Biological Science Laboratory Technician
Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for DC - Washington, DC

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A Leader in the D.C. Criminal Justice Community!

The Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia (PSA) assists judicial officers in both the Superior Court for the District of Columbia and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia by formulating release recommendations. PSA also provides supervision and treatment services to defendants that reasonably assure that those on conditional release return to court and do not engage in criminal activity pending their trial and/or sentencing. The result is that in the District of Columbia - unnecessary pretrial detention is minimized, jail crowding is reduced, public safety is increased, and, most significantly, the pretrial release process is administered fairly.

As a Federal Agency, PSA focuses on thriving as a leader within the justice system through a diverse, inclusive and empowered workforce that embodies integrity, excellence, accountability, and innovation in the delivery of the highest quality services. PSA is ranked as the Number #10 best place to work among Agency Subcomponents in the Federal Government.

If you are interested in a Biological Science Laboratory Technician career, this job is for you! You will be a valued team member who performs the full range of and assures proficiency in all phases of immunoassay testing. The incumbent will also follow strict chain of custody procedures, established protocols and laboratory policy.

A candidate appointed at a lower grade level may be promoted up to the full performance level without further competition.

RELOCATION EXPENSES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED

Bargaining Unit Status: Covered

Location: Office of Forensic Toxicology Services

Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia

Washington, D.C.

This is not a law enforcement position.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship Required

DUTIES:
As a Biological Science Laboratory Technician, you are a valued member of a dynamic team of lab personnel. You will use your knowledge to ensure quality assurance of all specimens analyzed and the results are accurate, scientifically correct and forensically sound.

Typical work assignments include:
1. Performs the full range of and assures proficiency in all phases of immunoassay testing. Follows strict chain of custody procedures, established protocols and Laboratory policy. Performs quality assurance reviews of all specimens analyzed to ensure that results are accurate, scientifically correct and forensically sound.

2. Performs tests for drugs on biological specimens, primarily using urine immunoassay techniques. Reviews immunoassay test results for accuracy and completeness and determines the need for and performs repeat tests according to Laboratory protocol.

3. Responds to basic inquiries on testing.

4. Performs and documents all required maintenance and calibrations for the immunoassay instruments, and performs troubleshooting in accordance with Laboratory procedure.

5. Manages inventory for immunoassay screening and for other parts of the Laboratory; prepares reagents, ensuring that supplies are adequate, and that reagents are certified in accordance with standard procedures and protocols.

6. Identifies technical or procedural problems in assigned areas in immunoassay testing; analyzes technical aspects of problems and recommends solutions.

7. Performs other duties as assigned to support the work of Laboratory.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
To qualify for this position, you must meet the specialized experience requirement below.

GS-07: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience related to the duties of the position that was comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-06 grade level. Examples of this experience are: performing quality assurance reviews, reviewing immunoassay test results, performing and documenting required maintenance for immunoassay instruments, and managing inventory.

Substitution of Education for Experience for the GS-07: One full year of graduate level education related to the position.

NOTE: Your resume must clearly show the specialized experience related to this position. Failure to demonstrate how you possess the experience requirements will result in an "Ineligible" rating.

Requirements:
  • All applicants are subject to a comprehensive criminal background investigation, and required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.
  • All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.
  • Completion of a one-year probationary period is required, if not already completed.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your rating will be based on your responses to the job specific information stated in your resume. Your resume must clearly show how you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below to perform the duties of this position. Failure to demonstrate how you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities will result in a rating of "Qualified" by the Rating Panel.

1. Skill in laboratory testing of biological specimens in a science laboratory and in evaluating results.

2. Ability to apply chain of custody requirements for control of specimens in a laboratory environment.

3. Skill in operating analytical instruments used in conducting immunoassay analyses and in the use of automated systems to document testing data.

Once the application process is completed, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. Applicants are evaluated on the extent and quality of their experience, education and training, job-related awards and supervisory appraisal of performance. If applicants meet the basic qualification requirements, their resume will be forwarded to a Panel for rating. Category Rating will be used to evaluate applicants using the following categories to further determine which applicants will be referred to the selecting official for final consideration.

Best Qualified - Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level on all evaluation criteria.

Well Qualified - Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level on evaluation criteria.

Qualified - Applicants possessing the specialized experience described above.

Application of Veterans' Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veterans' preference above non-veterans within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements, and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the highest quality category (Best Qualified), except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.

BENEFITS:
The Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp .

OTHER INFORMATION:
1. If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

2. If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" and/or a copy of the SF-50 that reflects career or career-conditional tenure, or you will not be considered under the merit promotion process. Also, you should submit your most recent performance appraisal.

3. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

4. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

5. Reasonable Accomodation, this agency provides reasonable accomodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accomodation for any part of this application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accomodation is made on a case-by-case basis.

6. All qualification requirements must be met within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

7. Equal Opportunity Employer: The Pretrial Services Agency is an equal opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status or other non-merit based factors.

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