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Job Title:Research Microbiologist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agricultural Research Service

Job Announcement Number:RA-13-072-H

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$64,729.00 to $84,146.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 to Wednesday, March 05, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0403-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term NTE 2 years

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Orient Point, NY View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Permanent Residents seeking U.S. Citizenship

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

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

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the United States Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency and one of the world's premiere scientific organizations.  ARS Postdoctoral Research Associates are hired to supplement a lead scientist's research on agricultural problems of high national priority affecting American agriculture.

**ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED OR April 1, 2014**

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • A Ph.D. is required

DUTIES:

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The incumbent serves as a Research Microbiologist in the Foreign Animal Disease Research Unit (FADRU) at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC). The incumbent is responsible for performing basic state of the art research to develop novel strategies to control foot and mouth disease (FMD). The incumbent will design, prepare and evaluate vectored vaccines and/or antiviral candidates for their effectiveness in preventing or limiting FMD in livestock species. Responsibilities also include the study of mechanisms of vaccine and/or antiviral induced protection against FMD.

 

Other Considerations:

The work of this position is performed in a biological containment laboratory operating under rigid Agency Safety Rules and Regulations (for example requiring at least one daily hygienic shower). Risks involve working with or being exposed to radioactive material, possible contagious disease, chemicals, and possible burns form autoclaves and sterilizers, and possible injury working with and around laboratory equipment.

Incumbent is required to pass various US Government security clearances and suitability to work with select agents according to USDA and DHS policies. This position is subject to random drug testing.

Required travel to and from Orient Point, New York or Old Saybrook, CT and Plum Island aboard Government provided marine vessels.

For health and safety of the incumbent and to prevent the spread of disease, immunization against the diseases being studied at PIADC which are transmissible to humans may be required where the vaccine has been approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration for safety and effectiveness under the provisions of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, as amended 21 USC 321-392. Where the vaccine has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for investigational purposes, the incumbent will be advised that such immunization is voluntary.

 

 

          


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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This position requires a recent Ph.D in microbiology or a related field of study that has equipped the applicant with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.

This research assignment requires professional knowledge of infectious diseases, veterinary medicine, theory and techniques of virology, immunology, comparative genomics, biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology.


Applicants must meet basic Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standard's requirements of the scientific discipline necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.

GS-0403: Degree in microbiology; or 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 OR Combination of education and experience, courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education

This position has a positive education requirement.  You must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received 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.  Application materials will not be returned.


Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.  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.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated to determine if you meet eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) associated with the position as defined above under "Qualifications".


BENEFITS:

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A Benefits Package will be authorized for appointments made for a period of more than one year.  Additional information about Federal benefits can be obtained at
http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc
. 



OTHER INFORMATION:

Relocation and Other Incentives:
Payment of relocation expenses and other incentives will be determined in accordance with P&P 412.5, Recruitment and Retention Incentives and Other Special Pay, Sections 6 and 7, as amended by Bulletins 03-402 and 05-412.5, which may be found at
http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/ppweb/Bulletins/05-412-5.pdf.  See also http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/staffing_recruit/reloweb.htm.

Veteran's Preference:  If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach member 4 copy of your DD-214. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

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.

Optional Form 306 (Declaration for Federal Employment):
If you are selected for this position, you will be required to complete this form before an offer may be made.

Selective Service System:
Males over age 18 who were born after December 31, 1959, must have registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) to be eligible for Federal employment.

ARS Reasonable Accommodation Contact Information:
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).



HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications may be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed to the appropriate address and/or facsimile number listed below:

Dr. Teresa de Los Santos

40550 Route 25

Orient Point, NY 11957

teresa.delossantos@ars.usda.gov

Fax:  631-323-3006

If sending your application as an attachment to an email, do not send zipped files.  They will be removed in accordance with standard electronic security procedures.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

If application packages do not contain all of the requested information, you may lose consideration for the job.  To help you ensure your application fully outlines your qualifications and eligibility for this position, please submit the following documentation as appropriate.   Some of the items listed may not apply to you.  NOTE:  Applications received in postage paid government envelopes will not be considered.

APPLICATION PACKAGE CHECKLIST

__ Resume, Curriculum Vitae, or other document outlining your qualifications

The following information is required of all applicants:
__ Announcement number, title, and grade(s) of the position

__ Full name, mailing address (including zip code) and day and evening phone numbers (with area code)

__ Indicate country of citizenship
__Copy of DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Only if claiming veteran's preference. Visit the following web site for additional information: http://www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp)

__SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference) plus the supporting documentation required by this form (if claiming 10-point veteran's preference).  Visit http://www.opm.gov/forms/html/sf.asp to obtain the form.

__ Paid and non-paid work experience related to the position.  For each period of work experience include:
          ___Job title
          ___Series/grade (if Federal employment)
          ___Duties and accomplishments
          ___Employer's name and address
          ___Supervisor's name and contact information
          ___Starting and ending dates of employment (at least month/year)
          ___Number of hours worked per week
          ___Salary
          ___Indicate if we may contact current supervisor/employer

__ Other job related information, such as training courses (title & year); skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, etc.)
          ___Certificates/licenses (current)
          ___Honors, awards, and special accomplishments
       
__ Copy of college transcripts (If you have non-conventional education, e.g., foreign study, continuing education units, life experience, etc., go to the web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e4.htm#e4a and look under the heading Other Education for information governing acceptability of this type of education.)

 

As an Applicant for a Postdoctoral Research Associate Position, you must also submit the following:

__  A one-page abstract of Ph.D. dissertation

__  A resume of any honors or awards received; memberships in professional or honor societies; invitations to make presentations at scientific/technical meetings; scientific society office and committee assignments; presentations (other than invitations); and publications.

__  A list of names, addresses, and phone numbers of persons familiar with your stature, contributions, and recognition.

If this is your first time applying for a federal job, or if you wish to view more detailed information about  various aspects of applying for federal jobs, go to http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Teresa de Los Santos
Phone: (631)323-3020
TDD: 202-855-1234
Email: TERESA.DELOSSANTOS@ARS.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
NAA Orient Point
40550 Route 25
Orient Point, NY
11957

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Applications will be received and reviewed for consideration until a selection has been made.

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Job Announcement Number:

RA-13-072-H

Control Number:

347222500