Supervisory Research Plant Physiologist/Molecular Biologist (Plants)/Food Technologist/Chemist

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Dec 14, 2018
Closes
Dec 22, 2018
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Occasional travel - Domestic and International travel may be required to attend scientific meetings, training, and conferences.


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes Relocation expenses may be authorized and would be determined at time of offer.


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
  • Satisfactory completion of a 1 year supervisory probationary period.
  • 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 will 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.

    This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in any of the job series/position titles listed. In addition to the specialized experience requirements, applicants must submit proof that they meet the educational requirements for at least one of the series described in the announcement. Applicants may only be appointed to job series/position titles for which they meet all experience and educational requirements.

    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.

    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.

    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 Biologist, GS-0401 Series 
    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 in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    Plant Physiology, GS-0435 Series 
    Degree: botany or plant physiology; or a related scientific discipline that included at least 10 semester hours in plant physiology.

    Food Technology, GS-1382 Series
    Degree: food technology, or dairy technology, microbiology, biology, chemistry, physics, or a related discipline or field of biological or physical science. The course work must have been comprised of at least 30 semester hours in the basic biological and physical sciences, and included at least 20 semester hours in food technology and closely related subjects, or 20 semester hours in subjects that can be applied directly to food technology.
    OR
    Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major, including the course work specified, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    Chemistry Series, 1320 Series 
    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.
    OR
    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.

    Additional Requirements:
    In addition to meeting the basic requirements described above, applicants must also meet additional qualification requirements as stated below.

    GS-14:  Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for the GS-14 level of this position are:
    1) Experience conducting individual and team laboratory research, field research and/or modeling of food technology processes making
    use of current and emerging measurement and computer technologies that reduce postharvest losses, and improve the sensory, nutritional and functional quality of fruits, vegetables, and/or grains; AND
    2) Experience managing human (hiring, evaluating performance, monitoring work progress), fiscal, and physical resources for research projects; AND
    3) Experience publishing results in peer reviewed journals in the area of improving food quality.

    GS-15:  Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for the GS-15 level of this position are:
    1) Experience leading individual and team laboratory research, field research and/or modeling of food technology processes making use of current and emerging measurement and computer technologies that reduce postharvest losses, and improve the sensory, nutritional and functional quality of fruits, vegetables, and/or grains; AND
    2) Experience managing human (hiring, evaluating performance, monitoring work progress), fiscal, and physical resources for research projects; AND
    3) Experience publishing results in peer reviewed journals in the area of improving food quality.

    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.

    Supervisory/Managerial Competencies - the following KSAs will also be used to evaluate candidates in the interview and selection process:

    1. Ability to lead and accomplish work through others (i.e. team building, conflict management, cultural awareness, strategic thinking, technology management, and political savvy.)
    2. Ability to communicate with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds in a variety of situations.

    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.

    This position requires the selectee to undergo a pre-employment check and a full background investigation. Any offer made is considered a tentative job offer pending the outcome of the pre-employment check. Retention in the position is based upon a favorable adjudication of the background investigation. The incumbent will be subject to periodic reinvestigations.

    This position is in a location covered by a Bargaining Unit.

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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.

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    To view the application form, visit: https://ars.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=1B015052-7D51-49EA-896C-A98100B20DF8

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