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Job Title:Biological Science Technician (Biochemistry)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agricultural Research Service

Job Announcement Number:DEU-13-770843-JAC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$42,960.00 to $60,097.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, December 05, 2012 to Thursday, January 03, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0404-08/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Stuttgart, AR United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

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

Who May Apply: All U.S. Citizens AND those eligible for consideration under a noncompetitive hiring authority (i.e., 30% or More Disabled Veteran, VRA, Schedule A, Interchange Agreement, etc.).

 

A Biological Science Technician is the authorized title for positions at GS-4 and above other than those classifiable as biological laboratory technicians or agricultural research technicians. This position requires field work. These positions will be assisting researchers in conducting studies and experiments in the Biochemical field. A thorough understanding of conducting Biochemical/analytical chemistry research, ability to problem solving and modifying new chemical and biochemical methodologies, and the ability to use research instruments and equipment are necessary to these positions.

 

An ideal candidate for this position would possess a Master of Science degree with a year of research laboratory experience and with experience conducting research analyses on phytochemicals/antioxidants/nutrients or starch structure using high performance lipid chromatography (HPLC), or lipid and fatty acid composition using gas chromatography (GC).

 

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Travel is required 15 or more days per year
  • Must be capable of working in a heavily flooded rice field
  • Must be capable of distinguishing color
  • Must be capable of lifting heavy instruments and solvents

DUTIES:

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  • Conducts research laboratory-oriented analytical, biochemical, chemical and physical analyses for studying rice grain physical traits, milling quality, nutritional qualities, functional and processing properties, starch structures, phytochemicals, storage characteristics and stability.

  • Tests and develops new methodologies in sample preparation, extraction and quantification in the studies of the grain quality traits for various end uses.
  • Summarizes, analyzes and reports test data from all rice grain quality analyses.
  • Prepares sample including threshing, dehulling and milling of harvested rice kernels.
  • Assists in field studies consisting of seed preparation for planting, collection of agronomic data, tagging panicles at developmental stages according to the experimental plan, hand harvest of panicles and preparation of harvested seeds for storage and for grain quality traits analyses.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GS-08

 

To qualify at the GS-08 Level applicants must possess one of the following:

 

Specialized Experience: At least one full-time year (12-months) of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service:

  • Conducting research laboratory-oriented analytical and biochemical analyses;

  • Operating and maintaining analytical laboratory instruments and equipment;

  • Testing and modifying methods in sample preparation, extraction and quantification of biological compounds to fit the needs of research objectives; and

  • Collecting, tabulating, analyzing and summarizing data using computers, word processing, and statistical analysis software.

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OR

 

Education: One and a half years of graduate level education (27 Semester Hours) in chemistry, analytical chemistry, food science, or biochemistry which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities required by this position. (MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS)

 

OR

 

Combination: A combination of specialized experience and (at least 6 semester hours of) chemistry, analytical chemistry, food science, or biochemistry graduate level education, such that the percentage of required experience plus the percentage of education equals 100%. (MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS)

 

GS-09

 

To qualify at the GS-09 Level applicants must possess one of the following:

 

Specialized Experience: At least one full-time year (12-months) of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-08 grade level in the Federal service:

  • Conducting research laboratory-oriented analytical and biochemical analyses;

  • Operating and maintaining analytical laboratory instruments and equipment;

  • Testing and modifying new methodologies in sample preparation, extraction and quantification of biological compounds to fit the need of research objectives in the studies of the grain or food quality traits or plant materials;

  • Collecting, tabulating, analyzing and summarizing data using computers, word processing, and statistical analysis software; and

  • Drafting a significantly portion of peer-reviewed scientific publications or having a co-authorship in a peer-reviewed publication.

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OR

 

Education: Two years of graduate level education (36 Semester Hours) in chemistry, analytical chemistry, food science, or biochemistry which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities required by this position. (MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS)

 

OR

 

Combination: A combination of specialized experience and (at least 6 semester hours of) chemistry, analytical chemistry, food science, or biochemistry graduate level education, such that the percentage of required experience plus the percentage of education equals 100%. (MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS)

 

Please ensure a list of three references including their contact information (name, mailing address, phone number and email address) is submitted with your resume (if available).


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.

This position is open to all US Citizens and Nationals, and Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authority eligibles.  You may apply under open-competitive, and noncompetitive procedures, however; you must meet the requirements for one of the following categories to apply as a noncompetitive eligible.

1. A current permanent competitive service employee; former Federal employee who achieved career status in the competitive service; or former Federal employee who served on a career conditional appointment without achieving career status in the competitive service who was separated less than three years ago. This includes applicants who have previously held, or currently hold this position and grade with the same promotion potential as announced for this announcement. You must submit the SF-50 that shows competitive service eligibility to be considered.

