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  2. Duties
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Biologist - NIAID - DE

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:National Institutes of Health

Job Announcement Number:NIH-NIAID-DE-13-939777

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:

Monday, August 26, 2013 to Friday, August 30, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Montgomery County, MD United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview

This position is located in the Vaccine Research Center (VRC), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).  The Vaccine Research Center (VRC) conducts research that facilitates the development of effective vaccines for human disease with a primary focus on developing vaccines for AIDS. Activities at the VRC include 1) basic research to establish mechanisms for inducing long-lasting protective immunity against HIV and other pathogens that present special challenges to vaccine development; 2) the conception, design, and preparation of vaccine candidates for HIV and other viruses; and 3) laboratory analysis, animal testing, and clinical trials of such candidates.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • A Selective Factor is required

DUTIES:

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If selected for this position, you will perform the following duties:

  • Lead activities for the stable cell line development of CHO, HEK293 and other mammalian cell lines in the Vaccine Production Program Laboratory(VPPL).
  • Participate in collaborations with other intramural and extramural investigators to develop banks of stable research cell lines for rapid cell line generation.
  • Investigate and develop systems for recombinase mediated cassette exchange systems as well as standardize methodologies for generation of stable cell lines using the chinese hamster ovary (CHO)-glutamine synthetase (GS) system, CHO-dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) amplification system and other methods.
  • Keep abreast of pertinent literature and incorporate appropriate concepts and techniques into research activities and experiments.
  • Identify, define and/or select specific problems for study.
  • Evaluate progress of experiments to ensure that they are proceeding as planned.
  • Independently interpret and evaluate experimental data.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Qualification Requirements:

A. Successful completion of a full 4 year course of study in a accredited college or university leading to a Bachelor's degree (or graduate) in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or a related discipline appropriate to the position being filled;

OR

B. Combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

 

In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements indicated above, you must meet the additional experience requirement as described below:  You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal Service service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: independently developing, planning, and implementing research into biological organisms; developing new methods for collecting, studying, developing, assembling, and/or analyzing factual data; conducting comprehensive investigations; developing and preparing comprehensive reports, analytical interpretations, conclusions, or recommendations, typically for publication; using a variety of laboratory instruments to perform analyses; developing new protocols and procedures to use in conducting studies; managing the day-to-day operation of a research laboratory including coordinating activities of diverse laboratory research projects and personnel, and ensuring availability of equipment and supplies, etc. 

 

Selective Factor(s):   In order to meet minimum qualification requirements you must demonstrate possession of the selective factor of this position.   Selective factor:  Do you have experience with stable cell line development of CHO, HEK293 and other mammalian cell lines?

 

Please demonstrate in your resume how you possess this experience. 

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This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer.  Click here for information on Foreign Education .  If you are currently or were previously in this occupation series you do not need to submit transcripts. Instead, submit an SF-50 showing the appointment in this occupational series.

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, your application and responses to the online questionnaire will be evaluated under Category Rating and Selection procedures for placement in one of the following categories:

  • Best Qualified – for those who are superior in the evaluation criteria
  • Well Qualified – for those who excel in the evaluation criteria
  • Qualified – for those who only meet the minimum qualification requirements

Candidates determined to be Best Qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.

If you are a veteran, CTAP or ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links for additional information and required documents:

All such documents MUST be received by 11:59pm ET of the closing date,  Friday, August 30, 2013, to be considered.


BENEFITS:

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The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  For more information, check out New Employee Benefits at NIH and OPM's Employee Benefits Information.

OTHER INFORMATION:

PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps should also apply online to this announcement in order to receive consideration.

 

We are unable to pay relocation expenses.

 

A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.

 

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application. You must provide a complete online Application Package which includes:

 

  • Your Resume (Please provide sufficient details in your resume to enable us to determine if you meet the requirement for qualifying experience (as stated in the Qualifications section) and to support your answers to the online questionnaire. Providing insufficient details in your resume may result in a lower or ineligible rating.)
  • A complete Assessment Questionnaire, View Assessment Questions.
  • Other required supporting documents (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)
  • If you would prefer to submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) for consideration, you may submit a skeletal online resume and Fax your CV. Submission of a resume/CV alone IS NOT a complete application. You must complete the online questionnaire that will appear when you begin your application on USAJOBS. (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)

 

To begin the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button at the bottom of this screen to log in to your existing USAJOBS account or to create an account if you do not already have one.

 

  • Follow the prompts to complete the Assessment Questionnaire. Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the process.
  • To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, you must use the fax coversheet found at http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf . Include the vacancy announcement number for the job to which you are applying, 939777. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

 

If you have questions or require reasonable accommodation during the application process, please contact the HR staff member listed below. If you cannot apply online, these are the steps to follow:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203-FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one. This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.
  4. Fax the completed 1203-FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

 

NOTE: Faxing paper applications will overwrite your prior online application responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

 

If you have difficulties with hearing and are seeking assistance, please call a relay operator at 1-800-735-2258 or visit Maryland Relay or AT&T Relay.

 

For technical difficulties, contact HR Systems Support between 8 AM and 4:30 PM ET Monday through Friday at 301-451-1436 or hrsystemssupport@mail.nih.gov.

 

Additional Information on How to Apply

Information on Reasonable Accommodation

 

We encourage you to verify that 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following information must be received by 11:59pm ET on the closing date of the announcement, Friday, August 30, 2013.  

  1. Resume via USAJOBS.
  2. Responses to online questionnaire.
  3. If applicable, supporting documentation (including DD214 to support Veterans' Employment, CTAP/ICTAP, Schedule A, or other information requested in the announcement such as transcripts). To ensure your information is secure, please block out any Social Security numbers (SSNs). Clean copies may be requested if you are hired.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Teresa Leary
Phone: (301)402-3907
Email: LEARYTE@MAIL.NIH.GOV
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
10401 Fernwood Road 2D19
Bethesda, MD
20892
US

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Within 15 business days of the closing date, Friday, August 30, 2013, you may check your status online at USAJOBS.  We will update your status after each key stage in the application process has been completed.

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Job Announcement Number:

NIH-NIAID-DE-13-939777

Control Number:

349167100