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Job Title:  Research Zoologist
Agency:  Smithsonian Institution
Job Announcement Number:  13A-JW-297914-DEU-NMNH

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

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$74,872.00 to $79,864.00 / Per Year
Monday, October 22, 2012 to Monday, December 03, 2012
Full-Time - Federal; TERM NTE 4 years
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map

This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.


This position is located in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology, National Museum Natural History.  The purpose of this position is to perform scholarly scientific research and professional curation in part of the National Collections relating to the incumbent’s area of specialization.

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  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • May need to complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.


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  • Initiates, develops, and participates in integrative scientific research, including field work, on invertebrates (exclusive of hexapods, myriapods, and arachnids).
  • Enhances and curates portions of the National Collection related to specialty area.
  • Collaborates with researchers of this and other institutions to support the Museum’s mission and Department’s goals and to promote evolutionary biology and invertebrate zoology.
  • Serves as consultant and expert adviser on professional matters in the areas of expertise on Museum exhibitions, taxonomic identifications, and reports on items and collections submitted to the Museum; data management; strategic planning; reviewing research proposals, manuscripts, and published materials; answering public enquiries; and lecturing to professional associations, educational institutions, civic groups, clubs, and other organizations.
  • Secures external funds in support of research program.
  • As assigned, serves as Acting Department Chairperson or, on a rotating basis, may serve a term as Department Chairperson.


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All applicants must meet one of these Basic Requirements:

A. Degree: zoology; or a related discipline or field of science that included at least 20 semester hours in zoology and related animal sciences.



B. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in zoology, or in a related discipline that included course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to one of the above basic requirements, applicants must meet:

Experience: One year of full-time experience at the GS-11 level that is close or similar to the work of this job. The experience includes activities such as conducting integrative, specimen or collection-based research in invertebrate evolution and biodiversity (exclusive of hexapods, myriapods, and arachnids) as evidenced by one or more peer-reviewed scientific publications in the applicant’s area of claimed taxonomic specialization; and using collections for research purposes or playing a role in planning the enhancement or building of such collections. Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week. Or Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and/or proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.


Your resume will be used to evaluate your experience, education, and/or training that address the competencies below:


  • Ability to conduct original, specimen- or collection-based scientific research in evolution and biodiversity of invertebrates (exclusive of hexapods, myriapods, and arachnids), as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications.
  • Ability to enhance and expand a natural history collection (through information augmentation such as development of data standards, capturing information from existing collections, establishment of linkages to meta-data, or digitization and through fieldwork).
  • Skill in conducting oral presentations and/or seminars, securing funding, public outreach (for example, communicating orally or otherwise to non-scientific audiences), professional service (for example, service as a reviewer and/or editor of a peer-reviewed journal, and/or service in a leadership role of a professional society or organization), and mentoring.
Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria: Best Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above. Better Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above. Good Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree. This 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 each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be considered for this position. Important Note: The review of your resume will determine your final rating and should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.
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The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, health/life insurance, accident insurance, and excellent retirement program options. Please see Benefits at for a complete description.



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Click on the "Apply Online" button on the upper right side of the page. Please Note:
  • You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).
  • You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process; OR You may manually fax required documents. Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
  • The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
  • If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.


Your application package should include the following documents:
  • Detailed resume created in the USAJOBS Resume Builder and not by the "upload feature".
  • Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran. Additionally, applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, as well as additional documentation required by the SF-15, such as a VA letter.
  • Unofficial school transcripts, if the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify. If selected for the position, you must provide an official transcript before appointment.
  • Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.


Jan Williams
Phone: 202-633-6383
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 202-633-6409
Agency Information:
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
Suite 5060
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


At the end of the application process you will be able to create and save a PDF file that contains your responses to the assessment questions. You may save this file as initial receipt of your application. After the job announcement closes, you will receive an email from the Smithsonian with confirmation of receipt. The Smithsonian receives many applications for each job. Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks. We will send you an e-mail to update you as we go through phases of the application review process. You may also check your application status by logging into and selecting the tab "My USAJOBS;" e-mailing; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed. Additional Information:
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  • The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.
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