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    The incumbent serves as Director of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services (VS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, with a branch laboratory located at Plum Island, New York. The incumbent is responsible for the scientific leadership of NVSL as well as being ultimately responsible for the overall planning, coordination, evaluation, and program/administrative direction of the NVSL.

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    • The incumbent serves as the primary point of contact for the NVSL, a complex world standard laboratory in veterinary sciences and deals with many complex and life-threatening diseases and pathogens. Duties and responsibilities include:
    • Providing scientific and managerial leadership in planning, organizing, and evaluating broad laboratory programs involving the diagnosis of diseases which threaten the nation's livestock resources.
    • Directing the establishment and maintenance of national and international diagnostic reference centers for the classification and identification of pathogenic agents and providing diagnostic reference assistance and consultation.
    • Reviewing progress of laboratory programs, with responsibility for directing appropriate revision or modification of plans to assure program objectives are accomplished efficiently.
    • Representing the United States as a technical expert in international standard setting conferences and meetings to provide expert consultation and scientific information.
    • Directing the technical supervision and review of studies carried out by contracts and cooperative agreements with other governmental (state and federal) agencies or commercial concerns.
    • Maintaining close working relationships with public and private research groups to insure mutual exchange of information concerning animal diseases to resolve problems and to establish policies in disease control and eradication programs.
    • Providing leadership, direction and systematic approaches to identify diagnostic needs of stakeholders. Fostering and developing cooperative relationships to address the needs.
    • Directing the development, standardization, and evaluation of new and improved procedures, techniques, and reagents used in the diagnosis of animal disease.
    • Directing and conducting scientific training programs for international, Federal and State diagnostic and regulatory personnel through formal courses, on-the-job training , and reference training visits to diagnostic laboratories.
    • Directing the preparation of scientific reports and manuscripts for publication and dissemination to animal disease regulatory organizations, the veterinary profession, the scientific community, and the public.
    • Advising USDA and other executives on the content, impact, and potential of advanced technology research studies and applications.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/554724900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.