Job Title: Biological Science Laboratory TechnicianJob Announcement Number: ARS-X13E-0062
Department: Department Of Agriculture
Agency: Agricultural Research Service
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/ Per Year
Monday, March 04, 2013 to
Monday, March 18, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
Full Time -
1 vacancy in the following location:
Madison, WI United StatesView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
US Citizens and Status Candidates
Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table
Seeking a Biological Science Laboratory Technician to assist in research on barley and oat phytochemical metabolism.
No relocation expenses will be authorized.
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
DUTIES:Back to top
Duties include, but are not limited to:
*Performs molecular biological techniques including RNA and DNA isolation, DNA sequencing reactions, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplifications, and cloning of cDNA into plasmid vectors.
*Operates, maintains, and calibrates complex laboratory equipment which includes PCR thermocyclers, speedvac, incubators, chromatography systems, spectrophotometers, pH meters, etc.
*Maintains live plants, plant suspension cultures and bacteriological cultures. As cloned enzymes are prepared the technician will maintain bacterial and/or yeast cultures of these clones and prepare glycerol stocks of clones as needed.
*Collects, maintains, and analyzes data and prepares reports, charts, figures, and tables for presentation in a variety of formats using appropriate computer software.
*Maintains accurate detailed records of experimental designs/plans, experimental protocols and experimental data.
*Maintains safe, orderly laboratory using appropriate safety principles.
*Must be able to work with radioisotopes.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
Your education and experience will be evaluated against all qualification requirements (basic and any additional requirements) listed below.
GS-7: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 level in the Federal service OR 1 year of directly related graduate level education.
GS-8: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service OR 1 and 1/2 years of directly related graduate level education.
Specialized Experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for this position are:
1. Knowledge of molecular biological and plant biochemistry methods and procedures in order to perform RNA and DNA isolation, DNA sequencing reactions, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplifications, and cloning of cDNA into plasmid vectors.
2. Skill in the operation and maintenance of laboratory equipment and instruments used in a molecular biology laboratory.
3. Skill in the use of computers and software packages to collect, analyze and summarize data.
Applicants must address the specialized experience requirements in their resume (or application documents). Applications that do not reflect the specialized experience requirements will not be deemed qualified.
Graduate education must be directly related to the work of the position and must have equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on this topic.
Time-in-grade restrictions apply for all candidates considered under Alternative Merit Promotion.
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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the basic and any additional requirements. The Agricultural Research Service uses a category rating process. Based on evaluation of all written materials submitted in your application for the position, you will be determined to be Ineligible if you do not meet eligibility and/or minimum qualifications criteria; Eligible if you meet all eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria; OR Quality if you meet quality criteria in addition to eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria.