To Qualify at the GS-07 Level:
Experience: Must have one year (12-months) of full-time specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-06 grade level in the Federal service performing the following duties: maintaining a series of complex field and laboratory experiments; rearing insects; conducting agronomic field studies; conducting laboratory toxicity assays; performing various forms of PCR; processing insect samples for eventual genomic sequencing; operating and maintaining complex equipment (e.g., thermocyclers, growth chambers/greenhouse systems); keeping exact and detailed records of data obtained from experiments.
Education: Must have successfully completed 1 year (18 semester hours) of graduate level education leading to a Master's degree in any of the following areas: biology, microbiology, ecology, genetics, entomology, botany, or agriculture. (YOU MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS.)
Combination: Must have an equivalent combination of education and experience that may be qualifying. For example, 6 months of specialized experience described above (50% of the experience requirement), and 1 semester of graduate level study from an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education) as specified above equals 100% of the total requirement. Note: Only graduate level education may be combined with experience at the GS-7 grade level (YOU MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS).
All 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.
This position is open to all US Citizens and Nationals. You may apply under open-competitive.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating Procedures. Qualified candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Your resume will be reviewed and compared against your responses to the online questionnaire. We strongly encourage you to answer every question that accompanies this vacancy, as your responses will better highlight your specific qualifications.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:
- Knowledge of the principles of biological and agricultural research.
- Ability to adapt, develop or improve research techniques and procedures.
- Ability to obtain, tabulate, statistically analyze, and summarize research data.
- Ability to use scientific instrumentation.
- Ability to perform scientific experimentation.
Please note that your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the assessment questionnaire. High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official.
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 the applicant meets the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and is rated in the Well Qualified Category as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. 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 annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.CLICK HERE for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.