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Job Title:Biologist

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Department of Energy

Job Announcement Number:12-DE-SC-HQ-019

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Thursday, September 27, 2012 to Wednesday, October 10, 2012




Full-Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Germantown, MD, USView Map
20874View Map


All current U. S. citizens

Moving expenses may be paid.

****This announcement is also being advertised under Merit Promotion (MP), announcement number 12-MP-SC-HQ-032. If you wish to be considered for this MP announcement you must apply to it separately.


Here is your opportunity to perform important work in a challenging environment.

The Office of Science is involved in a variety of sciences, science education, and funding of science research. For more information about our organization, please visit our website at

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The Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, Biological Systems Science Division  is seeking a motivated and highly qualified individual to serve as a technical authority for research in the biological conversion of plant feed stocks to renewable bio-fuels associated with the DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs). The BRCs seek to accelerate transformational breakthroughs in basic science needed for the development of cost-effective, sustainable technologies to make production of cellulosic biofuels commercially viable on a national scale ( See Duty Section for additional information.



  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • All basic qualifications must be met by the closing date of announcement.
  • Requires the successful completion of a background investigation
  • OR Requires the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance.
  • All documents must be submitted by 11 pm on closing date of announcement.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must certify registration with the Selective Svc.


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If selected for this position, you will - Plan, coordinate, implement, and evaluate research programs in the field of Bioenergy on a national and international level. - Organize, participate in, and lead committees composed of agency, interagency, and government personnel for the purpose of representing the DOE and programmatic interests. - Consult and negotiate with leading government and scientific personnel both nationally and internationally. - Serve as the program manager responsible for enhancing and growing the scientific focus and direction of bioenergy research programs, in coordination with the broader Genomic Science research program. - Examine and ascertain pioneering research needs and opportunities of the research program against scientific and technological advances and of potential needs of the DOE. - Prepare, justify, and support the portions of the budget relating to the area of responsibility. - Evaluate contractor, DOE laboratory, and grantee research proposals and performance. - Prepare analytical documents to communicate with top management of DOE and higher echelons of government.



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You must possess one year of experience performing duties in biological science related to bioenergy, including research in the growth of plant feed stocks, deconstruction, and biological conversion to renewable bio-fuels.

You must also demonstrate experience in the following: (1) Knowledge of the current state of a broad range of plant and microbial systems biology.  (2) Knowledge and familiarity of the current state of plant and microbial genomics, biochemistry, plant physiology, microbial physiology, bioinformatics and computational biology, biotechnology, synthetic biology, structural biology, and chemical and metabolic engineering.  (3) Knowledge and ability to plan, direct, and evaluate new and highly complex basic research programs and projects. (4) Knowledge and ability to plan, budget, justify, and allocate funds among a variety of competing programs and requirements.  (5) Ability to organize and direct diverse groups in the solving of highly complex scientific problems. (6) Ability to give acceptance and support to research findings, conclusions, recommendations and decisions for program execution.  (7) Knowledge and skill to represent the program area and DOE on high visibility committees and planning activities.   

NOTE:  Your resume and responses to the self-assessment job questions are an integral part of the process for determining your basic and specialized qualifications for the position.  Therefore, it is important to support your responses to the applicant assessment questions by providing examples of your experience in your resume.

You must have a degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position OR 

A combination of education and experience--Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Foreign Education Applicants: 

If you completed all or part of your education outside of the U.S., you must have your foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying for this position.  For a listing of services that can perform this evaluation, see the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website  For additional information regarding evaluation of foreign equivalences, you may also visit the Department of Education's website:

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR THIS VACANCY: A preliminary background check must be initiated before you can begin work with the U.S. Department of Energy.  Current Federal employees or other individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Security Office.

Failure to receive a favorable background investigation will result in termination from employment.

This position requires a security clearance and is subject to drug testing.  If selected, you must test negative prior to being appointed to this position and will be subject to random testing thereafter.  Failure to pass subsequent tests could result in disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the Federal service.


Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating combines the applicant's total qualifying experience and education/training into a single quality category. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, we will further evaluate your entire application package to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories:

1) Highly Qualified - Exceeds the minimum qualification requirements and all requirements of the position;

2) Well Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and nearly all requirements of the position;

3) Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements.

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within appropriate category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Highly Qualified) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless approval has been granted.


NOTE:  If it is determined that your responses to the job-specific questions are inconsistent with your resume or if your resume is incomplete, you will be rated ineligible or not qualified.

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The Federal government provides a variety of benefits.  Please visit  for additional information.


This position is included in the bargaining unit.

You must meet all qualification requirements outlined on this vacancy announcement by the closing date of the announcement.

You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

The travel requirement for this position is 10%.

"As a member of the Council on Veterans Program the Department of Energy supports our nation's veterans through various veteran hiring initiatives and authorities."


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Submit an online resume and respond to the job specific questions.  Apply online at  If you are unable to apply online, call the Human Resources Specialist listed in the announcement between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST.

Submit all required documents by 11 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the announcement in order to receive consideration.


"Upload" - Using the Document Manager, upload document (.gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pfg, and .doc format only) directly from your computer.

"USAJOBS" - Using the Document Manager, download a document you previously attached from your USAJOBS account for this vacancy.

"Fax" - Print the Fax Cover Sheet, then fax cover sheet and document(s) to 571-258-4052.



2.  Veterans:  If you are eligible for veteran's preference, you must indicate the type of preference you are claiming.  All veterans MUST submit a DD-214, MEMBER 4 copy.  If claiming 10-point preference you must also submit a SF-15 and any other proof that you are eligible for 10-point preference.  If you are currently on active duty, you must submit an official statement of service from your command or other official documentation that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.  You can find additional information on veteran's preference at

3.  Education:  You must submit a copy of your transcript(s), a separate course listing, or a course listing in the appropriate job-specific question showing the type of information that appears on transcript(s) such as course title, department, hours earned (semester or quarter), and grade.

4.  If you have completed any part of your education outside of the U.S., you must submit the evaluation of your foreign education that has been prepared by an accredited organization. The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES),  can provide a list of who can evaluate your foreign education.  For additional information, visit the Department of Education's website:

5.  If you believe that you are Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligible, please visit  for additional information.  To be considered well qualified, you must have a score of 80.

6.  If you are eligible for any Special Appointing Authority, you must submit the documentation supporting your eligibility.  For additional information, visit

7.  Legible documentation identified above must be faxed to 571-258-4052 by the closing date of this announcement using the required cover sheet.  Our system will not recognize substitute cover sheets.  Each document must be faxed separately as each sheet includes an identification number.  You will receive an email from once your documents have been received.  Please fax your supplemental documents per these instructions.


Deborah Campbell
Phone: 301-903-0294
Fax: 301-903-1299
Agency Information:
Department of Energy
19901 Germantown Road
Germantown, MD
Fax: 301-903-1299


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