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Job Title:Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Microbiology)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agricultural Research Service

Job Announcement Number:ARS-X13W-0057

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 $61,678.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, May 17, 2013 to Friday, May 24, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0404-07/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Sidney, MT United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates and those that can be hired under Special Hiring Authorities

JOB SUMMARY:

Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table

Provides technical assistance to a research plant pathologist who is examining plant pathogens in the biological control of exotic, highly invasive weeds to better control agricultural environments.  Performs technical microbial analyses on plant and fungi samples to develop knowledge essential to enabling the incorporation of plant pathogens into biological, cultural and reduced-chemical control programs. 

 

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.

DUTIES:

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Major Duties:

Provides technical assistance to a research plant pathologist who is examining plant pathogens in the biological control of exotic, highly invasive weeds to better control agricultural environments.  Performs technical microbial analyses on plant and fungi samples to develop knowledge essential to enabling the incorporation of plant pathogens into biological, cultural and reduced-chemical control programs.  May use a variety of microbial procedures, and molecular biology, biochemical techniques and protocols on various samples.  Maintains and calibrates laboratory equipment and instruments.  Operates an assortment of laboratory equipment including autoclaves, lyophilizers, centrifuges, homogenizers, and thermal cyclers including a real-time PCR thermal cycler.  Propagates plants for use in greenhouse and field experiments. Records results and collects samples from lab, greenhouse and field experiments, performs various measurements and uses computer software for recording and compiling and summarizing data by graphic and other means. Maintains inventory of chemicals, prepares solutions and reagents for use in the laboratory, and safely disposes of waste material, both chemical and biological.  Prepares routine media and solutions by weighing and measuring constituents according to established laboratory methods.  Performs sample sorting or processing for analysis.

Working Conditions and Other Considerations: 

Work greenhouse as needed; Occasional work in field; fieldwork may involve adverse weather conditions. 

Occasionally may need to lift objects that weigh up to 50 pounds.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GS-7: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 level in the Federal service OR 1 year of graduate education directly related to the duties of the position.

 

GS-8: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service OR 18 months of graduate education directly related to the duties of the position.

 

GS-9: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-8 level in the Federal service OR 2 years of graduate education directly related to the duties of the position.

 

Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled.  The specialized experience requirements for this position are:
1.  Skill in utilizing microbiological, molecular biological, and biochemical laboratory procedures and techniques such as sterile technique methods, microbial culturing or plating, pipetteing, growth measurements, culture isolation, extraction of DNA, gel electrophoresis, DNA quantification, and PCR.

2. Ability to plan, select, and/or modify, and execute technical aspects of experimental design research techniques, methods, and procedures for isolation and identification of microorganisms or related organic matter.

3. Skill in the operation and maintenance of instruments and equipment used in microbial investigations such as spectrophotometers, fluorometers, autoclaves, microscopes, sterilizers, centrifuges, homogenizers, etc.

4) Ability to collect, record, and summarize/ analyze research data using computers and statistical software.
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.


If qualifying all or in part based on your education, you must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grade point average or class ranking to verify education when applying for this position.  If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position.  If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.

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 outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment.  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.

Qualified candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) will be considered.  VEOA eligibles are preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of active service.  Veterans who are released under honorable conditions shortly before completing a 3-year tour are also eligible.   You must submit member 4 copy of your DD-214.

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 basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and are rated in the Quality 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.  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.

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. (EDT) on Friday, May 24, 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.  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.

Note:
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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 891971.  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
   - 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:

Cindy Prucha
Phone: (301)504-1581
TDD: 202-855-1234
Email: CINDY.PRUCHA@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-X13W-0057

Control Number:

343708600