To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Applicants can qualify by meeting the EDUCATION requirements specified below and/or the SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE requirements.
GS-5: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been directly related to the position to be filled. The successful completion of a full course of study of at least 12 months in a school for clinical laboratory technicians may be substituted for the 1 year of specialized experience required at the GS-5 level.
GS-7: One full year of graduate education in microbiology, biology, or chemistry.
GS-9: Two full years of graduate education or a Master's or equivalent degree in microbiology, biology, or chemistry.
TRANSCRIPTS are required if:
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
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-5/6/7 GRADE LEVELS: 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:
GS-5: In a laboratory setting, the technician uses a variety of equipment to perform a sequence of standardized tasks when the work is done repetitively on the same types of organisms; separation of organisms into classes or general morphological groups; identification of species or strains of microorganisms frequently encountered; and detection of the onset and course of expected pathological symptoms, e.g., tumors or fungi, in experimental plants or animals when the detection can be made by direct observation. In other laboratory settings the technician performs bioassay, area determinations, electrophoresis, centrifugation, chemical study, and temperature and relative humidity measurements of tissue samples.
GS-6: In a laboratory setting, the technician uses a variety of equipment to perform a sequence of standardized tasks when the work is done repetitively on the same types of organisms; separation of organisms into classes or general morphological groups; identification of species or strains of microorganisms frequently encountered; and detection of the onset and course of expected pathological symptoms, e.g., tumors or fungi, in experimental plants or animals when the detection can be made by direct observation. In other laboratory settings the technician performs bioassay, area determinations, electrophoresis, centrifugation, chemical study, and temperature and relative humidity measurements of tissue samples.
GS-7: In a laboratory setting, the technician performs delicate manipulative work such as that requiring the use of micro manipulative techniques employing specially designed tubes, glassware, equipment, and magnifying devices; produces exact quantitative findings affected by very small errors in techniques such as might occur in agglutination tests involving the use of eight or ten dilutions for each specimen tested when pipette measurements must be exact and validity depends on precise determinations; performs postmortem excisions of a variety of organs and glands; performs animal surgery for the excision of organs; and executes the transfer of cell cultures where speed, avoidance of contamination, and highly exacting sterile techniques are necessary.
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-5/6/7 GRADE LEVELS:
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 Technical and Medical Support Positions
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.
Considerable manual dexterity is required.
Occasional lifting of objects up to 50 pounds is required.
Long periods of performing and interpreting serological assays may cause eye or back strain.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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- 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.
- Communication skills - interpersonal, oral, written
- Skill at performing laboratory diagnostics, biologics, and research testing
- Knowledge of general laboratory functions, procedures, techniques, equipment, and professional practices
- 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.
- Your final category placement will be based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to support your responses.
- 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.