Biological Science Laboratory Technician
Department of the Army - Natick, MA

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Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position: The U. S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) is participating in an alternative personnel system known as the Personnel Demonstration Project. The pay-band DE-02 incorporates the GS-05 step 1 to GS-08 step 10 grade level equivalents. In keeping with the Demonstration pay fixing policies, employees already earning a salary that falls within the pay-band, or equivalent, will not receive a pay increase (promotion) upon being placed in this position. Future pay increases within the pay-band will be through the pay for performance management system.

This is a contingent (TERM) appointment, NTE 2 years. Individuals selected for this term position may be eligible for conversion to career-conditional appointment at a later date. To be converted, the employee must (1) have been selected for the contingent position under competitive procedures, (2) must have served 2 years of substantially continuous service in the contingent appointment, (3) be selected under merit promotion procedures for the permanent position, and (4) have a current rating of "B" or better.

About the surrounding Area: Natick Soldier Systems Center (NSSC) is a small installation with a truly unique and complex mission. This is a Military Installation and a hub for Research for the Soldier. At the NSSC you will have the opportunity to work with preeminent Scientist and Engineers in various fields of Military scientific research and engineering. At Natick you will work near Boston, a metropolitan area that offers a broad and vibrant academic community, and plenty of sports and entertainment. Boston is home to the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins. It is also home to the world famous Boston Pops Orchestra and many Revolutionary War battlefields. To learn more about Natick, MA please visit the website at

Who May Apply:
US Citizens

Interagency Career Transition Assitance Plan (ICTAP)


Background Investigation Required

Business Travel to Field Offices is 15%

Moving Expenses are not authorized

Defense National Relocation Program will not be authorized

Must Be a US Citizen

Term Position may be extended up to a maximum of 5 Years

As a Biological Science Laboratory Technician you will:
Performs physiological tests of human research participants using body-mounted activity and sleep recording monitors.

Performs behavioral, cognitive and mood assessments of human research participants.

Performs library reviews and literature searches using a variety of research databases.

Use data management software including Microsoft Excel and IBM SPSS.

Provide general technical support for human research studies.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Qualified Candidates for this position must identfy in their resume that they possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade GS-04 in the Federal service that demonstrates the following: 1) Experience conducting research studies related to human nutritional physiology and dietary requirements. 2) Experience; collecting data using a variety of physiological, psychological, tests and surveys. 3) Experience using specialized statistical software for analysis of data. 4) Experience writing research protocols and/or technical reports.


EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation . (Transcripts are required at the time of application).

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities)in the following areas:

1. Ability to conduct research of human subjects.

2. Ability to utilize assessment tools.

3. Ability to maintain database systems and procedures.

4. Knowledge of computerized information systems.

5. Knowledge of concepts and terminology used in research.

Other Requirements:
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Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

One year trial/probationary period may be required.

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

You May Claim Military Spouse Preference.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in the vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

Transcripts are required at the time of application.

The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.

Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Your responses to the q uestionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.

Basis for Rating : Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. Well-qualified is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under competitive delegated examining, an ICTAP eligible will be considered well-qualified if they attain an eligibility rating of 90 or higher, not including points for veterans' preference. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:

Comprehensive health and life insurance
Competitive salaries
Generous retirement programs
Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
Flexible work environment to include use of Telework and alternate work schedules
Paid employment related training and education
Possible student loan repayment
Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.

• Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
• The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at

• In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at .)

• Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

• Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work experience. - 15 months ago - save job - block
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