Your education and experience will be evaluated against all qualification requirements (basic and any additional requirements) listed below.
Degree: A. Biological sciences, agriculture, or related disciplines appropriate to this position. OR B. Combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above plus appropriate experience or additional education.
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.
GS-14: One full year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the federal service.
GS-15: One full year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 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 principles, theories and practices of molecular biology, genetics, plant genomics, plant genetics and plant breeding.
2. Ability to plan and conduct studies and publish research on molecular biology and genomics.
3. Ability to manage and grow plants in greenhouse and field environments for breeding purposes and to conduct replicated studies.
4. Skill in using molecular software (e.g., NT-SYS, Genealex); mapping software (Mapmaker, GMendel and Join Map); and statistical analysis software such as PROC MIX and/or PROC GLIMMIX modules to analyze data.
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.