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Job Title:Research Food Technologist / Research Chemist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agricultural Research Service

Job Announcement Number:ARS-X13W-0073

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$68,809.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, August 01, 2013 to Wednesday, September 11, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1320/1382-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Fargo, ND 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 incumbent is a Research Food Technologist / Research Chemist in the Hard Spring and Durum Wheat Quality Laboratory, located at the Red River Valley Agricultural Research Center in Fargo, North Dakota. This lab is a part of the Cereal Crops Research Unit, whose mission is to improve quality and disease resistance of small grains through research on genetics, genomics, pathology, and end-use quality. The project goal is to provide an improved understanding of the factors that underlie and influence end-use quality, and apply the knowledge gained to wheat improvement. 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You 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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Major Duties:

·        Provides leadership for end-use quality evaluations as well as in research on the enhancement of end-use quality of hard spring and durum wheat. Specific lines of research may include the following:  1) Develop a better understanding of the relationships between wheat biochemical constituents (e.g. proteins, starches, lipids, and pentosans) and end-use quality and functionality; 2) Develop rapid analytical procedures to determine wheat chemical components and quality traits; 3) Collaborate with colleagues in the identification and/or development of molecular markers linked to genes of wheat biochemical components or quality traits to facilitate selection of wheat lines with high end-use quality; 4) Identify milling, baking, and pasta processing traits of experimental and advanced lines of hard spring and durum wheat that impact end-use quality and the overall development and release of new commercial cultivars of wheat;

·        Designs, conducts, and publishes research in peer-reviewed, scientific journals.

·        Provides consultation and advice to leaders in the farming, milling, and baking industries, and state and federal action/regulatory agencies on technical matters related to cereal crop quality problems, milling and baking quality, and grain quality measurement. 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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1320 Series: A: Degree: physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics OR B- Combination of education and experience - course work equivalent to a major as shown in A above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

 

1382 Series: A: Degree: food technology, or dairy technology, microbiology, biology, chemistry, physics, or a related discipline or field of biological or physical science. The course work must have been comprised of at least 30 semester hours in the basic biological and physical sciences, and included at least 20 semester hours in food technology and closely related subjects, or 20 semester hours in subjects that can be applied directly to food technology OR B - Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major, including the course work specified, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.



Specialized Experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled.  The specialized experience requirements for this position are:
1. Knowledge of the principles, theories and practices of food technology, cereal science/chemistry, or biochemistry in order to improve wheat performance and develop basic information on end-use quality of wheat. 
2. Ability to conduct research on wheat end-use quality.
3. Skill in conceiving, designing, conducting, and reporting research results in peer-reviewed, scientific journals.

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.

To be considered for a research scientist position, you must submit a one-page abstract of your MS thesis and/or Ph.D. dissertation.  Also, submit a list of names, addresses, and phone numbers of persons familiar with your stature, contributions, recognition; 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 invitation); and publications.

Vacant research positions may be filled at one of several grade levels depending upon the scientific impact of the person selected.  A peer review may be required to determine the appropriate grade level of the position and supplemental materials may be required from the selectee.

R
esearch scientists have open-ended promotion potential.  Research accomplishments and their impact on the duties and responsibilities of positions are evaluated periodically.  The grade level is limited only by the individual's demonstrated ability to perform research of recognized importance to science and technology.  *Final grade level may be determined by a peer review panel.


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 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.

All 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 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.


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:

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 they meet basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and are rated in the Quality 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.  Click here for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.

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.

Qualified candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), a special hiring authority, will be considered.  VEOA eligibles are preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of active service.  Veterans who are released under honorable conditions shortly before completing a 3-year tour are also eligible.

Status candidates who wish to be considered under both alternative merit promotion and non-status competitive examining must submit two complete applications when the position is open to both status and non-status candidates.  When only one application is received, it will be considered under alternative merit promotion procedures.

Financial Disclosure Requirement:  Federal employees are subject to prohibitions against officially dealing with outside organizations in which they have a financial interest.  If hired for this position, you may be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of the effective date of your appointment and annually thereafter.

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:  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, but they must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.  Certain individuals are entitled to file a late application and must contact the Agency Contact listed below for details and application instructions.

Mail:
Department of Agriculture
USDA-REE-ARS-HRD/ARS-X13W-0073
5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Stop 5106
Beltsville, MD  20705-5106

E-mail:
scirecruit@ars.usda.gov

Fax:
301-504-1587

 

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.  If hand delivered, be sure your application is received in the Human Resources Division on or before closing date.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To ensure your application fully outlines your qualifications and eligibility for this position, please review the application package checklist at:  http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/staffing_recruit/AppCheckSYLink/ARSChecklistSY.doc

NOTE:  Applications received in postage paid government envelopes will not be considered.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Amanda Wilkerson
Phone: (301)504-7266
TDD: 202-855-1234
Email: AMANDA.WILKERSON@ARS.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
Agricultural Research Service
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
Beltsville, MD
20705

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will be notified by mail once your application is received.  After a review of your complete application is made, you will be notified or your rating and/or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.   


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Job Announcement Number:

ARS-X13W-0073

Control Number:

347584000