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Job Title:Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Biochemistry)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agricultural Research Service

Job Announcement Number:DEU-13-916118-YP

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$50,858.00 to $73,019.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, July 12, 2013 to Thursday, July 25, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0404-08/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term NTE 4 Years

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Albany, CA United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

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

Who May Apply: All U.S. Citizens AND those eligible for consideration under a noncompetitive hiring authority(i.e., 30% or more disabled Veteran, VRA, Schedule A, Interchange Agreement, etc.) 

This position is located in Albany, CA in the Foodborne Contaminants Unit of the Agriculture Research Service of USDA. The incumbent will conduct research and biochemical analyses on toxins that impact food safety. The incumbent will develop and/or improve techniques and procedures, maintain, and calibrate specialized laboratory instruments, and equipment for procedures such as ELISA, affinity chromatography, molecular cloning technology, maintain detailed records of experimental data and analyze data for project reports.


 

This is a Full-time Term Appointment not to exceed 4 years.


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service

DUTIES:

Major duties of the position include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting biological sample extraction and biochemical analyses.
  • Testing and developing new methodologies in sample preparation, extraction and quantification.
  • Writing laboratory protocols for all new and modified methods.
  • Utilizing specialized equipment (such as microplate readers for ELISA, and electrochemiluminescence immunosorbent assays) to conduct chemical and biological research experiments.
  • Calibrating specialized equipment and automated systems used for test and evaluation procedures.
  • Initiating action to resolve and/or correct technical research difficulties.
  • Managing inventory of chemicals and stock solutions etc. for use in the laboratory.
  • Disposing of waste materials (both chemical and biological) according to rules and regulations.
  • Using computers and instrument-specific software packages to process, tabulate, statistically analyze and summarize research data.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

To qualify at the GS-08 Level:

 

Specialized Experience: One year (12 months) of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service which includes:

  • Assisting with conducting biological sample extraction and analyses (such chromatography and immunoblotting);
  • Using laboratory equipment (such as readers for ELISA, electrochemiluminescence immunosorbent assays, chromatographs and thermal cyclers for molecular cloning technology);
  • Assisting with the calibration and maintenance of laboratory instruments and equipment;
  • Assisting with sample preparation, extraction and quantification of biological compounds;
  • Managing inventory of chemicals and biological reagents including disposal of hazardous chemical and biological waste materials;
  • Collecting, analyzing and summarizing data using computers, and software for data acquisition, word processing, and graphical and statistical analysis.

 

OR

 

Education: One and one half years of graduate level education (27 semester hours) in chemistry, analytical chemistry, food science, or biochemistry which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities required by this position. (YOU MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS).

 

OR

 

Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of the specialized experience described above and the education described above and (at least 6 semester hours of) chemistry, analytical chemistry, food science, or biochemistry such that the percentage of the specialized experience plus the percentage of graduate level education equals 100%. (YOU MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS).

 

To qualify at the GS-09 Level:

 

Specialized Experience: One year (12 months) of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-08 grade level in the Federal service which includes:

  • Conducting biological sample extraction, biochemical and immunochemical analyses (such as immunosensing, affinity chromatography, immunoblotting);
  • Using laboratory equipment (such as readers for ELISA and electrochemiluminescence immunosorbent assays, chromatographs, and thermal cyclers for molecular cloning technology);
  • Maintaining and calibrating analytical laboratory instruments and equipment;
  • Testing and modifying methods for sample preparation, extraction and quantification of biological compounds to fit the needs of research objectives;
  • Managing inventory of chemicals and biological reagents including disposal of hazardous chemical and biological waste materials;
  • Collecting, analyzing and summarizing data using computers and software for data acquisition, word processing, graphical and statistical analysis;
  • Searching literature pertinent to research for new procedures or techniques to use in the laboratory;
  • Preparing research reports for review by scientists and inclusion in peer- reviewed publications.

 

 

OR

 

Education: Two years of graduate level education (36 semester hours) in chemistry, analytical chemistry, food science, or biochemistry which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities required by this position. (YOU MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS).

 

OR

 

Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of the specialized experience described above and the education described above and (at least 6 semester hours) of chemistry, analytical chemistry, food science, or biochemistry such that the percentage of specialized experience plus the percentage of graduate level education equals 100%. (YOU MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS).

 

 

 


All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

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.

This position is open to all US Citizens and Nationals, and Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authority eligibles.  You may apply under open-competitive, and noncompetitive procedures, however; you must meet the requirements for one of the following categories to apply as a noncompetitive eligible.

