Interdisciplinary: Research Molecular Biologist/Microbiologist/Plant Pathologist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Dec 10, 2018
Closes
Dec 10, 2018
Function
Analyst, Research
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Occasional travel - For meetings and conferences


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes Maybe, based on funding availability


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • Successful completion of a three year probationary period
  • Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT: Federal employees are subject to prohibitions against officially dealing with outside organizations in which they have a financial interest. If hired for this position, you may be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of the effective date of your appointment and annually thereafter.

    To be considered for a research scientist position, you must submit a one-page abstract of your MS thesis and/or Ph.D. dissertation. Also, submit a list of names, addresses, and phone numbers of persons familiar with your stature, contributions, recognition; any honors or awards received; memberships in professional or honor societies; invitations to make presentations at scientific/technical meetings; scientific society office and committee assignments; presentations (other than invitation); and publications.

    Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.

    Your education and experience will be evaluated against all qualification requirements (basic and any additional requirements) listed below.

    Graduate education must be directly related to the work of the position and must have equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

    Basic Requirements:

    Molecular Biology, GS-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.

    Microbiology, GS-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 or 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.

    Plant Pathology, GS-0434:
    Degree: plant pathology; or a related scientific discipline that included at least 20 semester hours in basic botany or plant science, and 10 semester hours in plant pathology.


    Additional Requirements:
    GS-12: 
    Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service or possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or possess an equivalent combination of graduate level education and experience.  Graduate education must be directly related to the work of the position and must have equipped applicants with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

    Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled.  The specialized experience requirements for the GS-12 level of this position are: 

    1. Experience using the principles, theories and practices of mycology, morphological and molecular systematic methods and techniques related to fungi, plant pathology, and evolutionary theory.

    2. Experience using taxonomy, nomenclature, and associated literature methods for ascomycetous plant pathogenic fungi in their different morphological states.

    3. Experience using computer applications for phylogenetic and genomic data analyses to develop phylogenies and DNA markers for species-level identifications and for comparison of microscopic characters.

    4. Experience planning and conducting studies, interpret results, and
    documenting findings related to fungal systematics through peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals.

    Applicants must address the specialized experience requirements in their resume (or application documents). Applications that do not reflect the specialized experience requirements will not be deemed qualified.

    Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

    For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here:
    http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp

    • 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/workfordce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, surplus or displaced Federal employee must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and be rated in the Quality Category as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated section.
    • This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.
    • This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. Employee participation is at the discretion of the supervisor.
    • Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized.  Final determination to pay an incentive will be made by the hiring offical at time of job offer.
    • Research scientists have open-ended promotion potential. Research accomplishments and their impact on the duties and responsibilities of positions are evaluated periodically. The grade level is limited only by the individual's demonstrated ability to perform research of recognized importance to science and technology. *Final grade level may be determined by a peer review panel.
    • Vacant research positions may be filled at one of several grade levels depending upon the scientific impact of the person selected.  For this reason, you are encouraged to apply at all grade levels.  A peer review will be required for selections made at grades GS-13 and above and the selectee will be required to submit supplemental materials

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

    You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans' preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans' preference within each category.

    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 including removal from the Federal service.

    Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right.


    To view the application form, visit: https://ars.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=AA6DCFEA-783C-4B0D-9BBA-A98900F353E4

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