Job Overview


The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome and correctly labeled and packaged.

  • This position is being advertised concurrently under Merit Promotion (MP) procedures. Candidates who wish to be considered under those procedures must apply to FSIS-MMP-2013-0640.
  • This position is located in the Eastern Laboratory in the Office of Public Health Science, Food Safety and Inspection Service in Athens, GA.  For more information about the agency, visit  
  • This position is currently covered by the Public Health Human Resources (PHHRS) Demonstration Project.  Please visit: Why PHHRS? How does it benefit employees?
  • AP Band 02 is equivalent to the GS-5/7; AP Band 03 is equivalent to the GS-9/11; AP Band 04 is equivalent to the GS-12/13.
  • Salary Range: AP 02- $31,315.00 to $50,431.00; AP 03- $47,448.00 to $74,628.00; AP 04-$68,809.00 to $106,369.00
  • Duties

    The incumbents duties include the following:

    • Performs analytical services associated with detecting chemical residues in meat and poultry products. Wet chemistry extraction and clean-up techniques include liquid/liquid extraction and solid phase extraction (SPE).
    • Analytical chemistry detection techniques include colorimetry, chromatography, and mass spectrometry based on current technologies.
    • Performs chemical analyses of increasing complexity to determine the presence of parts per billion levels of pesticides, and veterinary drugs by means of complex, selective, and highly sensitive instrumentation; and participates in the laboratory quality assurance program under ISO 17025 guidelines.
    • Troubleshoots all instrumentation used in the analysis process, including gas chromatographs with electron capture detectors (GC-ECD) and triple quadrupole mass spectrometer detectors (GC/MS/MS); and high-performance liquid chromatographs with ultraviolet detectors (HPLC-UV), diode array detectors (HPLC-DAD), and triple quadrupole mass spectrometer detectors (LC/MS/MS).

    The majority of the work is performed in a normal laboratory.   The work requires recurring walking, bending, standing and lifting.  Agility and dexterity are required as well as hand/eye coordination.  Employees are required to use protective clothing or gear such as a laboratory coat, gloves, safety glasses, boots, and protective shields and hoods.