BIOLOGIST
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Durham, NC

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve 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.

Subject to a background/suitability investigation. DUTIES:
Position is located within the Medical Research Service at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Durham, NC. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

Instructing others in the methods used within the laboratory;

Performing experiments using transgenic and knockout mice;

Performing systematic blood pressure measurements in awake mice;

Collecting urine specimens from live mice using metabolic cages;

Performing experiments using immunohistochemistry to examine cellular/molecular determinants of glomerular injury;

Performing flow cytometric analysis to analyze protein and mRNA;

Extracting RNA and analyzing changes in message in kidneys of mice;

Performing Western blot analysis of protein expression;

Recording experiments to include protocols, measurements, observations;

Retrieving and interpreting data from notebooks as requested.

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm

NOTE : This is a TERM appointment (not-to-exceed 13 month). 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.

***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED*** QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

REQUIRES: A degree from an accredited college or university, leading to a bachelor’s or higher, in biological science, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to this position. You must submit transcripts with your application for verification of this requirement.

OR

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE : A combination of education and experience -- Courses equivalent to a major in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to this position and related experience. If you meet the basic educational requirement by a combination, your experience must be documented in your resume and transcripts are required.

AND

IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT, THIS POSITION REQUIRES: One (1) year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level in Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include : knowledge of molecular and cellular biology; carrying out experiments using mouse physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology; performing experiments using immunohistochemistry and related techniques to examine the cellular and molecular determinants of glomerular injury; performing experiments using transgenic mice; managing a mouse colony; and maintaining experimental records of measurements, observations, etc. To receive credit for these skills they must be documented in your resume.

OR

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: Successful completion of two (2) full years of graduate education leading to a master's degree at an accredited institution in a subject area directly related to the duties of this position may be substituted for the experience required at the GS-09 grade level. Eighteen (18) semester hours is usually considered equivalent to one year of study. If you are using education to qualify, you must submit transcripts with your application.

OR

COMBINATION: A combination of specialized experience and related graduate education as described that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position is fully qualifying at the GS-09 grade level . If you qualify based on a combination, your experience must documented in your resume and transcripts are required.

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

1. Ability to carry out experiments using mouse physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

2. S kill in maintaining and interpreting data in experimental records.

3. A bility to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with people from varying backgrounds and different levels of understanding.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work requires long periods of continuous activity, well beyond the standard working hours. Position also does not lend itself to regular scheduled breaks. Thus, a flexible work schedule must be maintained. Work requires moderate agility, manual dexterity, good eyesight and tolerance for standing.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

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. 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: 508 Fulton Street
Durham, NC 27704

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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