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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Biological Science Laboratory Technician

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agricultural Research Service

Job Announcement Number:ARS-X13E-0062

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$38,790.00 to $55,844.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, March 04, 2013 to Monday, March 18, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0404-07/08

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Madison, WI United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

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. 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position

DUTIES:

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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:

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Your education and experience will be evaluated against all qualification requirements (basic and any additional requirements) listed below.

Basic Requirements:

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.

Additional Requirements:

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. 


BENEFITS:

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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  The following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:  
http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc
.

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

Persons with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the armed forces, and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for non-competitive appointment.  For further information click here.

Displaced/Surplus Employees:  Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if they meet the qualification standard and eligibility requirements for the position, meet minimum education and experience requirements, meet all selective factors where applicable and are able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry.  Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.  Please indicate annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.  Click here for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit member 4 copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference plus the proof required by that form.

If you are a male applicant born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

Relocation Expenses:  Payment of relocation expenses will be determined in accordance with
P&P 412.5, Recruitment and Retention Incentives and Other Special Pay, Sections 6 and 7, as amended by Bulletins 03-402 and 05-412.5.  Click here for additional information.

Financial Disclosure Requirement:  Federal employees are subject to prohibitions against officially dealing with outside organizations in which they have a financial interest.  If hired for this position, you may be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of the effective date of your appointment and annually thereafter.

Reasonable Accommodation:  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on 202-855-1234 (TDD).

False Statements:  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Your application package must be complete by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, March 18, 2013.  You must apply online or by fax (see below for details).  Applications sent by mail (including e-mail) or hand-delivered will not be accepted.   Certain individuals are entitled to file a late application and must contact the Agency Contact listed below for details and application instructions.

Choose either Option A or Option B to apply for this position:

Option A:  Online Application
Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  From USAJOBS, you will be routed to Application Manager.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and upload (or reuse) supporting documents.  You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

If you need technical assistance with the online application process, please send an e-mail to ApplicationManagerHelpDesk@opm.gov.

Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete application, use the following link:  https://applicationmanager.gov/.  Track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager.

To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload:
1. Click here to print a fax cover page.
2. Complete all blocks on the cover page using Vacancy ID 847701.  Documents will not be processed if information is missing.
3. Fax the completed cover page and your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Option B:  Fax
If you cannot apply online, follow these steps to fax your complete application package.

1. Click the following link to print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire;
2. Print the 1203FX form, which you will use to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire; and  
3. Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages), your resume, and supporting documents (including those specified in the Required Documents section below) to 1-478-757-3144.  The 1203FX will serve as the cover page for your fax transmission and must be placed on top of all other documents.   



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

  • Assessment questionnaire (completed online or submitted by fax using the 1203FX)
  • Resume (OF-612 will not be accepted)


Supporting documents (if applicable):

  • Transcripts or list of college courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking (if qualifying based on education, or if the position has a positive education requirement)
  • SF-50 that includes title, series, grade and tenure (if you are a current or former Federal employee)
  • Most recent performance appraisal (if you are a current Federal employee)
  • Veterans’ documentation (DD-214, SF-15, etc.) 
  • Documentation providing proof of non-competitive eligibility 
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation


If your application package does not contain all required documents, you may lose consideration for the position.

Please do not include your Social Security Number (SSN) on your resume or supporting documents.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Mary Beth Donoghue
Phone: (301)504-4573
TDD: 202-855-1234
Email: MARYBETH.DONOGHUE@ARS.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
Agricultural Research Service
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
Beltsville, MD
20705

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.


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Job Announcement Number:

ARS-X13E-0062

Control Number:

338424700