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Job Title:Computational Biologist

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Department of Energy

Job Announcement Number:14-DE-SC-HQ-008

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$106,263.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, March 21, 2014 to Thursday, April 03, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401-14/15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Germantown, MD View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All U.S. Citizens
Relocation expenses are not authorized.

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

The Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, providing more than 40 percent of total funding for this vital area of national importance. It oversees - and is the principal federal funding agency of - the Nation's research programs in high-energy physics, nuclear physics, and fusion energy sciences. The Office of Science manages fundamental research programs in basic energy sciences, biological and environmental sciences, and computational science. In addition, the Office of Science is the Federal Government's largest single funder of materials and chemical sciences, and it supports unique and vital parts of U.S. research in climate change, geophysics, genomics, life sciences, and science education. The Office of Science manages this research portfolio through six interdisciplinary program offices: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics and Nuclear Physics. In addition, the Office of Science sponsors a range of science education initiatives through its Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists program.

The Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, Biological Systems Science Division, is seeking a motivated and highly qualified individual to serve as a Computational Biologist.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required for this position.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Relocation is at your own expense.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.

DUTIES:

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As a Computational Biologist, you will:
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  • Conceive, justify, plan, initiate, and manage all aspects of a broad range of fundamental research focusing on developing and advancing computational biology and bioinformatics.
  • Manage, plan, coordinate, implement, and evaluate research programs in this field.
  • Consult and negotiate with leading government and scientific personnel on sensitive issues and complex areas of importance.
  • Review new policies, plans, and procedures relating to program planning, budget formulation, program execution, and program evaluation across the organization.
  • Evaluate contractor, DOE laboratory, and grantee research proposals and performance.
  • Develop, coordinate, and organize funding allocations for assigned programs and ensure recommendations on program operations and direction are considered in budget requests
GS-15

  • Manage the DOE Systems Biology Knowledgebase activity (Kbase) within a genomic science research program. 
  • Plan, coordinate, implement, and evaluate research programs on a national and international level.
  • Consult and negotiate with leading government and scientific personnel, both nationally and internationally.
  • Determine scientific focus and direction of the computational biology aspects of the research program.
  • Secure essential information in all aspects of a broad range of computational biology and bioinformatics and lead the development of computational biology research.
  • Prepare, justify, and support the portions of the budget relating to computational biology, bioinformatics, metabolic engineering, and systems biology modeling.
  • Critically evaluate contractor, DOE laboratory, and grantee research proposals and performance.
  • Critically review reports and studies prepared by other offices in DOE and other federal agencies as they impact computational biology, bioinformatics, and the system biology portfolio.

 
 



QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.
Specialized experience for GS-14 position is defined as: Providing program management for computational biology and bioinformatics research with an emphasis on genomic science.

Specialized experience for GS-15 position is defined as: Serving as a senior computational biologist responsible for all aspects of the program consisting of computational biology and bioinformatics research conducted within the genomic science research programs.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS
Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!
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  1. Knowledge of and experience in the current state of computational biology and bioinformatics, metabolic engineering, and systems biology modeling and simulation.
  2. Knowledge of research activities and functions of DOE laboratories, universities, and private institutions.
  3. Knowledge and/or ability to plan direct, and evaluate new and highly complex basic research programs, projects, and policies.
  4. Ability to organize and direct diverse groups in the solving of highly complex technical problems.
  5. Ability to plan, budget, justify, and allocate funds among a variety of competing programs and requirements.
GS-15
  1. Knowledge of and experience in the current state of computational biology and bioinformatics, metabolic engineering, and systems biology modeling and simulation.
  2. Professional knowledge and ability to plan, direct, and evaluate new and highly complex basic research programs, projects, and policies.
  3. Professional knowledge of research activities and functions of DOE laboratories, universities, and private institutions.
  4. Ability to plan, budget, justify, and allocate funds among a variety of competing programs and requirements in an environment when difficult decisions must be made.
  5. Ability to organize and direct diverse groups in solving highly complex scientific problems and to identify key synergisms/leverage points that facilitate major scientific breakthroughs. 
  6. Ability to give acceptance and support to research findings, conclusions, recommendations, and decisions for program execution.
You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


EDUCATION:
If this vacancy specifically states that certain educational requirements must be met (also known as a "positive educational requirement"), you must provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

You must have a degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position OR 
A combination of education and experience--Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be rated by our application system using the Category Rating procedure. A quality review will then be conducted by the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME). Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (if applicable to the job), and training described in your online resume/questionnaire as related to the duties of this position. The quality categories are usually defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified" and "Qualified". Veterans Preference eligibles will be listed at the top of whichever category your score places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.
If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

  • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
  • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
  • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period or a background investigation.
  • All males must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register.


HOW TO APPLY:

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To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete application no later than 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the application system will not allow you to finish. Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish before the deadline. Our application system displays a countdown timer in the top-left corner of the screen for your reference.
Steps to submit a complete application:
  1. You must have a USAJOBS account and be logged in.
  2. You must have a completed resume. (Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and require that you have a completed resume within your USAJOBS profile using the Resume Builder).
  3. Once you are logged in and all of your application materials ready, click the 'Apply Now' button.
  4. You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
  5. You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation, which may include (but is not limited to) transcripts, portfolio samples, certifications, and verification of veteran status.
  6. IMPORTANT: In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process. You must click the 'Finish' button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click 'Finish', your application will not be received.
If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.

NEED HELP?
  • If you experience any difficulties with the application process (anything after you have clicked the Apply Now button), please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement between normal business hours.
  • If you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account profile issues, or Resume Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or e-mail USAJOBS3.0@opm.gov.
  • If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement during normal business hours.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.
If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.
  • ALL APPLICANTS: Resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
  • If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and grade. Please see the Education section for more information.
  • Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
  • Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Deborah Campbell
Phone: 301-903-0294
Fax: 301-903-1299
Email: deborah.campbell@science.doe.gov
Agency Information:
Department of Energy
19901 Germantown Road
Germantown, MD
20874
US
Fax: 301-903-1299

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After each step in the recruitment process, your status will be updated in USAJOBS. You can review your status in USAJOBS at any time. You may also elect to receive status updates via e-mail by changing the notification settings in your USAJOBS profile. Please check that your USAJOBS profile contact information is current and correct each time you apply to a job--this will ensure we are able to contact you as quickly as possible.

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Job Announcement Number:

14-DE-SC-HQ-008

Control Number:

363842700