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Job Title:Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Animals)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agricultural Research Service

Job Announcement Number:CK-13-916115-TW

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$31,315.00 to $45,376.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, July 08, 2013 to Friday, July 19, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0404-05/06

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

7

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Clay Center, NE United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

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

The Meat Safety and Quality Research Unit located in Clay Center, Nebraska is seeking a permanent, full-time, Biological Science Laboratory Technician to provide technical assistance to a Research Food Technologist to support the objectives of the unit to increase efficiency of lean meat production, to develop technology to sort meat products for quality traits, and to improve eating quality of meat. This position requires field work. This position will be assisting researchers in conducting studies and experiments on food-producing animals. Experiments will be conducted to support the objectives of developing technology to sort meat products for quality traits and to improve the eating quality and safety of meat. A thorough understanding of conducting biological research, field work, and the ability to use research equipment are necessary to these positions.

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

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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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At the full performance level of the position, incumbents for these positions perform a variety of duties in the following areas:

  • Actively participates in one or more phases of the research process by performing a variety of complex technical duties, in a laboratory or field environment, common to the assigned area of work, and contributes ideas towards the planning and sequencing of the technical aspects of the research.
  • Adapts, modifies or develops new techniques and/or procedures to satisfy the needs of the research project.
  • Performs the full range of techniques and studies using a variety of specialized equipment.
  • Maintains, calibrates and modifies complex/specialized equipment and automated systems used for test and evaluation procedures.
  • Independently initiates action to resolve or correct technical difficulties and results, or recommends resolution to supervisor.
  • Searches for literature pertinent to area of research for new procedures or techniques to use in the laboratory or field.
  • Collects, prepares, evaluates and verifies samples and supporting records.
  • Maintains records and locates and compiles data and other information from various sources.
  • Keeps detailed records of experimental data.
  • Tabulates, statistically analyzes and summarizes data using personal computers and software packages.
  • Maintains inventory of chemicals, stock solutions, etc., prepares solutions and reagents for use in the laboratory or field, and safely disposes of waste material (both chemical and biological).


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Minimum Qualifications:

GS-5: Must have at least one full-time year (12-months) of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized work experience is defined as: conducting meat quality and safety research, assays, and techniques such as shear force, RNA and DNA extraction, colorimeter, processing animal tissues from swine, cattle, and sheep, and conducting bacterial enrichment and identification; assisting in maintaining, calibrating, and modifying equipment used for testing livestock such as swine, cattle, and sheep; and keeping records of experimental data.
OR

Must have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as animal science, food science, environmental science, biology, chemistry, statistics, physics, mathematics or other closely related field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities required by this position. At least 6 semester hours of courses were directly related to the study of animals. Note: One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university.
OR

Must have a combination of the specialized experience as described above and the education as described above such that when the two are added, they equal at least 100%. To determine your combination, first compute your experience as a percentage of the experience listed above; then determine your education as a percentage of the education listed above; then add the two percentages. Note: Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements.

GS-6: Must have at least one full-time year (12-months) of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized work experience is defined as: conducting meat quality and safety research, assays, and techniques such as shear force, RNA and DNA extraction, colorimeter, processing animal tissues from swine, cattle, and sheep, and conducting bacterial enrichment and identification; assisting in maintaining, calibrating, and modifying equipment used for animal testing; and maintaining inventory of chemicals, preparing solutions for use in the laboratory or field, and safely disposing of waste material.
OR

Must have half a year of graduate level education (9 semester hours) in animal science, food science, environmental science, biology, chemistry, statistics, physics, mathematics or other closely related field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities required by this position. At least 6 semester hours of courses were directly related to the study of animals. Note: One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study.
OR

Must have a combination of the specialized experience as described above and the education as described above such that when the two are added, they equal at least 100%. To determine your combination, first compute your experience as a percentage of the experience listed above; then determine your education as a percentage of the education listed above; then add the two percentages.


Time-in-grade restrictions apply for all candidates considered under merit promotion procedures: One year or 52-weeks at the GS-4 level is required for the GS-5.  One year or 52-weeks at the GS-5 level is required for the GS-6. (MUST SUBMIT AN SF-50 THAT SHOWS TIME-IN-GRADE ELIGIBILITY AS SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION)

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:

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 and practices of animals and biological research.
  • Skill with research techniques, procedures, and experiments.
  • Ability to adapt, develop or improve research techniques and procedures.
  • Ability to obtain, tabulate, statistically analyze, and summarize research data.

 

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.


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:

Financial Disclosure Requirement:
The Research, Education and Economics (REE) agencies inspire public confidence in our missions by maintaining high ethical principles. Employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes as described on the REE Ethics Webpage.  You may be required to submit a financial disclosure report if hired for this position.

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.

Reasonable Accommodation:  Reasonable accommodation is provided to applicants with disabilities. 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). The decision to grant reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Your application package must be complete by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Friday, July 19, 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 916115.  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. Click here to 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

In addition, you may need to submit supplemental documentation (as outlined below).  Failure to submit supplemental information by the closing date of this announcement will result in the loss of the particular consideration you are requesting.

Veterans' Preference:  To claim 5-point veterans' preference, submit Member 4 copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  To claim 10-point veterans' preference, submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, plus the documentation required by that form.

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA):  If you are applying to this position based on your eligibility through the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998, you must submit documentation to support your eligibility.  Generally, this will be your Member 4 copy of the DD-214. 

Active Duty Service Members:  You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the certification is signed. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation.

Merit Promotion:  If you are a current or previous Federal employee with competitive status and would like to be considered for this position, you must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 which indicates you have competitive status and performance appraisal.  Additionally, if you are requesting consideration for non-competitive eligibility, but do not yet hold the full performance level of this position, you must submit an SF-50 that documents your full performance level.  Failure to do so may cause you to lose consideration for this position.

Non-Competitive Authorities:  Military spouse (Military spouses are eligible if their active duty military spouse: 1) receives a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move, 2) has a 100% disability rating, or 3) died while on active duty); Severely Physically Handicapped Schedule 'A' Appointment; Former Peace Corps or VISTA Volunteers Appointment;  Interchange Agreements and other Miscellaneous Authorities.  To be considered under special hiring authorities, you must submit documentation that provides evidence of this eligibility.  For further information click here.

Transcripts:  If you indicate that you possess any form of post-secondary education, you must submit transcripts detailing your coursework and/or degree(s). At the time your education was obtained, the entire institution, applicable school within the institution, or the applicable curriculum must have been appropriately accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. You may lose consideration for this position if you fail to provide this information.

Foreign Education:  To receive credit for education outside the U.S., you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Midwest Services Branch
Phone: (816)426-5706
Email: KANSASCITY@OPM.GOV
Agency Information:
Recruitment Effort for OPM and FSA
Call or e-mail us with your questions
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WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application package (including all required documents) is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking.  The best qualified candidates will be referred for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.

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Job Announcement Number:

CK-13-916115-TW

Control Number:

346511900