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Job Title:Research Physiologist (Animal)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agricultural Research Service

Job Announcement Number:ARS-X12W-0133

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$68,809.00 to $125,695.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, October 15, 2012 to Friday, November 09, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0413-12/14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Clay Center, NE United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens, current and former status applicants, VEOA eligibles and persons eligible under special hiring authorities.

JOB SUMMARY:

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

Seeking a permanent, full-time scientist to plan, implement, and report the results of research related to improving nutrient management and efficiency in cattle to optimizing the use of feed resources by diverse breeds of cattle.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position

DUTIES:

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This position is located in the US Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska. The incumbent conducts both independent and team-based research to improve production efficiency of cattle by identifying physiological and metabolic mechanisms responsible for variation in nutrient utilization, determine factors responsible for their regulation, and identify management strategies that promote increased efficiency. The incumbent may use a variety of techniques including nutrient balance studies, blood flow and metabolite flux in specific tissues, stable isotope tracer methodologies, and assessment of energy expenditure and protein accretion or losses, and cell culture techniques. Biological models may include various management strategies on animals with differing genetic merit for size, lean growth, milk yield, and environmental adaptation.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Your education and experience will be evaluated against all qualification requirements (basic and any additional requirements) listed below.

Basic Requirements:

Degree: in one of the basic animal sciences or physiology; or a related discipline or field of science that included at least 24 semester hours in the basic animal sciences, of which 10 semester hours were in animal physiology.

 

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 grade point average or class ranking 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. 

Additional Requirements

GS-12:  A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree directly related to the duties of the position (i.e., animal physiology) OR One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service.

GS-13: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service.

GS-14: One 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 this position are:

1.  Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of animal physiology as it is relates to livestock and livestock production practices. 

2.  Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of nutrition, metabolism, and/or endocrinology as they relate to variation in nutrient utilization.

3.  Skill in developing animal models and trials to collect and maintain sampling data.  

4.  Ability to design, plan, and conduct independent research and publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

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.

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.

Vacant research positions may be filled at one of several grade levels depending upon the scientific impact of the person selected.  A peer review may be required to determine the appropriate grade level of the position and supplemental materials may be required from the selectee.

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.


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.

 

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.

Time-in-grade restrictions apply for all candidates considered under Alternative Merit Promotion.

 

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.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the basic and any additional requirements.  The Agricultural Research Service uses a category rating process.  Based on evaluation of all written materials submitted in application for the position, you will be determined to be Ineligible if you do not meet eligibility and/or minimum qualifications criteria; Eligible if you meet all eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria; OR Quality if you meet quality criteria in addition to eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria.


BENEFITS:

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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:

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. Qualified candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), a special hiring authority, will be considered.  VEOA eligibles are preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of active service.  Veterans who are released under honorable conditions shortly before completing a 3-year tour are also eligible.

Creditable Service:  Service credit for annual leave accrual may be granted for directly related non-Federal work experience or uniformed service for newly appointed individuals, or those individuals reappointed after a break in service from civilian Federal employment of at least 90 calendar days.  The amount of non-Federal service to be credited will be based on the amount of directly related and documented experience that the selectee possesses as documented by the employee and which is approved by agency management.

Relocation Expenses:  Payment of relocation expenses 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.

Financial Disclosure Requirement:  Federal employees are subject to prohibitions against officially dealing with outside organizations in which they have a financial interest.   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.

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.

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 that applicant meets the qualification standard and eligibility requirements for the position, meets minimum education and experience requirements, meets all selective factors where applicable and is able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry.  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.  Additional information on CTAP and ICTAP is available at
http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

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:

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Applications may be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed to the appropriate address and/or facsimile number listed below, but they must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, November 09, 2012.  Certain individuals are entitled to file a late application and must contact the Agency Contact listed below for details and application instructions.

 

Mail: 
Department of Agriculture
USDA-REE-ARS-WBSC- HRB/ARS-X12W-0133

5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Stop 5106
Beltsville, MD  20705-5106

 

E-mail:
scirecruit@ars.usda.gov

 

Fax: 
301-504-1535

 

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.  If hand delivered, be sure your application is received in the Human Resources Division on or before closing date.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To ensure your application fully outlines your qualifications and eligibility for this position, please review the application package checklist at:  http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/staffing_recruit/AppCheckSYLink/ARSChecklistSY.doc

NOTE:  Applications received in postage paid government envelopes will not be considered.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Keli Martin
Phone: (301)504-1584
TDD: 202-855-1234
Email: KELI.MARTIN@ARS.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
Agricultural Research Service
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
Beltsville, MD
20705

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will be notified at four stages throughout the hiring process - upon receipt of your application, if you meet the minimum qualifications, if you are referred on the selection certificate, and when a final selection has been made.

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Job Announcement Number:

ARS-X12W-0133

Control Number:

328187000