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Job Title:Research Entomologist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agricultural Research Service

Job Announcement Number:RA-13-003-L

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, October 22, 2012 to Wednesday, May 29, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0414-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Temporary NTE 2 Years

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Brookings, SD United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Foreign Nationals that meet eligibility requirements

JOB SUMMARY:

Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the United States Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency and one of the world's premiere scientific organizations.  ARS Postdoctoral Research Associates are hired to supplement a lead scientist's research on agricultural problems of high national priority affecting American agriculture.

Applications for this position will be accepted from both US Citizens and Foreign Nationals who meet both  Appropriations Law and Immigration Law requirements found under "Foreign Nationals Eligible for Federal Employment" at http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/EmployForeignNationals/index.htm
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**ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED**

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • A Ph.D. is required

DUTIES:

Major Duties:

The specific objectives of the incumbent are to use PCR-based gut content analysis to establish trophic linkages to corn within an arthropod community and establish whether dsRNA passes to higher trophic levels (predators and parasitoids) via consuming herbivores.  To accomplish these objectives, diets of a corn arthropod community will be analyzed using qPCR-based gut content analysis to generate a quantitative food web based on taxon abundance, frequency of corn consumption and the quantity of corn DNA consumed.  Species most exposed to dsRNA expressed in GM corn will be identified.  Insecticidal dsRNA will be administered to three non-target herbivores with different feeding ecologies.  These pests will be fed to a suite of relevant natural enemies, whose fitness will be measured.  The presence of the dsRNA will be assessed using targeted qRT-PCR.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

This position requires a Ph.D in entomology, plant biology, genetics, or a related field of study that has equipped the applicant with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.  Broad knowledge of experimental design, data collection and manipulation, statistical analysis with associated software programs are necessary. The incumbent must have an understanding and experience with both molecular techniques (e.g., PCR) and entomological experimental methods such as laboratory and field assays.

Applicants must meet basic Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standard's requirements of the scientific discipline necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. 

This position has a positive education requirement.  You must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education when applying for this position.  If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position.  If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.  Application materials will not be returned.


Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.  Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e4.htm#e4a for additional information on this topic.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated to determine if you meet eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) associated with the position as defined above under "Qualifications".


BENEFITS:

A Benefits Package will be authorized for appointments made for a period of more than one year.  Additional information about Federal benefits can be obtained at
http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc
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OTHER INFORMATION:

Relocation and Other Incentives:
Payment of relocation expenses and other incentives will be determined in accordance with P&P 412.5, Recruitment and Retention Incentives and Other Special Pay, Sections 6 and 7, as amended by Bulletins 03-402 and 05-412.5, which may be found at
http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/ppweb/Bulletins/05-412-5.pdf.  See also http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/staffing_recruit/reloweb.htm.

Veteran's Preference:  If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach member 4 copy of your DD-214. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

False Statements:
If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed.

Optional Form 306 (Declaration for Federal Employment):
If you are selected for this position, you will be required to complete this form before an offer may be made.

Selective Service System:
Males over age 18 who were born after December 31, 1959, must have registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) to be eligible for Federal employment.

ARS Reasonable Accommodation Contact Information:
If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on 202-855-1234 (TDD).



HOW TO APPLY:

Applications may be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed to the appropriate address and/or facsimile number listed below:

Mail:  Joanthan Lundgren

            USDA-ARS

         2923 Medary Avenue

         Brookings, SD  57006

E-mail: jonathan.lundgren@ars.usda.gov

Fax:  605-693-5240

If sending your application as an attachment to an email, do not send zipped files.  They will be removed in accordance with standard electronic security procedures.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

If application packages do not contain all of the requested information, you may lose consideration for the job.  To help you ensure your application fully outlines your qualifications and eligibility for this position, please submit the following documentation as appropriate.   Some of the items listed may not apply to you.  NOTE:  Applications received in postage paid government envelopes will not be considered.

APPLICATION PACKAGE CHECKLIST

__ Resume, Curriculum Vitae, or other document outlining your qualifications

The following information is required of all applicants:
__ Announcement number, title, and grade(s) of the position

__ Full name, mailing address (including zip code) and day and evening phone numbers (with area code)

__ Indicate country of citizenship
__Copy of DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Only if claiming veteran's preference. Visit the following web site for additional information: http://www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp)

__SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference) plus the supporting documentation required by this form (if claiming 10-point veteran's preference).  Visit http://www.opm.gov/forms/html/sf.asp to obtain the form.

__ Paid and non-paid work experience related to the position.  For each period of work experience include:
          ___Job title
          ___Series/grade (if Federal employment)
          ___Duties and accomplishments
          ___Employer's name and address
          ___Supervisor's name and contact information
          ___Starting and ending dates of employment (at least month/year)
          ___Number of hours worked per week
          ___Salary
          ___Indicate if we may contact current supervisor/employer

__ Other job related information, such as training courses (title & year); skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, etc.)
          ___Certificates/licenses (current)
          ___Honors, awards, and special accomplishments
       
__ Copy of college transcripts (If you have non-conventional education, e.g., foreign study, continuing education units, life experience, etc., go to the web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e4.htm#e4a and look under the heading Other Education for information governing acceptability of this type of education.)

 

As an Applicant for a Postdoctoral Research Associate Position, you must also submit the following:

__  A one-page abstract of Ph.D. dissertation

__  A resume of 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 invitations); and publications.

__  A list of names, addresses, and phone numbers of persons familiar with your stature, contributions, and recognition.

If this is your first time applying for a federal job, or if you wish to view more detailed information about  various aspects of applying for federal jobs, go to http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Jonathan Lundgren
Phone: (605)693-5203
TDD: 202-855-1234
Email: JONATHAN.LUNDGREN@ARS.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
NPA Brookings SD
Northern Grain Insects Research Lab
2923 Medary Avenue
Brookings, SD
57006

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Applications will be received and reviewed for consideration until a selection has been made.

Control Number: 329520000
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