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    The Technology and Science Division (TSD) located in Kansas City, Missouri is responsible for maintaining uniform application of standards for grains and commodities, providing reference standards for FGIS methods and subjective guidelines, and performing analytical analysis of grains and grain-related commodities.  The TSD develops new and/or improves objective tests and methods for assessing grain quality and develops criteria and recommends specifications for analytical instrumentation.  The TSD also administers an approval program to improve the reliability of grain inspection, develops and maintains an Agency-wide quality control program covering all aspects of grain testing, provides final decisions on inspection appeals, and provides technical training for field personnel and international customers.

    Salary Information:  First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected.

    The Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) is merging with the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).  This merger will have no impact on the position’s duties and responsibilities.

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    The duties may include, but are not limited to:

    • Plans, conducts, and reports results of programs and projects to deliver analytical services and evaluate the performance of analytical procedures and equipment, including the development of performance criteria.
    • Designs and conducts experiments to evaluate the practical application of new and improved methods for the analysis of constituents in grain.
    • Evaluates, analyzes, and interprets laboratory data to determine their validity and scientific meaning.
    • Collects, interprets, and maintains detailed laboratory data records to document accuracy and quality of test results in a timely manner, including situations where guidelines are not available and procedures must be documented for duplication purposes.
    • Coordinates and conducts validation of new and improved methods according to the standard branch validation protocol.
    • Effectively communicates scientific information to Division staff, professional associations and scientists in the Division and private entities on matters in the assigned area.
    • Maintains and verifies proper operation of laboratory instrumentation, and troubleshoots and/or repairs laboratory instruments as appropriate, including setup, installation, and maintenance of computer software and/or hardware.
    • Writes and/or updates Work Instructions for laboratory procedures and programs.
    • Evaluates current methods and instruments to determine deficiencies and recommend improvements.
    • Determines the major error contributions for each method and incorporates quality assurance and quality control procedures for the method being developed.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel for training and work assignments may be required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

  • Job family (Series)

    1320 Chemistry

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