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    Duties

    Summary

    Serves as Research Leader for the Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit at the USDA-ARS-PA, Center for Grain and Animal Health Research, Manhattan, KS, leads the unit and coordinates with other scientists, the Area Office, the Center Director, and the Office of National Programs to determine the research directions to accomplish the goals and objectives within the approved project plans under ARS National Programs 103 (Animal Health) and 104 (Veterinary, Medical and Urban Entomology).

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    Responsibilities

    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.

    Major Duties:

    • Perform leading research addressing the development of tools to predict and respond to new and emerging vector-borne and zoonotic diseases with emphasize on molecular biology studies of viruses and vectors, vector biology and competence, livestock entomology, epidemiology, immunology, viral pathogenesis, and vaccinology.
    • Develop collaborations and communicate technical information pertaining to arthropod-transmitted viral pathogens of domestic animals with a variety of individuals, including government officials, scientific and academic communities, national or international scientific organization, and diverse community and non-government groups.
    • Collect, analyze, and summarize technical information pertaining to arthropod vectors that affect livestock
    • Prepare written work products based on research to be reviewed and/or published in professional articles, publications, and technical abstracts.
    • Manage a multidisciplinary research program, including personnel, equipment and fiscal resources following agency’s mission and scientific procedures, requirements and protocols.
    • Supervise employees, to include setting performance standards, monitoring performance and guiding subordinates

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - To attend meetings and conferences

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    15

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Qualifications

    Basic Requirements:

    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 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    0414 - Degree: entomology; or a related discipline of the biological or physical sciences that included at least 16 semester hours in entomology or Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major that included course work as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    0701 – Experience - Scientific presentations before professional groups; publication of medical reports in professional journals or publications; participation in seminars, advisory/working groups, and research groups; mastery of clinical medicine; or other related activities that contribute to the advancement of veterinary medical science are positive indicators of the quality of an applicant's experience. However, articles on the care of pets written for the general public would not be considered professional publications or qualifying specialized experience. Applicants who meet the educational requirements described above as well as the specialized experience requirements below may qualify as follows: GS-13 and above: One year of progressively responsible professional veterinary experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.

    Education - To qualify above the GS-13 grade level on the basis of education, applicants must successfully complete relevant graduate study or a dual DVM/graduate degree as described below at an accredited college or school, in addition to completing the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or an equivalent degree: Ph.D degree in an area of specialization, including but not limited to, animal science, avian medicine, food safety, infectious diseases, veterinary clinical sciences, pathobiology, biomedical sciences, veterinary anatomy, veterinary preventive medicine, comparative biological sciences, epidemiology, veterinary parasitology, molecular veterinary biosciences, public health, microbiology, pathology, immunology, laboratory animal medicine, toxicology, wildlife, zoological animal medicine, or sciences related to the work of a veterinary medical officer position.

    Residency/Post-Graduate Training Programs - Residency or post-graduate training programs require two to five years of study in a specific discipline or specialty. Successful completion of such training qualifies the job applicant for the following grade levels: Above GS-13: Successful completion of three years of an internship, residency program, or fellowship training program in a discipline related to the position.

    Board Certification - Specialty boards that are recognized by the American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) certify eligible candidates as specialists in specific veterinary medical fields. Veterinarians who successfully complete all requirements for Diplomate status in an ABVS-recognized veterinary specialty organization may qualify for the GS-13 grade level. Such specialties may include, but are not limited to, veterinary toxicology, laboratory animal medicine, poultry veterinary medicine, theriogenology, veterinary anesthesiology, veterinary behaviorists, veterinary clinical pharmacology, veterinary dermatology, veterinary emergency and critical care, veterinary internal medicine, veterinary microbiology, veterinary nutrition, veterinary ophthalmology, veterinary pathology, veterinary preventive medicine, veterinary radiology, veterinary medicine, and veterinary dentistry. The above list of specialty areas for board certification should not be used for parenthetical titles or official job titles unless authorized by the classification standard for the 0701 occupational series.

    Additional Requirements for Areas of Specialization: For some positions, proficiency in one of the following specialties is required for satisfactory job performance: Clinical Care, Epidemiology, Import and Export, Laboratory Animal Medicine, Pathology, Product Development, Public Health, Toxicology, Wildlife, Zoological Animal Medicine. In such situations, agencies may consider using selective factors in the vacancy announcement when possession of specific experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, or competencies is absolutely required prior toappointment. Selective factors should only be used when an applicant cannot perform the work satisfactorily without such qualifications. Evidence of proficiency may be demonstrated by work experience; advanced course work or degrees; board certification; or completion of specific, intensive training, as appropriate. The level of proficiency must be commensurate with the grade level of the position. In addition to technical competence in a general or specialized veterinary medical field, applicants must possess writing, oral communication, and interpersonal skills.

    Medical Requirements: Individuals must be physically and mentally able to safely and efficiently perform the full range of duties of the position without creating hazards to themselves or others. Veterinary Medical Officers who inspect or supervise inspection activities in privately owned slaughter houses and processing plants must meet specific medical standards and physical requirements established by the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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

    GS-14:
    Applicants must possess one year of specialized equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience requirements for the GS-14 level are defined as:
    • Producing publications as the primary author for those that impact the advancement of the field or are viewed as authoritative;
    • Conceiving and formulating research ideas that advance the field of science or is used as a reference by other scientists;
    • Experience participating in Symposia that define the state of the discipline or introduce new areas in the field;
    • Experience managing a research program, including personnel, equipment and fiscal resources;
    • Experience supervising employees, to include setting performance standards, monitoring performance and guiding subordinates.

    GS-15:
    Applicants must possess one year of specialized equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience requirements for the GS-15 level are defined as:
    • Experience in research and reputation serve as a recruiting tool to your organization;
    • Experience in research had led to national/international recognition as an authority and leader in the field;
    • Experience in research has led to awards, honors, or other recognition from major national and international organizations;
    • Experience managing a research program, including personnel, equipment and fiscal resources;
    • Experience supervising employees, to include setting performance standards, monitoring performance and guiding subordinates.

    For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here:

    http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp

    Education

    Additional information

    • 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

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    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=53859CF2-3620-4A80-95CC-A985009910BD

    Background checks and security clearance

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

    • Resume clearly describing your experience related to this position as described in the Major Duties, and Qualifications sections of this announcement.
    • Your application package must include the announcement number, title and grade of the position.
    • Statement that you are a U.S. citizen
    • 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.
    • If you are a veteran and you are claiming veterans’ preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. For competitive service positions, active duty service members expecting to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days: you may be granted tentative preference by submitting a “certification” document in lieu of a Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214. This “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date of the submission of the certification. Veterans’ preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veterans’ preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.
    • If you are claiming 10-point veterans’ preference based on service-connected disability, in addition to the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), you must also submit an SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans’ Preference, plus the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. For more information on veterans’ preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/.
    • You must submit a copy of your college transcripts. You must submit with your application evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at http://www.ed.gov. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcripts; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
    • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application.
    NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    The Federal Service offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at:  https://www.usa.gov/benefits-for-federal-employees

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.

    This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this.

    To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents.

    NOTE: You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open.

    Agency contact information

    Kent Amott

    Phone

    970 492 7037

    TDD

    202-855-1234

    Fax

    970-492-7037

    Email

    kent.amott@ars.usda.gov

    Address

    USDA/ARS
    2150 Centre Ave Bldg D Ste 300
    Fort Collins, 80526
    United States
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    Next steps

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A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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