Computational Biologist (Bioinformatics), GS-0401-12/13
Department Of Agriculture - Ames, IA

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The Ruminant Diseases and Immunology Research Unit at the USDA, ARS, National Animal Disease Center (NADC) in Ames, Iowa is seeking a Computational Biologist (Bioinformatics) Service Scientist to conduct bioinformatics in the area of diseases and immunology of cattle.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position

DUTIES:
The incumbent will work in collaboration with laboratory scientists and other computational biologists to conduct research to develop novel bioinformatics-based solutions for analyzing and interpreting gene expression datasets. The incumbent will also work as a team member to provide bioinformatics research support to scientists at NADC who need bioinformatics support in the course of carrying out their animal health and food safety mission areas.

Specifically, the incumbent's work will include, but not be limited to:

  • Conduct a wide range of bioinformatics and computational analyses to solve complex problems involving genome organization and function, control of gene expression, and protein biochemistry related to animal health problems;
  • Perform bioinformatics and statistical data analysis support for genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics initiatives aimed at developing systems biology models of host-pathogen interactions and immune response mechanisms associated with ruminant diseases;
  • Establish and maintain data processing pipelines with appropriate quality control procedures for high-throughput data streams using programming tools such as Perl, Ruby, Python, Linux, R, or SQL;
  • Provide troubleshooting and user support for computer systems and programs needed for bioinformatics analyses;
  • Provide guidance and advice on computational biology methods, techniques, and results to other ARS computational biologist and laboratory scientists in the unit and across NADC;
  • Implement algorithms for analyzing genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic, and metagenomic data;
  • Provide training and demonstrations in the use of bioinformatics tools for the use of project staff and Center scientists; and
  • Document activites and research results sufficient for inclusion of data in published scientific journals
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Your education and experience will be evaluated against all qualification requirements (basic and any additional requirements) listed below.

Basic Requirements:
B iologist (GS-0401): Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR Combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

This position has a positive education requirement. You must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grade point average or class ranking to verify education when applying for this position. If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.

Additional Requirements :
GS-12: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service.

GS-13: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized Experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for this position are:

1. Skill in computational science and bioinformatics in order to design and use computer software, algorithms, and approaches to perform bioinformatics analyses.

2. Knowledge of biological sciences in order to execute gene expression and bioinformatics analysis in animal and microbial model systems.

3. Ability to conceive, plan, conduct data analyses and provide data summaries for publication in scientific journals.

Applicants must address the specialized experience requirements in their resume (or application documents). Applications that do not reflect the specialized experience requirements will not be deemed qualified.

Graduate education must be directly related to the work of the position and must have equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on this topic.

Time-in-grade restrictions apply for all candidates considered under Alternative Merit Promotion.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the basic and any additional requirements. The Agricultural Research Service uses a category rating process. Based on evaluation of all written materials submitted in your application for the position, you will be determined to be Ineligible if you do not meet eligibility and/or minimum qualifications criteria; Eligible if you meet all eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria; OR Quality if you meet quality criteria in addition to eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria.

BENEFITS:
The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:
http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION:
Persons with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the armed forces, and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for non-competitive appointment. For further information click here .

Displaced/Surplus Employees: Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if they meet the qualification standard and eligibility requirements for the position, meet minimum education and experience requirements, meet all selective factors where applicable and are able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry. Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location. Please indicate annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. Click here for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference , you must submit member 4 copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference , you must submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference plus the proof required by that form.

If you are a male applicant 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.

Relocation Expenses: Payment of relocation expenses will be determined in accordance with P&P 412.5 , Recruitment and Retention Incentives and Other Special Pay, Sections 6 and 7, as amended by Bulletins 03-402 and 05-412.5. Click here for additional information.

Financial Disclosure Requirement: Federal employees are subject to prohibitions against officially dealing with outside organizations in which they have a financial interest. If hired for this position, you may be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of the effective date of your appointment and annually thereafter.

Reasonable Accommodation: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on 202-855-1234 (TDD).

False Statements: If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed.

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