Biological Science Laboratory Technician
Department of Veterans Affairs - Los Angeles, CA

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VacancyID:
798676

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:
This position is located at the VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System in Los Angeles, CA, within the Research Service, Molecular Pharmacology Research Division. You will be part of a team that conducts research on the biochemical aspects of hormonal regulation of obesity. Under the supervision of senior laboratory personnel, you will perform various laboratory experimental procedures in relation to animal models of obesity. Your duties will include:

PERFORM A WIDE VARIETY OF HORMONAL AND BIOCHEMICAL ASSAYS IN RELATIONS TO OBESITY.

PERFORM EXPERIMENTAL PROCEDURES INCLUDING: IN VITRO CULTURING OF HUMAN AND ANIMAL CELLS.

PREPARE AND MONITOR BIOCHEMICAL SOLUTIONS TO BE USED IN ASSAYS.

HANDLE EXPERIMENTAL ANIMALS (MICE).

GIVE INTERPERITONEAL INJECTIONS, SURGICAL INSERTIONS OF OSMOTIC PUMPS, EUTHANIZING AND DISSECTING THEM.

USE STANDARD LABORATORY INSTRUMENTATION SUCH AS LIQUID SCINTILLATION COUNTER, GAMMA COUNTER, ULTRACENTRIFUGE, Ph METER, ECHOMRI, ELISA MICROWELL ASSAY, ETC.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday - 8:00AM - 4:30PM

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

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience must be related to the work of the position and performed in a controlled environment such as a research laboratory, includes: perform experimental procedures in relation to animal models of obesity; prepare samples of blood, tissue, urine, etc. to provide specimens; set up and carry out routine assays for diagnostic, surveillance, experimental, and reference samples; use medical or surgical procedures to obtain samples; conducts genotyping tests of genetically engineered transgenic mice, transfection of plamids with siRNAs, isolate DNA and RNA, perform cDNA synthesis, RT PCR; perform isolation, preparation, and culturing of human and/or animal cells; perform immunohistochemistry, hormonal, and myleoperoxidase assays; understand and apply principles of working with radioactive substances; determine body composition using EchoMRI, and the laboratory equipment of liquid scintillation counter, gamma counter, ultracentrifuge, pH meter, confocal microscope, microplate reader, spectrophotometer, and spectrofluorometer; skill and experience in the handling of laboratory animals, administer intraperitoneal injections in laboratory mice, and surgical insertion of medical device (osmotic pumps) using sterile techniques.

OR

Possess one year of graduate education directly related to the work of the position. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

OR

Possess a combination of directly related graduate education and specialized experience (as described above) that would qualify me for the position. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

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

ABILITY TO PERFORM EXPERIMENTS AND ANALYSIS OF BIOLOGICAL FLUIDS AND TISSUES OBTAINED FROM LABORATORY ANIMALS

ABILITY TO PERFORM AND APPLY ISOTOPIC, ENZYMATIC, IMMUNOLOGIC, TISSUE CULTURE, AND ELECTROPHORETIC METHODS

SKILL IN HANDLING OF LABORATORY ANIMALS

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL IN THE USE OF STANDARD AND SPECIALIZED LABORATORY EQUIPMENT

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Periodic travel to various labs scattered around the complex as well as off-station. Some lifting, stooping, and periods of standing while performing common laboratory operations. This work is performed in a scientific laboratory setting and involves the handling of chemicals, glassware, and equipment to perform sophisticated experiments in cell biology and biochemistry. There is exposure to various chemicals and radioactive substances. Handling these materials is in accordance with the Radiation Safety Manual.

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: 11301 Wilshire Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90073

USA

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 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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