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Human Resources Specialist:
Location Contact Information:
DC Relay Service: (202) 855-1234 (TDD)
Send Applications to:
USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Human Resources Division
Attn: Nardia Bennett
5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Stop 5105
Beltsville, MD 20705-5105
Fax: (301) 504-1535
E-mail: [Only registered users see links. ]
Applications must be postmarked, e-mailed or faxed by the closing
date of the announcement. Applications received in Government
envelopes will not be considered.
Please take advantage of the Application Package Checklist at the end
of this announcement to ensure your application is complete.
At the full performance level, the incumbent participates with the
scientist in all phases of the research process and assumes full
technical and operational responsibility for specific phases of the
molecular biology and genetics research. Performs routine and
recurring techniques and studies in isolation and characterization of
DNA and RNA, molecular mapping, cloning and characterization of plant
genes. Operates and maintains a variety of specialized equipment
such as high performance liquid chromatograph, genetic analyzer for
sequencing, real-time PCR machine and other equipment used for test
and evaluation procedures. Collects, prepares, evaluates and
verifies samples and supporting records. Maintains records and
locates and compiles data and other information from various sources.
Keeps detailed records of experimental data. Tabulates,
statistically analyzes and summarizes data using personal computers
and software packages. Maintains inventory of chemicals. Prepares
solutions and reagents for use in the laboratory or greenhouse and
safely disposes of waste material.
Working Conditions and Other Considerations:
Assignment includes moderate risks such as working with potentially
Qualifications Required: Your education and experience will be
evaluated against all qualification requirements (basic and any
additional requirements) listed below.
GS-05: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04
level OR successful completion of a full 4-year course of study
leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 hours
in any combination of courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics,
entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture or
mathematics. At least six semester hours must be directly related.
GS-06: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05
level OR six months of directly related graduate level education.
GS-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06
level OR one full year of directly related graduate level education.
GS-08: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07
level OR one and a half years of directly related graduate level
GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-08
level OR two full years of directly related graduate level education
or a master's degree.
If qualifying all or in part based on your education, please submit a
copy of your college transcripts OR a list of college courses with
credit hours, dates completed, and grades received. If this
information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately
evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. If your
qualifications are based in any part on education and you are
selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy
of your academic transcripts prior to entering on duty.
Time-In-Grade Restrictions apply for all candidates considered under
Merit Promotion/Alternative Merit Promotion.
Specialized Experience - experience which has equipped you with the
following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities - 'KSAs' required to
perform the duties of this position:
1. Knowledge of the methods, procedures, and techniques of plant
physiology and molecular biology.
2. Ability to operate and maintain laboratory equipment and instruments.
3. Ability to collect, analyze and summarize data using personal
computers and software packages.