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Job Title:Biologist-NIEHS-DE

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:National Institutes of Health

Job Announcement Number:NIH-NIEHS-DE-14-1193610

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$71,616.00 to $93,098.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 to Monday, September 8, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Durham, NC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Q - Nonsensitive

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

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

If you have comprehensive experience conducting research in the field of neurobiology using optogenetic techniques to study brain function in vivo and creating viral vectors and transgenic mice that express engineered receptors, fluorescent reporters and light-regulated ion channels AND you want to play a significant role in a dynamic organization, then consider joining the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)!  This position is located in the Laboratory of Neurobiology (LN), Division of Intramural Research (DIR).

 

 

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Please submit a copy of your official transcript with your application.

DUTIES:

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  • Serve as a Senior Biologist to set priorities and provide expertise to all of the research groups within the Laboratory of Neurobiolgy in designing, synthesizing and validating viral vectors and transgenic mouse lines to understand the development, function and aging of the central nervous system.
  • Design, create and document research tools using viral vectors and transgenic mice with recombinant DNA techniques.
  • Maintain up-to-date protocols and equipment for creating necessary tools in cooperation with the Viral Vector Core.
  • Use BAC recombineering to make BAC transgenes and retrieve ES-cell targeting fragments from recombined BACs.
  • Construct transgenic mouse strains, including vectors for constitutive and conditional knockouts, genetic screening, and breeding.
  • Biopsy tissue from postnatal animals at P4-6 and label animals for later identification.
  • Prepare mammalian brain slices and nerve cell cultures and transfections; Southern, Western and Northern blotting.
  • Use VectorNTi Suite, DNA Strider, Gene Works, and RNAfold to design and document molecular and genetic research reagents.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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ALTHOUGH NOT REQUIRED, THE IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL  HAVE A PHD IN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY. 

 

Basic Qualification:

A.  Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

OR

B.  Combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

For the GS-12 level:

In addition to the basic requirement, you must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal Government.  Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Examples of qualifying experience include: independently developing, planning, and implementing scientific biologic research using Optogenetic techniques; creating viral vectors and transgenic mice; collecting, studying, developing, assembling, and/or analyzing factual scientific data; developing and preparing comprehensive reports, analytical interpretations, conclusions, or recommendations, typically for scientific publication; and calibrating and operating sophisticated laboratory instruments to conduct tests and analyses.

 

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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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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,  Monday, September 08, 2014, to be considered.


BENEFITS:

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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.

OTHER 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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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

 

For technical difficulties, contact HR Systems Support between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM ET Monday through Friday at hrss@nih.gov.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following information must be received by 11:59pm ET on the closing date of the announcement, Monday, September 08, 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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Nancy Delgais
Phone: (919)541-3377
Email: DELGAIS@MAIL.NIH.GOV
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
111 TW Alexander Drive
PO Box 12233
Research Triangle Park, NC
27560

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Within 15 business days of the closing date, Monday, September 08, 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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Job Announcement Number:

NIH-NIEHS-DE-14-1193610

Control Number:

379806000