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.