Biological Science Laboratory Technician
Department of the Army 31,532 reviews - 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-03 incorporates the GS-09 step 1 to GS-11 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 Assistance Program (ICTAP)


Must be a US Citizen

Business travel 15%

Moving expenses are not authorized

As a Biological Science Laboratory Technician you will:
• Performs thermoregulatory (core and skin temperature, sweating, skin blood flow, heat loss, (metabolic rate) measures on human volunteers.
• Conduct human exercise performance testing in artificial (chambers) environmental extremes (heat, cold, water immersion, high altitude chambers).
• Perform cardiovascular (cardiac output, mean arterial pressure, arterial saturations) measures in human volunteers during exercise and exposure to environmental extremes.
• Conduct phlebotomy/catheterizations on human volunteers and clinical chemistry/biochemical assays.

Applicants for this position must identify in their resume that they possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-08 in the Federal Service that demonstrates the following: 1) Experience conducting research studies related to heat, cold, and high altitude stress; 2) Experience calibrating and operating sophisticated biomedical instrumentation; 3) Experience collecting and analyzing data.

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

Skill conducting measures of heat loss, body (core and skin) temperatures, sweat loss, skin blood flow, heat loss, metabolic rate) in human volunteers.
Skill conducting human exercise testing protocols.
Skill conducting measures of arterial oxygen saturation, blood pressure and heart rate in human volunteers.
Ability to operate equipment to administer treatment and procedures.

NOTE: Graduate education or an internship meets the specialized experience required above GS-5 only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position . One full year of graduate education meets the requirements for GS-7. Two full years of graduate education or a master's degree meets the requirements for GS-9.

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.

This is a TERM posiiton that may be extended up to a maximum of 4 years.

One year trial/probationary period may be required.

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

You May Claim Military Spouse Preference.

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

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.

Permanent change of station (PCS) is not authorized

Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information with resume.

Defense National Relocation Program will not be authorized

Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitutue education for experience. For additional information,please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - and

On your resume, please include college university, dates attended, degree achieved, semester hours earned, GPA, major field of study, 24 semester hours of specific courses and courses hours in your major. Failure to provide this education information on your resume may result in an ineligible rating.

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.

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