BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE LABORATORY TECHNICIAN
Department of Veterans Affairs - Omaha, NE

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VacancyID:
829487

The

Department of Veterans Affairs

(VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.

The VA is committed to hiring Veterans

.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are

I

ntegrity,

C

ommitment,

A

dvocacy,

R

espect and

E

xcellence (“

I CARE

”).

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to

http://www.va.gov/jobs/

.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.

You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.

DUTIES:
NOTE

: This is a

TERM

appointment (not-to-exceed

9/30/2015

). Term appointments are non-status, nonpermanent appointments of limited duration. Term employees are eligible to earn leave and generally have the same benefits as permanent employees including health and life insurance, within-grade increases and Federal Employees Retirement System and Thrift Savings Plan coverage. Term appointments may be extended without further competition.

Employee will be assigned to the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Healthcare System, Omaha, NE, performing research experiments in metabolic and nutritional biochemistry and alcohol-related research.

Duties include, but may not be limited to the following:
Uses or modifies standard procedures to analyze and test biological samples for various constituents including such compounds as alcohol, acetaldehyde, and amino acids.

Calibrates, standardizes and uses research laboratory instruments including balances, centrifuges, pH meters, spectrophotometers, fluorometers, and electrophoresis equipment.

Uses special surgical skills to prepare isolated cells such as hepatocytes from various experimental animal models.

Has sufficient knowledge of biology and chemistry to perform enzyme assays, culture cells, ligand binding assays and radioisotope labeling studies.

Maintains data; interprets results; and assists in the preparation of data for publication; and performs independent literature searches for information necessary to accomplish the goals of the laboratory.

Performs tissue and cell fractionation experiments to isolate subcellular fractions which will be used for the measurement of protein, enzyme content, Deoxyribonucleic acid (

DNA

) content and receptor activity.

Performs routine biochemical analyses including protein determinations, Deoxyribonucleic acid (

DNA

) assays, enzyme assays, electrophoretic analyses of proteins, immunochemical analyses, Western Blotting and competitive ELISA assays; and performs protein purifications for obtaining purified antigens for immunization of laboratory animals.

Maintains laboratory animals; orders laboratory supplies; properly cares for laboratory equipment such as centrifuges, PH meters; densitometers, electrophoretic equipment, transfer apparatuses, etc.

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm; and may require working occasional weekends.

***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
This position includes a

Selective Placement Factor

(skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet these are ineligible for further consideration.

The Selective Placement Factor for this position is:
Must possess experience in biology and biochemistry as it applies to alcoholic liver disease.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:
Applicants must possess one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of this position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level in the Federal Service. Experience must have been related to the work of the position for which application is made. The specialized experience required for some positions in this series is normally work performed in a controlled environment. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: research activity or control program work; nursery work that required the growing and maintenance of plants in a controlled environment; work comparable to that with a large dairy farm where production records, animal environment, and sanitary conditions were kept in accordance with modern dairy practice. This also includes handling of small laboratory animals and carrying out surgical procedures; performing assays (i.e., Western blot); and use of various laboratory instrumentation.

A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

OR

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE (

TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED

): Successful completion of six (6) months of graduate education in a field of study directly related to the work of this position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.

OR

COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

(TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED):
Combination of successfully completed graduate education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

Knowledge and experience in the proper care and use of small laboratory animals.

Ability to perform scientific procedures as required and necessary for biomedical research.

Skill in performing various scientific analyses and assays.

Ability to communicate effectively and maintain required documentation.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work requires extended periods of standing at the laboratory bench performing biochemical assays and catheter manipulations, which can be physically demanding. Occasionally, some heavy lifting of equipment and water bottles is required.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at

http://www.opm.gov/qualifications

.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Please refer to this

checklist

to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Veteran's Preference:
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed "

SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference

," (go to

http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf

) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx

.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:

Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;

Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;

Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and

Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.

After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.

BENEFITS:
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp

.

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to

http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp

). For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this

checklist

or contact the hiring Human Resources Management Service

at: 4101 Woolworth Avenue

Omaha, NE 68105

US

OTHER INFORMATION:
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members:
Please visit the

VA for Vets

site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan

(ICTAP) and

Career Transition Assistance Plan

(CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

.

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

You may be required to serve a probationary period.

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