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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Biologist

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Department of Energy

Job Announcement Number:13-DE-SC-HQ-005

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$51,630.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, December 28, 2012 to Thursday, January 10, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401-09/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

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

WHO MAY APPLY:

All current U. S. citizens.

****This announcement is also being advertised under Merit Promotion (MP), announcement number, 13-MP-SC-HQ-006.  If you wish to be considered for this MP announcement you must apply to it separately.

JOB SUMMARY:

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

The Office of Science proudly continues its longstanding leadership of fundamental scientific research for energy and the Nation’s largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States.

For more information about our organization, please visit our website at www.science.energy.gov

For more information about the Department of Energy, please visit our website at  www.doe.gov.

 

The Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological & Environmental Research, Biological Systems Science Division is seeking a motivated and highly qualified individual to serve as a technical authority in preparing, coordinating and directing the implementation of scientific programs and projects. See Duty Section for additional information.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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.
  • All documents must be submitted by 11:59pm on closing date of announcement.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must certify registration with the Selective Svc.

DUTIES:

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If selected for this position and at the full performance level:

1. Serve as a technical authority in preparing, coordinating and directing the implementation of scientific programs and projects.

2. In consultation with the supervisor, provide technical guidance on assigned research projects and programs and implement and evaluate segments of research programs in the areas assigned.

3. Provide technical guidance in the implementation of programs, policies, and procedures, which govern the administration of research funds.

4. In consultation with the supervisor, provide technical guidance in implementing the project review and merit evaluation processes to meet program objectives and program needs.

5. Participate in developing or updating review protocols, contact potential panel members and reviewers, prepare and distribute orientation material, provide technical assistance during and after merit review.

6. Serve as a liaison with professional personnel in the laboratory and at related activities and facilities to exchange technical information, coordinate  cooperative study programs and present results from studies conducted.

7. Serve as an information source to applicants, grantees, user groups, and other Federal agencies about program goals, policies, and practices.

8. Provide technical guidance for the development of solicitations of applications, program regulations, grant application kits, and special instructions, pertaining to assigned research program areas.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GS 09: You must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled which includes:  

1) Knowledge of established scientific methods and techniques of biology sciences;

2) Knowledge of policies and regulations affecting biology sciences;

3) Ability to effectively communicate in writing, and 4) Ability to effectively communicate orally.

GS 11: You must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled which includes:

1) Knowledge of a wide range of concepts, principles, practices, and methodology of the biological sciences. Knowledge will be used to participate in developing program solicitations, to respond to programmatic inquiries; and to provide program guidance to the division;

2) Knowledge of the purpose, operations, methods, and procedures of scientific funding programs to ensure efficient and effective coordination of operations and to provide recommendations for a more effective means of reaching program goals;

3) Ability to analyze and evaluate methods of operations, incorporate program activities into the evaluative process, and effectively respond to programmatic requirements to include the formulation of reports, communications, etc;

4) Ability to effectively communicate in writing to prepare segments of analytical documents and research findings and 5) Ability to effectively communicate orally to serve as a spokesperson for DOE.

GS 12: You must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled which includes:

1) Knowledge of a wide range of concepts, principles, practices, and methodology of the biological sciences. Knowledge will be used to participate in developing program solicitations, to respond to programmatic inquiries; and to provide program guidance to the division;

2) Knowledge of the purpose, operations, methods, and procedures of scientific funding programs to ensure efficient and effective coordination of operations and to provide recommendations for a more effective means of reaching program goals;

3) Ability to analyze and evaluate methods of operations, incorporate program activities into the evaluative process, and effectively respond to programmatic requirements to include the formulation of reports, communications, etc;

4) Ability to effectively communicate in writing to prepare segments of analytical documents and research findings and 5) Ability to effectively communicate orally to serve as a spokesperson for DOE.


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: 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 http://www.naces.org/members.htm.  For additional information regarding evaluation of foreign equivalences, you may also visit the Department of Education's website:  http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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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BENEFITS:

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The Federal government provides a variety of benefits.  Please visit http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/  for additional information.



OTHER 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 3%.

"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."



HOW TO APPLY:

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1. Submit an online resume and respond to the job specific questions.  Apply online at www.usajobs.gov.  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.

2. Submit all required documents by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the announcement in order to receive consideration.

NEW FEATURES

"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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

1.  SUBMIT YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATION WHICH INCLUDES YOUR RESUME, YOUR RESPONSES TO ALL ONLINE ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS, and all required  supplemental documents in order to be considered.

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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx

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), http://www.naces.org/members.htm  can provide a list of who can evaluate your foreign education.  For additional information, visit the Department of Education's website:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/iegps/index.html.

5.  If you believe that you are Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligible, please visit www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp  for additional information.  To be considered well qualified, you must have a score of 85.

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

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 mgssupport@monster.com once your documents have been received.  Please fax your supplemental documents per these instructions.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Deborah Campbell
Phone: 301-903-0294
Fax: 301-903-1299
TDD: 301-903-0547
Email: Deborah.Campbell@science.doe.gov
Agency Information:
Department of Energy
SC-48, E-156, Germantown Building
1000 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC
20585
US
Fax: 301-903-1299

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You may check your application status any time after the announcement closes.  Please update your USAJOBS profile to receive these updates via email after the announcement closes.  We will continue to update your status on-line.


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Job Announcement Number:

13-DE-SC-HQ-005

Control Number:

334324700