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Job Title:RESEARCH MICROBIOLOGIST, GS-403-13

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Food and Drug Administration

Job Announcement Number:HHS-FDA-CFSN-MP-13-909264

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, June 20, 2013 to Friday, July 05, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0403-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
College Park, MD United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

JOB SUMMARY:

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

This position is located in the Microbial Methods Development Branch, Division of Microbiology, Office of Regulatory Science (ORS) in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). The incumbent will develop new or alternative methods for the rapid detection, isolation, and identification of foodborne bacterial pathogens.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-FDA-CFSN-DE-13-909263 open to all U.S. Citizens.  NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps may apply online to this announcement under noncompetitive merit promotion procedures. Candidates will be referred to (CC) personnel and not as candidates for conversion to a permanent career or career-conditional appointment.

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

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S Citizenship
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation
  • May be required to serve a one-year probationary period
  • Candidates may be subject to peer review prior to a final selection.

DUTIES:

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    • Implements a research program to investigate and improve the detection of Salmonella spp. in foods.
    • Evaluates, modifies, and validates cultural and molecular methods for the detection and isolation of Salmonella spp. in food.
    • Provides guidance to students or other junior personnel in the area of food microbiology.
    • Prepares written summaries, publications, and scientific reports of microbiology data collected.
    • Establishes scientific collaborations with academia and/or other government agencies.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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APPLICANTS MUST MEET BOTH THE BASIC REQUIREMENT AND THE SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS LISTED BELOW:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet one of the two Basic Requirements below.

1. A degree in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms, and 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent (MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS). OR

2. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included courses as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education (MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS).3. Graduate Education: May include specific area of study such as bacteriology, virology, mycology, algology, protozoology, parasitology, immunology, serology, microbial genetics, or soil microbiology; or specific applied fields of microbiology such as clinical and public health microbiology, food technology, production processes, industrial fermentation, pollution, etc. Graduate study in related fields such as experimental pathology, infectious diseases, epidemiology, biochemistry, animal or plant physiology, genetics, plant pathology, and insect disease control, may also be pertinent, provided it has direct application to microbiological work.

AND

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: You must have at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 level or higher in the Federal service, that included planning and executing research to identify foodborne bacterial pathogens; applying molecular methods that result in a cultural isolate; evaluating the quality and efficiency of various microbiological methods and recommending new approaches; providing advice and guidance to junior staff on food microbiology issues; and developing reports of scientific research findings.


You must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.

Degree requirements must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this job announcement and your transcript(s) submitted must reflect this. Failure to provide any of the above will result in an ineligible rating.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For further information, click on foreign education.

Specialized experience requirements must be met by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Conditions of Employment:

 

1. Time-in-Grade: Career or career-conditional current and former Federal employees who select to apply under merit promotion procedures must have served 52 weeks at the GS-12 or equivalent grade level.

2.  Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

3. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

 

4. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

 

5. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

 

6. Financial disclosure statement may be required.

 

7. One-year probationary period may be required.

 

8. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: No

 

9. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes

 

10. Drug Screening Required:  No

 

11. Recruitment incentives may be authorized: No 

 

12. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: No 

 

13. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: No

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the job opportunity announcement closes, a review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your résumé and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and abilities.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

For Competitive Merit Promotion and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) Applicants:  The highest rated candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.

For Noncompetitive Applicants:  All qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.

The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure the following competencies that are required for this position:   

  • Foodborne pathogenic bacteria research

  • Microbiology methods/approaches

  • Oral Communications

  • Written Communications

  • To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link: View Assessment Questions


BENEFITS:

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The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.opm.gov/retire/retire_jobseekers.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions (you must submit a DD214-member copy 4).

Career Transition Program:  This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed 'surplus' or no longer needed, or an employee has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service.  To receive selection priority for this position, you must be rated 'well-qualified. Well-qualified means eligible applicants whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements of the position. For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as a CTAP/ICTAP eligible, go to:www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp.

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities:

The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:

http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/

Hiring Authorities for Veterans

People with Disabilities

Selective Service: The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position.  For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit http://www.sss.gov/.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the on-line assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

 

Note: To return to your saved application materials, log in at: https://applicationmanager.gov/ and click on 909264.

 

If you cannot apply online, you will need to:

1) Print the instructions and questionnaire by clicking View Occupational Questionnaire.

2) Print the 1203FX form to record your responses to the questionnaire.

3) Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages but do not include a Cover Page for this document) to:  1-478-757-3144.

4) Print the Fax Cover Page and include with any supporting documents you fax (e.g., résumé, transcripts, veterans documentation, etc.) to the same fax number above.

 

Please do not complete steps 1-4 above if you are applying on-line.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Your Résumé - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.
  • Responses to the Assessment Questionnaire
  • College transcripts (to support the basic education requirement)

 Other Supporting Documents: (Only submit if applicable to you)

  • Standard Form 50 (if you are a current or former Federal service employee)
  • VEOA documentation (i.e. SF-15, DD-214, Statement of Service, Service Connected Disability Letter, etc.)
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation
  • PHS Commissioned Corps Officer documentation (i.e. cover letter indicating such status)
  • Noncompetitive appointing authority documentation

APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59PM (EASTERN TIME) ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT

For Résumé and Application Tips visit: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/ResumeAndApplicationTips#icc

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Mid-Atlantic Services Branch
Phone: (757)441-6765
Email: NORFOLKMAIL@OPM.GOV
Agency Information:
HHS OPM
1900 E St NW
Washington, DC
20415

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will be notified of your status when the list of candidates has been referred to the hiring manager for employment consideration.  


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Job Announcement Number:

HHS-FDA-CFSN-MP-13-909264

Control Number:

345566900