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Job Title:  Interdisciplinary - Research Biologist/Physiologist (Immunology)
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Job Announcement Number:  24WS-2013-0010

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$73,848.00 to $114,158.00 / Per Year
Friday, January 18, 2013 to Friday, January 25, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Fort Collins, CO, US  View Map
This announcement is open to all United States citizens. (Current and Former Federal employees may also apply with a separate application to Merit Promotion vacancy announcement #6WS-2013-0011. For information on viewing Merit Promotion announcements, click Locating a Status Position on USAJOBS.)


This position is located at the National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC), the organizational unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services (USDA-APHIS-WS) charged with the responsibility of conducting research on a wide variety of wildlife management problems on a national and international basis.

This position is subject to a Research Grade Evaluation Panel. Applicants who are placed at the GS-12 grade level are subject to evaluation by a Research Grade Evaluation Panel to determine eligibility to be promoted to the GS-13 grade level.


You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!


APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS. For details click: APHIS Emergency Response.


  • U.S. Citizenship


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The duties described are for the full-performance level.  At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.  The duties may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Discover, evaluate, and develop contraceptive technologies for controlling the reproduction of vertebrate species with emphasis on mammals and birds.
  • Discover, evaluate, and develop effective and economical systems for the delivery of contraceptive vaccines or agents to vertebrate animal targets.
  • Field test different applications of contraception technology.
  • Suggest means of enhancing reproductive control technology (improving efficacy, efficiency, and selectivity or reducing undesirable characteristics) from knowledge of animal behavior, population processes, and environmental relationships.
  • Coordinate research and development activities with appropriate NWRC scientific collaborators, regulatory, and managers.


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To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.





A.  Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.



B. Combination of education and experience – courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.



Degree in one of the basic animal sciences or physiology; or a related discipline or field of science that included at least 24 semester hours in the basic animal sciences, of which 10 semester hours were in animal physiology.



IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE BASIC REQUIREMENT LISTED ABOVE:  Applicants can qualify by meeting the EDUCATION requirements specified below and/or the SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE requirements.



GS-12:  Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in wildlife biology, wildlife management, wildlife ecology, zoology, biology, ecology, physiology, comparative biochemistry, or other related field.




TRANSCRIPTS are required if:

  • This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified.
  • You are qualifying for the position based on education.
  • You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education. 

This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university.  For more information on submitting transcripts, click: Transcripts



Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors.  Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:

  • Planning and conducting wildlife contraceptive studies and wildlife damage management in order to provide tools, information, and solutions to wildlife management.
  • Using information learned in contemporary high-level college classes related to ecology, biology, statistics, mathematics, and/or modeling to design studies, further the scientific process, and produce new knowledge.
  • Conducting research studies using scientific principles, analyzing results, and communicating the research through professional publications or scientific presentations. 


Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following:  Combining Education and Experience for Professional and Scientific Positions

Special Conditions:

  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • DD214 (Member 4 copy) or other veterans' documents required to receive veterans' preference.
  • As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of one-year probationary period.
  • Valid state driver’s license required at time of hiring.
  • Transcripts must be submitted for this position.
  • This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in any of the job series/position titles listed.  In addition to the specialized experience requirements, applicants must submit proof that they meet the educational requirements for at least one of the series described in the announcement.  Applicants may only be appointed to job series/position titles for which they meet all experience and educational requirements.


  • Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your resume must support that you meet the specialized experience requirements described above and are proficient in the following skills or competencies below. Please note you are not required to provide specific narrative responses to the skills and competencies described in this section.
    • Supervisory Competencies – Accountability, Conflict Management, Developing Others, Human Capital Management, Other (Ability to lead and present scientific findings for a research project)
    • Ability to conceive, develop, and conduct research with a variety of species in accordance with the scientific method
    • Knowledge and experience in vertebrate biology, reproductive physiology, immunology, virology, microbiology
    • Knowledge of the principles, methods, techniques, and regulatory controls governing research, development, and registration of wildlife damage management materials
    • Ability to develop and manage research projects to resolve crop damage and/or nuisance, health, and/or safety problems caused by birds and other animals
    • Skill in using a wide variety of laboratory instrumentation and techniques, such as western blot and ELISA, associated with the research disciplines
  • Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. The following quality categories will be used: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Within each quality category, veterans' preference eligibles will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
  • An automated scoring system will be used to initially rate your application based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to support your responses. Based on your responses, you may be invited to participate in a structured interview.
  • Your final category placement will be based on your cumulative score from the structured interview and/or assessment questionnaire.
  • If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

To preview questions please click here.


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Eligibility for employee benefits depends on your type of appointment and your tour of duty (work schedule). Generally, you must be hired on a permanent basis and have a regular full or part-time work schedule. For more information on potential benefits, go to: Federal Employee Benefits



Range for GS-12: $73,848 to $96,001 (incl. 22.52% locality pay)

Range for GS-13: $87,815 to $114,158 (incl. 22.52% locality pay)


This salary range does not reflect the general pay increase scheduled for April 2013. 


  • For information regarding CTAP eligibility for displaced Federal employees click: Career Transition Assistance Programs.
  • More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.
  • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
  • For information on filing a complaint of discrimination, click: Filing a Complaint.


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    A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following:
    • Resume
    • Responses to the vacancy specific questions (you will be prompted to complete these questions during the online application process)
    • Supporting Documentation which may be required (see links under Required Documents for more information)

    For instructions on using the on-line system click: APPLYING ON-LINE

    For instructions on submitting documents click: SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION


    Click on the following links to see if the supporting documentation is applicable to you:

    Critical Submission Requirements and Reminders

    • Help in applying online is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time at the number listed in the Contact information section.
    • All application materials and supplemental documentation will be accepted until midnight Eastern Time on the closing date.
    • Application and supporting documentation will not be accepted via e-mail.
    • Due to the high volume of applicants, we are unable to confirm receipt of supporting documentation. If faxing, you should retain confirmation of a successful fax transmission including the number of pages successfully transmitted as proof of submission.
    • If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the human resources office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must fax and/or upload both the old document and the new document.
    • Applicants who cannot apply on-line must request a hard copy application packet from the Agency Contact listed in the vacancy announcement. Resumes and/or supporting documentation alone will not be considered without the inclusion of a hard copy application packet.


    Phone: 612-336-3326
    Fax: 612-336-3560
    Agency Information:
    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
    100 N 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, 510C
    Minneapolis, MN
    Fax: 612-336-3560


    You may check the status of your application on-line 24 hours a day through USAJOBS. Status updates will be available after 2-3 weeks. For instructions on checking your application status click: Checking My Application Status. No additional correspondence will be sent.

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