Biologist - NEI - DE
Department Of Health And Human Services - Montgomery County, MD

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The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview

If you are an exceptionally talented, knowledgeable and motivated individual with experience performing various laboratory experiments in support of a clinical research program AND you want to play a significant role in a dynamic organization, then consider joining the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Eye Institute (NEI), Genetic Engineering Core (GEC).

For more information, visit http://www.nei.nih.gov/intramural/core_facilities/genetic_engineering.asp .

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date.

Position is subject to a background investigation.

There is an educational requirement for this position.

DUTIES:
Serves as a Biologist performing duties to include the following:

  • Provides a variety of assignments involving the application of a range of methods, procedures and techniques associated with biomedical research.
  • Ensures instrumentation to be used is in working order and is properly calibrated.
  • Calibrates and repairs various instruments in order to evaluate their use in the analysis of toxic and non-toxic substances.
  • Analyzes results of experiments, compares results with previous studies, and identifies expected or unexpected results.
  • Recommends re-running experiments or modifying the conditions as necessary.
  • Responsible for developing and improving immobilized template and other transcription essays.
  • Prepares authoritative reports and recommendations related to clinical trials of considerable breadth and diversity. Provides scientific advise and technical assistance to researchers from various public, private and /or non-profit health related agencies and organizations
  • Responsible for training new employees and other scientists and technicians on complex techniques and instrumentation.
  • Records data collected, analyses, protocol procedures, and other pertinent information in a format that is suitable for publication and future reference by other.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Basic Qualification Requirements:
Successful completion of requirements for a bachelor’s (or graduate) degree in a biological science, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to this position, from an accredited college or university.

or
A combination of experience (see additional requirements below), and education which includes courses comparable to a major in a biological science, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to this position, AND I have appropriate experience or additional education which demonstrates similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the duties of this position

Additional Requirements:
In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements indicated above, you must meet the additional experience requirement as described below:

You must demonstrate in your resume at least (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: independently developing, planning, and implementing tests; collecting, studying, developing, assembling, and/or analyzing factual scientific data; developing and preparing comprehensive reports, analytical interpretations, conclusions, or recommendations, typically for scientific publication; and calibrating and operating sophisticated laboratory instruments to conduct tests and analyses.

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This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign Education . If you are currently or were previously in this occupation series you do not need to submit transcripts. Instead, submit an SF-50 showing the appointment in this occupational series.

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, your application and responses to the online questionnaire will be evaluated under Category Rating and Selection procedures for placement in one of the following categories:

Best Qualified - for those who are superior in the evaluation criteria
Well Qualified - for those who excel in the evaluation criteria
Qualified - for those who only meet the minimum qualification requirements

Candidates determined to be Best Qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.

Click here to view vacancy questions: View Assessment Questions

If you are a veteran, CTAP or ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links for additional information and required documents:

Veterans

CTAP

ICTAP

Schedule A Appointments for the Disabled

All such documents MUST be received by 11:59pm of the closing date, Thursday, December 13, 2012, to be considered.

BENEFITS:
The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. For more information, check out New Employee Benefits at NIH and OPM's Employee Benefits Information .

OTHER INFORMATION:
PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps should also apply online to this announcement in order to receive consideration.

We are unable to pay relocation expenses.

A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/ placement.

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program ( E-Verify ). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus .

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