resume and supplemental documentation submitted with your application package. Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to evaluate and measure your possession of the knowledge, skills and competencies listed above. Applicants referred to the selecting official for consideration may be asked as part of the interview/selection process to make a presentation on a leadership, technical or non-technical topic (up to 20 minutes).

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to and including removal from the Federal Service.


    To view the application form, visit: https://aphis.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=28792555-797F-4DD9-8A4F-A90D008FA9FD

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