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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Biologist/Statistician

Agency:Environmental Protection Agency

Job Announcement Number:RTP-ORD-DE-2014-0008

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$72,170.00 to $111,565.00 / Per Year


Monday, August 11, 2014 to Friday, August 15, 2014




Full-time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Cincinnati, OH View Map


Any U.S. citizen may apply.


Public Trust - Background Investigation




About the Agency

Earth Day is every day at EPA! Come help us protect the environment! Our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career-we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment. Discover how exciting safeguarding our natural resources and protecting human health can be. We consistently rank as one of the top Federal agencies in which to work, with great benefits and work flexibilities. Find yourself at EPA.

This position is located in the Office of Research and Development, National Exposure Research Laboratory, Microbiological and Chemical Exposure Assessment Research Division, Biohazard Assessment Research Branch, Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information on this office, visit their website:


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  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • You must submit resume and required documents (See How to Apply).
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.
  • You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
  • EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.


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You will:

- Conduct microbiology research independently or in collaboration with others for specific projects.

- Serve as a science lead with an interdisciplinary team of researchers.

- Serve as a technical authority in bioinformatics.

- Serve as a technical expert in statistics.

When entering a Federal job at a grade level lower than the highest promotion potential level, you may be promoted to more complex duties and work more independently, as your career progresses.

You will spend less than 25% of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.


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You need a degree or combination of education and experience as described below to qualify for this position.

You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in the following: For Biologist: Biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR a combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major, as listed. For Statistician: A bachelor's degree that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in either physical, biological, or social sciences.

As part of the application process, you are required to submit college transcripts or a list of courses as described in the Required Documents section of this announcement. However, if you are selected, you must provide official educational transcripts before you start work with EPA. More information on verification of education can be found here:

In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

To qualify for the research GS-12 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as conducting laboratory research on pathogenic microbes; using bioinformatics or statistical tools to analyze microbiological data; - OR- Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in the academic discipline as described above.

To qualify for the GS-13 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as conducting laboratory research on pathogenic microbes; using bioinformatics or statistical tools to analyze microbiological data; using bioinformatics to study microbial communities in environmental water samples.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 1) Skill in oral communication; 2) Skill in written communication; 3) Skill in conducting research in microbiology; 4) Ability to use bioinformatics and statistical tools; 5) Ability to lead and train a team of researchers; 6) Skill in interpreting scientific data.

If you are selected, you must complete a one year probationary period.

This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.


We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. You are being evaluated under the category rating method which means, if you are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified Category.

We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements.

NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.
To preview questions please click here.


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You can review our benefits at:

Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options! Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA.


Are you a Displaced Federal Employee? If so, please read the Required Documents and visit the EPA website for additional information

EPA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information

This information is used to determine your qualifications for employment.

The use of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC, Sections 3302 and 3361.

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If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.


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You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position.

To begin the application process, click the Apply On-line button to the right on this screen, follow the prompts to log-in/register, submit all required documents, and complete the assessment questionnaire. To be considered, you must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of this announcement.

All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USA Jobs document portfolio feature.

If you cannot apply on-line, you must contact the Human Resources Office listed to the right for assistance no later than three business days prior to the closing date of this announcement. You must provide complete application materials by the closing date of this announcement.

For detailed instructions to assist you in ensuring your application package is received, go to .


Documents to be submitted on-line:

--Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the Duties Section and Qualifications Required Section. In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.

--Responses to the on-line assessment questionnaire.

--College transcripts - required to submit either unofficial transcripts or a list of courses that includes school(s) attended, school address, course title, grades earned, completion dates, department, and quarter or semester hours earned.

--Veterans' Preference Documents - DD-214 Member 4 copy, VA Letter, and SF-15, if applicable; active duty military submit statement of service from commanding officer documenting dates of active duty and any campaign medals/badges; include character of service.

--Displaced Federal employees under ICTAP/CTAP - copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station.

Additional information can be found on our web site:


Latera Marks
Phone: 1-800-433-9633
Fax: 919-541-0160
Agency Information:
Environmental Protection Agency
US Environmental Protection Agency
Human Resources Management Division
109 T.W. Alexander Drive, MD C639-02
Research Triangle Pk, NC
Fax: 919-541-0160


You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJobs that your submission was successful, once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume and any supporting documentation.

You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJobs Account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education.

If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the human resources office posting this announcement.

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