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Job Title:  NIH Internship (Biological Science Laboratory Aid/Technician) - GRU - Pathways
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  National Institutes of Health
Job Announcement Number:  NIH-GRU-13-842329

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$27,130.00 to $42,209.00 / Per Year
Monday, February 25, 2013 to Friday, March 01, 2013
Multiple Schedules - Temporary NTE 9/30/2013
Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Baltimore, MD United StatesView Map
Montgomery County, MD United StatesView Map
Student/Internship Program Eligibles


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.


  • At least 16 years of age;
  • U.S. Citizen, non-citizen, national or legal permanent resident;
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen prior to conversion to competitive appointment;
  • Must be enrolled half time in a high school, college, professional,
  • technical, vocational, and trade school; or certificate program; and
  • Must be in good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above).


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As a NIH Intern (Biological Science Laboratory Aid/Technician) you will:

  • Perform a variety of standard and non-standard tests, examinations, and procedures in support of one or more higher-level technicians/scientists.
  • Perform delicate manipulative work using specially designed tubes, glassware, and equipment.
  • Calibrate, operate, and maintain laboratory equipment which may include routine preparation and production of reagents, antigens, buffers, vaccines, and/or other biological material.
  • Prepare and maintain detailed and precise records of experiments.
  • Record instrument readings and/or takes measurements.
  • Assist with compilation, justification, and refinement of resulting data.
  • Conduct literature searches of identified topics relevant to the research being done.


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To qualify for the GS-3: you must have completed 1 academic year above high school OR  have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-02 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector.  Examples of qualifying experience include: performing laboratory tests (under close supervision); operating standard laboratory equipment; and performing basic laboratory procedures such as weighing, measuring liquids, cleaning glassware, sterilization of culture rooms, transfer hoods, glassware instruments, media or similar procedures.


To qualify for the GS-4: you must have completed 2 academic years above high school, OR completed an associate's degree OR have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-03 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector.  Examples of qualifying experience include: preparing and maintaining detailed and precise records of experiments; maintaining laboratory areas fit for purpose and following established safety procedures; and operating standard laboratory equipment such as autoclave, automatic pipetting machine, centrifuge, homogenizers, pH meters analytical balance, incubator, scintillation counter, spectrophotometer, light microscope, laminar hood flow, or similar instruments; prepares routine slides of tissues.


To qualify for the GS-5: you must have a bachelor's degree OR have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector.  Examples of qualifying experience include: assisting in setting up the laboratory for scheduled experiments; scheduling equipment maintenance or repair; knowledge of basic laboratory procedures and practices; assisting in the maintenance of laboratory facilities by checking current inventory of supplies in the laboratory.


To qualify for the GS-6: you must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector.  Examples of qualifying experience include: setting up the laboratory for scheduled experiments; recording measurements and data from experiments; scheduling and managing equipment maintenance or repair; performing specific procedures and techniques in the biological sciences as directed by senior staff within a laboratory; assisting in the ordering of appropriate required laboratory materials.


To qualify for the GS-7: you must have 1 academic year of graduate education OR have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-06 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector.  Examples of qualifying experience include:   providing laboratory assistance to one or more senior investigators by assisting in routine laboratory experiments in support of biomedical research programs and projects; preparing detailed data reports for experiments; ensuring laboratory equipment is calibrated and in working order; reviewing data obtained from similar, prior experiments to ensure accuracy.View Assessment Questions

You must submit a copy of your transcripts. 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.


To be eligible for appointment, you must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institution, for the purpose of obtaining a diploma, degree, or certificate program lasting at least one year.


Current students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.


Appointee must maintain a 3.0 grade point average throughout the duration of the internship.

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


Traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to this vacancy.  Applications will be evaluated against the basic qualifications.  Veteran's Preference does apply.


If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, your application will be manually evaluated by a subject matter expert.  Candidates determined to be Best Qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  The rating process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles.


If you are a veteran, please refer to the following links for additional information and required documents: Veteran Information.


All such documents MUST be received by 11:59pm ET of the closing date,Friday, March 01, 2013 , to be considered.



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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.


This position is a temporary NIH Internship position with a not to exceed (NTE) date of 9/30/2013; however, the appointment may be extended.


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.


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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 .    Include the vacancy announcement number for the job to which you are applying, 842329.   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
  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

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.


The following information must be received by 11:59pm on the closing date of the announcement, Friday, March 01, 2013.  

  1. Resume via USAJOBS.
  2. Responses to online questionnaire.
  3. If applicable, supporting documentation (DD214 to support Veterans Employment, 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.


Victoria G. Rubinstein
Phone: (301)435-4748
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
2115 E Jefferson St
Bethesda, MD


Within 15 business days of the closing date, Friday, March 01, 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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