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Job Title:  Research Animal Scientist Dairy
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Agricultural Research Service
Job Announcement Number:  ARS-X14E-0022

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$68,809.00 to $125,695.00 / Per Year
Monday, December 23, 2013 to Friday, January 24, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Madison, WI View Map
US Citizens, current and former status applicants, VEOA eligibles and person eligible under special hiring authorities.
Public Trust - Background Investigation


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

This position is located in the Cell Wall Biology and Utilization Research Unit (CWBURU) at the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center (USDFRC), Madison, WI.  The incumbent will contribute to the general mission of the USDFRC, which is to build a knowledge and technology base for the dairy industry to more fully exploit the use of forages to improve the profitability and sustainability of milk production.  The incumbent will specialize in protein nutrition for dairy cows in the CWBURU, to aid in the research effort to optimize the utilization of forage legumes and grasses to fit the needs of the dairy industry and provide environmentally sound alternatives for total on-farm nutrient management.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Domestic Travel for Regional/National Conferences; Local Travel for Collaboration


  • No


  • 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


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The incumbent's specific research objectives will focus on (1) maximizing Nitrogen (N) use efficiency and animal performance by determining the optimal levels and qualities of dietary protein appropriate for differing forages in dairy cattle diets and maximizing the utilization of forage protein, and (2) identifying factors that influence net synthesis of mircrobial protein in, and protein escape from, the rumen of lactating dairy cows.  The incumbent collaborates extensively with USDFRC scientists and other university and industry stakeholders to (1) determine how interactions among dietary components influence product formation by ruminal microbes and affect digesta passage from the rumen, in order to meet animal nutrient requirements and enhance animal performance, and (2) develop and evaluate methods for reducing the amount, or improving the utilization, of non-protein nitrogen (NPN).


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Basic Requirements:  Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible: 

Basic Degree: animal science, dairy science, poultry science; or a related discipline or field of animal science that included at least 30 semester hours in the basic biological and agricultural sciences, and 20 semester hours in animal science.

o   For animal scientist positions, at least 10 of the required 20 semester hours in animal science must have been in courses dealing with the breeding, feeding, production, and management of livestock, and the care and preparation of their products.

o   For dairy scientist positions, at least 10 of the required 20 semester hours in animal science must have been in dairy science.

o   For poultry scientist positions, at least 10 of the required 20 semester hours in animal science must have been in poultry science.


Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in the basic biological and agricultural sciences, including a minimum of 20 semester hours in appropriate animal science subjects, as described in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Additional Requirements:

GS-12:  PhD or equivalent Doctorate degree OR 1 year equivalent to at least GS-11.

GS-13:  1 year equivalent to at least GS-12

GS-14:  1 year equivalent to at least GS-13.


Specialized Experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled.  The specialized experience requirements for this position are:
1. Knowledge of animal science as it relates to dairy production systems and animal nutrition.
2. Skill in conducting experiments using experimental design, statistics, and data analysis.
3. Ability to plan, conduct, and publish research in peer-reviewed publications (including patents) in the area of animal nutrition.                                                                                                                        4. Ability to make presentations at scientific meetings.

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.  *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.



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.


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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).


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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 Friday, January 24, 2014.  Certain individuals are entitled to file a late application and must contact the Agency Contact listed below for details and application instructions.

Department of Agriculture

Attn: Kristen Brunclik

5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Stop 5105

Beltsville, MD  20705




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.


To ensure your application fully outlines your qualifications and eligibility for this position, please review the application package checklist at:

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


Kristen Brunclik
Phone: (301)504-1335
TDD: 202-855-1234
Agency Information:
Agricultural Research Service
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
Beltsville, MD


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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