2. A Veteran applying for a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA), must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing an honorable discharge to be considered. Eligibility for VRA appointments includes Disabled veterans; Veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war declared by Congress, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized; Veterans who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a military operation for which the Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded; and Veterans separated from active duty within the past 3 years. Disabled veterans must provide the SF-15 and supporting documentation from the VA along with DD-214. NOTE: VRA only applies to positions at the GS-11 level and below.

3. A 30% or more Disabled Veteran. You must submit your DD214, a completed SF-15, and letter from the VA dated 1991 or later as proof to be considered.

4. A military spouse. Military spouses are eligible if their active duty military spouse: 1) receives a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move; 2) has a 100% disability rating; or 3) died while on active duty. Please submit supporting documentation as proof to be considered.

5. A Severely Physically Handicapped Schedule 'A' Appointment. Please submit documentation from a State or Federal Vocational Rehabilitation Service as proof to be considered.

6. A Former Peace Corps or VISTA Volunteers Appointment. Please submit documentation as proof to be considered.

7. Interchange Agreements and Miscellaneous Authorities. Please submit documentation as proof to be considered.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating Procedures.  Qualified candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  Your resume will be reviewed and compared against your responses to the online questionnaire.  We strongly encourage you to answer every question that accompanies this vacancy, as your responses will better highlight your specific qualifications. 

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:

  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of one or more of the fields of chemistry, analytical chemistry, food chemistry, and biochemistry.
  • Ability to adapt, develop or improve research techniques and procedures.
  • Ability to use scientific instrumentation.
  • Knowledge of the research project objectives to plan experimental design and execution.
  • Ability to obtain, tabulate, statistically analyze, and summarize research data.

 

Please note that your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the assessment questionnaire.  High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official.

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 the applicant meets the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and is rated in the Well Qualified Category as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated section.  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.  CLICK HERE for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.


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:

Financial Disclosure Requirement:
The Research, Education and Economics (REE) agencies inspire public confidence in our missions by maintaining high ethical principles. Employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes as described on the REE Ethics Webpage. 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.

Reasonable Accommodation:
Reasonable accommodation is provided to applicants with disabilities. 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). The decision to grant reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Your application package must be complete by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, January 03, 2013.  You must apply online or by fax (see below for details).  Applications sent by mail (including e-mail) or hand-delivered will not be accepted.  Certain individuals are entitled to file a late application and must contact the Agency Contact listed below for details and application instructions. 

Choose either Option A or Option B to apply for this position:

Option A:  Online Application
Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  From USAJOBS, you will be routed to Application Manager.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and upload (or reuse) supporting documents.  You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

If you need technical assistance with the online application process, please send an e-mail to
ApplicationManagerHelpDesk@opm.gov.

Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete application, use the following link: 
https://applicationmanager.gov/.  Track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager.

To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload:
1. Click here to print a fax cover page 
2. Complete all blocks on the cover page using Vacancy ID 770843.  Documents will not be processed if information is missing.
3. Fax the completed cover page and your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Option B:  Fax
If you cannot apply online, follow these steps to fax your complete application package.
1. Click the following link to print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire;
2. Click here to print the 1203FX form, which you will use to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire; and  
3. Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages), your resume, and supporting documents (including those specified in the Required Documents section below) to 1-478-757-3144.  The 1203FX will serve as the cover page for your fax transmission and must be placed on top of all other documents.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:  
   - Assessment questionnaire (completed online or submitted by fax using the 1203FX) 
   - Resume

In addition, you may need to submit supplemental documentation (as outlined below).  Failure to submit supplemental information by the closing date of this announcement will result in the loss of the particular consideration you are requesting.

Veterans' Preference:  To claim 5-point veterans' preference, submit Member 4 copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  To claim 10-point veterans' preference, submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, plus the documentation required by that form.  Active Duty Service Members must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the certification is signed.  Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation.


Transcripts:  If you indicate that you possess any form of post-secondary education, you must submit transcripts detailing your coursework and/or degree(s). At the time your education was obtained, the entire institution, applicable school within the institution, or the applicable curriculum must have been appropriately accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. You may lose consideration for this position if you fail to provide this information.

Foreign Education:  To receive credit for education outside the U.S., you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Midwest Services Branch
Phone: (816)426-5706
Email: KANSASCITY@OPM.GOV
Agency Information:
SPA Stuttgart AR
2890 Hwy 130 East
STUTTGART, AR
72160

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application package (including all required documents) is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking.  The best qualified candidates will be referred for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.

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Job Announcement Number:

DEU-13-770843-JAC

Control Number:

331759200