Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Plants)
Department Of Agriculture - Raleigh, NC

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This position is located in the Plant Science Research Unit in Raleigh, NC on the campus of North Carolina State University.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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

Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation

Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service

DUTIES:
Major Duties:
The incumbent will assist the Research Scientist in one or more phases of the research process by performing a variety of technical duties in a laboratory and field environment. Duties include, but are not limited to, the following: General lab management including ordering supplies, maintaining equipment, reconciling a purchase card account, monitoring safe work practices and conducting safety training; performing routine molecular biological and microbiological techniques in laboratory such as DNA extraction, PCR, and running DNA gels; field work including planting, pollination and harvesting; greenhouse work including planning and maintaining greenhouse space; and maintaining detailed records of research activities using personal computers and software packages.

Working Conditions and Other Considerations:
The work involves regular and recurring moderate risks or discomforts which require special safety precautions, e.g., working with irritant chemicals and working outdoors. The employee maybe required to use protective clothing such as gowns, coats, boots, goggles, gloves. The required field work is often undertaken in hot humid conditions. Incumbent will be exposed to high levels of pollen at times (mainly corn pollen) which may cause allergic reactions in some people. Some of the required activities are moderately strenuous e.g. repeated bending down for some procedures, occasionally carrying moderately heavy items (~40-50lbs). May include travel to remote field sites in NC, VA, and FL.

A valid motor vehicle or commercial driver's license is required.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Basic Requirements
GS-06: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level OR successful completion of ½ year of graduate education directly related to the position (i.e. genetics, plant biology, plant breeding, plant pathology, plant physiology, entomology, biochemistry, micro biology, molecular biology).

GS-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 level OR successful completion of one year of graduate level education directly related to the position (i.e. genetics, plant biology, plant breeding, plant pathology, plant physiology, entomology, biochemistry, micro biology, molecular biology).

GS-08: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level OR successful completion of 1 ½ year of graduate level education directly related to the position (i.e. genetics, plant biology, plant breeding, plant pathology, plant physiology, entomology, biochemistry, micro biology, molecular biology).

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

1. Knowledge of principles of genetics and/or plant breeding.

2. Knowledge of molecular biology techniques.

3. Skill in the preparation of buffers, solutions, gels and microbiological techniques.

4. Ability to use computer programs to obtain, tabulate, analyze and summarize data.

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.

If qualifying all or in part based on your education, 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.

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 outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. 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 within 30 days of 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 .

Qualified candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) will be considered. VEOA eligibles are preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of active service. Veterans who are released under honorable conditions shortly before completing a 3-year tour are also eligible. You must submit member 4 copy of your DD-214.

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 basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and are rated in the Quality Category as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. 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. 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.

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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