GS-0401 - Research Molecular Biologist - degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position OR a combination of courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
GS-1320 - Research Chemist - degree in 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 a combination of education and experience - course work equivalent to a major as shown above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional work.
GS-12: In order to qualify, applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR demonstrate one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal Service.
GS-13: In order to qualify, applicants must demonstrate one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal Service.
Specialized Experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for this position are:
1. Knowledge of molecular biology, biochemistry, nutrition, or metabolism physiology in order to plan, conduct, and support experiments focused on the effects of maternal diet and physical activity on offspring propensity for developing obesity.
2. Skill in characterizing gene expression and the metabolism of multiple metabolites.
3. Skill in working with human and animal subjects in accordance with appropriate care and welfare, and management and protection rules and guidelines.
4. Ability to use biochemical, molecular biological and physiological assessments to complete studies in animal and/or human volunteers.
5. Ability to conceive, plan, conduct, and report 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.
Research 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.
** The 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 MUST 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; for more information go to the Office of Personnel Management's website.
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.