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  1. Overview
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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Interdisciplinary - Mathematical Statistician/Biologist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Job Announcement Number:24WS-2014-0054

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$62,228.00 to $80,896.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, May 02, 2014 to Friday, May 16, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401/1529-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term (NTE) - not to exceed 2 Years; maybe be extended up to 4 years.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Fort Collins, CO View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

This announcement is open to all United States citizens.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

This is an excepted service term appointment not to exceed 2 years. (Appointment may be extended up to 4 years without re-announcing.) For more details click: Term Appointments

The candidate serves as a Research Fellow within the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The incumbent will be responsible for using statistical and mathematical modeling of populations and/or diseases to collaborate with wildlife service operations as well as veterinary services to address gaps in prevention and response to wildlife-livestock or wildlife-human conflicts. The overall goal of the fellowship is to develop quantitative decision-support tools for mitigating damage and disease risks from feral swine in the USA.

APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS. For details click: APHIS Emergency Response

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • 25% or Greater
  • Travel may be required.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of one year trial period.

DUTIES:

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The duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Specific goals of the project include the development of: 1) A habitat-based population dynamic model for feral swine that can be used for assessing efficacy of alternative feral swine control methods and determining more effective, feasible strategies, 2) Disease-dynamic models for evaluating disease surveillance data (seroprevalence) and determining disease risk to livestock and/or humans, and 3) A statistical framework for estimating population density and/or absence of feral swine in a given area.
  • This is a unique opportunity to develop ecological and disease models for application in wildlife management and wildlife disease management.
  • The incumbent will be expected to collaborate with wildlife state directors and Veterinary Services personnel to: 1) understand the specific challenges for which quantitative approaches could be of service to the APHIS mission, 2) provide evaluation of feral swine management outcomes, and 3) suggest practical guidelines for feral swine management that parallel the needs and feasibility of use for wildlife service operations.
  • The incumbent will also work closely with the feral swine project leaders to communicate progress and results. Results will be formally reported in the form of manuscripts to be submitted in peer-reviewed journals and other scientific venues such as conferences and workshops.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR:
The following Selective Placement Factor (SPF) requirement is being used to determine whether an applicant fully qualifies for this position. Therefore, it is MANDATORY that all applicants meet this requirement in order to receive further consideration for this job vacancy. Applicants must demonstrate that they have the knowledge and experience of the SPF listed below. Evidence of this experience must be documented in your resume. Applicants who fail to meet this requirement and/or address the SPF may lose further consideration.

Selective Placement Factor: Applicants must have prior experience with the theories, principles practices and techniques in applied mathematical statistics, population biology, and dynamic population models in order to resolve complex problems and modify or develop tools for research studies.

BASIC REQUIREMENT FOR THE MATHEMATICAL STATASTICIAN:

  1. Degree: that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics OR
  2. Combination of education and experience -- at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, including at least 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
FOR THE GS-11 LEVEL (MATHEMATICAL STATASTICIAN): Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates: Using information learned in contemporary high-level college classes related to ecology, biology, statistics, mathematics, and/or modeling to design studies, further the scientific process, and produce new knowledge. Conducting research studies using scientific principles, analyzing results, and communicating the research through professional publications or scientific presentations. Experience with spatially-explicit (including network based) statistical and population-dynamic models, estimation of ecological or epidemiological parameters, and fitting dynamical models to data; OR Successful completion of three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in Biology, Wildlife, Ecology, Applied Mathematics, or Statistics. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.

BASIC REQUIREMENT FOR THE BIOLOGIST:
  1. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position OR
  2. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
FOR THE GS-11 LEVEL (BIOLOGIST): Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates: Using information learned in contemporary high-level college classes related to ecology, biology, statistics, mathematics, and/or modeling to design studies, further the scientific process, and produce new knowledge. Conducting research studies using scientific principles, analyzing results, and communicating the research through professional publications or scientific presentations. Experience with spatially-explicit (including network based) statistical and population-dynamic models, estimation of ecological or epidemiological parameters, and fitting dynamical models to data; OR Successful completion of three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in Biology, Wildlife, Ecology, Applied Mathematics, or Statistics. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.

TRANSCRIPTS
are required if:
  • This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified.
  • You are qualifying for the position based on education.
  • You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education.
This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. For more information on submitting transcripts, click: Transcripts


COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-11 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following: Combining Education and Experience for Professional and Scientific Positions


Special Conditions:

  • Satisfactory completion and favorable adjudication of a background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • This position is designated a public trust position and is subject to satisfactory completion and favorable adjudication of initial background investigation and reinvestigation as a condition of employment.
  • Position may be eligible for telework.
  • Official transcripts required prior to entrance on duty.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

This position has a selective placement factor. Applicants who do not meet a selective factor are ineligible for further consideration. Evidence of the selective placement factor needs to be included in your resume.

Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined based on applicants’ quality of experience and the extent they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (or competencies):

  • Ability to plan, conduct, and manage statistical analyses, surveys, and data inventories and provide expert consultation in applied statistical theory and techniques.
  • Knowledge of automated information systems used in performing and managing advanced statistical analysis techniques and applications.
  • Technical leadership and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques of animal biology and ecology, research principles and procedures, wildlife disease ecology, choice or field trials assessing behavior, and managing of wildlife species.
  • Skills in the collection, analysis, preparation, and presentation (in written and oral formats) or data related to animal biology and ecology, using common computer software, including word processing, spreadsheets, GIS databases, statistical and graphical packages, and population estimation software.
The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. Your ratings in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit.

Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Attempts to falsify information; inflate your qualifications or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may be grounds to adjust your rating or to not select you. Errors, omissions or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may affect your eligibility. If selected providing inaccurate information on federal documents could also be grounds for dismissing you from the position/agency. Please follow all instructions carefully.

To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

  • Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility to include your most recent performance appraisal, SF-50 showing the full performance level or career ladder of your current or previous position, and proof of eligibility such as a RIF separation notice or letter from OPM/your agency. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified if achieving a rating of 85 or above. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is at: OPM's Career Transition Resources website.
  • More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.
  • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
  • Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
  • E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form 1-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.


HOW TO APPLY:

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Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin. The following instructions outline our application process.
  • You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
  • We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
  • This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.
Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.
Step 2: Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).
Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must submit a complete Application Package, prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date of this announcement. The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
  • Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
  • College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or used as a substitute for specialized experience. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty. All education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. Foreign education must be evaluated by an approved organization. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at http://www.ed.gov. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
  • DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if claiming Veterans’ Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit a VA Letter and an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference. Current active duty members must submit a certification that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted.
  • Other required documents may include:
    • CTAP/ICTAP: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, or appropriate OPM/Agency certification; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position from which you will be separated.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

DO NOT EMAIL DOCUMENTS
Phone: 612-336-3410
Fax: 612-336-3560
Email: Samantha.R.Fedorko@aphis.usda.gov
Agency Information:
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
100 N 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, 510C
Minneapolis, MN
55403
US
Fax: 612-336-3560

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an email acknowledging: 1) the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, 2) if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and 3) if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. We expect to make a final job offer within 40 days after the closing date of the announcement.

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Job Announcement Number:

24WS-2014-0054

Control Number:

368821900