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Job Title:Biologist (Molecular) - NIAID-MP

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:National Institutes of Health

Job Announcement Number:NIH-NIAID-MP-13-812455

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$47,448.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, January 08, 2013 to Saturday, January 12, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401-09/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Hamilton, MT United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

JOB SUMMARY:

The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview.

This position is located in the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), Division of Intramural Research (DIR), Laboratory of Virology (LV), at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Time in grade met within 30 days of closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Position requires Select Agent clearance.

DUTIES:

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As a Biologist, you will provide technical support in the research of highly pathogenic RNA viruses under Biosafety Level (BSL) 4 and (BSL) 3 containment conditions.  Additionally, you will perform the following duties and functions:

  • Conduct experiments under BSL4 conditions utilizing highly specialized personal protective equipment including a positive pressure suit, specialized safety practices, and safety protocols.
  • Aid in the management of the day-to-day operation of BSL2, BSL3, and BSL4 laboratories, including ensuring availability of research equipment and supplies, disposal of biohazard waste, buffer and solution ordering or generation, and general lab maintenance.
  • Practice and enforce safe laboratory practices and hazardous materials handling for BSL2, BSL3, and BSL4 laboratory environments.
  • Design and construct recombinant Lentiviruses for RNA interference (RNAi)-mediated deletion of eukaryotic gene expression or ectopic expression of epitome-tagged genes in eukaryotic cells.
  • Provide hands-on support for research in mouse models of infection, including animal anesthesia, inoculations, and dissections.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Qualification Requirements:

A. You must have completed the requirements for a bachelor’s (or graduate) degree in a biological science, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to this position, from an accredited college or university.

OR

You must have a combination of experience and education which includes courses comparable to a major in a biological science, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to this position, AND appropriate experience or additional education which demonstrates similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the duties of this position.

In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements indicated above, you must meet the additional experience and/or education requirement as described below:

GS-9 - You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks:  performing routine molecular biology laboratory experiments in support of biomedical research programs and projects; ensuring laboratory equipment is calibrated and in working order; reviewing the results of experiments for reliability by comparing them with data obtained from similar, prior experiments;   analyzing and interpreting scientific data and preparing detailed summaries of laboratory findings, typically for publications; performing specific techniques and procedures in the area of molecular biology.

OR

Have completed two (2) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in a related field.

OR

Have a combination of related post baccalaureate education and specialized experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.

GS-11 - You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks:  assisting in developing, planning, and implementing molecular biomedical research; collecting, studying, developing, assembling, and analyzing molecular biomedical research data; assisting in developing and preparing comprehensive molecular biomedical reports, analytical interpretations, conclusions, or recommendations, typically for publication; using a variety of laboratory instruments to perform molecular analyses; and developing modifications to protocols and procedures used in conducting molecular biomedical studies. 

OR

Have completed three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field.

OR

Have a combination of related post baccalaureate education and specialized experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.

GS-12 - You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: independently developing, planning, and implementing molecular biomedical research; collecting, studying, developing, assembling, and analyzing molecular biomedical research data; developing and preparing comprehensive molecular biomedical reports, analytical interpretations, conclusions, or recommendations, typically for publication; calibrating and using a variety of laboratory instruments to perform molecular analyses; developing new protocols and procedures used in conducting molecular biomedical studies. 

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This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer.  Click here for information on Foreign Education .  If you are currently or were previously in this occupation series you do not need to submit transcripts. Instead, submit an SF-50 showing the appointment in this occupational series.

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Evaluation Method


BENEFITS:

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The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  For more information, check out New Employee Benefits at NIH and OPM's Employee Benefits Information.

OTHER INFORMATION:

PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps should also apply online to this announcement in order to receive consideration.

We are unable to pay relocation expenses.

A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/ placement.

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application.   You must provide a complete online Application Package which includes:

  • Your Resume (Please provide sufficient details in your resume to enable us to determine if you meet the requirement for qualifying experience (as stated in the Qualifications section) and to support your answers to the online questionnaire.   Providing insufficient details in your resume may result in a lower or ineligible rating.)  
  • A complete Assessment Questionnaire, View Assessment Questions.
  • Other required supporting documents (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)
  • If you would prefer to submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) for consideration, you may submit a skeletal online resume and Fax your CV.   Submission of a resume/CV alone IS NOT a complete application.   You must complete the online questionnaire that will appear when you begin your application on USAJOBS.   (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)

To begin the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button at the bottom of this screen to log in to your existing USAJOBS account or to create an account if you do not already have one.

  • Follow the prompts to complete the Assessment Questionnaire. Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the process.
  • To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, you must use the fax coversheet found at http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf .    Include the vacancy announcement number for the job to which you are applying, 812455.   Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you have questions or require reasonable accommodation during the application process,  please contact the HR staff member listed below.   If you cannot apply online, these are the steps to follow:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203-FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one. This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.
  4. Fax the completed 1203-FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

If you have difficulties with hearing and are seeking assistance, please call a relay operator at 1-800-735-2258 or visit Maryland Relay or AT&T Relay.

For technical difficulties, contact HR Systems Support between 8 AM and 4:30 PM ET Monday through Friday at 301-451-1436 or hrsystemssupport@mail.nih.gov.

Additional Information on How to Apply

Information on Reasonable Accommodation

To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select "My Applications", and click on the "more information" link under the application status for this position.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following information must be received by 11:59pm ET on the closing date of the announcement, Saturday, January 12, 2013.

  1. Resume via USAJOBS.
  2. Responses to online questionnaire.
  3. If applicable, supporting documentation (including DD214 to support Veterans' Employment, CTAP/ICTAP, Schedule A, or other information requested in the announcement such as transcripts). To ensure your information is secure, please block out any Social Security numbers (SSNs). Clean copies may be requested if you are hired.
  4. If submitting a copy of your Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50), or equivalent, submit one that shows the effective date of your current position and the full performance level. You may obtain a copy of your SF-50 from your HR Office or, if you are an HHS employee, from eOPF. If you have separated from Federal Government employment, you may obtain a copy of your SF-50 via: Federal Records Center, National Archives and Records Administration, 111 Winnebago Street, St. Louis, MO 63118-4126 or Email CPR, or visit the National Archives Website.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

John Barr
Phone: (406)375-9601
Email: BARRJO@MAIL.NIH.GOV
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
2115 E Jefferson St
Bethesda, MD
20892

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Within 15 business days of the closing date, Saturday, January 12, 2013, you may check your status online at USAJOBS We will update your status after each key stage in the application process has been completed.

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Job Announcement Number:

NIH-NIAID-MP-13-812455

Control Number:

335063400