1. A current permanent competitive service employee; former Federal employee who achieved career status in the competitive service; or former Federal employee who served on a career conditional appointment without achieving career status in the competitive service who was separated less than three years ago. This includes applicants who have previously held, or currently hold this position and grade with the same promotion potential as announced for this announcement. You must submit the SF-50 that shows competitive service eligibility to be considered.

2. A Veteran applying for a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA), must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing an honorable discharge to be considered. Eligibility for VRA appointments includes Disabled veterans; Veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war declared by Congress, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized; Veterans who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a military operation for which the Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded; and Veterans separated from active duty within the past 3 years. Disabled veterans must provide the SF-15 and supporting documentation from the VA along with DD-214. NOTE: VRA only applies to positions at the GS-11 level and below.

3. A 30% or more Disabled Veteran. You must submit your DD214, a completed SF-15, and letter from the VA dated 1991 or later as proof to be considered.

4. A military spouse. Military spouses are eligible if their active duty military spouse: 1) receives a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move; 2) has a 100% disability rating; or 3) died while on active duty. Please submit supporting documentation as proof to be considered.

5. A Severely Physically Handicapped Schedule 'A' Appointment. Please submit documentation from a State or Federal Vocational Rehabilitation Service as proof to be considered.

6. A Former Peace Corps or VISTA Volunteers Appointment. Please submit documentation as proof to be considered.

7. Interchange Agreements and Miscellaneous Authorities. Please submit documentation as proof to be considered.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating Procedures.  Qualified candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  Your resume will be reviewed and compared against your responses to the online questionnaire.  We strongly encourage you to answer every question that accompanies this vacancy, as your responses will better highlight your specific qualifications. 

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of biochemistry research.
  • Ability to adapt, develop, or improve research techniques and procedures.
  • Ability to use scientific instrumentation.
  • Ability to plan and execute experimental design based on the research objectives.
  • Ability to obtain, tabulate, statistically analyze and summarize research data.

Please note that your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the assessment questionnaire.  High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official.

Displaced/Surplus Employees:  Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if the applicant meets the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and is rated in the Well Qualified Category as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated section.  Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.  Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.  CLICK HERE for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.


BENEFITS:

The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  The following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:  http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Financial Disclosure Requirement:
The Research, Education and Economics (REE) agencies inspire public confidence in our missions by maintaining high ethical principles. Employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes as described on the REE Ethics Webpage. You may be required to submit a financial disclosure report if hired for this position.

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.

Reasonable Accommodation:
Reasonable accommodation is provided to applicants with disabilities. 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). The decision to grant reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis.



HOW TO APPLY:

Your application package must be complete by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, July 25, 2013.  You must apply online or by fax (see below for details).  Applications sent by mail (including e-mail) or hand-delivered will not be accepted.  Certain individuals are entitled to file a late application and must contact the Agency Contact listed below for details and application instructions. 

Choose either Option A or Option B to apply for this position:

Option A:  Online Application

Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and upload (or reuse) supporting documents.  You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note:
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload:
1. Click here to print a fax cover page 
2. Complete all blocks on the cover page using Vacancy ID 916118.  Documents will not be processed if information is missing.
3. Fax the completed cover page and your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Option B:  Fax
If you cannot apply online, follow these steps to fax your complete application package.
1. Click the following link to print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire;
2. Click here to print the 1203FX form, which you will use to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire; and  
3. Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages), your resume, and supporting documents (including those specified in the Required Documents section below) to 1-478-757-3144.  The 1203FX will serve as the cover page for your fax transmission and must be placed on top of all other documents.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:  
   - Assessment questionnaire (completed online or submitted by fax using the 1203FX) 
   - Resume

In addition, you may need to submit supplemental documentation (as outlined below).  Failure to submit supplemental information by the closing date of this announcement will result in the loss of the particular consideration you are requesting.

Veterans' Preference:  To claim 5-point veterans' preference, submit Member 4 copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  To claim 10-point veterans' preference, submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, plus the documentation required by that form.  Active Duty Service Members must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the certification is signed.  Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation.


Transcripts:  If you indicate that you possess any form of post-secondary education, you must submit transcripts detailing your coursework and/or degree(s). At the time your education was obtained, the entire institution, applicable school within the institution, or the applicable curriculum must have been appropriately accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. You may lose consideration for this position if you fail to provide this information.

Foreign Education:  To receive credit for education outside the U.S., you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Midwest Services Branch
Phone: (816)426-5706
Email: KANSASCITY@OPM.GOV
Agency Information:
Recruitment Effort for OPM and FSA
Call or e-mail us with your questions
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WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application package (including all required documents) is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking.  The best qualified candidates will be referred for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.

Control Number: 346903300
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