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Job Title:  Biologist (Immunology) (Term)- NIAID-DE
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  National Institutes of Health
Job Announcement Number:  NIH-NIAID-DE-14-1101927

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$63,091.00 to $82,019.00 / Per Year
Monday, April 28, 2014 to Friday, May 02, 2014
Full Time - Term NTE 2 years
1 vacancy in the following location:
Montgomery County, MD View Map
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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

The Laboratory of Malaria Immunology and Vaccinology (LMIV) was commissioned in 2009 to conduct basic and applied research relevant to malaria immunology and vaccine development, to pursue novel vaccine concepts, to produce prototype malaria vaccines, and to conduct early-phase clinical trials of promising vaccine candidates. Our overarching goal is to develop malaria vaccines that will reduce severe disease and death among African children and pregnant women and will eliminate malaria from low-transmission areas of the world.


This position is project based and the initial appointment is not to exceed two (2) years but may be extended without further competition up to a total of four (4) years.


  • Not Required


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  • U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Term Appointment NTE 2 years
  • Education requirement-transcripts required


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

  • Investigate research objectives relevant to the overall goals of the laboratory.
  • Assume major responsibility for the planning and development of experiments and experimental protocols.
  • Develop methods for and collect, organize, and record experimental data in a form suitable for publication and future reference by others.
  • Carry out complete analyses of data, applying standard statistical methods such as dispersion, analysis of variance, and regression and correlation analysis.
  • Select and order the specific kind and amount of animals, media, buffers, reagents, tissue samples, and other material required.


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Minimum Education Requirements:

A bachelor's (or graduate) degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, from an accredited college or university OR a combination of experience and education which includes courses comparable to a major in a biological science, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to this position, plus appropriate experience or additional education which demonstrates similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the duties of this position.


In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements indicated above, you must meet the additional experience and/or education requirement as described below:


To qualify for the GS-11 - You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: assisting in developing, planning, and implementing biomedical research; collecting, studying, developing, assembling, and analyzing research data; assisting in developing and preparing comprehensive reports, analytical interpretations, conclusions, or recommendations, typically for publication; using a variety of laboratory instruments to perform immunological analyses (such as RNA/DNA/protein isolation from cell and tissues and quantitation, agarose and acrylamide gel electrophoresis, southern, western, and northern blotting, assays such as radioimmunoassay and ELISA, flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry techniques, or immunoprecipitation); and developing modifications to protocols and procedures used in conducting studies.


Have successfully completed the requirements for a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or have completed at least 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a related field.


Have a combination of graduate level education and experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.

This position has an education requirement.  You are strongly encouraged to 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.  Official transcripts will be required from all selectees 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.


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, May 02, 2014, to be considered.


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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.


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.


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


A newly appointed or reappointed employee may receive service credit for prior work experience or active duty uniformed service that otherwise would not be creditable for the purpose of determining his or her annual leave accrual rate. All creditable service must be directly related to the duties of the position being filled and decisions to allow for such credit must be finalized prior to the selectee’s entrance on duty. The use of this service credit incentive is at the discretion of the selecting official and service credit is granted only for a position deemed hard-to-fill.


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.


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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.)



  • Other required supporting documents (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)


For additional information, click on the links below:


Additional Information on How to Apply


Information on Reasonable Accommodation


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The following information must be received by 11:59pm ET on the closing date of the announcement, Friday, May 02, 2014.  

  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.


Edith G. Tudae-Torboh
Phone: (301)594-1240
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
2115 E Jefferson St
Bethesda, MD


Within 15 business days of the closing date, Friday, May 02, 2014, 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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