Biologist - NIAID -DE

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Department Of Health And Human Services
United States Citizens Permanent Full Time 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
This position is located in the Research Support Services Branch (RSSB), Office of Operations Management (OOM), Division of Intramural Research (DIR), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana.
U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date. Position is subject to a background investigation.
As a Biologist you will serve as a Media Laboratory manager and use scientific professional knowledge, techniques, and methods to assist investigators in carrying out projects to meet the research goals of the various laboratories. Additionally, you will perform the following duties and functions:
Ensure timely preparation of high quality growth media and buffers critical in all in vitro experiments involved with propagation of bacterial, tissue, and cell cultures.
Analyze and discuss with scientific staff concerns involving pH adjustments, molarity calculations, chemical composition, antibiotic solutions, stability, concentration, chemical degradation curves, and Tris pH mixing calculations.
Prepare a wide variety of specialized agar plates and broths including Luria used for cloning proteins.
Periodically evaluate protocols to ensure they are meeting Rocky Mountain Laboratories research needs.
Prepare written instructions to guide others in the performance of standard laboratory procedures.
Basic Qualifications:
A. You must have completed the 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.
You must have a combination of experience 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 appropriate experience or additional education which demonstrates similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the duties of this position.
In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements indicated above, you must meet the additional experience and/or education requirement as described below:
You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS- 09 level in the Federal Service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following tasks: assisting in developing, planning, and preparing media for biomedical research; collecting, studying, developing, assembling, and analyzing research data; developing and preparing portions of reports, analytical interpretations, conclusions, or recommendations, typically for publication; using a variety of laboratory instruments to perform analyses; and modifying existing protocols and procedures to use in conducting studies.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Have completed three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field.
Have a combination of related post baccalaureate education and specialized experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.
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This position has an education requirement. You are strongly encouraged to 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. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees 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.
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.
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:
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All such documents MUST be received by 11:59pm ET of the closing date, Friday, October 17, 2014, to be considered.
Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application. You must provide a complete online Application Package which includes:
Your Resume (Please provide sufficient details in your resume to enable us to determine if you meet the requirement for qualifying experience (as stated in the Qualifications section) and to support your answers to the online questionnaire. Providing insufficient details in your resume may result in a lower or ineligible rating.)
A complete Assessment Questionnaire , View Assessment Questions.
Other required supporting documents (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)
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The following information must be received by 11:59pm ET on the closing date of the announcement,Friday, October 17, 2014.
1. Resume via USAJOBS.
2. Responses to online questionnaire.
3. If applicable, supporting documentation (including DD214 to support Veterans' Employment, CTAP/ICTAP, Schedule A, or other information requested in the announcement such as transcripts). To ensure your information is secure, please block out any Social Security numbers (SSNs). Clean copies may be requested if you are hired.
Within 15 business days of the closing date,Friday, October 17, 2014, you may check your status online atUSAJOBS. We will update your status after each key stage in the application process has been completed. 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 outNew Employee Benefits at NIH andOPM's Employee Benefits 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.
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 atobacco free work environment and campus.

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